The Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild was founded in April 1977. We currently have over 100 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!
From the Presidents' Corner
We are hoping that when The Loop arrives spring has finally made an entrance and our annual Spring Fling lives up to its name! We will be looking forward to sharing with members at the April meeting the learning and hooking efforts accomplished during the extended weekend. Thank you to the teachers and attenders who make this event such a highlight of our year.
Our April meeting as posted later in The Loop will be at our alternative location. Our usual meeting facility will be utilized by the Hunterdon County 300th Birthday Celebration for a display of antique quilts made in our county. If you are in the area do stop in and support this effort.
As discussed at the March Guild meeting we have successfully arranged for utilizing the Court Room in the Police Station facility (our alternate meeting site) for casual hooking on two Fridays a month beginning the first Friday in April. We will be sharing the space with the Knitting Guild on a trial basis this season. DETAILS are provided further in The Loop. However, we are very excited by this opportunity and thank Sharon Ballard for researching and negotiating this initiative. We hope long time and new members find this an easy and comfortable gathering to hook & chat.
There are a few spaces still available for our bus trip to the Barnes Foundation Museum. However, we need to make final commitment ticket numbers to the Barnes in early April. Therefore, if you wish to join us please contact Sharon Ballard or Cindy Boults. This will be an exciting last program before our auction/picnic in June. Speaking of programs, a huge thank you to Ellen DiClemente for taking over from Sharon. Ellen will have support but would appreciate a back up team to help at meetings.
Thank you in advance to Cheryl and Juliana and any of our Guild businesses who will be presenting at our April meeting. We are hoping that the program adds to our appreciation of the teaching and vending aspects of our art and craft. So please come and once again share spring efforts, learn more about our chosen craft and remember to bring personal treats as there will be no group hospitality...but we can share. .
Cindy & Therese