Wednesday, March 11, 2015

2015 Manistee Rug School update 3/11/15

June 15 to June 19, 2015

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

Hotel/Motel accommodation information will be posted on blogspot and Facebook as available

*******Tish Murphy's class has been canceled**********

It is our pleasure to invite you to enroll in the 15th Annual Manistee Rug School, June 15 through 19, 2015.  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.  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 Monday through Thursday.
Registrations will not be accepted before June 25, 2014.
To enroll, total payment of $210.00 is due at the time of registration to reserve your spot with first and second choices of teachers.  You will receive confirmation of your registration and teacher.  Lunch fee will be sent to you in early 2015.    
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

“A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature.  It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”  ~Henry David Thoreau
In class we will explore our greatest treasure in North America, those lakes great and small carved out by glaciers. What lake dwells in your nature?   We will work from inspired photos of your own or supplied by me. I’ll tell you all my tricks on trees and rocks, lakes and sky. Learn how to apply the deep and the shine, the mystery that makes a landscape thrill. This is a class for people who dream, desire and aren’t afraid to try to do.  Join Wanda and explore to your heart’s desire.  Wanda is the creator of the Welcome Mat, an online studio, she is an award winning, fast hooking, tale spinning rug hooker as well as RHM’s dye columnist

Jeanne learned to hook in 1971 and became McGown certified in 1979. She teaches or vends at 8-14 events each year and in her home studio.  She enjoys and hooks most types of designs, so choose what you'd like! Her specialties are: orientals, primitives with an antique look; folk art, pictorials of any cut, stained glass.  She also teaches geometrics, whimsical, or shaded.  She owns New Earth Designs ( most recently, purchased the Lib Callaway pattern business. Jeanne has a loyal following at camps and workshops for her colour planning skills and beautiful dyed wools. She stresses good pre-camp communication and advance planning to maximize your class time. Jeanne loves a large, enthusiastic class with diverse projects. Typically she gives instruction in small increments, enabling her to make rounds quickly. Personal instruction is always the focus, but question/answer times are offered daily, so everyone can participate and learn from each other. She
expects you to relax, keep an open mind, and enjoy the creativity!

 My introduction to rug hooking began in 1982. I had wanted to make a Victorian style rug for my living room. I knew it could be done and I wanted to do it! This was my motivation to learn to rug hook. I signed up for classes and began with a small Oriental rug. I finished with the small rug and felt I was ready to hook a larger one for my living room, but my teacher said “slow down.” I had to first learn to crawl, then walk, and then I could take off running. I just wanted to run! I know I drove my teacher crazy. This is something I try to remember when I am teaching! By 1985, I was sponsored for the Pearl McGown Teacher’s Workshop. I then became accredited in 1989, this was the year I was asked to teach two different workshops and have been teaching since. I have traveled throughout the USA and Canada teaching and displaying my work. I continue to study and expand my knowledge in all aspects of the art. I try new subject matter continuously, working very hard to better my technique and the understanding of rug hooking. I can’t stress enough the importance of learning everything you can about rug hooking! Join guilds, read everything you can get your hands on and practice new techniques! The rewards are amazing!

I have been rug hooking since 1991, receiving McGown certification in 2010. I began teaching in 2006 in my home as well as setting up groups in neighboring communities. In 2007 I carried on the tradition of coordinating the North Central Ohio Rug Show and Hook in that had been previously organized by my retired teacher, Shirley Bloom. This event set at Kingwood Center in Mansfield, OH has continued to grow and bring as many as 150 hookers each year. It is an outreach that has introduced rug hooking and fiber art to the community. Hooking at the Lake is a retreat that along with my sister, Laura Fitch, is offered each fall at Lakeside, OH. A themed workshop is taught, like dyeing days, relax/spa, Deanne Fitzpatrick style, and shading with wide cuts I teach several times a month in Ashland (home), Wadsworth, and Vermilion. I have been a guest speaker and teacher at many guilds, workshops, and camps. I have served as past president of the Ohio State Buckeye Guild, currently VP. Presently a member of Ft Laurens Rug Guild, Lorain Hook crafters, McGown and ATHA, Currently VP of the Southern McGown Teacher’s Workshop..  I have hooked many pieces for workshops and commission. Favorite rugs would have to be story rugs like Alice and Wonderland and A childhood memory rug, Bradley Primitive. I enjoy fun, bright colors and hooking with an assortment of fibers and cuts. 

