Karen Kaiser

A great visit
by Rose Kandy

On Monday, March 23rd, The Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild hosted Karen Kaiser, Penelope Deering and Julie Ridler, members of the Thousand Islands Rug Hooking Group. Karen spoke to us of the Summer Rug Hooking Retreats at her home near Belleville, Ontario and invited us all to come for one of the weekends. For biographies of the teachers and a summary of the classes as well as a registration form, email her at woody.kaiser@gmail.com or call 613-966-2658.

Karen KaiserThe classes will run from April to October end. Along with 7 other teachers, each weekend will be devoted to a different aspects or rug hooking and wool art. Karen, who is a graphic designer by trade, has an especially good eye for original design, as we saw from the rugs she demonstrated. All these ladies are very talented and it was a real pleasure to chat with them. 

The other topic which the Group particularly holds dear is the marketing of a beautiful rug some 20 members hooked in order to raise money for “Women to Women International”, an organization that treats women victims of the civil war in the Congo and trains them to be self-supporting. Rug Hooking Magazine ran an article on this project in the Jan-Feb. 2009 edition and you can also read more about their progress by connecting to the blog:  www.womenmattersrugart.blogspot.com

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