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From the Presidents' Corner

May 2017

Presidents’ Letter - When you get this, I will be off on a trip to Peru with my husband and some dear friends. I cannot wait to see all the colors, and the costumes, and the ruins, and the mountains, and the llamas. How many pictures will I take? (We should have a contest…everyone should guess). Will I be able to bring home some Peruvian fabric to hook with? If I do, will I have the heart to cut it up? I doubt it.

How many of us have bought fabric we fell in love with and haven’t had the heart to cut up? I know I have a large stash of such things. That special dark blue with a sparkle in it that would make a great sky, if only I could cut it….that beautiful spot dyed piece that would look so good just framed as is….the overdyed piece I bought but won’t use because then there will be no more of it… I think we are all guilty of such things. There must be a name besides obsession, or hoarding. How many of us have fabric envy? A friend has a beautiful piece we lust after..... Are we sick?

I am determined to either use my special pieces or get rid of them. What do my husband or kids want with these if I should die? They wouldn’t care. They would not know how much owning that piece meant to me, or how I just loved to fondle it, how much joy just looking at it gave me. I have decided to use these special pieces in special pieces made for my loved ones, whoever they may be.

I have also decided to over-dye or over-spot most of my plain wool. It is just too flat. I love the look, the depth of color that textured wool gives. Yes, there is a place for plain (flat) wool, but it is the richness of a spot or overdyed piece that makes my heart sing.

So look out world.

Wishing you wonderful loops. 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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