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This Month's Meeting

Next Meeting – Friday, March 9, 2018

Program – Ellen and Sharon will demonstrate dyeing with silk ties. Guild Hook-in.

The refreshments for March will be brought by Debbie Walsh, Cindy Boults, Linda Ehly, Lois Grieves, and Susan Atwater. Please bring your own beverage.


Other Information

Information about Framer of Weezie’s Birch Trees

Those members in attendance at February's meeting saw my birch tree piece as I got it back from being "framed". It is not actually framed so much as mounted on a frame. The person who I use (and I have used her many times) is Kathy Wilson of Point Pleasant, Pa. Her phone number is 215-297-0806, and I highly recommend her. She not only mounts the rug, but I give it to her with just some zigzagging. She sews rug binding (which she sometimes has to dye to make it match) on it, finishes the edge, sews it to a piece of cotton duck, and then stretches it around a frame her husband makes for each piece. She adds a hanging wire to the back. She does a lot of work for antique dealers and museums too. Considering what she does, the price is VERY reasonable. If you contact her, mention that you are in the Guild.


Dear Rug Hooking Friends - I am hoping to reach all my colleagues--students, teachers and hooking artists...Can you please help me with a big project/dream of mine that has been percolating for at least a decade? It’s time for me to get in gear! My mission is to write a book for rug hookers that illustrates the great design resource of ART HISTORY....the whole timeline from Prehistoric to Post Modern, with forays into Asian, Oceanic, Native American, African, and Aboriginal Australian images.

I NEED PHOTOGRAPHS of your great rugs which have been adapted or inspired by fine art and indigenous tribal design. Ideally, I would love to have several rugs representing each major movement in Art History. It would be fantastic to receive submissions of your work!!! By email please to

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.

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 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.


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).




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 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

"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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