In January of 2011, I started the Mesa Rug Hookers. We meet the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Alta Mesa Golf Club. When I began I had great hopes that we would have a wonderful group who would inspire, laugh, and learn with each other.
Our group of ladies has far exceeded my expectations. We have our local gals who reside here year round and in the winter months we have snowbirds who visit from October thru April from all parts of the globe. It is an exciting group who are all like little sponges wanting to soak up knowledge. Our eclectic mix allows us to view many techniques and hear many interesting stories. Should you be a visitor to our beautiful desert we would welcome you with open arms to our warm little group. (Well , not so little anymore).
This winter season we will kick off October with our first workshop on Oct. 5,6,7 with Kathy Clark of Briarwood Folkart. Creating a Magdalena Briner style rug will be the focus, along with a study of the elements that comprise many of the antique rugs. Kathy Clark has had a long love affair with antique rugs and joyfully spreads the gospel of hooking, loving life and sharing the sisterhood of wool appreciation.
In January 2013, we will welcome Sharon Smith on the 11, 12, 13 of the month. Sharon's unique style is infusing emotion and exciting backgrounds into her rug hooking. I had followed her work for many years(even before her recent move to Calif.) and was struck by her whimsical patterns and interesting use of color.
In March, Bea Brock will travel from Kerrville, Texas to instruct us on Mar. 1,2,3. For almost 4 years I had been trying to be a student and was turned away because the classes were always full. We are beyond excited to welcome her here to Mesa and spend 3 days hooking and learning from one of the most famous rug hookers in Texas.
It will be an exciting winter season for us here in Mesa and we can't wait. So much to see and do and learn and experience. Hope to see you here !
If you have any questions on the above workshops, you may contact me via email :