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This Month's Meeting

Next Meeting – Friday, April 13, 2018

ProgramBe sure not to miss the April meeting!! April 13, Weezie and Amy will talk about their trip to Guatemala to visit the Mayan women who have been taught rug hooking. You will learn a little bit about Guatemala and the history of Multicolores. They will show slides, pieces they purchased, and pieces you can purchase, and you will experience "the Mayan Way" of hooking (using recycled Tee shirts). Bring an open mind and a willingness to play. You will need your frame or hoop, a small piece of backing, a sharpie, your fattest-shaft hook, big scissors (not just the sideways ones for trimming ends), and if you have an old tee shirt with rips or tears or stains, that you are willing to sacrifice for the cause, bring it too--any color is fine. You will draw a Mayan pattern and start to hook it. It should be great fun. Plan on staying awhile, so bring your lunch.

The refreshments for April will be brought by Anne Penkal, Diane Keweshan, Kathy Donovan, Robin Nissenfeld, Marge Anderson, Mary Lou Green.

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Other Information

Member Items For Sale

Members are encouraged to bring rug hooking equipment they wish to sell to monthly meetings. This would allow current and new members to see equipment in person prior to purchase. A table will be set up for display. All items are to be labeled as to what it is, brand name, current owner, contact info, and price. Remember, there is a classified section in our newsletter. To place your item in the classifieds, email Brenda before the 20th of the month. Bss45@cornell.edu.

Newsletter Contributions Requested

Reminder from the editor--- this is YOUR newsletter! Please contribute to it! Are you a veteran hooker? What do you wish you knew when you first started? Please share that. Have you picked up a neat tip from rug school or a teacher? Let us know! New to the guild? Introduce yourself! Can you describe yourself in 5 sentences or less? Please share! Beginner hooker? What attracted you to hooking? Share your enthusiasm! Email your contribution to Brenda at bss45@cornell.edu. Thanks!!!!

New Wool Sales Policy

The Guild Board discussed and voted on a new ‘wool sales at meetings’ policy, and after further discussion with Lisa Savino, who arranges our rooms with the County, the policy will be:

When we are at the Admin Building (our regular location), those wishing to sell wool can bring as much as they want unless Lisa notifies us that we only have half the room, or if we have a program presenter who is bringing wool as part of the presentation. However, if you have previously ordered wool from someone, that transaction can be completed. If we are meeting at the Police Station (as we do every November) or if we only have small space at the Admin Bldg please limit what you bring into the room. If it proves that it is too complicated when the space is small, we will readdress this part of the policy.

All wool must be set up within our meeting room. Our contract with the County says we cannot operate a ‘store’ (or maybe the word is commercial), and if someone walks into the hallway from the outside, and buys a piece of wool from someone in the hall, we now have a ‘store’. For the privilege of selling wool to Guild members, the Guild will get a 10% commission. Every place a vendor goes to sell costs money (in some cases, a LOT of money), so this is a thank you to the Guild for making the space and the audience available.

“Snow”tification Policy

Last winter we had lots of problems with weather on our meeting days. And we live all over the place; so many people’s weather is not what is happening in Flemington. After much discussion, we have decided that a committee of 3 (Cindy Boults, Linda Reitz, and Lisa Savino) will decide if our meeting will be cancelled due to weather. This decision will be made by 8 am on the day of the meeting, and Lisa will send out an email blast. We cannot post this on the website as the webmaster cannot react quickly enough to make it effective.

**It is up to each member to check their email before leaving home.**
**It is up to those who do not have email to call someone who does.**

It may be much worse where you live than in Flemington, or it may be much worse in Flemington than where you live. If you have any trepidation about coming to a meeting, don’t come. Nothing will happen at a meeting that is worth you risking your life, your health, your car, your blood pressure, your sanity.

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Other Events

2018 Hunterdon Hook-in

We are having our second Hook-in on June 2, 2018 at the Three Bridges Fire Hall, 9am to 4pm. Registration is $15 and the forms are available on the website. If you can’t come for the day, Walk-ins for shopping are welcome for $10 after 12:00. If you didn’t attend last year it is a day of good fun…. bring your latest hooking project to work on, catch up with old friends, meet new hookers from all over, win wonderful door prizes, and find great shopping. You can buy a Jersey Mike’s lunch when you register or bring your lunch. Snacks are provided by Guild members and water is provided by the Guild. We are having a variety of vendors again so you can stock up on all your hooking and fiber art needs! A preliminary list of vendors is: The Wool n’ Gardener, Wooly Dye Works, Diane Pearce (baskets), Two Old Crows, , Susan Gonzalez Designs (wool applique), The Wool Farm (from Delaware), and MJ Miller (finished ornaments and applique work).

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HCRAG CLASSIFIEDS

SALE ITEM!!

Townsend/Bliss #4 cutting blade, never used.
Asking $100.
Retail - $200.
Please See Susan Atwater

Please submit any items to be included on the Classified Section of “The Loop” to Mary Passerello at mpassere@comcast.net or 908-782-1765 by the 20th of the month prior to when you want the item included. The classified section is refreshed monthly so please resubmit repeat ads.

The following information must be included with each submission:

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"The Loop" Newsletter

"The Loop" is the newsletter of the Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild (HCRAG). Click here to see an archive of back issues.

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