ATHA Elections

ATHA Elections are coming up.  Candidates for all elected positions were in the Feb/Mar issue of the ATHA Art of Rug Hooking magazine and ballots will be in the Apr/May issue.  I urge all of you to take a look at who is running and be sure to vote.

One of the West’s own, Sharon Saknit, is running for Regional Coordinator.  Sharon started my own Chapter, Central California Traditional Rug Hookers #57, AKA The Wool Poppies when she was living in this area.

Please read the information below from Sharon herself.

Hey all!  I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know that I am running for the ATHA National Regional Coordinator and would love your vote!  I am a member of Region XI and currently live in the Seattle area.  I’ve been hooking rugs for 26 years and teaching for 24 years.  I’ve been an ATHA member for over 20 years having started the Central CA Traditional Rug Hookers chapter when I lived there.

As the Regional Coordinator, I would support the Regional Reps like Emily Wied in doing their jobs.  My goal would be to establish regular communication with the Regional Reps to better understand the focus of each region and what I could do to help.  As an example, some regions have expressed that they would like to host an event aimed at furthering the art form but need assistance to pull it off. 

I would be honored to serve rug hooking in this capacity and feel that this is a great way that I can give back to my community of fellow artisans.

The nominations were listed in the Feb/March issue of the ATHA magazine and ballots will come out in the April/May issue.  

Please let me know if you have any questions and don’t forget to vote!

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Camellia City Hook-In

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Greetings Region 12 ATHA Members

A big hello and welcome to all new ATHA Region 12 members. Spring is upon us and we are getting much needed rain here in the Central Valley of California. My roses are blooming, my sweet peas are getting ready to pop, bees are buzzing, and it’s time to update you on Region 12 happenings. We have only one event listed in the Coming Events section of this website. (Check it out! A little bird told me there are only 2 spots left.) I know there must be more rug hooking events scheduled for our region. Send me a blurb about your event and I’ll get it listed.

The April/May 2018 issue of ATHA The Art of Rug Hooking is out and full of interesting articles, photos, and advertisements of interest to rug hookers. Thank you to our Editor, Cheryl Bollenbach! Let’s also thank the Assistant Editor, Joan Cahill, for all her work in keeping our addresses up-to-date and all the other tasks she does to facilitate the publication and distribution of our magazine.

Suzan Farrens from Ben Lomond, CA, wrote an article about her rug called “Inspirations.” The article is about why she loves rug hooking and the rug contains short sayings and words that inspire her to “laugh, love and carry on with life.” I dare you to read her article and not be inspired (pg. 58-59).

Gene Shepherd, ATHA Education Chair, Anaheim, CA, wrote on page 64 about the Beginner Kit Loaner Program. If you are facilitating a beginner class, you can ask for a box of “Loaner Kits” be sent to you. The kits contain hoops, rug backing, rug hooks, cut and uncut wool. You pay only the cost of shipping. Also, if you have any of these items that you would like to donate to the program, send them to Gene.

Also, be sure and check out the ATHA website at A new feature is the ATHA Tip of the Week. If you have any rug hooking tips, please send them to with a short explanation and a couple of clear photos.

Sondra Ives, ATHA Insurance Liaison, wrote an article called “Understanding Your ATHA Insurance,” pg. 32-33. This is a must read for anyone planning an event. I get questions all the time about what is covered by ATHA insurance and this article explains it all.

Teri Hedrick, ATHA Web Master, wrote an article called “ATHA Website: New Look and New Features,” pg. 70-76. Teri explains the “soup to nuts” of the website, including Log In, using the website on a tablet, iPad, and cellphone, joining ATHA, renewing your ATHA membership, and ensuring your email address is correct.

Important Notice:

The Editor put out a call for articles related to rug hooking. In fact, she challenges each of us to commit to writing one article a year. The articles can be about a rug you have hooked, an event, a how-to, challenges, interviews with rug hookers, or one of the special themed issues.

Oct/Nov 2018

Snow scenes (and dye formulas for snow)

Deadline: August 1, 2018

Dec/Jan 2019

Fabulous finishes

Deadline: October 1, 2018

Chapter Presidents: Let me know of any events sponsored by your chapter.

Teachers: Let me know where and when you are teaching.

