Rug Hooking has been around for a very long time and even though these are challenging times in view of a global pandemic, it is activities like rug hooking and other creative outlets that help us to survive and thrive. As the leadership of the Guild, we will be asking for your input regarding areas of interest and ideas for programs for the upcoming year. We are going to get creative to achieve the goals of Our Mission. We encourage you to share, share, share. If you enjoy the Facebook page, please SHARE! SHARE! SHARE! It is our job as members to contribute and participate. Click here to check it out and post a little something today! http:www.facebook.com/BRHGHook. Let's encourage one another, stay in touch, see what's on one another's frames, and promote our love of rug hooking. 

Executive Board 2021-2022

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Gwen Hess

President and Media Chair

I've been hooking since 2017, beaucoup rugs later and I'm still at it. I spend my days hooking or messing with my wool in my studio. (Wool Riot Rug Hooking Studio). I'm into dyeing wool, love learning about color and textures but I remain a dyed in the wool hooker though I've ventured out slightly, I always circle back.
I live outside Sunbury, OH with my husband, Don and our sheltie, Stetson. Oh yes, and Hot Rod, our cat. We enjoy classic cars and working together on projects. I spent my career days as a Realtor and real estate appraiser. My daughter, Holly Blanchard Hoar is also a member of BRHG and we enjoy hooking together though her real estate career in Knox County keeps her super busy. Her son and grandson's name is Colt. My youngest daughter lives in Bozeman, Montana with her husband and two boys, Jake and Elliot.
My personal email address is:  gwen@woolriot.com.


Trish Baker

Vice President and Program Co-Chair

I was introduced to rug hooking in February 2019.  A friend had signed up for a class at The Makery in Mount Vernon and asked me to go. This class was taught by Gwen Hess. After that, I was "hooked!"  Not only do I love the process of creating but I have met a wonderful community of hookers who are always willing to shareI I consider myself a primitive hooker and use mostly #8s in my rugs. I am a retired librarian and live in Johnstown with my husband, Wayne and a wild collection of kitties. Contact me at:  trishbaker51@gmail.com.

Norita Blue


Norita has been hooking for 9 years and hooks in a variety of sizes.  She tends to navigate to a 3 cut and enjoys pictorials. Her teachers include Linda Powell, Donna Hrkman, Sue Clark, and Katie Allman.

Linda Powell


As a child Linda had the opportunity to spend quality time with several talented women, two of which were her mother and grandmother. So, it was no surprise that she enjoyed doing a variety of crafts when she was young. In he early 1980's, Linda was introduced to rug hooking when she attended a rug exhibit with her mother-in-law. However, since she had two young daughters, she didn't hook her first rug until 1988. Linda started taking classes, joined several local guilds and attended a few weekend workshops before she decided to enroll in the McGown Teachers Program in 1997. Linda has both a McGown certification and the OHCG (Ontario Hooked Craft Guild) accreditation. She is a former Director of the Southern McGown Teachers' Workshop, a position she held for six years, a member of ATHA, OHCG Teachers' Branch, and the National Guild of Peral K. McGown Rug Hookcrafters. Linda teaches at schools both nationally and internationally in addition to a monthly class at her home-based studio.

Maddy Fraioli

Education and Interim Rug Show Chair


Maddy Fraioli hooks in Roseville, Ohio and is Oxford and McGown Certified. She is a semi-retired arts educator and is an infrequent contributor to "Rug Hooking Magazine".

Kay Thode

Program Chair

I live in Galena with my husband, youngest son, Blu my English Mastiff and Chester my cat. I retired from the banking industry when we adopted our youngest son as we discovered he has autism. I'm a quilter of 40 plus years I even had a business where I quilted quilts for people on my long arm machine ( I still have it and quilt for myself now). I started hooking rugs 20 years ago. We used to live in Minnesota and I was in a quilt shop and where I ran into Jo Morton. Jo was going to teach a class in rug hooking and well the rest is history!! My favorite style is primitive/folk art. But I will hook just about anything!!!! I'm also an avid  knitter I can knit anything, I've taught 5 out of 6 of my grand daughters to knit, crochet, embroider, quilt and needle punch!! Now they are eyeing my rug hooking so another class is in the near future!!


Sue Newell

Membership Chair

Meet Sue Newell who volunteered on the spot to handle our Membership Chair position. Sue's background includes computer tech stuff so... we are so fortunate to have her. Welcome to the Board, Sue, we look forward to working with you and getting to know you better. Thank you!