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From the Presidents:

June 2018

President's Letter - Robin and I can’t believe that it is already time for us to take over for Weezie, Jan and Fred. They have done a wonderful job and it will be hard for us to continue in their footsteps. Regardless, we will try our hardest. We decided that our first message should tell you a little about ourselves, with that in mind brief introductions and backgrounds are provided below. You will notice that we are both relatively new hookers and will enjoy getting any help we can.

Mary… I have lived here in Hunterdon County for my entire life. I grew up about 5 miles south of our meeting site, got married and moved 5 miles north of our meeting site. However, I worked for the Telcom industry and commuted 30 to 40 miles daily for over 40 years. When I retired in 2013 I decided that it was time to get reacquainted with my Hunterdon County home, so I volunteered at the Hunterdon Chamber of Commerce. While there, I met Therese Shick. Therese came in to do an interview about HCRAG and when she walked out I told her how much I liked her purse. She told me that she had hooked it and that I should come to HCRAG to see what hooking was all about. From the first meeting 4 years ago, I was hooked. I had always admired hooked rugs but never thought I could hook one. It turned out that I love hooking with a passion. Along with hooking comes new friends, new ideas, new patterns, new material, and new gadgets to shop for (unfortunately another one of my passions) so it is a win-win situation. I’m looking forward to a long career as a hooker and hope I can do a good job as co-president of the guild.

Robin...I moved to New Hope, Bucks County in 2009 after 16 years in Princeton. We downsized after enrolling our son in the Solebury School. (He's graduating college in May!) I took my first rug hooking class at Rhinebeck in 2007 and another class the following year. At the time I was working at Pins and Needles in Princeton, so my focus was more on knitting and needlepoint. I was also working as a medical social worker which was my main career. Needless to say, I wasn't able to do much rug hooking. I ran into Dee Rosebrock when I was working at JJILL in Flemington and she told me about the guild. When I retired in 2015, I called Dee to ask how I could get involved with the guild. She put me in touch with Weezie who immediately got me started. I was so impressed with the talent, energy and welcoming atmosphere of our guild. I knew I had found a group which I wanted to become a part of for a long time. I echo Mary's sentiment that I hope I can do a good job as co-president, knowing we have the support of so many truly talented people!

Yours in wool,
Mary and Robin

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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 Robin Nissenfeld - (609) 933-5641 robinknits@hotmail.com or Mary Passerello - (908) 782-1765 mpassere@comcast.net

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