Tuesday, December 13, 2011



Saturday, January 21, 2012


Hosted by Louise
Potluck – Louise will provide beverages

please let me know what you would like to bring when you RSVP

Fat Quarter Exchange – bring one quality fat quarter if you would like to participate

RSVP by January 15 to Jennifer at peconicruggers@yahoo.com

Monday, November 28, 2011


I apologize for all of the unknown dates!  I will update asasp.

The Holiday Party scheduled for Louise's this weekend has been rescheduled to take place mid-January.  We will still have a pot luck and a fat quarter exchange.

Thank you to Louise for being so flexible. 

Dates and details to follow soon!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Autumn Newsletter 2011

I always think to myself, I am so lucky to be part of this group. Since joining, I’ve experienced things I never would have, leapt (or have been thrown, not sure) out of my comfort bubble, have gained the most wonderful group of friends and had the most incredible experiences. I’ve learned more about hooking, dying, planning, advertising, basket making, blogging (ok, I could get better with that )… … over the past few years then I ever could have without all of you.

There are a few of you who support me so much and make me feel like I can do anything. For you, I am so grateful. There are some of you whom I have never met and have you in mind of you when my wheels are turning, trying to find a way to make you feel the excitement I do. I hope that in some way, each of you will feel the pride that I feel and the sense of friendship that I do when I think of our group.

Thank you for being part of our group. In the new year, I hope to be lucky enough to meet all of you and share the excitement.


Please welcome our new members, Lily Ann and Bonnie. 

If you have not received emails from me, please let me know. I may not have your correct email address. I don’t want anyone to miss out. I use email for last minute updates, color newsletters, quick thoughts, etc. If you have a private email, I will not share your email if you do not want me to, just let me know.


The next meeting is Tuesday, November 15. Bring your calendars please. Some things being discussed… selling raffle tickets at the Country Parlor Home show and creating a meeting schedule that includes Tuesday evenings, weekend days.


Thank you to Gail Horton for graciously allowing us to reuse her pattern designed for one of the guild’s early raffle rugs. It is a sampler style rug of the Twin Forks. Places like Horton Point Lighthouse, The Big Duck, the white barn in Laurel, the farm stands are part of this large, colorful and meaningful rug. Let me know if you would like a turn! We’re all enjoying hooking this beauty!


I am creating a supplier and teacher directory as part of a welcome packet to give to members. If you would like to be a part of this listing, send me your name, a brief description of your wares and I’ll take it from there.


Believe it or not, we are starting to think of the 2012 rug show. We aim to have our show in the fall of 2012 at Hallockville so we would like to create hooked pumpkin patch for display on the wall. The idea is for each member to hook the same small pumpkin mat. The challenge will be to add to the pumpkin - a ghost rising above, a crow sitting on, a cat peeking around, vines, jack-o-lantern face….. More details and the pumpkin pattern to follow.

Because of the success of the 2010 Rug Show, we were able to hold two classes this year. Tina from gWoolikers came the last weekend of July to teach us her pattern “Whale of a Tale”. Our member, Louise hosted a dye class in October.

I have never taken a class before, and I did not know what to expect. What a ball! Even seasoned hookers, some who are teachers themselves, had a great time and learned something new. Tina and her best friend Betty Ann kept the energy high. The weekend was HOT HOT HOT, but we enjoyed ourselves and each others’ company, we never lost steam. We chatted the days away like old friends. After the class, we all went to the Lobsterfest. Thanks to Sue for getting the tickets. What a good old fashioned blast!! We hope to bring her back for another class. She is a great teacher and the sweetest lady! You will love taking a class with her!

Here are some photos from the class…
Our lovely hosts: The Cutchogue Presb. Church

Tina teaching

The whole group!

See?? We had such a good time, you can’t even tell we’re tired and HOT!

The dye workshop was really incredible. Louise has the most beautiful home and she is such a welcoming host. We walked in to the smell of fresh baked brownies - yummo!

