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The next Cream City Rug Hooking Guild meeting will be at the First Congregational Church on March 22nd from 9 - 1. At this meeting there will be a Hooker to Hooker sale.


Fairy Tales and our 32nd Hook In are coming on April 27, 2023. For more details see our "Hook In" tab or the poster above.

Congratulations to the area winners for this years Celebrations (from Rug Hooking Magazine) winners!  We are so excited to be surrounded with these creative artists!

"Shine" - a David Galchutt design, was created by Lyle Drier

Intriguing "Cleo" was designed by Mary McGrath

Joyce Krueger designed this barn after one she watched throughout her life. It has fallen down - but part of it is preserved in the frame!

Marilyn Denning used the painting "Guitar and Beautiful Soul" to complete this art piece.

"Oh Where Oh Where Can Cee Cee Be" was beautifully hooked and braided by Sharon Felten - a Sally Kallin design.

 "Christmas At The Inn"
Hawks Inn - Delafield - December 3, 2022


Cream City Guild members Janet, Pam and Judy (not pictured) demonstrated rug hooking in the "Loom Room"  in conjunction with the traditional celebration of    "Christmas at the Inn!"

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Fest - 2022

"Art Under Foot"  was a beautiful hooked rug display!


Hawks Inn was a wonderful meeting and workshop location on August 24th and 25th. We learned about using the color wheel, the ProCreate computer program, presented a completed footstool cover from the Hawks Inn, and shared many great ideas and projects!



Presentation of completed hooked footstool to Hawks Inn staff. Lyle Drier spotted the footstool, with the hooked cover "falling apart" and offered to redo the hooked piece and recover the footstool. Lyle designed the cover from the old covering, selected and completed flowers, and Jean Warren assisted hooking the background.

The footstool back in it's "home" in Hawk's Inn!

The new "hooking demonstration area" in the room with the loom and the spinning wheels.

Congratulations to the 2022 Wisconsin State Fair winners in the Home Environment - Hooking categories.  Included in the winners are Sue DeLong with 2 ribbons, Joyce Krueger with 2 ribbons, Ann Rudolph with 3 ribbons and Lyle Drier with 5 ribbons including the "Best of Show!"  Thank you for your talents and sharing them with many others!


Sue DeLong's "Trash Can Man" - First time entry winner.

Lyle Drier's "Easter Morning" (adapted from a picture of her Mom with her and a sister) This earned both the "Best of  Show" and the "Best of Division - Home Environments" Kudos Lyle!


HOOK IN 2022


 The following vendors were at our Hook In. If you need help or supplies, be sure to contact them

Because of Ewe Kimberly Hirt - Genoa, Ohio -

Green Dragon Studio - Chris Hornby - Grand Haven, MI - Facebook Page - 616-566-1144 -

Holly and Ivy - Katie Wild - Ripon, WI - 920-539-1013

Magnolia's Wool and Clothing - Paulette Wentzlaff - Stillwater, MN -  651-430-8108

Zim Knives - Nathan Zimmerman - - 262.510.3563  Sharpens all sorts of items meant to be sharp!

Spruce Ridge Studios - Kris Miller - Howell, MI  517-546-7732

Village Crafters - Carol Oslage -  Tomahawk, WI - All sorts of handmade baskets, small to large


Purse Challenge by Guild Members recently displayed at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts


"I WON!" created by Carol Stoldt after winning the game and many wool pieces "Left Center Right" at our holiday party in 2021.

"Paisley Magic"  by Angela Foote

Carol Wirsching adapted and hooked this design from Ann Willey

"Ribbons"adapted from Threadplay by LibbyLehman

Joyce Krueger  was very busy and creative in the completion of these rugs!!!


"La Pastiche Sea Serpent" - a painting by Gustav Klimet andadapted by Cindy Irwin (note the intricate gem placements)

                                        Items Displayed
        at our Meetings

"Kazak Primitive" designed by the Fraser Company, hooked by Carol Stoldt. Started in a class with Jeanne Benjamin


"Cat Trio Welcome" pattern by Di Franza and hooked by Lyle Drier


Wendy Vehanen created "V's Dreams" for her great niece and "Colors Over the 
Ocean" for her Finnish friend.


