I recently picked up a back issue of the Rugger’s Companion, the bimonthly newsletter/magazine of ATHA, Association of Traditional Hooking Artists.
I had not known of this organization and an internet search produced the following facts:
Their membership includes over 4, 000 fiber artists worldwide organized into 17 regions.
In North America, there are 78 active chapters.
Their very professional news magazine held a wealth of information for rug hooking enthusiasts. Dozens of articles and photographs of finished project submitted by the membership inspired me to finish a couple of hooking projects I have started.
Advertisers feature hooking supplies of every description as well as instructional books and magazines.
I have always thought membership in an organization or guild which represents your hobby and interests to be very advantageous. For a nominal membership fee, there are many benefits, including working with artists with the same interests
(a great learning experience). There is usually the opportunity to attend workshops and conferences and new products are offered in their publications.
ATHA is sponsoring a biennial symposium in 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. For all information concerning this seminar and membership please contact www.atharugs.com