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May Meeting – Friday, May 12, 2017 – The May meeting will be at our normal location – the Administration Building (Building #1), which is part of the Hunterdon County Complex, on Rt. 12 outside of Flemington. The street address for a GPS is 314 State Highway 12, Flemington, NJ 08822 although there is no street number on the building. The meeting runs from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Guests are always welcome

Program – Debora Konchinsky of Critter Pattern Works ( will present a three hour workshop on felted applique and embroidery. We will be creating a 12-inch square New Flock of Sheep kit incorporating felted applique and embroidery.

Debora urges our participants to especially be mindful of the need for speed in choosing their background and roving items given the size of our class and our 3-hour time frame, that this is a practice piece to learn the technique. She is dedicated to providing an enjoyable experience for all which can only happen if we are ready to begin in a timely manner. If you are participating, please bring the following supplies or they may be purchased from the teacher:

  1. Pins
  2. Small scissors to cut out appliques
  3. A felting tool
  4. Piece of felting foam (6”x8”x2”)
  5. Embroidery pearl cotton #8 thread (DMC Floss is fine too) in the following colors: natural outdoor colors of greens, browns, grays, flower colors. (Debora carries 50 colors of Presencia size #8 to sell)
  6. Embroidery needles (a variety pack of embroidery needles will work just fine.) The threads need to navigate the hole easily.

Questions can be directed to Jeanne Surdi (908-995-2142 or who has organized this special program.

The class is at full capacity and is currently closed. If you no longer can participate, please let Jeanne know right away.

Show & Tell – Please bring and share your current projects.

Hospitality – We thank in advance the following members who have volunteered to bring snacks and treats to the meeting – Barb Boyko, Joyce Combs, Lois Grieves, Juliana Kapusta, Diane Keweshan, and Dianna Liberto. Our meetings are enhanced by their contributions!

Recycled Wool Available at Meeting -Mary Jo and Karl Gimber are reducing the wool in their stash and will have it available at the meeting for a donation to the Guild. The wool is from used clothing that has been disassembled and washed.


Hunterdon County Guilds Celebrate 40th Anniversary – In 1977 under the leadership of Josephine “Jo” Knobloch a series of craft guilds were established by a cooperative effort between Hunterdon County Adult Education and the Office of Aging. Through this project, art and craft courses were taught across the County. This led to the creation of several guilds for rug hookers, bakers, quilters, knitters and embroiderers. (More information on the early history of our Guild can be found on our website by clicking on the Contact Us tab.) The guilds will join together to celebrate the 40th Anniversary with a day demonstrating their artisanship at the 2017 Hunterdon County 4-H & Agricultural Fair in August.

Barb Perry is working on the 40th Anniversary celebration and is organizing a hooked mat challenge (12” x 12”) to do with Hunterdon County. Examples might be the covered bridges, mills, farms, animals, rock walls, barns, restaurants farmers’ markets, hotels, the famous Flemington Courthouse, or anything at all that might be important to you. The mats could be entered into the 4-H Fair show under the category 40th Anniversary Festival Viewers’ Choice.


Guild Demonstrations Continue with Sheep Shearing at Howell Living Farm – May 6, 2017 – The Guild returns to Howell Farm on Saturday May 6. Howell Living Farm is a 130 acre living open-air museum ( located off of Route 29 just below the Golden Nugget Flea Market, Lambertville, NJ. Our demonstrators will be set up in the barn annex adjacent to the Visitors’ Center. Lunch is provided. Contact Karl Gimber (215-297-0803 or if you want to help.

The spring ritual of shearing sheep’s winter wool coat provides a natural platform to tell our story about traditional rug hooking. The wool we use in hooking our rugs goes hand-in-hand with natural wool fiber.

Participating in our demonstrations is an ideal way to support the Guild for members who are not in a position to serve as an officer or chair an activity. New members are encouraged to join our demonstrators for a fulfilling and relaxing day. It is important to recognize that even if you have only been hooking for a short period of time, you know more about rug hooking and pulling loops than those who come out to these events. The feedback from visitors is gratifying and reassuring. Demonstrators are welcome to come for a couple of hours or the entire day.


Volunteers Needed for Sheep & Fiber Festival (September 9 & 10, 2017) – The Sheep & Fiber Festival is held at the Hunterdon County Fairgrounds in Ringoes, NJ. It is a major attraction for fiber people and is an ideal venue for sharing information on rug hooking and our Guild. Since the event falls the week-end following our first meeting in the fall, Amy Korengut is starting early to recruit volunteers for our hooking demonstration. A signup sheet will be circulated at the May meeting. You can reach Amy at 908-221-9061 or if you need more information.


Guild Sponsors Hook-in (June 3, 2017) – Our first hook-in for several years will be held at the fire house in Three Bridges, NJ on June 3, 2017 from 9-4. The Three Bridges Fire House is located off the Three Bridges exit from Rte. 202 less than three miles north of the Flemington Circle. The registration fee is $15. Participation is limited to 120. We are past the halfway point in registrations and registrations are coming quickly. Please register as early as possible to insure your space.

The following vendors have been confirmed::

At the present time, the following vendors have been confirmed: We will also have a classified board at the hook in. If anyone wishes to sell used hooking equipment they can post the item on the board, with their cell phone number. The seller will keep the item that is for sale and the buyer will call the seller on their cell phone. The two can discuss the item and the terms of sale.

Volunteers are needed to help set up and take down the rugs that will be exhibited and to provide snacks. Contact Marian Hall (610-431-1835 or if you can assist

Additional information and the registration form are available here.


Families Turn Out for Peter Wentz Farmstead Sheep Shearing - On Saturday April 22nd , Cherry Halliday, Juliana Kapusta, and Pat McDonnell attended the annual Peter Wentz sheep shearing day. Although it did not snow like last year, it rained on and off throughout the day. Nevertheless, our HCRAG rug hookers were cozy under a huge tent while sharing their skill and love of this art. It was estimated that more than 700 visitors attended, many stopping by to "try out the hook." We hope that we inspired all, especially the children to join the ranks of our rug hooking community.

We are grateful to Pat for coordinating our efforts at the Farmstead and to Cherry and Juliana for supporting the Guild.


Spring Retreat - We may have had a small group for our spring hook in (about 14) but we got a large amount of hooking done. There were big and small projects being worked on, including some that were started at our summer rug school. Marian brought a huge selection of her beautiful dyed wool. And Ellen kept us entertained for part of the weekend with her incredible DJ skills. We listened to (and sang along with!) hits from all the decades starting with the 50s and continuing on to more current music. It was a fun and productive weekend!


HCRAG Website - Our Guild’s website ( is an important source of Guild and rug hooking information. The site includes a wealth of information for rug hookers that is updated monthly.

In order to have a rug added to the site, send a photograph to Karl Gimber at The photo needs to be well focused and identified with your name and the name of the rug


HCRAG Library – Kathy brings a selection of books to each meeting. A listing of the resources available to members from the Guild’s library can be found on our website ( If there is a specific item you want from our library, contact Kathy by 12:00 noon on the day before our meeting and she will bring it to the meeting. Kathy can be reached at 908-755-1670 or

Members who borrow books are reminded that they need to be returned in a timely manner, so that the books will be available for other members.



Looking to Buy by Joyce Combs (609-737-9281)

Looking to buy #4 and #9 Townsend Cutter Fingers

For sale by Kay Weeks (908-894-4143) Please submit any items to be included on the Classified Section of “The Loop” to Mary Passerello at 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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