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From the Presidents' Corner

September 2017

Presidents’ Letter - The end of summer is drawing near…for some of us that is a welcome thing (personally, I hate hot weather), others are sad to see it go. Did you attend our camp this summer? Did you attend another workshop someplace? Would you be willing to share what you learned?

After many years of school, and getting kids ready for school, and maybe watching your grandchildren get ready for school, September is ingrained in us as the start of a “new year”. At the end of summer, we start to pack up the lazy days, the days where it is okay to sit on the beach and read all day, and we get back to the “normal routine”. Maybe this year you will build in 1-2 hours a day of hooking. I find that I am getting up earlier and earlier (does this happen as we age???), and I think those newly found hours could be my guaranteed hooking time. Make my cup of tea, sit and hook with no interruptions. Maybe I make that my “drudge hooking” time…I know I have hours of slogging ahead on the rug I worked on at camp this year (and last year). It is big, and it is boring to work on, and there are a million things I would rather be doing. But when it is finished, it will look great on my wall, so I need to get it done.

I recently read a great quote by Imogene Cunningham, a photographer. She was asked what her favorite photograph was, and she answered, “The one I am going to take tomorrow”. I feel that way about my rugs too. Once I get the design and the color plan done and get some hooking done, I frequently am ready to move on to the next one. And the one after that.

At the beginning of this new year, we also want you to think about how you can contribute to the Guild. We can always use extra hands. We have lots of events to help with, from meetings to retreats, to demos, to camp. We need help with arranging programs. We need ideas for programs you would like to have. We always need snacks, help setting up, help cleaning up. Everyone can contribute in some way, and everyone’s help is needed and appreciated.

Let’s make this the greatest year ever!

Yours in wool, 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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