From the Presidents' Corner
Presidents’ Letter - I have just returned from 12 wonderful days in Iceland, taking a photo workshop which took us around the entire Island. Actually, we missed two peninsulas, so I guess I will have to go back.
When I go places, I always look for things to shoot (photo) that I can parlay into a hooking design. This trip was no exception. We saw stunted birch trees with beautiful colored bark, we spent a lot of time around ice, and there were crack patterns and trapped air bubbles that were neat. The blue of glacier ice really spoke to me as a color to dye. So in addition to the things we were supposed to be learning, I was also snapping up weird shots of these things. At one point I was running out of space on my SD card, so the instructor took my camera and started deleting the bad pictures (of which there were many). I had to yell at him to slow down because there were some he would not be able to figure out what they were, and I was afraid they would vanish. All was well, I still have them.
I have issued myself a challenge (like I need another challenge!): I want to hook a pillow that has the look of the ice we saw inside the ice cave. It was beautiful! This just has to get in line behind all the other projects I hope to accomplish. Do you ever do stuff like this? We should have a group discussion about inspiration and accomplishment. I think we would find it very interesting.
This also brings me back to a class that Cindy Boults and I took from Judith Dallegret from Canada. Her group did a one month challenge where you hooked what you saw or felt each day, into a predetermined space on a rug. We have a copy of the layout, and every summer we say we are going to issue this challenge to the Guild. Maybe this summer.
Speaking of this summer, have you signed up for school yet? Do you know what you are going to work on? We offer the least expensive school in the country, bringing in some of the best instructors in the country, so be sure to take advantage of the opportunity.
All of that being said, April will be Therese’s last meeting as a sitting officer (she will have to stand from now on). It has been a real pleasure serving with her as a co-president. Her leadership and energy have been inspirational to us all. Thanks, Therese! I also look forward to serving with the Coles (two for the price of one). They will be bringing in fresh ideas from things they see and learn as they travel the vending circuit. I am so pleased they “volunteered,” and I look forward to sharing their leadership.
For me, it has been two wonderful years—they fly by very quickly. I will say that I expect to do a fair amount of traveling in the next two years (I am at that season of life). There may be times when both the Coles and I will be gone, so we will call upon the “council of past Presidents” to help us through. We are very lucky to have a group of dedicated people who have served recently, who are still willing to chip in.
We have our “election” at the April meeting, where you get to vote for the one person whose name in on the line for a position. It is my hope that someday we will actually have two people who each want the job. But I am very pleased with the names, and look forward to two more years, working with them. I do believe, however, that Programs is still open. Please, someone, please?
Yours in wool, Weezie
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!