2019 - 2020 Executive Board
Linda Baughman - President
My daughter, Sarah encouraged me to sign up for hooking lessons with Maddy Fraioli in 2000. Sarah kept after me to enroll in class and finally in the fall of 2001 I went to my first class - the rest is history! I attended the first hook-in that became the organizational meeting of the future Buckeye Rug Hooking Guild. I have attended almost every meeting since then. Working full time and hooking once a month gave me a slow start to the rug hooking world. It took about seven years before I really felt connected in the rug hooking family. I took classes offered through the guild and my skills grew. In 2006 under the direction of Stephanie Gibson, I designed a rug for the first time. Shirley Peters moved to Zanesville; she was a great friend and rug hooking mentor. With her guidance, I color planned a rug for the first time. With each rug I have learned new tricks of the trade!
It was the designing of the stair treads in class with Sandra Brown at the fall BRHG meeting in 2009 that I became a passionate rug hooker. It is through the influence of my daughter, Sarah and teacher provided by the BRHG, Shirley Peters, who opened the world of rug camps and other hooking groups to me along with hooking friends that are responsible for my growth as a rug hooker. I look forward to learning more and honing my skills in the marvelous art we share.
Maddy Fraioli - Vice President
I am a third-generation rug hooker, and enjoy sharing the craft. Happy to be of service.
Melinda Hardman - Treasurer
I’ve been rug hooking since January 2016. I found the BRHG at its booth at Winterfair, Columbus in November 2015. Of course, I was at Winterfair looking for art to purchase and not a new hobby to start, but what the heck? Rug hooking had been in the back of my mind for a long time (my late aunt hooked rugs when I was a small child), but that pesky full-time job always got in the way. So, when retirement finally came in 2014, I moved to Ohio from Arizona, found the BRHG, and decided the time was right. I primarily hook with the Ladies of the Wool in Concord Township (outside of Columbus), but I also spend time with the Heritage Hookers in Granville, and the newly-established Greater Mohican Area Rug Hookers in Lexington, Ohio. I figure you just can’t have enough rug hooking fun! I’m looking forward to meeting all of you over the coming years, so please don’t hesitate to come up to me wherever we are and tell me about yourself.
Pamelyn Thacker - Education Chair
I was introduced to rug hooking after attending an exhibit at the Indiana State Fair in 2002. Bev Stewart invited me into her group held at her home. We met twice a month for hooking, learning and friendship which began what I am certain to be a life-long venture of creativity and exceptional friendships. A new resident to central Ohio in 2007 has continued to enrich this journey. I look forward to continued service to the BRHG and very excited about what's to come!
Julie Van Wey - Lead Program Chair & Social Media Chair
In February of 2006 Madonna Shelly made the fateful mistake of showing me one of her hooked rugs. She then was so gracious in getting myself and several other family members started on our first projects and showing us the world of rug vendors. I am now a member of the Heritage Hookers in Grandville. I have loved every minute of "hooking" from going to one day hook-ins to week long camps - it always goes too fast! I absolutely love all the wonderful fellow hookers I have come to meet. They are all so talented and full of encouragement and advise. I have hooked with #8 noodles but mostly hook with #3, #6 for the most part with an occasional #2. I hope to continue learning and enjoying the art of hooking for a very long time.
Laura Powell - 2nd Program Chair & Social Media Chair
As 2nd- Program Chair and cousin to Julie I am happy to help in this position. A 13-year rug hooker that enjoys going to rug camps whenever time allows. Brian and I have been married for 21 years and have a son named Lathen, who is currently a Freshman at O.S.U. I work part-time, but when home I am happiest in the barn tending to our small herd of goats, horses, dogs, cats and a pet duck. Any other spare time is spent coming up with excuses not to cook dinner.
Drenda Trembly - Rug Show
I have been rug hooking for about 5 years. It is one of many hobbies. I piece quilts, hand applique and embroider, crochet and knit. I have said for many years I am a jack of all trades and master of none. I do stay busy though. I have made so many friends and met so many nice ladies in the BRHG as well as learned many new skills pertaining to the art of rug hooking.
Lee Eddy - Membership Chair
Finding rug hooking has enriched my life. I am rug camp taught and thankful for those willing to share their knowledge and friendships I've enjoyed along this journey.
Mary Ann Goetz - Secretary
I look forward to continuing to serve the BRHG.
Gwen Hess - Website Chair
Rug Hooking has been my passion since that first loop in 2017. I enjoy the entire process from color planning, prepping the wool, pattern creation and even finishing. Pulling loops is great therapy for me! I am happy to be a part of the Buckeye Rug Hooking Guild and getting to know all of the members.