Saturday, June 23, 2012

It is our pleasure to invite you to enroll in the 13th Annual Manistee Rug School, June 17 through 21, 2013. The school is sponsored by the West Shore Ruggers Guild.
Classes will be held at the Onekema High School, 5016 Main Street, Onekama, Michigan, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily. Ending Friday. The building is accessible and air conditioned.
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 the “Taste of Onekama” catering, which will be different local restaurants catering throughout the week, Monday through Thursday.
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, 2013. 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
June 17 to June 21, 2013

Sponsored by the West Shore Ruggers Guild

Instruction and Exhibition of Traditional and Primitive Hand-Hooked Rugs

Kris Miller is a self-taught rug hooker who specializes in primitive designs with an emphasis on textured wool and wide cuts. Roving, sheep curls, paisleys, and nov-elty yarns are also some of Kris’ favorite hooking mate-rials. She is the owner of Spruce Ridge Studios, featur-ing original primitive rug hooking patterns, hand-dyed and as-is wool, and a wide variety of rug hooking sup-plies. Kris has won many awards and ribbons for her rugs including her county fair, the Michigan State Fair, Sauder Village, and three honorable mentions in A Cel-ebration Of Hand-Hooked Rugs XIII, XVI, and XXII. Her original designs have also been featured as pattern inserts in Rug Hooking Magazine and the books Projects For Primitive Rug Hookers and Pattern Designs for Rug Hookers. She served as a judge for the 2008 edition of A Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XVIII. She has taught at many workshops and rug camps across the United States. Kris is currently the Secretary for the ATHA Executive Board. She lives in Howell, Michigan with her husband, two sons, and an assortment of An-gora goats, sheep, alpacas, cats, and dogs.

Capri Boyle Jones, Fiber Artist
Capri has been developing her art in fiber professional-ly thru hooking, designing, dyeing, creating, and re-storing rugs for twenty years. Owner of Capri Boyle Rug Studio, McGown accredited teacher, member of ATHA and National Guild of Pearl K. McGowan Hookcrafters. Capri is experienced in and teaches a wide variety of styles while her personal painterly style is Impression-ism, focusing on the use of light and color. You may find her artwork in Rug Hooking Celebrations, at Quay-side Gallery in Pensacola (, various exhibits, art shows throughout the US and pri-vate collections. In this open class, any hooking style and size cut can be applied to your project. Capri will assist you in achieving your preferred outcome. From problem solving an existing project to developing new skills with your hooking, the possibilities are unlimited. Custom design is available upon request.

Wanda, Going to the Garden To Eat Worms!* Wanda knows you have lots of leftover strips, aka worms and lots of tiny bits. Isn't it time you did something with them? She wants to introduce and explore inventive ways to use them up. Let's move them past the hit and miss and go straight to the hit parade. Are you willing to make treasure from trash? This is the class for you. Any patterns are welcome. (*Gardening title is only metaphorical, no hoeing will take place nor do vegetable or flowers need be in-volved). Check out to find out more about Wanda.

Annette Shaffer, Howell, MI, of Annie's Wool Works is a many year Manistee rug camper and is excited to be returning in 2013 as a teacher. Her specialty is dimensional hooking which she defines as taking rug hooking and constructing it into a shaped, cut out, three dimensional or free standing piece. She also likes to incorporate yarn, ribbon, alternative fabric such as silk, organza or glitter fabrics and whatever else strikes her fancy into her works. Your week at camp with Annette can focus on a unique project of your own design or your interpretation of one (or several) of her designs. Visit to see the kinds of dimensional hooking projects you can do with Annette. If you'd like to do something a bit different with rug hooking this is the class for you. Contact her via her website or or 517-548-2335.

Cindi Gay, Pemberville, Ohio. Her award-winning pictorial “Village of Pemberville” won a National Best of
Show as well as Readers’ Choice for Celebrations XIII. Cindi is the author of the how-to books “Pictorial
Basics: Pine Trees, Grass and Sky,” “Dyeing without Dye” and “Dyeing by the Numbers.” Visit
for more information. This class is packed with tips and techniques for all styles of hooking. The topics discussed in class will be determined by the students so be prepared to be curious. Cindi brings a wide variety of hand dyed wool, textures and overdyes to support all styles of rug hooking. You can hook anything with the right wool and Cindi will show you how.

Faith G. Williston, Ocean Springs, MS Faith graduated from Auburn in 1983. After graduation she spent the
next twenty years traveling the country with her husband and children. She and her family have settled in
Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Faith uses her talent by painting landscapes and by making textile works. She
travels to New York, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina and Canada teaching textiles to her students. Everyone
seems to know about landscape painting, yet few know about traditional rug hooking. Rug hooking considered to be American’s one indigenous art form, first appeared in the eighteenth century in Atlantic Canada and New England. At that time the textiles were made to cover old bare floors and most designs were very primitive. Using the same method of rug hooking, Faith hand dyes her wool, designs the rug and is in control of the color and final piece, much like painting with wool. Faith’s work has been published in Rug Hooking Magazine, Celebrations, Creative Rug Hooking, Hooked Rugs of the South and her work has been recognized as Best in Show at National Convention in 2007.

Offering the combination of Lake Michigan and Portage Lake, Onekama is an unbeatable Northern Michigan vacation destination. Onekama serves as the southern gateway for the M22 Scenic Heritage Route. M22 highway’s outstanding natural beauty is breathtaking and is one of our treasures we hope you will enjoy. We are the Two Lake Town where the pace is slower, the people are friendlier and the beaches are cleaner. Almost a step back in time, a simpler place you won’t forget… we love our resort area
and hope you will too!

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. Forms for items to sell can be found on the blog. Any sales tax liability is the responsibility of the seller.

Bring your rugs, finished and in progress, to exhibit.

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

Manistee Rug School 2013
June 17 to June 21. 2013
Classes are limited in size so make your
reservations early!
YES, Please enroll me in the 2013 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.
_____Yes, sign me up for lunches
Select your teacher and a second choice in
case the class is full.
_______Kris Miller
_______Capri Boyle Jones
_______Annette Shafer
_______Cindi Gay
_______Faith Williston
I would prefer to be contacted via:
E-mail (__) or regular mail (__)
E-maill Address

2012 Rug Exhibit