We learned - hands on - a few methods of dying - abrash open pan, spot dying, casserole dying, and dry dying - we even created a new dry dye formula - Louise’s Bread Pudding - she’s holding it up below…. It’s gorgeous!

We all went home with a folder FULL of handouts and over a ½ yard of wool - we each received a large piece of everything we dyed. Here are some photos from the day…

dry dying - Louise's Bread Pudding - new color recipe

Out of the oven

Casserole Dying

We will have more classes and hope to see more of you at them. There is always something new to learn and it gives you the chance to teach someone new.

Monday, October 17, 2011




Saturday, October 22, 2011
10am - 4pm
Louise Hulbert's Studio

Fee:  $40
Each student will receive a full 1/2 yard of dyed wool and a folder full of instructions and other information

Please bring your lunch.
Beverages and coffee will be provided.

Class size is limited!! Please RSVP to Jennifer at peconicruggers@yahoo.com

If they came this way, we wouldn't have to take a class......

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September Meeting Happenings

Great meeting everyone! Lots of visiting and catching up. The positivity and creativity shared was out of this world.

Thank you to Judy, Louise and Lily-Ann for supplying the refreshments. Louise, we hope you will share your recipe. Pumpkin Bread Pudding with whipped cream! Still warm!

Badge Challenge - At our next meeting (October) we are going to make name badges for demonstrations and such. We think it would be nice to help anyone visiting our tent recongnize who they can approach for information on the guild or rug hooking. Everyone who would like to particpate is invited to bring a assortment of odds and ends to share to make the badges. The badge can be anything you want - hooked, collage, embrodiered, photos, scrapbook style, plain with just your name, etc. anything goes, it's supposed to be fun and something you will want to wear.

We are tossing around the idea of alternating meeting weekday nights and weekend days.  The goal is to give everyone who wants to participate the ability to participate.  We will discuss more in October.

Stay tuned to the blog. We are going to start a monthly member highlight where you can meet the members, see their workspace and work, some tips, tricks and maybe a recipe or two.  Who wants to go first? 

Stay tuned for very overdue coverage of the rug class and Hallockville.

Upcoming events:

Next meetings, Tuesday, October 18 and November 15 - 7pm Hallockville
Dye Workshop, Louise's studio, Saturday October 22 - 10am - bring lunch, fee to be determined
Holiday Party, December 3, 2pm, Louise's studio, potluck - details to follow - Paid Members Only

Hallockville at Night - Rug Show 2010

Monday, September 19, 2011

GUILD MEETING - TOMORROW - Tuesday, September 20 7pm

Hello everyone,

A quick note to let you know we are meeting tomorrow night at Hallockville in the Hudson House.  This is the house on the opposite side of the farm as the barn we were in front of at the Fall Festival. Please come to the back door. The front door is locked.

Judy, Louise and I are bringing refreshments.

The next meetings will be Octobe 18 and November 15.  All confirmed at Hallockville.


Friday, September 9, 2011


Fall is coming, fall is coming, fall is coming, fall is coming.....

Beautiful fall colored wools
 Fall Festival Website

What: Hallockville Fall Festival
When: Saturday, September 17
Time:  10am - 5pm
Where: White fair tent outside of the Naugles Barn (or inside the barn)

We signed up for Saturday only this year. Due to overwhelming vistor demand last year, we registered for a "selling/demo table" this year.

Reminders to bring:

If you are selling: items to sell - change, money box, paper, etc. and if you have a table, please bring it
project to demo
folding chair
light jacket in case we get a good breeze
wipes for the portapotties (hey at least we get them on day one, the freshest day)

Sampling of wool for sale
cow  Say hi to Stella. She's a sweet beautiful cow at Hallockville. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Join Us!