Vendors: Send in your information. Let us know where you’re going to be.

On-line retailers: We need your information.

Brick and Mortar: Publicize your location and hours of operation.

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Fiber Arts Boutique


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ATHA Biennial–Cleveland

Registration Confirmation

The ATHA Biennial Committee has sent a Registration confirmation to all those who signed up.  This registration was sent via U.S. Mail this week. If you signed up for the Biennial and haven’t received a confirmation, please contact Teri Hedrick at  They are also sending the registrations out via an email. That email will come from

Call for Rugs for the Fiber Arts Exhibit 

It would be great to have many areas represented in the Fiber Arts Exhibit at the Biennial.  And, of course, we want Region 12 to be well represented.  The Fiber Arts Exhibit Form may be found on the ATHA website.If you are attending, please consider bringing a rug or other fiber art project. This is the best way to inspire others, demonstrate that this is not “latch hook”, and all of the wonderful things you can do with wool. Thank you in advance for your participation.


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Coming Events in ATHA Region 12

Caswell Impressions

Just a few of the Caswell Impressions rugs.

Before getting to coming events, I’d like to update you on the Caswell Impressions Rug Show at Hooker Hill Rug Retreat.  Camp attendees had the privilege of viewing this impressive display of rugs laid out in groupings based on color.  Laura Pierce talked about the Caswell Carpet, her design process, and the rug hookers who participated in this show.  The public was also invited to see these rugs.

One night, some of the Wool Poppies rearranged the rugs to reflect the placement of the blocks in the original Caswell Carpet arrangement and then surprised Laura.  It was a great surprise and so fun to see.

The last showing of the Caswell Carpet Impressions Rug Show will be at Sauder Village, August 14-19, 2017, in Archbold, Ohio.  The rugs will then be returned to their makers.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

California’s First Chapter of ATHA Annual Harvest Hook-in

“In Full Leaf”

Magnolia Center Church of Christ, Riverside, CA.

November 11, 2017

Fiber Handmades Boutique fund-raising event sponsored by San Francisco Bay Rug Hookers to be held November 11 from 10-4 at 2 Lily Lane, Alamo, CA.

The Wool Poppies proudly present

Hooker Hill Rug Retreat

July 15-19, 2018

Teachers:  Susan Feller ( and Monica Jones (

This is a non-profit ATHA sponsored rug camp located in Oakhurst, CA at the Episcopal  Conference Center (ECCO).

Registration is now open.

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Caswell Impressions Rug Show

Hooker Hill Rug Retreat 2017 is proud to announce the Caswell Impressions Rug Show.  The Caswell Carpet is an embroidered carpet made by Zeruah Higley Guernsey Caswell in 1835, which resides in the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.  Laura Pierce, from Petaluma, California, drew by hand each and every block in the Caswell Carpet and transferred these drawings to linen backing and then gave them to rug hookers to finish in any way that pleased them (78 in all).    Many of ATHA Region 12 members had the opportunity to hook one of these mats.   The Caswell Impressions Rugs will be making their first East Coast appearance at Sauder Village in August and their first West Coast appearance at HHRR in Oakhurst, California, July 17 and 19.

Resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

Embroidered carpet made by Zeruah Higley Guernsey Caswell in 1835.

Caswell Impressions book, written by Laura Pierce, 2017.

You are cordially invited to come to a public showing of these magnificent mats at Hooker Hill Rug Retreat in Oakhurst, California.
Oakhurst, California is located 15 miles from the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park.  The Park is enjoying one of its most bountiful waterfall years and is worth a visit.  Tag on a visit to Oakhurst on either end of your Yosemite trip.  It will be worth it to see this impressive rug show.

Caswell Impressions Rug Show 

Public Viewing

Where:  Barton Room, ECCO Conference Center, 43803 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA


Monday, July 17, 2017, 2 to 4:00 PM

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 3 to 5 PM

I hope to see you there!

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Fund Raiser

Our new San Francisco Bay Rug Hookers guild is having a fund raiser in November.  Just in time to purchase those handmade items for Christmas gifts.

Fiber Handmades Boutique fund-raising event sponsored by San Francisco Bay Rug Hookers to be held November 11 from 10-4 at 2 Lily Lane, Alamo, CA.

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