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 all hoping that by the second Friday in March....”it” will be over! Snow melted, arctic freeze banished and we can safely gather again. The only positive has been the opportunity to complete several UFOs and get some dying done. However, even those hunkered down activities can’t quite banish cabin fever....So come to March meeting as we need to see and share the stories and rugs of this winter of extremes.
As there were many who were unable to attend the January Auction due to weather, we are planning a repeat with much more wool and treasures at our June meeting followed by a picnic off site. More details about those plans will follow. However we did not want anyone to feel they missed one of our most lively and generous meetings!
The Program Committee will present the Redware program with its history and many beautiful fun examples of this unique pottery. We are planning to offer materials that will demonstrate how to design and transfer a pattern.
We will have our presentation by Guild member teachers and venders as planned in April at our alternative site the Police Station. Rugs with a Story originally planned for March can be planned for our September meeting, enriched by summer travel that inspires our creations.
As planned in February we will be asking for your vote of approval for the updated by-laws. Among other initiatives we have secured a storage space that will allow the Guild to safely maintain materials for program, hospitality, demonstrations, festival and administrative material all in one place. Committees and individuals will have easy access to the unit as it is located next to the Hampton Inn within easy distance of our monthly meetings.
Sharon will continue to take reservations for our May 9th bus trip to the Barnes Foundation Muesum at the March meeting and is now open to spouses and guests. A few who live closer to Philadelphia plan to meet us in the city instead of taking the bus and if this is a better option please let us know. Again the Guild is providing the transportation and members will purchase the Museum tickets for $30. We will begin collecting the monies at the March meeting. For details please read further on in The Loop.There are now several openings for all Spring Fling classes and if as the date nears you find you are able to attend please contact Cindy. Class descriptions follow in The Loop. Thank you in advance to all who will provide hospitality as we all miss not just meeting and greeting these last months, but eating those treats and the recipes that follow.
Cindy & Therese