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From the Presidents' Corner

October 2016

Presidents’ Letter - Fall has arrived, finally, and the cool days and chilly nights are a welcome respite from some of the really hot days of summer. Fall means getting back to school for some, back to work for others, and for us, it means getting back to the business of the Guild.

We have a very strong guild, but any group like ours is always in jeopardy of becoming another “has-been” organization. We are only as strong as our volunteers. Right now we have openings in two positions: Programs and Special Events coordinator. Ellen DiClemente did a superb job of programming, even to the point of lining up an extra year’s worth of programs beyond her term. If you want this Guild, YOUR Guild, to have interesting programs, we need YOU to step up to help. It cannot always be the same handful of people doing all the work. They are getting tired. You don’t need to do this by yourself—there are people to help.

Chris Coslet has resigned as Special Events Coordinator due to work commitments at her regular job. We thank her for her service, and we hope someone will step in to fill her shoes. This person coordinates the calendar of demos, fairs, and other opportunities to take hooking and hookers into the community.

We are also getting ready to start our year-long exploration of aspects of design, hoping to make each of us a better artist (that is what we are). Hopefully at each meeting there will be a 5-10 minute discussion (that means it is not a lecture) with everyone participating. At the October meeting we will start with “lines”. At the June meeting we asked that everyone make a 5” square based on the discussion, to be shown at the following meeting. For example, you will hook a 5” square inspired by the discussion of “lines” to show at the November meeting. You can do individual squares, or you can do a grid of 5” squares as a sort of sampler. This is meant to be fun, by the way, not stressful. Creating art should be fun. It should be playful.

Fall also means wonderful colors, on the trees and in our hooking. It can also mean buckling down and finishing those unfinished pieces so you can start a new piece after the December holidays (think January retreat). Fall also means that all of your presidents are heading to Vermont shortly after the October meeting, the Coles to vend, and Weezie to play with exploring circles.

So much to do, so little time!! And it is all so much fun. Wishing you good 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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