Sunday, June 30, 2013

UPDATE ..... 2014 Manistee Rug School ... adding another teacher ....

New registration form ....

 June 16 to June 20, 2014

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 14th Annual Manistee Rug School, June 16 through 20, 2014.  The school is sponsored by the West Shore Ruggers Guild.
Classes will be held at the Onekama High School, 5016 Main Street, Onekama, Michigan, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily. Ending Friday.  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 Monday through Thursday.
Registrations will not be accepted before June 25, 2013.
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.  Balance will be due by May 20,  2014. The lunch fee will be due at time of final payment.  Your deposit will be refunded if you cancel by March 31, 2014.  
Make check payable to:  WSRG (West Shore Ruggers Guild) 
and mail to: Karen Rorick, 802 Forest Ave., Frankfort, MI 49635  e-mail
For more information, also contact Alaina Trout at
Iris Simpson, an educator by trade and a hooker by choice, loves hooking and teaching at schools and workshops in Canada, the U.S. and England.   She is an Ontario Hooking Craft Guild and McGown certified teacher, holds a Fibre Arts-Traditional Rug Hooking Certificate from St. Lawrence College, and is a certified Oxford Punch Needle teacher.  Iris enjoys all aspects of rug hooking, from mini-pictorials in a #2 cut to Primitives in a #9 cut. She values close communication with students ahead of, during and even after class.  Iris is well versed in all styles and subjects and loves to share information and fun! Her latest work combines hooking with punch needle for an interesting effect.

Marjorie Duizer is from Ontario, Canada and is an Accredited Ontario Hooking Craft Guild teacher, certified McGown Teacher and certified Oxford Punch Needle teacher. She enjoys all types of hooking from fine cut, shading, wide cut and various types of finishing. Happy to help students with whatever they decide to work on.

Christine D. Hornby is a certified McGown teacher and has a BA in Art from Siena Heights University. Christine is the owner/proprietor of Green Dragonfly Studio, which specializes in rug hooking, fiber arts, watercolors, woodworking and interior accent pieces.  Green Dragonfly Studio is both an outlet for her fiber works but also supplies tools for other artists and craftspeople.  This also allows her to sell pieces made by other artists, such as metal smiths and woodworkers. Rug Hooking is also special outlet for design and use of color.  She also enjoys the designing of her own patterns and those for other hookers.  Born and raised in Holland, Michigan, Christine comes from a long and rich heritage of artists dating back to her mother and grandmother who painted landscapes and other subjects in oils.  Her mother still specializes in traditional ethnic (German and Scandinavian) folk painting. Following in their footsteps Christine has enjoyed her pursuit of art since she was a small child and has switched from oils to watercolors, to fibers.  The foundation of most of her art is the fun that comes from playing with color.   She enjoys concepts of design and the need to create art that is both rich in heritage and contemporary. She also applies her knowledge of art history and crafts to historical re-enactment, educating the public on the importance of arts and crafts in their communities.  Her work is currently in local collections of JSJ Corporation, a Grand Rapids law firm and private collections, as well as in Grand Valley State University. If this is your first hooking experience, Christine has also taught many beginner classes so you can learn how to get started making your own beautiful heirloom rug out of wool.

Susan Feller is known to guide a student from a blank canvas to a great rug. Composition and color/value selections are key skills you will leave with from this workshop. Author of Design Basics for Rug Hookers, and the Design in a Box-Frakturs; these tools will be introduced in the sessions no matter what direction your pattern takes you.  Bring a design, or better yet come with ideas and learn to create your own composition. Visit and to see designs, Susan and Jim's lifestyle and her design process. 

Pam Schmelzle of Wautoma, WI is an accredited McGown Rug Hooking Instructor.  Learning first from her mother and grandmother. Pam has been rug hooking for most of her life.   She has taught classes at Fox Valley Technical College, at several rug hooking camps, for guilds and was a featured teacher at a McGown National Convention and rug show.  An oriental rug she created was featured in "The Celebration of Rug Hooking" magazine and she has had her work featured on two covers of the McGown Teacher Workshop Reports. Skilled in all aspects of rug hooking, from fine cuts to primitives, she also does color planning and dyeing of wool.  Pam firmly believes in utilizing the resources one has on hand, which stems from the early use of scraps of wool to create new rugs.  Currently she is President of the Heart of Wisconsin Rug Hooking Guild and the President of the Greater Chicago Area McGown Teachers Guild, which is the only rug hooking teacher's guild in the nation

Donna Hrkman is an artist and writer who has been a creative spirit as far back as she can remember, when her second grade art teacher told her mother, "This child has talent." Donna studied art in high school and earned an Associate in Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in drawing and painting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After getting married, she worked at a frame shop where she met fellow artisan Alice Strebel of Kindred Spirits. Donna began illustrating their craft catalogues and books and then began designing her own line of primitive stencils, Blue Ribbon Stencils, which she ran for ten years. During that time, she was approached by the owner of The Daisy Kingdom Fabric Company and was a freelance fabric designer with the company for six years, featuring her original stenciled designs for clothing and home decor. Then she got hooked on rugs. Since 2004, Donna has published many articles in RHM and has received numerous awards for her artistry. Donna also published her first book, Rug Hookers Companion, in Oct 2012, a handbook for rug hookers. She hopes to write more rug hooking books in the future. Donna has been  busy teaching a variety of workshops across the country, Donna's love for rug hooking goes far beyond making rugs for herself. She firmly believes that when you have a gift, you must share it with others. And that's what she loves to do.

Wanda, Colour Popping.  Did you ever wonder how to get more interesting colouration in your hooking work? During this class the muse of many artists, the flower Papaver (poppy) will be our theme, they are magic, impassioned and represent our dreams and desires. Through them and their surroundings, using templates, inspiration from nature and imagination we will draw up flowers and use colour in new ways. You will develop skills to paint poppies by using wool with depth and definition and verve. Any style of hooking is welcome from fine to wide, primitive to realistic. You must be brave enough to draw up your own pattern.  Wanda is a colour mistress, Rug Hooking's dye columnist and the hostess of The Welcome Mat, an online studio for artistic development in woolwork. She will meet you where you are and take you to where you want to go.

YES, Please enroll me in the 2014 Manistee Rug School.  To reserve my spot, I am enclosing my check for ____________, payable to West Shore Ruggers Guild (WSRG).

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.
_______Iris Simpson
_______Marjorie Duizer
_______Christine Hornby
_______Susan Feller
_______Pam Schmelzle
___No openings - class full____Donna Hrkman
___No openings - class full____Wanda

I would prefer to be contacted via:
E-mail (__) or regular mail (__)






Return registration form with deposit to:

Karen Rorick
802 Forest Ave. Frankfort, MI  49635

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