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From the Presidents' Corner

October 2017

Presidents’ Letter - This Presidents’ letter will be a little bit different… I just returned from 10 days in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where I spent that time with some college friends (we’ve been friends for 50 years…yikes!!), hiking, boating, eating, drinking, and taking pictures. Between the 10 of us, counting cell phones, we had about 15 cameras. We got into a discussion about what would happen to all the pictures we have taken (that we have kept) all our lives.

I have thought about this before, when I was the recipient of more than 10,000 slides my father had taken during his lifetime. My criterion was simple-if the picture included my biological family, or friends I adored, I kept the slide. All the rest got tossed out. That brought it down under 400. I know several other people who faced the same daunting job of dealing with things like that. Previously, I have thought about what would happen to all my hooked rugs, and all my supplies.

While I was away, I got an email from someone whose mother had been a member of the Guild many years ago, and she had recently died. No one in the family wanted her hooking equipment, and could the Guild use it. I probably get 3 such emails each year. Getting that email on top of the discussion I was having with my friends cemented this month’s topic.

My question is “what will happen to your hooked rugs and your hooking supplies when you depart this life”? As far as I can tell, my kids do not want my hooked pieces, or certainly not all of them. I hope my grandkids, nieces and nephews might want some. Do you remember back a few years when someone found what is now the Guild hooked rug on some street out for trash collection? It was (and still is) a beautiful rug. Thankfully, someone knew of the Guild and notified us, and we were able to collect this treasure. I don’t want anything I spend so much time on to end up like that (altho’ some might). When Madeline and Margaret Brightbill died, they knew that their nephews and families did not want any more rugs, so they asked that their Thursday hooking group divide up their wool and the pieces they had made. This was all coordinated ahead of time, and handled in a judicious manner. It was also fun to reminisce over each piece as we were choosing them. My husband knows that he is supposed to contact the Guild when I die, to donate all my stuff. (I hope I use a lot of it before then…).

I am not going to survey everyone to see if you have made plans, but this is just something that has been floating around in my brain for a while. It is a topic we all need to think about. We have invested a lot of time and money in our fiber art, and it would be a shame to let some random family member decide it is or is not worth saving or sharing.

So, CHEERS!

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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