Friday, February 18, 2011


June 20 to June 24, 2011
Manistee, Michigan

Instruction and Exhibition of Traditional and Primitive Hand-Hooked Rugs
Sponsored by the
West Shore Ruggers Guild


It is our pleasure to invite you to enroll in the 11th Annual Manistee Rug School, June 20th through 24th, 2011.  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 $210.00 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 deposit will be refunded if you cancel by March 31, 2011.  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 in   Michigan at 231-352-0262  or e-mail 802 Forest Ave.  Frankfort, MI 49635

Cindi Gay, Pemberville, OH
Cindi has been featured in “Rug Hooking Magazine” and “Celebrations,” along with many other rug hooking books and publications, well known for her award-winning pictorial “Village of Pemberville.”  She has also written “Pictorial Basics: Pine Trees, Grass and Sky,” “Dyeing Without Dye” and “Dyeing By The Numbers,” which are available on her web site which also has an excellent “Rug E-School” and now  has a blogspot to catch up on her latest creations. Cindi also taught at the ATHA National in Kentucky in 2009.  PO Box 83, Pemberville, OH 43450-0083  (419) 287-3884.
Elizabeth Black,  Bentonville, VA
Elizabeth’s career as a fiber artist devoted to rug hooking began 40 years ago.  Over the last 35 years, she has taught classes throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Her work has been featured on TV and appeared in numerous magazines and books, including “Celebrations.”  (“Early American Life” magazine named Elizabeth one of the top 100 U.S. craftsmen six times.)  She is the author of “Hooked On The Wild Side.”  All are welcome in her class, but many come to learn how to hook realistic animals and birds.  P.O. Box 28, Bentonville, VA  22610-0028  See her work on the web at

Susan Feller, Augusta, WV
Create a hooked rug in the manner of Fraktur folk art in this class taught by nationally known folk art expert and hooked rug artisan, Susan Feller. Susan Feller's expertise is in Design, with a focus on FolkLife patterning.  Start the session by creating your own pattern using templates, books and Susan's research into PA German frakturs (illuminated manuscripts).  You don't have to be German to enjoy this American design resource.  An Art and History graduate, owner of art gallery and now teacher, dyer and designer of patterns under Ruckman Mill Farm, Feller invites those of you who "can't draw a straight line" and people who are interested in learning about their heritage to enroll.  The basic elements and principles of design will also be discussed, from line and shape to color.  Visit to see the Fraktur line of designs she has developed. Feller is currently serving as Coordinator of Regional Reps on the ATHA Board, is the Past-President of TIGHR (The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers) and a contributing writer to Rug Hooking Magazine. P.O. Box 409, Augusta, WV 26704   304-496-8073

Pam Schmelzle, Wautoma, WI
Pam began rug hooking at the age of 5, mainly due to being born into a household that had two rug hookers.  Her mother (Audrey Moreman) and grandmother (Marie Wurech) both hooked rugs, so she learned from them.  Her grandmother taught rug braiding at the Oshkosh, Wisconsin Technical College and taught Pam how to dye wool.  It was not until she was in my 30s that she studied under Irene Jones of Waupaca, Wisconsin.  She apprenticed with Irene for 5 years to become an accredited McGown teacher.  Pam has taught rug hooking classes for Fox Valley Technical College in Redgranite, Wisconsin and currently teaches from her home.  This year she will be one of the featured teachers at the National McGown Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, October 14th-17th, where she has been asked to teach a shaded wide cut for this event.  She enjoys both fine and wide cut patterns.  Pam is one of the founding members of the Heart of Wisconsin rug hooking guild, belongs to the Cream City rug hooking guild and attends Southern, North Central and Northern McGown teacher workshops annually.  W6882 Big Horn Lane, Wautoma, WI 54982  920-787-4794

Donna Hrkman, Dayton, OH
Donna has been an artist all of her life, but is relatively new to rug hooking. She primarily hooks in primitive widths of 8 count, or 1/4 inch strips of wool. She use smaller widths for detail work, however and thinks a variety of widths within a rug makes it more interesting visually. While she loves primitive style rugs, Donna also finds that she can really express her artistic love of color by doing some other designs, more animals, more portraits, more varied designs. She has contributed articles and projects to Rug Hooking Magazine and will continue to do so.  Donna belongs to the Kindred Spirits monthly hooking group and enjoys being part of groups like that because they open the door for creative input and sharing of ideas.  See her web site at    937-254-2319 3451 Wellington Drive, Dayton, OH 45410

Manistee is located on Lake Michigan, surrounding the Manistee River.  Named The Victorian Port City, the restored downtown reflects the town’s colorful history.  The Victorian mansions of the lumber barons, antique stores, newly restored Ramsdell Theatre and the Manistee County Historical Museum celebrate the past while the new River Walk and downtown shops give Manistee unique interest and charm.
Camping is a family pleasure at the Orchard Beach State Park, and Lake Michigan beaches stretch north and south.
There are Bed and Breakfast accommodations in historic houses in Manistee and the surrounding area.
Popular golf courses are nearby, and fishing is available by charter or on private boats which can be launched at many sites

If you need lodging information,  please request it on the registration form, and we will send suggestions or you can contact the Manistee Chamber of Commerce at: (231)723-2575 or on the web site

Each teacher will have a store stocked with everything you need for hooking, open to all students.  The guild will also have a store on site.
Bring your rugs, finished and in progress, to exhibit.
Manistee Rug School 2011
June 20 to June 24, 2011
Classes are limited in size so make your reservations early!

YES, Please enroll me in the 2011 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:
____ Regular
____Special dietary (Please Specify)

Select your teacher and a second choice in case the class is full.
_______Cindi Gay
_______Pam Schmelzle
_______Donna Hrkman
_______Elizabeth Black
_______Susan Feller

____ Please send lodging information






Return registration form to:
Alaina Trout
PO Box  376, Onekama, MI 49675
Karen Rorick
802 Forest Ave. Frankfort, MI  49635

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sauder Village Hook-In February 11 and 12

ROAD TRIP.   In need of something a little less North Pole-like, a couple of us went to the hook-in at Sauder Village.   For those of you who have been to Sauder Village, you know that the Inn is a wonderful place to stay, and the room we were in downstairs I understand is one of the classrooms during the Rug Hooking Week in August.   Two days of nothing but hooking, food, pool, hot tub and wonderfully creative people sharing their knowledge, meeting new people and connecting again with others.  In northern Michigan, any escape from the snow is a welcome one, but we didn't expect to see as much snow in Ohio as we did.  Mother Nature does surprise us all sometimes, bless her heart, but it was good to be among hooking friends, especially when someone else had to do the snow shoveling.

Picture shows Cindi Gay talking about her room sized rug.

These are some of the rugs that were on display

I wanted to get a group shot, but as you know, at hook-ins everyone is up and about, so I took pictures of groups as I could.


Keep this in mind for next year.   Updates will be on