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From the Presidents' Corner

December 2016

Presidents’ Letter - I have been staring at a blank word document screen for the last 50 minutes, trying to think of what to say in the Presidents’ Letter, but my mind is a complete blank. Does that ever happen to you? In truth, it has been longer than 50 minutes. Karl told me several days ago that he wanted the letter early, so I have been thinking about it for maybe five days, but I have been sitting here for 50 minutes.

I often have the same problem when I finish a rug and do not have another one in the pipeline. If I have done a complicated, a detailed, or a drudge rug, I have most likely been fighting the rug, and have not planned ahead. I am just thankful to have it behind me.

A few suggestions for such a time as this:
  • Keep on hand a couple of patterns you would like to do. If your taste in patterns changes, you can always flip them over and draw something new on the back.

  • Keep a folder of ideas. The folder could be full of photographs, pages torn out of magazines, sketches, etc. You could continually be working on putting some of these together to make a new design.

  • Cruise the internet sites like Pinterest, and other craft idea sites.

  • Work on a hit or miss. Have a project that is always on the back burner, into which you work all your leftovers. I recently did some hit or miss pigs. I thought about calling it Hit or Miss Piggy. But it reminded me of the Tumbling Cats pattern, so I thought it could be Tumbling Pigs. But pigs don’t tumble, they roll. Rolling Pigs. Then I thought about the grandchild rugs I have done for my two oldest. My youngest granddaughter is named Taylor, so being a good Jersey girl, I call the rug Taylor’s Pork Roll. Sometimes I get as much enjoyment out of naming a piece as I do out of hooking it. However, what I noticed with Taylor’s Pork Roll is that I was not able to make even a dent in the bin of worms. I think I will have to hook a room size rug in order to use them all up.

And look at that! I have done the Presidents’ Letter without difficulty.

Thank you one and all for making our Guild such a great place. Wishing each of you and your families a great Thanksgiving, and wonderful, joy-filled December holidays, whatever they may be.

Yours in wool, Weezie, Jan, and Fred

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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 Jan/Fred Cole at jantique@ptd.net

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