The Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild meets on the second Friday of the month from 10:00 to 2:00. Our meetings normally consist of a short business meeting, a “show & tell” portion and a program on some aspect of rug hooking. Refreshments are provided by Guild volunteers. Used wool garments are often available for those who hook with recycled wool. Members are encouraged to bring their rug hooking equipment and to work on their latest project. Guests are always welcome to attend a meeting before joining the Guild.
Our normal meeting site is in of the Hunterdon County Complex on Route 12, outside of Flemington, NJ. We meet in Assembly Room B in the County Administration Building. As you turn off Route 12 onto the road leading into the Complex, make the first right into the parking lot. The meeting is in the first building on the right. The street address for the Complex is 314 State Highway 12, although that does not appear on the road.
When our regular meeting site it not available, we normally meet in the Court Room within the Police Station at the Raritan Township Municipal Complex — a very short distance from our regular meeting room. The Complex is by the Rt. 12 and Rt. 523 traffic circle just outside Flemington, NJ. The address, which does not appear on the road, is 1 Municipal Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822-3446.
Origins of HCRAG and the Development of Craft Guilds in Hunterdon CountyIn 1976 a cooperative effort between Hunterdon County Adult Education and the Office of the Aging was started under the Older Americans Act. Under this project, art and craft courses were taught throughout the municipalities of Hunterdon County with the guidance of Josephine “Jo” Knobloch. The success of the classes led to establishing a Rug Artisans Guild with the purpose of preserving the cultural heritage of traditional rug hooking. It was self-sustaining, requiring annual payment of minimal dues, which were used to pay guest instructors. Members, in turn, gave exhibits and demonstrations within the community to continually educate and keep the public aware of their existence and gain new members. The Adult Education Office advertised the Guild’s programs and provided meeting space. With the success of this project called “Project Arts and Crafts for Hunterdon Aging” (PACHA), “Jo” Knobloch was offered a full time position as Special Projects Coordinator for Adult Education. She soon used the rug hooking guild model and organized the patchwork & quilting, needlework, and knitting and crocheting guilds. Members of the various guilds and participants in other art and craft classes were creating so many quality handmade pieces that Jo Knobloch sought and gained approval for opening an outlet store where these creations could be sold. Thus was born “Golden Talents,” which was located in Liberty Village in Flemington, NJ. Golden Talents operated successfully as a self-sufficient business for 28 years. The guilds originally established by Jo Knobloch still exist and continue to meet and support Hunterdon County. Items created by their members are exhibited each year at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair at the County Fairgrounds in Ringos, NJ. Jo Knobloch’s guidance to “her guilds” stressed working cooperatively with the community as one of the finest ways possible to show appreciation for their past and continued support.
For more information or for questions feel free to contact our officers. They are also anxious to hear from you on ideas and suggestions on how we can make the Guild responsive to your needs.
Vice President - Membership
Ellen DiClemente – 908-284-9570 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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