Sunday, November 8, 2009

Purse Workshop

September workshop.

Our Guild had the opportunity to have Jennifer visit this year, and what a treat it was. She had many patterns, wool, sari ribbon and other goodies to show us and gave us hints and tips and how-to's on her patterns, how she designed them and their construction.

Here are a few pictures of the participants.

Judy, Karen and Alaina

MaryAnn and Jeannie

Karen hard at work.


Jen helping Judy B and Candy on their projects.



Debbie as always far ahead of the rest of us.


Bee and her Bar-Jello

Donna and Pat K

Jewelee and Debbie again.

Jeannette (no I'm not trying to sneak a picture of you napping!)

Now pictures of projects in progress.

Plaid in progress

Mary's birds

Jewelee's Cornflowers

Bee's Bar-Jello

Jeannie's Skeleflora

Alaina's Pomegranates

Donna's Peonies.

After class, Jen's tour guide took her about the state to see the sights, one of which was Sleeping Bear Dunes.

View from the "top" .... well, the top for us older people.

And of course, Jen made it much farther.

Wonderful time, fabulous food, three days with friends and a great teacher ... what more could one ask for?

2010 Registration

2010 Manistee Rug School Registration Form


June 21 to June 25, 2010
Manistee, Michigan

It is our pleasure to invite you to enroll in the 10th Annual Manistee Rug School, June 21st through 25th, 2010. The school is sponsored by the West Shore Ruggers Guild.
Classes will be held at the Manistee High School, 525—12th Street, Manistee, Michigan, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily. Ending Friday at 1:00 p.m. The building is handicapped accessible.
Cost of enrollment in the rug school classes is $185.00 for the week. This does not include your supplies, extras that you may purchase for your rug or meals and lodging. Lunch is available for an extra fee with your choice of regular, vegetarian or notify us of any special dietary needs.
To enroll, send a deposit of $100.00 to reserve your spot with first and second choices of teachers. You will receive confirmation of your reservation. The lunch fee will be due at registration. Your registration will be refunded if you cancel by March 31, 2010. Send the attached form with your check to:
Alaina Trout, before Nov 30th or after April 20th at PO Box 376, Onekama, MI 49675 (231)889-5763 or e-mail anytime at
Or you may contact Karen Rorick 231-352-0262 or email in Michigan

Kris Miller, Howell, Michigan
“I started rug hooking in 1998 after I saw stacks and stacks of spot dyed wool and wondered what people did with all those beautiful colors.” Kris teaches exclusively primitives and wide cuts with a heavy emphasis on textured wool and no shading. Her business is Spruce Ridge Studios, where she represents many other artists besides herself and also sells hand-dyed and as-is wool, as well as rug hooking accessories. Her work appears in “Celebrations,” RHM and the book “Designs for Primitive Rug Hookers,” among other publications. 1786 Eager Rd, Howell, MI 48855. (527) 546-7732

Judy Colley, Wyoming, Michigan
Judy has been teaching rug hooking since 1975 and is an accredited McGown teacher. She has taught at schools and workshops around the country and teaches weekly in her home studio. He work has been displayed many times in “Celebrations” and RHM. She is the director of “Off The Ocean Rug Hooking Conference” in Florida each January. She loves color, color planning and dyeing. She enjoys and will teach all cuts of wool, but favors fine cut shading. 2451 Michael SW, Wyoming, MI 49509 (616) 531-9255

Gail Dufresne, Lambertville, NJ
Gail comes from a long line of rug hooking ancestry and has been hooking over 22 years. Her open class where “anything goes” can also incorporate the use of unusual materials such as boucle, angora, chenille and ribbons. She teaches all cuts and loves to play with color, textures and especially geometrics. Her class can include proddy and sculpturing techniques. Her work has been in “Celebrations”, many articles in RHM and ATHA. She also wrote the dye section of Elizabeth Black’s book, “Hooked on the Wild Side.” She is currently the vice-president of ATHA. 247 Goat Hill Road, Lambertville, NJ 08530 (609) 397-4885

Tish Murphy, Minneapolis, MN
Tish has been a rug hooker for about 25 years, self taught, but with a lifetime of training and experience as an artist. During the past 10-15 years she has developed a keen interest in hooking faces and love sharing her techniques with others. Tish has taught in Minnesota, Maine, and Wisconsin and has had the pleasure of many appearances in Rug Hooking Magazine and the Celebration annual, beginning in 1990. In addition to her love of faces, she enjoys stretching the limits of rug hooking - always investigating new applications of this wonderful medium. The focus of this class will be on hooking a face, your own or one of Tish’s patterns available from her. See her web site at 3213—42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 724-6242

Andrea Rheinlander, Michigan ...
Information soon to follow. Please see photos of her rugs from Rug School 2009 and below.

YES, Please enroll me in the 2010 Manistee Rug School. To reserve my spot, I am enclosing my check for ____________, payable to West Shore Ruggers Guild.


Join us for lunch and get acquainted with everyone and enjoy the drawings for prizes during lunch.
Please select:
____Special dietary (Please Specify)
____No lunch

Select your teacher and a second choice in case the class is full.
_______Kris Miller
_______Judy Colley
_______Andrea Rheinlander
_______Gail Dufresne
_______Tish Murphy

____ Please send lodging information

Return registration form to:
Alaina Trout
PO Box 376, Onekama, MI 49675