From the Presidents' Corner
The Festival is, at last, behind us, all summer travel is finished, the hot weather is done, it is finally time to step back to take a deep breath before heading into the fall and winter holidays. AAIIEEE. Where does the time go?
I (Weezie) have not pulled a single loop since the last day of our August Hooking School, and I don’t know where to start! This summer I saw incredible landscapes in the Canadian Rockies, and I have just come back from a week-long Fall Color photography workshop in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where my mind was blown by the intensity of the reds, yellows, oranges, coppers, etc. I have never seen color like that—not in New England, not in Colorado, not along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I saw plenty of things that made me say “Oohhh….dye that field” or “dye that shade of red—call it Tundra Red”. I will try for “Yooper Fall Leaves, Glacial Lake Blue, Pre-Autumn Meadow, Tundra Red,” and a few more. Therese is heading off on an adventure which will have her wanting to dye “Jungle Green, Swamp Brown,” etc. LOL.
I am always amazed at how where I go influences what I want to hook. I see everything in terms of “I could hook that” or “I should add one of those to my design,” or “look at the lines in that window—I could fill those spaces with (choose your own idea.” How do you look at things? What do you see when you go somewhere? Do you go to museums with the intention of looking for patterns or do they just jump out at you? My idea pot is overflowing. My inner artist is a maniac.
Please be sure to read the articles about our Retreat, summer School, and talk to us about in which job capacity you would like to serve. We will be retiring soon, and it is time for YOU to step up if you want the Guild to continue. Talk to us (or we will come around and talk to you!).
Wishing you all even loops and an unending supply of ideas (and wool).
Weezie and Therese
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!