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Our next February meeting is February 28th at the First Congregational Church in Wauwatosa. We will be meeting both the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at the First Congregational Church at least through May. The Family Center is currently being upgraded.

                                 Tribute to Lyle Drier

The Cream City Rug Hooking Guild and the whole world of rug hooking has lost a very special person - Lyle Drier. Lyle passed away on December 21, 2023, with Dennis at her side after a 17 year battle with multiple myeloma. Lyle's rug hooking began briefly in 1981, then in 1989 in earnest after joining the Cream City Rug Hooking Guild. Since that time she has produced more than 310 rugs and wall hangings, earning more than a 100 awards in Wisconsin and nationally. Some of Lyle's final words:  "What a wonderful group of people rug hookers are.  These factors certainly helped to stimulate the creativity. There are many rugs yet to be hooked. Many ideas yet to be explored. Many classes yet to take. Many rug hookers yet to meet."

Lyle - your talent, enthusiasm and smile will always be remembered.

             Projects From Our Last Meeting

Patty Sherman turned this pattern by Carol Kassera into a wonderful antique box top.

"Stop and Go" by Karen Maddox of Honey Bee Hive was created by Chris Martin

"Pisces" designed by Joan Moshimer -border added and hooked by Jean Warren

"Mille Fleur" designed by Jane McGown Flynn and hooked by Carol Stoldt.

"Folk Bird" by Karla Gerard was hooked by Janet Kiekhofer and embellished with a braided border.


Nancy Harland created this with all her grandchildren!

"Pumpkin" design by Pearl McGown and hooked by Patty Sherman.

Joanne Zahorik created this "Kitchen Sink" design after watching a video by Lisanne Miller. Studying the patterns becomes very interesting!


Using Red Barn Rugs "3D Christmas Tree" pattern Laurel Schroeder created this tree  and added a special nativity set at the bottom.


"Hanging Fish" - design by Terri Schaeffer of Shepherd's Wool in Eagle River and completed by Kathy Carini and Jean Warren


Great Times at the Sheep and Wool Fest September 8 - 10th 

Lots of activity at the History Center of Hawks Inn on August 23rd and 24th!  Special guest was Jordan, demonstrating her vintage sock knitting machines and educating us about the industry, now and in the past.


Fun at the Wisconsin State Fair -Demonstrating Rug Hooking!


Kudos to the Guild members who entered Hooked Articles and earned ribbons.  These include Janet Kiekhofer, Ann Rudolph, Joyce Krueger and  Lyle Drier. Taking "Best of Show" from all the hooked categories was Janet Kiekhofer.  Don't let those hooks rest!

Projects & Festivities from our December meeting!


Playing LCR at our Holiday Celebration - hoping to win wool strips!

The winner of this game of LCR! Look at all the pretty colors!


"Cheek to Cheek Snowmen" is a Michelle Palmer design hooked by Lyle Drier. The snowmen are ready for winter!


"Patriotic Santa" Adapted & Hooked by Hazel Rooker - an old postcaes pattern by Cushing.

Holiday Tree Skirt - designed, hooked & embellished by Sharon Felten

Braided wreath created and embellished by Joyce Krueger

Photo album covers created by Sharon Felten for her granddaughters.
"Little Dancer" is designed by Yvonne Buss, and "Dottie" by Michelle Micarelli


Pat Cross created this Mola design in a workshop with Marilyn Denning. This is made from T shirts!

"My Spring Bonnet" is a Cushing design hooked by Sheryl Ellis. The trims are antique and the flowers came off a real bonnet!


The            32nd Cream City Hook In and Fairy Tales Show

Cream City 32nd Hook In - 2023

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Mary McGrath with "CLEO"

Our "People's Choice" Winners for Hook In

Joyce Krueger with "ENDANGERED SPECIES"

Lyle Drier with "SHINE"


Melissa Pattacini - designer of Fairy Tale patterns, owner of Honey Bee Hive and speaker at our Hook In is with Sharon Felten, creator of the Fairy Tale centerpieces and Joyce Krueger - a Fairy Tale rug artist and  instrumental in bringing the show to Cream City

Hooking Fairy Tales - Extraordinary Rugs Inspired by the Golden Age of Illustration by Robin Rennie can be purchased from Rug Hooking Magazine. Fairy Tale patterns can be purchased from Honey Bee Hive,

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.

"Harry" was beautifully hooked and braided by Sharon Felten - a Sally Kallin design.

Items Shared at Our Meetings

Lyle Drier created and hooked this seat cushion from a Zentangle Design

"S.W. Kilm III" designed by Capri Boyle Jones and hooked by Chris Martin


Sheryl Ellis created "Trailing Roses" by Bernat Vintage and"Art Nouveau A La Mucha" by Jane McGo


"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)

"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


 "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!"

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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