President, Sue Clark
Vice President, Katie Allman
Katie has been a member of the Buckeye Rug Hooking Guild for the past five years. She began hooking primitive style in 1991 with her first teacher, Dianne Kelly, at that time in Hudson, OH. Coming from a crafty background, she was intrigued by hooked pieces in antique shops. She was inspired to make one herself. Her first rug was Hey Diddle Diddle that she completed for her daughter’s nursery. Since that time she has hooked many more creations. Under the direction of Shirley Bloom, she was introduced to fine cut/shading. She and her sister, Laura Fitch have established Kidl’-de-Divey Woolens in which they design their own patterns.
Katie is a McGown certified teacher. Her teaching schedule includes classes at home and bimonthly at the Chairmaker and Friends shop in Seville, OH and monthly classes in Willard, OH. She is available to teach in your local guilds or small groups as well. Every year in June she facilitates the North Central Ohio Rug Show at the Kingwood Center in Mansfield, OH. This show is free and open to the public featuring area talent and vendors.
A member of the Lorain County Hookcrafters and Fort Laurens Rug Guild, Katie is skilled in all cuts. She especially enjoys incorporating textures and various cuts in crewel. Hooking whimsy patterns and dyeing wool are also at the top of her list. She enjoys traveling to rug camps and taking a variety of teachers to incorporate their vast knowledge in her hooking projects.
Secretary, Linda Baughman
Treasurer, Linda Powell
Linda began hooking in 1988 after being introduced to the art form by her mother-in-law. She joined local guilds, took private lessons and attended weekend workshops before deciding to attend Southern McGown Teachers Workshop. An accredited McGown teacher since 2000, Linda is experienced in all cuts and styles. She conducts private lessons, regular classes and one-day workshops from her home based studio, Village Rim Rug Hooking. She also teaches for guilds and schools upon request.
Although Linda's personal projects have covered a wide range of categories and multiple cuts, the realistic pictorial and a #4 cut are her personal favorites. She is currently working on a few projects; a wide cut floral pattern that she is scheduled to teach in March, a small Grendfell mat taught by Karen Deitrick and a small "welcome" piece from a class taught by Katie Allman. Her most recent finished piece is a friendship rug that was a class project for her Wednesday night students.
Rug Show Chairman, Laura Fitch
Laura Fitch has een a member of the Buckeye Rug Hooking Guild from afar for the past three years. Laura especially enjoys hooking wide cuts. She has recently initiated a hooking group in West Milton, OH. Born and raised in Ohio, she married her high school sweetheart and began her travels across the United States while her husband, Tom, serves in active military. This has enabled her to be involved in several small hooking groups as they traveled from one assignment to another. She currently resides on a small farm in Ludlow Falls. She states this will be her last address until the nursing home. She has had 17 addresses in the past 25 years so she is pleased to be "home".
Membership Chairman, Madonna Shelley
Jen Kleinhenz, Education Chairman
Jen Kleinhenz has been a member of the Buckeye Rug Hooking Guild since it's beginning. "I've always supported the Guild because I think it's a great way to see old friends and make new ones while doing something I love."
She's been hooking for 11 years. She also works with her business partner, Jan Grose, on Roche Riverhouse. She designs patterns, dyes wool and teaches students.
She's married and has two pre-teen children; rug hooking has saved her sanity on many occasions!
Program Chair, Peggy Ware
Peggy is the new Program chair for the state Buckeye Rug Hooking Guild. She and her family have lived in Zanesville, Ohio, for 46 years. In 2001, she retired after 30 years of teaching, 15 years with Learning Disabled students and 15 years in regular 6th and 4th grades. Her husband, George, English Professor at Ohio University Zanesville, retired with over 40 years of teaching. Their three adult children, George IV, Mary, and Katherine (and Arin), all live the Columbus area. George and Peggy have two grandchildren, Ava 6 and Nicholas 4.
In 2004 Peggy discovered rug hooking and lovely dyed and “as is” wool at the Fioriware store in Zanesville. She signed up for beginning rug hooking classes with Maddy Fraioli. In the class she learned about the local monthly Zanesville group, Y-Bridge Rug Hookers, and eagerly joined in. The group began meeting at the Fioriware store and now meets in individual homes the third Wednesday evening of the month. Maddy also encouraged her to join the state Buckeye Rug Hooking Guild.
Shirley Peters, a rug hooker for over 30 years, moved to Zanesville in 2007 and joined the monthly rug hookers. She invited all rug hookers to hook in her home every Monday during the day. Peggy started to hook more seriously every week with Shirley. Hooking became her passion.
Peggy began hooking pillows for her home. Then she started making projects for Ava and Nick: pillows, footstools, and wall hangings. She has also hooked small and medium sized rugs for her home.
Joining the BRHG in 2006 Peggy truly enjoyed meeting rug hookers from around the state of Ohio. She took classes offered yearly by the BRHG at Cherry Valley with nationally known rug hooking teachers: Sandra Brown, Donna Hrkman, Chris Miller, Wendy Miller, Linda Powell, and Karen Dietrick. Peggy went to Rug Camp at Cedar Lakes in West Virginia for two years taking classes from Anne Boissinot. She has had the opportunity to learn from the BEST!
When Peggy isn’t hooking she enjoys yoga, pilates, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family, especially Ava and Nick.
Newsletter Editor Maddy Fraioli