The Peconic Ruggers, is sponsoring its first-ever two-day rug hooking class at the end of this month! The class, taught by Tina Ackerman of g. woolikers, will feature an exclusive pattern drawn by Bonnie Smith of The Wool Street Journal available nowhere else. The pattern is called A Whale of a Tale and Tina will emphasize color planning and hooking sky and water. Here's a drawing of the pattern, which measures 28 x 36 inches:

A Whale of a Tale ©2011 Bonnie Smith/The Wool Street Journal
please respect the artist and do not copy her work!
Here are the particulars:
A Whale of Tale
Friday, July 29, 2011 and Saturday, July 30, 2011
9:30 am to 3:30 pm both days
Cutchogue Presbyterian Church
Main Road, Cutchogue, New York

Class fee (paid to guild): $80
~includes snacks, beverages, lunch and a great goody bag~

Pattern fee (paid to teacher): $46

Potluck for class members Friday evening wool for sale, too!

For more information: peconicruggers@yahoo.com

The North Fork of Long Island is a fabulous place to visit, especially in the summer. We have vineyards and farms galore, beautiful beaches, great shopping and restaurants, and lots of rug hookers! You can get here by train from Manhattan or by ferry from Connecticut. There are inns, bed and breakfasts, and hotels tucked in lots of out of the way places here, too. There are a few spots left, and you won't find a class at this cost anywhere else, so sign up now!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I'm defrosting and getting back on track....


Judy Lambros has stepped down from her post as co-president. Judy has a heart of gold and a great spirit. I thank her for all of her guidance, encouragement and contributions to the guild. She remains very active within the guild and I look forward to seeing her at our meetings and events.


Saturday, May 21, 10am - 5pm. (Rain Date, Sunday, May 22 10am - 5pm)

We will be in a tent demonstrating rug hooking. Last year was the first year and it was a really fun day! There are fiber artists - vending and demonstrating, alpacas, sheep, horses, herding dogs and herding demonstrations….. it is a great family festival that will grow each year.

If you plan to join us, bring a chair and your current project and some rugs to hang for display. I hope to see you there, its great fun.


We have three events scheduled for 2011.

July 29 and 30 - Friday and Saturday - Tina from G Woolikers will come from Georgia and teach us a pattern designed specifically for the Peconic Ruggers Guild by The Wool Street Journal. The class will be held at the Cutchogue Presbyterian Church. Details will follow as they become finalized.

October 22 - Saturday - Louise Hulbert, a long time member of both the Peconic Ruggers and LIGRA, will teach a dye workshop at her studio.

Date TBD - Saturday - Elizabeth Palmer-Buchtman, Designs from Fenwood, will return to teach a different felting technique - Nuno Felting.


Jennifer - President
Sue - Treasurer
Sarah  - PRPR

It’s no fun doing it alone, the more the merrier! We are always looking for you to help us demonstrate at fairs, participate in meetings and decision making, workshop/lecture preparation, and newsletter/blog contributions. Come on down!

New Lamb from Hallockville 2010 Fiber Festival

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

February Hook In - Please join us!

February Hook-In

Come hook, look, eat and visit!!

Saturday, February  19 - 10am - 3pm
The Cutchogue Presbyterian Church
Main Road, Cutchogue

Bring a pot luck dish. The guild will provide beverages and utensils.

You are invited to bring something for the door prize table and finished piece to display.
Some members will have supplies for purchase.
Peconicruggers.blogspot.com or peconicruggers@yahoo.com
*** If there is severe weather, please check blog. I will not have access to email at the hook in.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Brrrrrrrrr.....Baby it's Cold Outside

But that didn't keep us away.  As we pulled up to the snow covered Church I realized how pretty this scene was and how lucky I am to be part of this group.  The guild trickled in and we turned on the heat, started the coffee and got settled in to a day of hooking, eating (and eating and eating and eating) and talking (and talking and talking and talking).  What fun and how relaxing. We saw old faces and met some new ones.  We admired each other's projects and picked up new tips and tricks and shared some of our own.  We had great door prizes and some beautiful wool for sale - oh the colors - who can buy just one quarter????    I hope to see you again in February!!

Sue sent some pictures from the day - I will post more as I get them.....

