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From the Presidents' Corner

January 2017

Presidents’ Letter - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Another year has flown by, and what do we have to show for it? What did we accomplish? Did we finish any pieces? Did we start more than one new one? Did we learn anything new? Did we accomplish our dreaded resolutions?

I think the only thing I am resolving this year is to learn something new. Everything else will fall into place if I learn one new thing. If I learn a new dye technique, I will need to experiment with it until I am satisfied I understand how to do it, and in the process, I will have dyed a lot of different wools—some usable as they came out, some for which I do not yet have a project, but none of them mistakes. If I learn something about designing, I will need to experiment with it until I understand why it works or what I am fighting to make it work. If I finally learn parts of Photoshop, I will feel as if I have conquered the world, and I will need to practice until it becomes second nature. (And what better way to practice than to have an influx of new pictures to work on!! Sigh. I can only wish sometimes.)

After holidays filled with shopping, eating, family, visitors, frigid temperatures, and general busy-ness, it will be good to settle into a winter of hooking. This should be our most productive time of year—no competition from the garden, or long walks on warm afternoons, or lingering over a beautiful sunset. Set yourself a specific time of day to hook—maybe first thing in the morning while you listen to the news (or not—this should be a pleasant time), or while you have afternoon tea. If you schedule yourself one hour a day, you will find that you end up doing more than that because you get excited to see how your piece is coming together, or you only have a small bit left in this one section, so finish it now, etc. You will be surprised at how much you can get done.

I am really looking forward to our January retreat (always a favorite of mine). I expect to get a lot more done on my rug from last summer’s rug school. This is usually a time for me to start a new piece, but I have promised myself I will work on my trees. It is a good rug to be social -- no major decisions to be made, and not so exciting that it would keep me from joining in conversations and laughter.

May your year be filled with love, laughter, and loops.

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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