NOTICE:  Our next in person meeting for the Cream City Rug Hooking Guild will be October 27th We will be at the Family Center of Wisconsin Memorial Park

Congratulations to the State Fair winners in the "hooked items" categories. Winners include Mary Schnitzler, Janet Kiekhofer (4 items), Sheryl Ellis, Ann Rudolph, Lyle Drier (4 items), Patty Sherman and "Best of Show" to Janet Kiekhofer, with her "Chicken."  These were on exhibit at the Wisconsin State Fair, August 5th - August 15th. 
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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!c Title

 Save the date of April 28, 2022 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 -

Magnolia'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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Items displayed at our recent meetings

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"Microscopic Zebra Fish Larvae"  purse designed and hooked by Suzanne Ziegler


"Halloween" - hooked by 
Ann Rudolph 

"Harvest Time" challenge by Heart of Wisconsin Guild. Hooked by Jean Warren


"Bargello" designed purse by Joyce Krueger

Lyle drier's "Quilley" design class at Sauder - using coat weight wool


"Bunnies By The Pear" designed by Monika Jones, hooked by Nancy Harland

"Starry Night" design adapted by Jane Sconney in a van Gogh workshop - hooked by Lyle Drier


Mary Schnitzler created this bowl of fruit from Katie Pasquine Masopust's book Ghost Layers and Color Wastes

Cattails mini workshop at one of our meetings


Set of "Box tops" to go on Lyle Driers ATHA worm box-
"Halloween       Surprise"

"Southwest Indian Pots"
"Heart Flowers"
"Up In The Air" - Adapted


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"Mat XIII" designed by Carol Stoldt


Sheryl Ellis designed and hooked this original piece for her son and new bride

A new use for leftover worms! Knit by Jean Warren


"Fourfold of Blossoms" Designed and hooked by
              Joyce Krueger

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"Bubbles" by Jackie Kojis

"Fall Harvest" by Jean Warren


The "Teacherless Workshop"took place at the History Center of Hawks Inn in Delafield, August 26th and 27th, 2020. 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. (

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"Chair Challenge" pictures from our                Hook In 2019 !

Hook In Pictures!

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 Family Center of Wisconsin Memorial Park, 13235 Capital Drive, Brookfield, 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.