NOTICE:  Our next meetings for the Cream City Rug Hooking Guild are cancelled - these are for January 13th and 27th; February 10th and 24th due to Covid and keeping everyone  safe.  Also note, all meetings for 2021 will be at the Family Center of Wisconsin Memorial Park. 
Our Hook In has been delayed until April 28, 2022.  We hope to be able to resume our regular lifestyle by this time and have a spectacular event!
The ATHA 2021 Biennial in Kansas City has been moved from 2021 to 2022. The new dates are September 14 - 17, 2022. Under the "ATHA" tab at the top of the page, is more info on the Biennial, and specifics on ordering a worm box  and pattern book as a fundraiser for the Biennial. The pattern book is rumored to be wonderful!

The Hook In for April 23rd was cancelled. Save the date of April 22, 2021 for the next Hook In. However, if you need supplies, please check out these vendors who were coming to our Hook In. They are open and will help you out! 

Cottage House Primitives - Carol Naab - Lodi, WI - 608-592-7474

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

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

I Love Rug Hooking - Shelley Lencioni - Auburn, Calif. -  916-765-7165

Joyce's Vintage Wools - Joyce Krueger - Waukesha, WI - 262-542-8944 -

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

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

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Rugs=Food=Love Braided Rug Project.  Guild members have contributed braided circles, and Sandy Kub has designed and assembled two of the rugs. If you win a rug through a raffle ticket, you get to designate a food bank to receive funds. Check out these beautiful rugs at the website below.!

"Garden of Love" - hooked and braided rug put together by Sandy Kub.(Different people completed the circles.) This is part of a Covid Fundraiser by the Valley Forge Rug Braiders to benefit food banks. The raffle was on 12/14 and over $21,000 was raised foe food banks.To see rugs andwinners, visit:


Recent Projects  -

"Nest" by Marie Gwinn

Completed by Patty       Sherman

"Friends" by Joanne Gerwig  - Hooked by Jean warren

Braided bowl by Jean Warren

"Birch Trees in Autumn" -           by Lyle Drier

Created using wool strips and selvedges

"Autumn Oak" -

     by Lyle Drier

 "The River" -         by Lyle Drier

Items displayed at our recent meetings

      Harvest Time -

Heart of Wisconsin       

 Guild  Challenge -

                  Janet Kiekhofer


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Carole Wirsching hooked this footstool - adapting part of a pattern

Braided Baskets -

                      Jean Warren

"Crazy Shoes" designed by  Melissa Eisenbach and hooked by Chris Martin

"Lighthouse" by Karla Gerard of Needleit Studio in Sydney, Nova Scotia - Completed by Janet Kiekhoferotted Bea - Hookeb Lyle Drir

Guild members have completed sunflower squares as an Outreach Project - fun fall project!

The "Teacherless Workshop"took place at the History Center of Hawks Inn in Delafield, August 26th and 27th. A great hooking and relaxing time was had by all!

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. (

Look where we have been hooking!         2019

ATHA Biennial -Denver

Sheep and Wool Fest      2019

Portage, WI

Holland, MI

WI State Fair

"Chair Challenge" pictures from our                Hook In 2019 !

Hook In Pictures!

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.

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, Upper Level, 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

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