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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ATHA Region 12 Announces New Workshop

Shelley Lencioni of is pleased to announce the following workshop.

Workshop May 5-6 2017 at Shelley Lencioni’s studio in Auburn CA

Teacher: Marijo Taylor of Eugene, Oregon

For information and sign-ups please go to: 

Spring 2017 Workshop with Marijo Taylor May 5-6 2017


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Rug Hooking Blogs

I am continually amazed at how grateful I am to be part of the rug hooking community.  We may be a relatively small “pond,” but we are so united in our love for hooked rugs.  I am energized when I get together with other rug hookers and am able to collaborate with them.  I often work on projects alone and find that I seem to “need” the community to inspire me.  I recently returned from the Puget Sound Rug School where I worked with the guidance of Sara Judith, our teacher, and a roomful of rug hookers who delighted in each other’s work.  It is very satisfying to be part of this wonderful community.

Today when I was looking at my Facebook feed, I ran across a post that led me to a blog I hadn’t seen before by a Region 12, New Mexico rug hooker named Laura Salamy (  Check it out to see what’s happening in New Mexico and to see Laura’s posts.

If you know of websites or blogs that may be of interest to our community, please share it in comments below.

Puget Sound Rug School Project 2017

Projects hooked at PSRS 2017–special stitches sampler, T-shirt mat, reposse, and beginning of hat mats.  

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Biennial Registration Reminder


The new registration date for the 2017 ATHA Biennial will be held on Saturday, February 25th at 10:00 am Eastern Standard Time.

For more information and the class schedule, please go to the ATHA Website.



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Region 12 Gets a New Chapter

We are getting a new chapter in ATHA Region 12 and couldn’t be happier.  The new guild is named the San Francisco Bay Guild.  Their first official meeting will be on February 18, 2017.

San Francisco Bay Guild invites you to check out our new guild.  We meet the third Saturday of each month at 1015 Stanley Dollar Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94595.

Where:  Ivy Room, 1015 Stanley Dollar Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94595

When:  10am – 2pm, February 18, 2017

Contact: Sharon A. Smith 925-202-1732 or

Eye Candy

Debbie Clement’s progress on ATHA’s Block Party.


Is anyone else in the Region working on the Block Party?  If so, send me a photo of your progress and I’ll post it here.

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Happy New Year ATHA Region 12!

Hooked and braided rug by Diane Tobias.


We’re off to a fantastic year in rug hooking.  I’ve just learned that a new chapter is forming in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The proposed name is:  SFB Rug Hookers and here is their slate of officers:

President:  Sharon Smith

Vice President:  Ruth Ellen Saarinen

Secretary:  Barb Little

Treasurer:  Nada Ferris

Meeting dates, times, and location to be announced later.  Stay tuned for more information.  I know you will all join me in wishing them well as they start this exciting new venture.

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Fall Update

Hello Region 12,

It finally feels like fall here in the Central Valley.  We’ve been having weather in the 70’s and 80’s and today it dropped to the 60’s–just in time for Thanksgiving.

I’ve added a new menu item under About ATHA.  It is Handbook for Chapters and I encourage everyone to read it.  It contains a short history of ATHA, goals of the association, how ATHA is organized, how regions fit into the goals of ATHA, what a Chapter needs to know, and how to dissolve a Chapter.

After reading it, please let me know if you have any ideas for improving communication in our geographically large region.  I am especially interested in ideas encouraging the flow of information between Chapters and larger areas.  For example, I attended one Harvest Day rug hooking event, but I know there were several others.  I would love to post photos and/or descriptions of your events.

Would you like to have visitors from outside your area attend your events?  If so, let us know what’s happening.


Play Hooky in Cleveland, October 11 thru 14, 2017

It’s time to reserve your rooms for the Biennial.  Call the Holiday Inn 216-524-8050 for room reservations.  Mention ATHA 2017 Biennial to get the special room rate of $99.00+tax, per night.  

Registration will begin online Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 9:00 am.  Register early to get into the classes you want.

ATHA Art of Rug Hooking

Be sure and check the label on your ATHA Art of Rug Hooking magazine.  It will have the month that your membership is due.  You don’t want to miss any issues of this fantastic magazine–a big shout out to the editor, Cheryl Bollenbach, who does an incredible job of putting together so much information for us.

The October/November 2016 issue has the list and description of classes available at the Biennial.  Be sure and check these out!  Two Region 12 teachers are teaching at the Biennial, Dianne Tobias, After Hooking Comes the Braiding, and Gene Shepherd, Dump Dye Rooster.

Items of Interest

Alla La Grave, from S. San Francisco wrote an article for the ATHA magazine describing her journey into rug hooking with photos of rugs she hooked for her kitchen windows.  It is an interesting read (p 30, Oct/Nov 2016).

Sandy Katulak (ATHA Insurance Liaison) wrote an article entitled Understanding Your ATHA Insurance–a must read for anyone planning an event (p 44-45, Oct/Nov 2016).

One of our new ATHA members, Lynn Kelley-Piper, (California First Chapter, Redlands, CA), sent me a photo of her second rug in progress, Mr. Rooster.  Thank you Lynn–he’s a beauty.

Lynn Kelley-Piper's 2nd rug, in progress.

Lynn Kelley-Piper’s 2nd rug, in progress.

My ATHA guild, Wool Poppies, Central California, vended at the Wine Country’s Harvest Hook-in.  We were selling wool for $7 a grocery bag or $4 a pound.  Needless to say, we had a great time and sold some wool.

Cai King, Debbie Clement, Gail Becker, and Tess Singh selling wool by the bag or pound!

Cai King, Debbie Clement, Gail Becker, and Tess Singh selling wool by the bag or pound!

I would love to show more photos of your rugs or events.  

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Update to California’s First Harvest Hook-in

October 8, 2016

California’s First invites you to join them for a day of hooking, food, classes, an exhibit to inspire, vendors, raffle baskets, silent auction, a brownie bake-off, Christmas Boutique, show &…

Source: Update to California’s First Harvest Hook-in

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