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This Month's Meeting

June Meeting – Friday, June 9, 2017 – Our last meeting of the program year will be our traditional potluck picnic luncheon and our weather delayed fundraising auction. We will be meeting 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 – For those who have not attended in the past, this is an inside picnic. It is a potluck affair and all members are requested to bring their favorite appetizer, entrée, salad or dessert. HCRAG members are known for their exceptional cooking skills as well as their rug hooking. The food is wonderful!! The informal nature of the picnic presents an excellent opportunity to get to know each other better and to do some hooking. Bring your hooking!

Our annual auction is a major fundraiser for the Guild. Part of the auction will be silent and part out loud and raucous. Bring quality items you are willing to donate. They do not have to be related to rug hooking, although hooking things do sell well. Items hooked by Guild members are always valued, so consider donating one of your earlier projects. Of course, bring your check books so that you will be prepared and able to bid and buy enthusiastically. It will be a fun and lively event. Your participation is a great way to support our Guild - by recycling – by bidding -- by buying – by cheering on the bidders.

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

Hospitality – We thank our members who have volunteered to bring snacks and treats to our meetings during the program year. Our meetings were enhanced by your contributions!

Guild Looks Forward to Our 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 9am - 4pm. 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. There is still time to register.

The following vendors have been confirmed:

The following vendors will be offering a wide selection of rug hooking supplies: 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.


Additional 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.


Beginner's Workshop Offered – August 8, 2017 – Cherry Halliday, a certified McGown instructor, will be teaching the Beginner’s Workshop that is offered during our annual rug hooking school at the ESC School. This year the workshop will be held on Tuesday, August 8 from 9:00 until noon. The fee is $75, which includes a pattern on linen backing, a hook, wool, and basic frame. Participants need to provide a sharp scissors. Beginners are welcome to bring a lunch and stay to hook for the afternoon with those attending school. The workshop is intended for adults. Registrants ages 12 to 18 can participate if accompanied by a parent or adult.

To register, mail a check made out to HCRAG to Debbie Walsh 51 Spruce Street, Cranford, NJ 07016. Questions can also be directed to Debbie at 908-272-7012 or


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.


Volunteers Needed for Summer Demonstration Schedule – Volunteers are needed to support our Guild’s active demonstration schedule this summer. During the summer we will be demonstrating at the:

  1. Mercer County 4-H Fair (July 29 & 30)
  2. Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair (August 24)
  3. Garden State Sheep & Fiber Festival (September 9 & 10)

Mercer County 4-H Fair (July 29 & 30) - Howell Living Farm is the ideal location for a 4-H Fair. We will be set up under a large tent in the field behind the Visitors Center. Volunteers need to provide chairs and bring lunch or purchase food that will be available. Demonstrators are needed for both days. Karl Gimber is our Event Coordinator. Contact him at 215-297-0803 or to let him know if you can assist. The event is free and attracts many local families.

Hunterdon County 4-H Fair and Agricultural Fair (August 24) – This old fashioned fair attracts large crowds during its five days at the end of August. Several craft guilds including HCRAG will be exhibiting their work in locked, protective cases. Ribbons will be awarded in Narrow Cut, Wide Cut, Mixed Media/Three Dimensional, Mini Punch Needle, and Wearables using the same criteria as in past years. Each Guild is assigned a day to demonstrate their craft. Our Guild will be demonstrating on Thursday, August 24th from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. If you are available to help with the demo, please contact Mary Passerello (908-782-1765 or or Diane Liberto (908-782-7563 or, our Event Coordinators.

Mary and Diane will be collecting the hooked items for display at our Rug Hooking School on August 10th between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. There will be no changes to categories or judging criteria. They will distribute the 4-H Hooked Rug Division Entry Form at the June meeting and at Rug School. Advance copies of the form and guidelines will be distributed with the newsletter. If you would like to make other arrangements for submitting your hooked items, please contact Mary or Diane.

The Garden State Sheep Festival (September 9 & 10) – The Festival will be at the Hunterdon County Fair Grounds in Ringoes, NJ. This popular event draws large crowds of people interested in fiber arts. We need demonstrators for both days. Contact Amy Korengut, our event coordinator, to help out with this fabulous event. She can be reached at 908-221-9061 or

Save the Date - Brandywine Rug Hooking Guild Hook-in (October 28, 2017) – The Brandywine Guild has announced the date for their fall hook-in at the Kimberton Fire Company in Kimberton, PA. Details will be available shortly.


Heavens – To - Betsy Hook-In (October 28, 2017) – Betsy Reed is sponsoring a hook-in on Saturday October 28, 2017 from 9am to 4pm at The Falls - 158 Union Turnpike Hudson, NY. The vendors will be:

The cost for the day is $30.00 which includes morning treats and a catered lunch. This is a new location so more can attend than in the past. If interested please contact Betsy at


The Guild Demonstrated During Sheep Shearing Day at Howell Living Farm – Barb Perry and Marsha Moyer-Payne joined Karl Gimber at Howell Farm on May 6, 2017 to demonstrate rug hooking. The weather turned out to be better than the rainy forecast but did limit the number of visitors. A delicious homemade lunch was provided by the staff. In addition, we were given a dozen eggs and a bottle of maple syrup produced at the Farm. To learn more about the living open-air farm museum go to


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


Stock Up For Summer Reading – Now is the time to borrow books from the Guild’s extensive library to provide for your summer reading. A listing of the resources available to members from the Guild’s library can be found on our website ( All you need to do to borrow books is to contact Kathy Donovan, our Librarian, 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.



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:


"The Loop" Newsletter

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