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From the Presidents' Corner

September 2014

Our September meeting is just around the corner — it is hard to believe our summer, so anticipated, is almost over. Did you accomplish what you wanted to? You certainly can’t use the weather as an excuse, as it was fabulous to say the least.

As we undertake a new Guild year we are thinking about stabilizing the growth achieved in the past few years, and adjusting some of our programs to accommodate more people. We will be planning ways to work our mission statement (to educate people about the art and craft of rug hooking) with more beginner classes. We will be celebrating Hunterdon County’s 300th anniversary at our October meeting, we will be lining up for the January retreat, Spring Fling, and Camp 2015. There will be another Festival at the Mill in October 2015 with some differences from the last one, including more vendors. There is a lot being planned, which means a lot of opportunity to volunteer to help the Guild. This is YOUR Guild, after all.

We just finished what we call “Good Camp”, with four great instructors. Thank you Anndee and Eleanor for all your hard work. We know that running camp is not easy. You did a great job—all your efforts paid off. We encourage (beg) those who attended to please bring their camp rugs to the September meeting to share them with all of us. Weezie has actually gotten one more petal on “Dolores” (the rose) hooked. Woo-hoo. Bring your dreams for the next year too. Think about what you learned at camp—is there a nugget you could share with us? Here is one from Teacher’s Workshop: there is no such thing as a bad color, only bad placement.

Wishing you even loops and beautiful colors. Weezie and Therese

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The Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild was founded in April 1977. We currently have over 130 members from nine states. The mission of the Guild is to perpetuate the tradition and art of rug hooking, to encourage creativity, to provide the means for an exchange of ideas and information and to promote educational activities to enhance the interest in rug hooking. Monthly meetings in Flemington, New Jersey offer programs for someone new to rug hooking as well as the seasoned artisan. Members have opportunities to participate in hooking demonstrations, rug exhibits, rug camps and “hook-ins”. A supportive environment is provided for those new to the craft and for those looking to refine their technique. New members are always welcome!

For more information, please contact Weezie Huntington at weezie711@gmail.com or Therese Shick at etshick@gmail.com

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