Past Meeting Schedule for 2011-2012

September 10, 2011:
ATC swap – cards returned from VT rug guild
Las Rancheritas Mexican hooked rugs show and sale

October 8, 2011:
Jon Ciemiewicz from Hudson, NH will present “the concept of creating a third dimension, or how to create the illusion of depth in a hooked rug by using perspective and shading.”

November 12, 2011:
Show ‘n Tell by attendees of the ATHA Biennial

December 10, 2011:
Annual pot luck and holiday celebration

January 2012: No meeting

February 11, 2012:
Needlefelting Techniques with Tin Pedlar members
– Alitza Wildes will demonstrate how she incorporates needlefelting into her hooked rugs.
– Denise Cwalina will introduce us to nuno felting, a Japanese wet felting technique.
– Pat Labrie will show us 3-dimensional needlefelted animals.

March 10, 2012:
Annual Tin Pedlar Auction – Bring those unwanted/extra/never-going-to-get-to projects, books, magazines, wool, patterns, etc. and get ready for a spirited good time!  Guests are welcome!

April 14, 2012:
Hooking with Yarn with Margaret Arraj, Mill River Rugs, Florence, MA
Margaret Arraj has been hooking for 11 years, completing over 90 full-size rugs.  While trained in the technique of traditional rug hooking, she has followed her own path, hooking with rug wool yarn and creating patterns from ethnic and historic textiles and designs.
She has a very active rug hooking studio in western MA where she makes and sells rugs, gives lessons, hosts regular hook-ins, repairs rugs and sells supplies including hand-dyed rug wool.  She has given presentations for several ATHA chapters and her rugs are generally on exhibit 5 or 6 months out of each year.  Her work has also appeared in a number of publications.
Margaret’s program will include a historic perspective on hooking with yarn, her own personal journey, techniques unique to hooking with yarn and design.  She will have many visual examples including the rugs themselves as well as samples of rug wool yarn for everyone.

Visit Margaret’s web site to see examples of her beautiful work:

May 12, 2012:
Election of Officers
Finding My Creative Voice Through Rug Hooking with Peg Irish
Peg Irish has been hooking since 1980, when she began taking classes with teacher and Tin Pedlar member Lois Dugal.  She was immediately captivated by the textures and colors possible in rug hooking, and quickly knew that she needed to create her own designs and dye her own fabrics.  She relies heavily on her own photography and basic geometric designs when creating new projects.  Peg’s work has been featured in numerous publications and she is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous juried and invitational shows.  She has curated several fiber arts and hooked rug exhibits on Cape Cod.  Peg admits to being an “idea person”, always stimulated by a new creative challenge.

 June 9, 2012:
Possible alternate site meeting; TBD

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