 TISH MURPHY -- Cancel

Kris Miller is a self-taught rug hooker who specializes in primitive designs with an emphasis on textured wool and wide cuts (#8 and above). Roving, sheep curls, paisleys, and novelty yarns are also some of Kris’ favorite hooking materials. She is the owner of Spruce Ridge Studios, featuring original primitive rug hooking patterns, hand-dyed and as-is wool, and wide variety of rug hooking supplies. 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 Celebration 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 and England. She lives in Howell, Michigan with her husband, two sons, and an assortment of Angora goats, sheep, alpacas, dogs, and a cat.

Christine D. Hornby in 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 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.

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.


YES, Please enroll me in the 2015 Manistee Rug School.  To reserve my spot, I am enclosing my check for $210.00, payable to West Shore Ruggers Guild (WSRG).

Join us for lunch and get acquainted with everyone and enjoy the drawings for prizes during lunch. 
_____No ____Yes, sign me up for lunches (you will be billed separately).

Select your teacher and a second choice in case the class is full.
__CLASS FULL___Jeanne Benjamin
_______Sibyl Osicka
_______Katie Allman
__CLASS FULL___Kris Miller
_______Christine Hornby

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




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CONTACT PHONE_______________________________________________

Return registration form with registration fee to:

Karen Rorick
802 Forest Ave. Frankfort, MI  49635

Manistee Rug School 2015
June 15 to June 19. 2015.

Classes are limited in size so make your reservations early!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In Memory of our Dearest Friend Jeannette Linahan

Dear Jeannette has brightened every life she has touched.  I feel blessed and privileged to have known her.  We will miss her.

Jeannette M. Linahan
Jeannette Mary Linahan age 89 of Manistee, Michigan died Thursday evening, February 26, 2015 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan. The oldest of eight children, Jeannette was born on September 4, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Eugene J. and Ellen M. (Gendron) Rassette. Jeannette met John J. Linahan at the University of Detroit and they were married on January 26, 1948 at Saint Anne Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan. They have celebrated over 67 years of marriage together. They moved to Manistee from Brighton, Michigan about fifteen years ago. She was a devoted and wonderful wife and mother. Her faith was a very important part of her life and she was deeply committed to extending her faith and values to her children. She was a member of the Catholic Community of Manistee (Saint Joseph Catholic Church). One of her passions in life was the love of theater and acting, having studied Theater and drama in college. She created beautiful flower gardens and enjoyed spending time taking care of them. She also enjoyed sewing and making clothes for her children as they were growing up, oil painting and rug hooking, being a charter member of the West Shore Rug Hooking Guild. As active as she was, she always found time to read and also instilled in her children the value of reading. 
Jeannette is survived by her husband John J. Linahan of Manistee, MI, five daughters and four sons in-law: Jane Elizabeth Linahan of Cudahy, WI, Ann Katherine and Robert Snyder of Ypsilanti, MI, Margaret Mary and Thomas Patterson of Durham, North Carolina, Suzanne Marie and Christopher Leonard of Tucson, Arizona and Kateri Rose and Timothy Richardson of Scottsboro, Alabama, four sons and two daughters in-law: John Joseph Jr. and MaryAnn Linahan of Queens, New York, Thomas Gerard Linahan of Calgary, Alberta Canada, James Patrick Linahan of Mansfield, Texas and Fred Francis Xavier and Julie Linahan of Howell, MI, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren, her sister and brother in-law: Celeste M. and John Sura of Williamston, MI. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive her. 
She was preceded in death by four sisters: Ellen, Ann, Faith and Mary and by her two brothers: Peter and Guy Thomas. 
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee with Reverend John McCracken celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Manistee. 
Relatives and friends will pray the Evening Vigil Service at 8:00 PM on Tuesday evening at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where the family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.