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. 

Like us at "White Mountain Woolen Magic"

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

Saturday, May 5, 2012

May Meeting

Hi Everyone,   Thanks to those that could make it today, it was an even better program than I expected, and the fact that the professor did so much research on copyright as it might pertain to rug hooking, was great.  It was a great educational opportunity for all of us and how we can better protect our own work and how we interpret other art that we use in rug hooking.    FYI, the road trip in June is postponed until July, because June is such a busy month.  News on a June meeting will follow soon.   Do sandwiches freeze well?  :) Pam Bartlett White Mt. Woolen Magic ATHA Chapter 52

Saturday, November 5, 2011

New England Fiber Fest

Our guild members had a fun day at the NE FIber Fest in Springfield Ma.
We met the bus early Saturday Morning and were were greeted by a Bald Eagle perched in a near by tree. Sharp eyed Theresa pointed him out to us. You can't see him in the photo...but he's there, and flew off over the Merrimack River to look for breakfast. Theresa told us it was good luck to see an eagle-we knew that the wool shopping was going to be GREAT!!

We boarded the bus and let Jay drive us to Springfield. Big thanks to Lisa for the coffee with all the fixings-Lynda and Theresa were the designated pourers (Good thing we were in the back of the bus).

After a quick group photo, we were off!! 150 vendors, yarn, fleece, wool, fiber....ideas, creativeness, inspiration! Lots of fluffy animals, bags of freshly shorn sheep, goat , llama and alpaca. Cute bunnies, baskets, loads of wool yarn, roving and fibers. French fries and ice cream completed the day.

 We were shown how to wear a hank of yarn as a scarf.Warm and fashionable. Readily available if you want to knit or crochet!
 Angora bunnies-so soft!

 Alpaca imitating an ostrich!!

 A comfy llama inspired chair

are you looking at me????
Everyone had a great time, and we are looking forward to next year's event. We supported the economy and added to our stashes. We will be dreaming of fleece and fiber for many nights to come.
Happy Hooking,

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Deerfield Fair 2011

Lots of particular is somewhere in the middle.......

WOW...what a great showing of hooked rugs at the Fair. Many of the rugs displayed were from our members...the rest of them from "potential members". Many thanks to Grace C for collecting our rugs and transporting them to the rug committee.
Several of our members demonstrated rug hooking to the fair goers. It's rewarding to educate and excite young (and mature) people in the traditional arts. There seems to be a growing interest in Girl Scout Troops  working towards their badges. Many people tell us they remember their grandmothers hooking...hopefully we look lots younger!
Some people return to the rug barn every year to see what new projects we are hooking and are excited to see what ribbons we have won.

Our guild hopes to hold our regular Saturday meeting at the fair next year. What fun it will be to have 30+ hookers in the barn-we might need our very own fried dough stand!

Happy Hooking!