"Wooly Bowls" created by Pat Cross using 6" & 7" circles fused together, then adding beads. A great scrappy wool buster.

Sheryl Ellis created these beauties from Cushing patterns.  "Queen of Hearts" and "Miss Spade" will brighten your day!


"Chickadees" created by Janet Kiekhofer


"Champion" pattern by Mildred Sprout background added & hooked by Jean Warren


These rugs were created by  Barbara Kren. So much spirit!

"Pumpkin Blossom" by Alma Allen & Blackbird Designs

"Uncle Sam's Hat" by Polly Minick


"America Banner" by Catherine Stephan - Red Barn Designs


"The Witch's Consort" designed by Tish Murphy

"Star Struck" designed by Maggie Bonanomi


Capri Boyle Jones taught 2 wonderful workshops for our Guild May 16th through the 21st. The first was an open workshop, the second was "Painterly In A Pinch." She was very inspirational to all who were fortunate to attend!


Quarantine Rug - 8 Cream City Members Contribute to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts Project

With the COVID-19 pandemic changing our lives, the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts (                                    in Cedarburg, WI had an idea to have people submit quilt squares to be put together for a Quarantine Quilt. Joyce Krueger adapted this idea to put together hooked pieces, 10 inch square, to make a hooked rug/quilt. An invitation was sent out to all members - 8 responded and Joyce completed the project by sewing them together. Participating members were Patty Sherman, Pam Schmelzle, Janet Kiekhofer, Lyle Drier, Jean Warren, Sandy Kub, Mary Schnitzler, and Joyce Krueger. This rug and other Quarantine Quilts are currently on display in the Quilt Museum until November 15, 2020. Be sure to check times available.  Also, a wonderful article and explanation of the individual pieces, written by Joyce Krueger,  is in the current September/October issue of Rug Hooking magazine, pp 54 - 56. (

Quarantine Rug - 2020 - Front 1.JPG

"Purse Challenge"

pictures from our

 Hook In 2022!



Carol Stoldt - "A Murder of Crows in Hats"

Sally Kannaka - "Steve's Love"

Hook In Pictures!

Sharon Felten - "Spring Has Sprung"


Cream City Rug Hooking Guild (located in southeastern Wisconsin)

is involved in educational programs designed to increase awareness and promote the art of traditional rug hooking.

Our guild's bi-monthly meetings offer a creative environment for members to share ideas and improve rug hooking skills.


Our meetings begin at 9 a.m. (until 2 p.m.) and include a monthly business meeting at  10 a.m.  We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the First Congregational Church, 1511 Church Street, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
We also meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month (9 a.m to 2 p.m.) at the Family Center of Wisconsin Memorial Park, 13235 Capital Drive, Brookfield, Wisconsin.


We are an ATHA  (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists) Guild and are involved in a variety of activities throughout the year. Local demonstration of rug hooking includes:
     * Wisconsin State Fair - West Allis
     * Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival - Jefferson
     * Historic Hawks Inn - Delafield
     * Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts - Cedarburg


The guild offers a wide variety of rug hooking classes to its members several times a year. Instructors from all over the US and Canada are brought in to teach at these events.

Annual Hook-In

On the 4th Thursday of April we host our annual Hook-In at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. 

Hook-In includes:
     *  Vendors - wool, patterns, hooks & more
     *  Rug Displays - a wonderful variety!
     *  Door prizes!
     *  Silent Auction!
     *  Cream City Cash- you could win!
     *  Scissors sharpening available


In 1985, several rug hookers lost their teacher in Whitefish Bay. They formed a group to hook together,and Joyce Krueger, Waukesha, WI started teaching classes. Joyce helped get the group started and grow. In 1989 the group of 20 members voted to join ATHA., and established the Cream City Rug Hookers Guild. The group selected their name and a logo. One member, Linda Petech from Lake Geneva, WI created the logo. It is a cream colored brick home with a red roof surrounded with a green pine tree. The words on the logo are drawn around the house and colored red. The home signifies where many hooked rugs are used to beautify and personalize.  The cream color brick  recalls the historical architecture in southern Wisconsin using the "cream city" brick material for building homes.

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