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2017 School Information

Guild’s 21st Rug Hooking School

The announcement of the instructors for our 2017 Rug Hooking School has generated considerable excitement. Instructors Maggie Bonanomi, Cammie Bruce, Capri Boyle Jones, and Cindy Irwin follow in the Guild’s tradition of inviting highly regarded and sought after teachers who will spend the week with us. Rug School will begin on Monday, August 7, 2017 and run to Friday, August 11, 2017.

The fee is $200 for those who are Guild members at the time of our November 2016 meeting (November 11, 2016). A registration deposit of $100 is required. Non-members (fee $275) can register if there are any openings after January 30, 2017. If someone joins the Guild between November 11, 2016 and January 29, 2017, they will be able to register before January 29 but will have to pay the $275 fee. Click here for the registration form!!

Registration forms will be accepted beginning October 14, 2016 which is the day of our October meeting. The forms will simply be collected – no class list established. If a class goes over the maximum number of students, we will take all registration forms for that class that have arrived by November 1, 2016 (no matter how they are received) and use a lottery system to choose the members that get into that class, and to determine the order of names on the wait list.

At the present time there are openings in Cammie Bruce’s and Cindy Irwin’s workshops.

The following initial information is being provided so that members not familiar with the instructors can get to know them.

Maggie Bonanomi
“I never know where to begin! I grew up sewing and creating things, I have been making wool applique for at least 20 years and nearly have hooked rugs that long as well. I learned rug hooking from Emma Lou Lais; she was a wonderful teacher. I have had the opportunity to design for Linda Brannock of Star Quilt Co, Renee Nannaman of Need’l Love, Blackbird designs as well as Blackberry Primitives. I have written eight books with the Kansas City Star. I have also been published in American Patchwork and Quilts magazine as well as Primitive Quilts and Projects and Quiltmania, a French publisher bought my first two books to publish in France.

“I have traveled around the country to teach, which I enjoy very much. I went to France in 2012 as well to promote my books as well as taught three workshops and thank goodness had an interpreter for that.

“I would say my style is primitive, designs simple. Color and design are what I usually am known for and are most important to me. I enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and love to share many timesaving tips I have found. I love the whole process of a project from design to every loop or stitch. I like to incorporate other fabrics into my applique; I even added some velvet to a hooked mat once. I have been tearing and cutting my wool strips, I began to do that years ago when I was trapped at home due to a bad snow storm. I’d just started to hook with a 9 cut (about 11 years ago) well I haven’t ever gone back. I like the look of torn strips in my rugs.

“I grew up moving around, my father was in the Air Force, I married my hubby while living in California and he returned to the Army after his tour in Vietnam we moved around, with two tours in Germany. I reside now in Lexington, Missouri with my hubby of 46 years. My home is a pre-civil war home dated about 1841-1845. I have a studio/shop on Main St here in Lexington called the Purple Turnip. I have two grown daughters with their own families and wonderful grandchildren for us to enjoy. This year we finally got ourselves a West Highland Terrier puppy named Lulu, she really runs the place we only pretend that we’re in charge.”

Maggie feels that she can better teach her own designs rather than someone else's and will be sending a list of her designs to choose from. You may also transfer a pattern from one of Maggie’s books that are in your personal library. For those students interested in applique, Maggie will offer a specific kit that includes instructions and wool. The cost will range from $85 to $125.

Note: -- Maggie will be teaching at the 2017 ATHA Biennial in Cleveland. An image of one of her wool applique pieces can be seen on page 19 of the October/November issue of the ATHA Magazine.

Capri Boyle-Jones
Capri has been developing her art in fiber professionally thru hooking, designing, dyeing, creating, and restoring rugs for twenty-four years. Owner of Capri Boyle Rug Studio, Inc., a McGown accredited teacher, member of ATHA and National Guild of Pearl K. McGowan Hookcrafters. Capri is experienced in and teaches a wide variety of styles while her personal painterly style is Impressionism, focusing on the use of light and color. You may find her artwork in Rug Hooking Celebrations, at Quayside Art Gallery in Pensacola (, The Cultural Arts Alliance (, various exhibits, art shows throughout the US, and private collections.

In this open class, any hooking style and size cut can be applied to your project. Capri will assist you in achieving your preferred outcome. From problem solving an existing project to developing new skills with your hooking, the possibilities are unlimited. Custom design is available upon request.

Cammie Bruce
Primitive and unique finishes are what you get when you take a class with Cammie Bruce. Bring your wide cuts (#7 and up) and experience the primitive arts of Cammie. She loves incorporating textures, plaids, dyed, and any other kind of wool you have into your own rug. Her work with color is subtle but definitive. Cammie enjoys playing with shapes and has created many interesting finishes, edges and borders on her rug designs. She can help you customize your pattern edge with a unique finish. Cammie has been teaching since 2002.

You can find Cammie's work on her blog: and her patterns at

Cindy Irwin
Cindy Irwin has been hooking rugs since 1983. She is a certified McGown teacher and holds classes in her home. Cindy is a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and President of the Conestoga Guild of McGown Rug Crafters. She is the assistant director of Northern Teacher’s Workshop, Director of Loanables for The Pearl McGown National Guild, and on the Board of the National Rug Hooking Museum. Cindy Irwin is well known among her students for embellishing rugs with gemstones

Cindy will be holding an open class. She has a selection of over 70 Amish patterns available. Cindy also has original purse patterns and will have four chapters in the Rug Hooking Magazine book on purses coming out in April. Her purse design patterns will be in the book and she can teach them to students who have purchased the book. Cindy also sells patterns based on the work of Lisa Arkus. These are whimsical and fun to hook. Please visit Cindy's web site Cindy Irwin's rugs have been included in Celebrations nine times. Her Klimt's The Virgin (shown here) is in 2015 Celebrations as an honorable mention!


Still an Opportunity to Attend Rug School Free – Housing is currently only needed for one of our instructors. Anyone housing a teacher will get to attend rug school for free and will get the teacher of their choice as long as an opening still exists in that class. All that is required is to provide housing (private room and bath), breakfast and dinner for the week. Lunch is provided by the Guild. You are not expected to entertain the instructors. They are tired at the end of the day and need time to relax, reflect on the day and prepare for the next day. If you have questions or interest in providing housing for an instructor, let Rug School Directors Lydia Brenner or Debbie Walsh know.


Memorial Scholarship Nomination Deadline -- December 1, 2016 – The Guild’s Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of deceased members. It provides a full scholarship to a deserving member to attend the HCRAG summer rug hooking school and is awarded based on nominations received from our members. The guidelines for granting the prize are quite broad: it could be used to

If you would like to nominate someone for this award, or if you would like to be considered yourself, please contact Jan or Weezie by December 1, 2016. The scholarship recipient will be announced at the December meeting. One position in each teacher’s workshop is being left open until the Scholarship is awarded so the winner can select the teacher of her/his choice.


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