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From the Presidents' Corner

April 2018

President's Letter - Spring is coming—honestly. I have it on my calendar! This is the time of year when there is new growth, regrowth, lots of color, and lots of energy. How do those things show up in our hooking?

Having just gotten back from Guatemala, I can say that what I am working on has all of that. But what will happen in my next piece? I have no idea. Just as I have no idea if the bulbs I planted will come up again this year, or if my tree will show new growth or die, as the last one in that spot did. We all need to challenge ourselves periodically to do something out of our comfort zone—that is new growth—doing something new. Regrowth could be refining something we tried last time and it wasn’t quite right. We now know how to dye with neckties, but what other kinds of dyeing do we want to learn? How can we add more color to our rugs (as well as our lives)? Do your rugs have any energy to them? Do you feel as energized halfway through your rug as you do when you start? Is it still fun to work on, or has it become drudgery? How can we reinvigorate the process? We all need to think about these things.

Be sure to come to the April meeting, when Amy Korengut and I will be presenting our amazing trip to Guatemala. We will show pictures, rugs, other stuff we bought, and will discuss the Multicolores project. We will also take you through the process the Mayan women use (this will be hands on for you—you need to bring your hooking stuff, including a small piece of backing and your fattest hook. See the article about the meeting). We will have some of the Mayan rugs for sale, so bring your checkbooks. We will have things from coaster size ($8?) to rug size (up to $350?). This will be a trunk show, and all the money will go back to Multicolores. This is your opportunity to own a fabulous piece of art and help them as well. Prices are ridiculous cheap.

As our term of office comes to a close, we would like to thank all of you for your support, your efforts, and for trusting us to lead this wonderful guild. It has been fun, and now it is time to pass the torch to a team in which we have every confidence. Mary and Robin will be great leaders, and we see the Guild continuing to thrive under their leadership.

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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