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This Month's Meeting

Next Meeting – Friday, February 9, 2018

Program – Cherry Halliday-basket lid-how to attach hooking to objects

Cherry will demonstrate the steps for both covering the lid of a basket with a hooked piece and how to make a lid for a basket that is then covered with a hooked piece. Nothing needs to be done ahead to prepare as this is a demonstration with directions that she will give everyone.

The refreshments for February will be brought by Mary Passerello, Roberta Olah, Sharon Ballard, Juliana Kapusta, Diane Keweshan and Lisa Savino. Please bring your own beverage.


Other Information

Member Items For Sale

Members are encouraged to bring rug hooking equipment they wish to sell to monthly meetings. This would allow current and new members to see equipment in person prior to purchase. A table will be set up for display. All items are to be labeled as to what it is, brand name, current owner, contact info, and price. Remember, there is a classified section in our newsletter. To place your item in the classifieds, email Brenda before the 20th of the month.

Newsletter Contributions Requested

Reminder from the editor--- this is YOUR newsletter! Please contribute to it! Are you a veteran hooker? What do you wish you knew when you first started? Please share that. Have you picked up a neat tip from rug school or a teacher? Let us know! New to the guild? Introduce yourself! Can you describe yourself in 5 sentences or less? Please share! Beginner hooker? What attracted you to hooking? Share your enthusiasm! Email your contribution to Brenda at Thanks!!!!

Member Share

Barb Perry shares that in Anita White’s class she learned to use a reducing glass to view her rug “from a distance”. By using the glass, you do not have to throw your rug on the floor and stand on tippy toe to see how everything is working together. Barb Boyko adds that a door peephole serves the same function! She carries a peephole in her rug tool kit! Apparently the peepholes, without the door, are available at hardware stores!

Materials Needed

Ellen DiClemente is asking for donation of men's 100% silk ties that you want to get rid of; ties will be used for a future guild program on dyeing wool with silk ties.

New Wool Sales Policy

The Guild Board discussed and voted on a new ‘wool sales at meetings’ policy, and after further discussion with Lisa Savino, who arranges our rooms with the County, the policy will be:

When we are at the Admin Building (our regular location), those wishing to sell wool can bring as much as they want unless Lisa notifies us that we only have half the room, or if we have a program presenter who is bringing wool as part of the presentation. However, if you have previously ordered wool from someone, that transaction can be completed. If we are meeting at the Police Station (as we do every November) or if we only have small space at the Admin Bldg please limit what you bring into the room. If it proves that it is too complicated when the space is small, we will readdress this part of the policy.

All wool must be set up within our meeting room. Our contract with the County says we cannot operate a ‘store’ (or maybe the word is commercial), and if someone walks into the hallway from the outside, and buys a piece of wool from someone in the hall, we now have a ‘store’. For the privilege of selling wool to Guild members, the Guild will get a 10% commission. Every place a vendor goes to sell costs money (in some cases, a LOT of money), so this is a thank you to the Guild for making the space and the audience available.

“Snow”tification Policy

Last winter we had lots of problems with weather on our meeting days. And we live all over the place; so many people’s weather is not what is happening in Flemington. After much discussion, we have decided that a committee of 3 (Cindy Boults, Linda Reitz, and Lisa Savino) will decide if our meeting will be cancelled due to weather. This decision will be made by 8 am on the day of the meeting, and Lisa will send out an email blast. We cannot post this on the website as the webmaster cannot react quickly enough to make it effective.

**It is up to each member to check their email before leaving home.**
**It is up to those who do not have email to call someone who does.**

It may be much worse where you live than in Flemington, or it may be much worse in Flemington than where you live. If you have any trepidation about coming to a meeting, don’t come. Nothing will happen at a meeting that is worth you risking your life, your health, your car, your blood pressure, your sanity.


Other Events

Auction Fundraiser Information

The annual guild meeting auction was a great success with the full participation of the guild attendees. This year we had a regular auction along with a silent auction, book sale and raffle (wool goodies basket). With all the fundraising options this year we were able to surpass the monies we have raised the last few years. The money we collected ($2557) will defray the general costs of the summer rug school, keeping the costs down for our members.


"I want to thank each and every member of the guild for the beautiful sympathy card I received since my mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving. She was sick for a long time and seeing her struggle to breathe was horrible. I was with my dad when she took her last breath. My dad's heart broke that day, after being married for 61 years. I really appreciate the thoughtfulness that you have shown by sending me a beautiful card and helping me make it through another day. This is a wonderful guild and I am honored to be a part of it. I have met so many wonderful people coming to rug camp every year. Looking forward to this August. Many thanks to you all" Cindy Lott

Weezie’s Olympic Challenge

We have 17 days of exciting athletic events coming up Feb 9-25, when many of us will be glued to our TVs, or at least spending a lot of time in front of them. 8 years ago I gave myself a personal Olympic Challenge--to start and finish a rug within that time frame. I had a fairly simple pattern of a sunflower, but it was about 28" by 48". I did it, but not without watching a lot of curling at 2 am. This year I thought about doing the Old Tattered Flag's Stone House Runner, a mere 84" long (what is the matter with me???), but have decided that is more than I want to bite off. Instead, I am challenging all of us (each of us? any of us??) to do one of the following: either hook a 5"x5" square each day, of something inspired by what you see on the Olympics--it can be very impressionistic, realistic, abstract, whatever, which will give you 17 squares. You could draw a grid 3 squares by 6 squares, with the 18th for either the Olympic rings. or the date and your initials or something.

The other option could be to hook a mat that has been divided into 17 or 18 random shapes (draw enough crossing lines to give you 17 or 18 spaces). Each day, take something from the Olympics, some impression, the colors, the speed, the country, the backstories, the events themselves, and hook something. It could look like a stained glass window, with lead lines, or do not hook the dividing lines and have the impressions run into each other--just stop hooking at the edge of the shape, and the next day's events start there.

It would be neat if many of us did these, and then showed them at the April meeting (I will not be here for the March meeting, and I would really love to see them!). Are you on board?

2018 Hunterdon Hook-in

We are having our second Hook-in on June 2, 2018 at the Three Bridges Fire Hall, 9am to 4pm. Registration is $15 and the forms are available on the website. If you can’t come for the day, Walk-ins for shopping are welcome for $10 after 12:00. If you didn’t attend last year it is a day of good fun…. bring your latest hooking project to work on, catch up with old friends, meet new hookers from all over, win wonderful door prizes, and find great shopping. You can buy a Jersey Mike’s lunch when you register or bring your lunch. Snacks are provided by Guild members and water is provided by the Guild. We are having a variety of vendors again so you can stock up on all your hooking and fiber art needs! A preliminary list of vendors is: The Wool n’ Gardener, Wooly Dye Works, Diane Pearce (baskets), Two Old Crows, , Susan Gonzalez Designs (wool applique), The Wool Farm (from Delaware), and MJ Miller (finished ornaments and applique work).



Please submit any items to be included on the Classified Section of “The Loop” to Mary Passerello at or 908-782-1765 by the 20th of the month prior to when you want the item included. The classified section is refreshed monthly so please resubmit repeat ads.

The following information must be included with each submission:


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