Tuesday, October 28, 2014

November Newsletter

White Mountain Woolen Magic
November 2014 Newsletter

We had a very successful, fun hook-in on October 26.  Many thanks to everyone in the guild who helped by supplying goodies, making proddy pins, donating door prizes, doing security duty, andsetting up and cleaning up.  A special thank you goes to Lynda Hadlock and Joan Wood for arranging the venue and organizing all the details.  The church ladies provided another delicious luncheon and the vendors offered many choices of beautiful wools and supplies.  We had a fabulous turnout of about 60 hookers from all over the region AND some new members joined the guild!  The committee will start plans for next year’s hook-in soon, so stay tuned to hearmore about that in the coming months.  Visit the White Mountain Woolen Magic Facebook page to see pictures of the hook-in.
Congratulations to our Peg Irish, one of the featured artists at the Hooked in the Mountains Rug and Fiber Arts Exhibition in Essex Jct., VT.  From all accounts the exhibit was exceptionalAlso,congratulations to our Grace Collette who was one of the viewer’s choice award winners for her “Child of the Universe” rug.  Go tohttp://www.gmrhg.org/ to view the juror’s choice and viewer’s choice award winners.
Our next meeting is quickly approaching:  This coming Saturday, November 1. The meeting will be held at the Maxfield Public Library, 8 Route 129, in Loudon, NH.  Please bring your lunch and a snack to share.
Our guest will be Pam Rowan.  Pam is an accomplished braider who worked with us in the spring on attaching a braided edge to a hooked rug.  She will work with those who still need help finishing their spring project.  She will also show us how to make a braided turtle.  Pam brought many of her pieces with her in the spring, including the turtle (and the LL Bean boot!), and she will bring some of her new braided items that she made this summer.
Pam will have supplies on hand for purchase or you may bring your own wool.  She will bring the directions for the turtle, wool for the turtle, and wool for the turtle background (black).
We need to bring scissors, safety pins, needles and sewing thread.
The December 6 meeting will be a Yankee swap and potluck at the library.  More information will follow.  For now, mark your calendar.

Monday, October 6, 2014

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October meeting is right around the corner

White Mountain Woolen Magic
October 2014 Newsletter

Fresh from the Deerfield Fair...what a weekend! Despite the crazy heat, several guild members were there todemonstrate and educate folks about the art of rug hooking. We may have some new guild members and/or hook-in attendees as a result of all the promotion.
Congratulations to everyone who entered their rugs.  It was a beautiful display and we should all feel very proud of our accomplishments.
Special congratulations to our Grace Collette, the 2014 Featured Artist. Her beautiful rugs seem to come alive with the various techniques she uses and they all tell wonderful stories.  Well done, Grace!
The next meeting of the White Mountain Woolen Magic Guild will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Maxfield Library in Loudon, 10:00am-2:00pm.  Bring your lunch and a snack to share.
This will be a finishing program.  Mary Jane Peabody will be there to assist with the proddy projects such as the flower pins for the October hook in and rugs started at her workshop last winter.  
Lisa Chaloner will assist folks with hooked name tags...ahhhh, remember those?  Bring some scraps of wool and create a name tag for yourself.
We are hoping that Ann Winterling will be there to answer any questions you may have about your face project and set you on track to finish your piece.  Stay tuned.
The October 25th Hook-in is quickly approaching and Lynda will give an update at the meeting. She worked very hard at the fair to promote the event!  Remember to please bring door prize items.  Theydon’t need to be fiber related but those are always welcome. Thank you to those who have alreadymade pins. We have some beautiful pins to give to our guests.
The Hooked in the Mountains XVII Hooked Rug & Fiber Arts Exhibition will be held October 15-19 in Essex Jct., VT. Another talented guild member, Peg Irish, is one of the featured artists.  For more information go to: http://www.gmrhg.org/
Coming in November, Pam Rowan will return to teach us how to make a small, braided turtle. Plan to attend the meeting on November 1.2014
Happy Hooking!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Happy New Year!!

We hookers have been a busy bunch! We ended our year with a pot luck luncheon and yankee swap. The swap was calm...although I think Lynn is still mad at me for "stealing" her scarf, woven by the talented Theresa H.  That scarf has kept me warm during this polar vortex! There was great food, laughs and excellent gifts.

2014 started with a great proddy workshop led by member MaryJane Peabody. We learned the proper technique for hemming and preparing our backing.

We spent the day cutting and poking our wool into our backing to make the fluffiest rugs ever! There were piles of colorful wool to chose from...we all found our favorites.

Proddy Tools 
Basting and designing

Pile o'wool

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, Feb 1st at the Maxfield Library, Loudon NH
We will be hooking and gambling with wool!! One of our attending members will win a large pile of beautiful hooking wool. Message me for details.
Happy Hooking,

You can also find us on Facebook @White Mountain Woolen Magic

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fall Hooking!

