From the Presidents' Corner
Presidents’ Letter - Here we are – the beginning of February, 2017 already – my how time flies! Hopefully, the mild winter will continue! The New Year encourages us, personally, to put a new foot forward and leave those old, bad habits behind. However, for HCRAG, it means another year ahead of rug hooking projects along with exciting events and opportunities to learn or experience something new!As you will read further on in the newsletter, we had a wonderful “winter retreat” at the Hampton Inn. We were filled to capacity (and then some) and in addition to an abundance of goodies and wine, at least four individuals offered wool for sale. What could be better than hooking, being surrounded by good friends and much laughter, food and wool? My theory is, if you couldn’t find the wool you were looking for, you don’t need it! I always come away from a retreat energized and thinking about all the projects I want to begin. If you haven’t attended an HCRAG retreat, please consider attending the next one April 21-23, 2017 – you won’t be disappointed! As I mentioned earlier, HCRAG provides exciting opportunities to learn or experience something new. The highly acclaimed 21st Rug Hooking School will be held in August featuring some of the best teachers in rug hooking – visit our website for more information and openings which still may be available! In coordination with the April retreat, a standing wool workshop will be offered for an additional fee. And the list goes on…..the return of an HCRAG sponsored hook-in in June, monthly programs in a wide range of subjects but primarily featuring a specific fiber arts project or skill or demonstrating the art of rug hooking in the community at large. Last, but not least, we all have the opportunity to help support the guild by volunteering! We could always use help whether it be programs, hospitality, demonstrating or being part of a committee for a special event! We are looking forward to seeing you all at the ever-so-popular auction in February which always proves to be a lot of fun. We are already anticipating going home with treasures!!! To quote Weezie – “So much to do, so little time! And it is all so much fun!” Yours in wool, Weezie, Jan, and Fred
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!