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.


About GailB

ATHA Region 12 Website is a place for members to communicate with each other. Please contact me with any information that you want added (this could be about upcoming events or personal items). Let me know if you want me to add your Website or Blog to the links.
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6 Responses to Greetings Region 12 ATHA Members

  1. Julie Gibson says:

    Hi Gail –

    Your newsletter is great & I always find good tidbits of info included. I do have one suggestion: that listings of events by local guilds include the physical location, e.g. city & state. Sometimes all you see is an email address &/or phone number. If you aren’t area-code saavy, you probably don’t have a clue where it is located & whether you could even think of attending.

    Thanks for a great job. Come visit us sometime in the Tucson desert.

    Julie Gibson ATHA Chapter 75, OPRH


  2. Jane Artinian says:

    Thanks Gail! >

  3. Pat says:

    I thought that the detail in explaining the ATHA website was brilliant. Sincerely,

    Pat Karasick

  4. Debbie Clement says:

    Thanks Gail for a really great newsletter. I really need to check out the ATHA website.

  5. says:

    Hi Gail,

    Thanks for the update. I was especially impressed by the piece on ATHA insurance and forwarded information about the article to several people.

    Lots of bees here as well as hummingbirds and lizards. Snakes are active too, but I dearly hope not to encounter one.

    Ann Thayer


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