Hello Rug Hookers!,
It's been a fun filled fall for the White Mountain Woolen Magic members. Our October 26th hook in was a success. We hosted hookers from all the New England States. The day began within coffee, tea and plenty of homemade treats.  Door prizes were given through out the day, and the grand prize was a $50.00 gift certificate to the Dorr Wool store. 

Every registered hooker was gifted a beautifully hooked pumpkin pin by Diane L. She was a vendor along with Pam B and Joan W. There was so much beautiful, hand dyed wool to choose from!

A delicious lunch of chili, chicken soup  and sandwiches with warm apple crisp and ice cream for dessert was provided by the St Paul's Church Ladies. We also collected cash and non perishable food items for the food pantry. 

Many attendees shared finished rugs for our display. We had so many beautiful rugs that we filled the space and overflowed into the church sanctuary. The rugs were even more spectacular with the light reflecting through the stained glass windows. 

Our guild gained a few new members and a couple of new hookers!

Our November event was the NE Fiber Fest. Two car loads of members and fiber loving friends drove to West Springfield Mass for our third year visiting the show. There are hundreds of vendors selling everything from raw wool and fiber to recycled silk sari "yarn". We were able to see silk worm cocoons spun into yarn and try needle felting, spinning and tatting. 

There are always new techniques to try and lots of beautiful yarns and wools to purchase. Oh yeah, and the pumpkin bisque and lamb chili are always a good thing. 

We are busy getting ready for our December meeting. Our annual holiday pot luck lunch and Yankee swap will end our year with fun and friendship. 

If you would like to keep up on our activities on a more frequent basis, please follow us on Facebook. You can see lots of photos and interact with others hookers. 

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Happy Hooking,

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Like us on Facebook

Ok, I'm trying something new....

I have set up a Facebook page for our guild. Search FB for White Mountain Woolen Magic and "like" us to keep up on news and see more  photos.

We are busy getting ready for the October hook in. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early

Message me for details,
Happy Hooking!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Welcome Back!!  It's been way to long since I have updated the blog. My New Year's resolution was to be attentive to the guild's on line activities.....well starting in October isn't that bad.....

 We have had a busy year hooking all over the state. Our September meeting (minutes below) was a flurry of collecting rugs for the Deerfield Fair Display and hooking our name tags. We will finish the tags at the October meeting. 

More photos and news to follow...also trying to get a facebook page up and going
Happy Hooking,

September 7, 2013
ATHA Region 1 WMWM
Meeting Minutes

Attendance:  13 members present
                        2 new members introduced:
Judy Sebor
Pat Landry

  • Rugs for Deerfield Fair were collected and forms were made available by Lynda Hadlock
  • October 26 -  Hook-In in Manchester to be held at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Manchester, NH
    • $12 entry fee or $10 if you bring contribution for the food pantry
    • $8 for lunch
    • Sheets sent around for volunteers for the following:
      • Set-up
      • Snacks
      • Clean-up
      • Door prizes
  • New Business
    • October 14 invitation to Carol Murphy’s home
      • 10am to 2pm – bring lunch and slippers
                  o    November 2, New England Fiber Festival
    • $25 for bus and entry cost to be paid in advance to Lynda
    • Sam Adams tent for men with football game on TV available
o    Diane-Loretta Scenna will agree to a workshop in Meredeth in November
    • $155 for 2 days
      • Avatar pattern on linen included (she does embellishments and will bring them to the workshop)
o    Pam Bartlett has free wool at her home
o    Committees were formed for the following year:
    • Hospitality Committee
      • Pam Bartlett, Terry Harmon, Anne Winterling, Jen Evans
            o   Program Committee
      • Diane Lusczc, Pam Bartlett, Sue Englander
            o   Nominating Committee
      • Grace Collette
o     It was determined that we want to define committee rolls
       and would like to form a publicity committee
      -     Meetings:
    • October will be a regular meeting with finishing name tags and discussion regarding the upcoming events
    • November – Fiber Fest
    • December – Pot luck and gift swap with Charlies Barn as the possible location
    • Jan/Feb – TBA by Program Committee
    • May – Artist workshop

-    Anne Winterling asked if we wanted to give a prize for Manchester Hook-In
-    Program Suggestions:
-  Information on how to join the League of NH Craftsmen 
            -  Information presented on various rug camps being held in the area
  1. Searsport Mother and Daughter team have a 2 day Hook-In in Florida
  • How to best travel with hooking


-  The Raffle Rug Drawing made $912 with the winner being Judy Mookler
-  Atha Region I Westford Hook-In will be March 22, 2014 - $25

Show and Tell was done with members displaying their work and the name tag workshop followed lunch.

Meeting adjourned.
Respectfully submitted,
Grace Collette