Thursday, June 23, 2011

2012 Manistee Rug School

June 18 to June 22, 2012
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 12h Annual Manistee Rug School, June 18 through 22, 2012. 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, 2012. 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

Gail Dufresne
Lambertville, NJ
Gail has been hooking since August 1984. Her mother, Doris LaPlante, made rugs for 38 years and her sister, Yvonne Wood, for over 45. She began as predominately a fine hooker and loves the detail that can be achieved by working in narrow cuts, but also loves wide cuts. Gail, as we know, likes to play with color and finds geometric designs to be well suited to color play. She likes to try new things, but at the same time incorporates and builds on what she has hooked previously. She loves textures as they enhance and give a depth that cannot be achieved with solid wool and also the use of unusual materials such as boucle, angora, mohair, and all sorts of yarns and ribbon. Gail’s rugs have been featured in many publications and exhibits around the country. She is a regular contributor to Rug Hooking Magazine and is a member of its editorial board. She has twice been a judge of the magazine's Celebrations contest. Gail is a McGown certified teacher. She has been teaching at camps and private work-shops around the United States and Canada since April 2000 and also taught in England. Gail’s approach to dyeing is free wheeling and unique, and her goal is to try to loosen up students so that they are not so uptight and tentative when dyeing. Her favorite thing is to paint skies by hand, and she wrote an article for the March/April/May 2005 issue of Rug Hooking magazine about her method. Her proddy sheep was on the cover of that issue. She more recently wrote the book "Geometric Hooked Rugs", published by Rug Hooking Magazine in 2010. Gail is the President of ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists) and in that capacity works with a great team to promote the art of rug hooking. Her web site is:

Dianne Klamik
South Lyon, MI
Dianne, is a certified McGown teacher, and a former ATHA regional rep for region 6, representing Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Her love for wool began in the early seventies when she worked and demonstrated rug hooking, spinning and weaving for the historic Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. She opened her home studio the Wool Room twenty years ago where she teaches classes in hooking, dyeing and color planning. She has students from Michigan, Indiana, New Hampshire as well as Japan. Her rugs have been featured in the ATHA newsletter and the Quilt Sampler Magazine. She is accomplished in both fine and primitive hooking.   She will be teaching a small potted flower on board using different techniques in rug hooking and will be open to help students with a new or old project. 9390 Tower Rd. South Lyon, Michigan email , phone 248-437-8858.  (Check back often as we will be posting more on this class description)

Sally Ballinger
Arlington Heights, IL
Sally started hooking in 1971 under Mildred Prahl who recom-mended her to the Pearl K McGown teachers program in 1976. She has been certified by Pearl, Jane McGown Flynn and earned the House of Price certification and the Master Instructors certificate of the Workshops. She has directed Asilomar Rug School for 19 years and has taught at many rug schools across the country and Canada. Last year Sally taught a class in Japan. She is presently on the Pearl K McGown Guild Board, a contributing editor at Rug Hooking Magazine and has been printed in the magazine with her rugs on the cover three times.

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 loves sharing her techniques with others. Tish has taught in Minnesota, Maine, Michigan 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. Between 2010 and 2012 Tish has or will have taught in Arizona, California, Missouri and is participating in a major rug hooking exhibit at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN which opens in September of 2011. For the past several months, she has been working almost exclusively on new pieces for that event and has taken the opportunity to work in other directions that have long been "on the drawing board." See her web site at www.Tishkits. com 3213—42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 724-6242 
Kathy Morton Mullvain
Houston MN
Kathy has been rug hooking since the mid-80's. She recently retired from being a high school art teacher and moved her rug hooking business (Morton House Primitives) to Houston, MN. With a new studio over-looking deep valleys and "a view all the way to Iowa", she renamed her company, Oak Ridge Cottage Rugs ( She loves anything involving nature and is known for her strong sense of color using wide-cut pieces. She has a series of animal heads (the Ark Series) that are favored by students and can be custom ordered to feature special pets. She enjoys teaching any level of student. ____
Manistee Rug School 2012
June 18 to June 22, 2012
Classes are limited in size so make your
reservations early!
YES, Please enroll me in the 2012 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.
_______Gail Dufresne
_______Tish Murphy
_______Kathy Mullivan
_______Sally Ballinger
_______Diane Klamik
I would prefer to be contacted via:
E-mail (__) or regular mail (__)
E-mail Address


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

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