Louise's Wool
Her oranges and yellows
I think everyone has Spring on their minds - a couple of florals
Patterns for Sale

Food food food

Did I mention food?

I made kielbasa and sauerkraut in the crockpot and had a lot of requests for the recipe. Here it is:

2 kielbasas cut into 1/4 inch slices
2 bags of sauerkraut (32 oz each)
1 cup of apple cider
approx 2 TBS of sugar to sprinkle on top before cooking

Put it all in the crockpot and cook on low for at least 8 hours.


Friday, January 21, 2011

Wild Weather Update - Hook In is ON!

Enough of this snow - although it is very pretty.

The Hook in is on and scheduled to start at 10am.   Please give us some time to get the heat going and the coffee brewing.

Drive carefully and we'll see you tomorrow!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Our Show is Featured in The Wool Street Journal - woo hoo!!

I am so excited to let everyone know that our show was featured in the January 2011 issue of The Wool Street Journal. ... If anyone has not read the WSJ yet, please order an issue and take a look.  It's not your typical magazine  - every issue is chock full of inspiring photos, patterns, line drawings, musings, instruction, guidance, great dye recipes, and words of wisdom from Bonnie herself.  It is a magazine I look forward to receiving and find something new every time I read, reread and read again. 

The January issue has a an article written by member Sarah McNamara - a very talented artist and blogger The Paisley Studio photos of the show taken by her daughter - another very talented artist -  Clara Jauquet.  Sarah and Clara captured the feeling of that magical weekend.  Just wait to you see!!

Thank you Bonnie and Tina for coming to the show and making it such a special weekend and thank you for featuring our show in your magazine.  You are truly a blessing.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


January Hook-In
Get out of the house and come hook, look, eat and visit!!

Saturday, January 22 - 10am - 3pm
The Cutchogue Presbyterian Church
Main Road, Cutchogue

Bring a pot luck dish. The guild will provide beverages and utensils.

You are invited to bring something for the door prize table and finished piece to display.

Some members will have supplies for purchase.

Peconicruggers.blogspot.com or peconicruggers@yahoo.com or Jennifer Faulkner 631-793-3511

***  If there is severe weather, please check blog and call my cell listed above.  I will not have access to email at the hook in. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

What a fun weekend!! We had a wonderful time with the ladies from The Wool Street Journal and GWoolikers - they are a hoot and a ton of fun.

 I am so proud to be part of a guild that comes together the way we did for this show. Everyone participated in some way whether it was financially through dues support or by showing rugs, spending hours hanging rugs, picking up supplies or manning a table. It was great to see my friends and meet many more and finally have a face to match the names on my mailing lists. Thank you!

Some pictures for you to enjoy….

Our beautiful banner was made as a gift for us by Judy’s son. The pictures were taken by Sarah’s daughter Clara and my husband Ken.

I am so proud to be part of a guild that comes together the way we did for this show. Everyone participated in some way whether it was financially through dues support or by showing rugs, spending hours hanging rugs, picking up supplies or manning a table. It was great to see my friends and meet many more and finally have a face to match the names on my mailing lists. Thank you!

Some pictures for you to enjoy….

Raffle table!!!

The Wool Street Journal and GWoolikers
MAX was in the Barn!



WHEN?  January 22 and February 19 - 10a-3p
WHERE?  The Cutchogue Presbyterian Church

WHAT??  Both Hook ins are pot luck. Some of our members will sell there wares and we'll have some door prizes and a raffle of some older rug hooking items that were donated at the rug hooking show.

Get out of the house and hook with us. We’ll host the hook in at the church on Main Road in Cutchogue. There is a lot of room, great lighting, lots of parking and heat! If there is inclement weather, please give me a call on my cell phone 631-793-3511. Members and non members are welcome. We hope to see you there!
The Peconic Ruggers, started by Gail Horton in 1996, is a rug hooking guild from the North Fork of Long Island, New York. We meet monthly at the beautiful Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead, New York.