NOTICE: Our next meeting for the Cream City Rug Hooking Guild will be August 24th and 25th, 2022. It will be at the History Center of Hawks Inn in Delafield. On Wednesday lunch will be served - contact Patty Sherman to put in your order. There will be some mini classes, including using the color wheel and a computer design program. Come relax, bring a project and a chair if it's nice to sit under the big tree!

What a wonderful "31st HOOK IN" we had April 28th at Boerner Botanical Gardens! Many people were excited to be back hooking together and touching base with friends. People's Choice winners and other pictures can be found toward the bottom of this page.



The ATHA 2022 Biennial in Kansas City is 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!  There is still time to register for the Biennial, or come for the day on Friday or Saturday (9 - 3).

 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

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Projects Displayed at our Recent Meetings


"Trailing Roses" designed by Bernat. It is a vintage burlap pattern that was colorized. Adapted and hooked by Sheryl Ellis.

"Boomer" drawn by Elizabeth Black, a ragdoll cat of Jackie and Rick Kojis. Jackie hooked this special mat!

"Game Board" adapted and hooked from a picture by Carol Stoldt.


Jellyfish Angle" designed by Capri Boyle, hooked by Chris Martin in a recent workshop with Capri.

"Am I Blue?" a stained glass design by Ed Sibbett, Jr.adapted and hooked by Chris Martin.


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. (

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"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.