Rugs by the Sea
I received this as an email from the directors of the rug camp at Cape May and decided to post it here for your convenience. This is the camp where most of the hooking happens on this wonderful porch. The ocean is just a few blocks away.
~A Traditional Rug Hooking School~
Located at the Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey
September 11 – 16, 2011 and September 18 – 23, 2011
Co-Directors: Norma Batastini and Linda Woodbury
We are looking forward to the 24rd year of Rugs by the Sea in September. New to our teaching staff this year is Sharon Townsend from Altoona, Iowa. Sharon will be with us our second week and we look forward to having her enhance your creativity. The new ownership continues to make improvements at the Chalfonte. Most of the guest rooms have now been updated to include private baths and air conditioning. Refer to the Accommodations page for availability of the different room types. Once again, the meal plan will include dinner on Sunday, Monday and Thursday and breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. In your check-in packet we will have a list of popular restaurants for your convenience.
About Cape May
Cape May, a seaside resort since the 1800’s, is rich with historic Victorian architecture and has captured the hearts of the young and old. As discovered long ago by high society in Philadelphia and the South, the spa qualities of its sandy shores and waters warmed by the Gulf Stream will refresh your body and soul. If beach lounging isn’t for you, put on your walking shoes for a stroll on the boardwalk or bicycle on tree shaded neighborhood streets. Gas street lamps add a touch of yesterday to the evening. Steeped in American history, Cape May offers a peek into the past with many tours of restored homes as well as antiques shops, art exhibits and specialty shops. September is also the peak of hawk migration and the Audubon Society offers many bird walks as well as the internationally known hawk watch at Cape May Point. Come have a fall love affair with Cape May.
About The Chalfonte
301 Howard Street, Cape May, NJ — 609-884-8409 or www.chalfonte.com
The Chalfonte was built in 1876 by Northern Civil War hero Colonel Henry Sawyer. It was purchased in 1910 by the Satterfield family of Richmond, Virginia imbuing the hotel with its Southern ambiance. In 2008 Robert Mullock bought Cape May’s “grand lady” and he is committed to preserving the historic landmark with the addition of modern conveniences. Chalfonte guest rooms are unique in character, featuring classic seashore cottage design. Most rooms now offer air conditioning and others are cooled by ceiling fans and crisp Atlantic breezes. Accommodations are comfortable and quaint and feature private or semi-private baths. Telephones and a color television are located off the main lobby. The dining room is famous for southern style home cooking especially their fried chicken.
Calendar of Events
Sunday, September 11 or September 18
Check in-4 pm to 6 pm
Set up and meet teachers-7pm
Monday, September 12 or September 19
Class time-9 am to 3:30 pm
Tuesday, September 13 or September 20
Class time-9 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, September 14 or September 21
Class time-9 am to 3:30 pm
Rug Show 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Thursday, September 15 or September 22
Class time-9 am to 3 pm
Show and tell-3:00 pm
Friday, September 16 or September 23
Check out-by 9 am
Class time-9 am to 12 noon
All other meal times will be announced at check in.
The rug shows will be held on Wednesday, September 14 and Wednesday, September 21 from 10:30 am until 4:00 pm. Please bring any finished work that you would like to show.
This is a wonderful opportunity to share the art of rug hooking with the public and one another.
Located at the southern most tip of New Jersey, Cape May can be reached by car via the Garden State Parkway. Cape May can also be reached via the ferry departing from Lewes, Delaware. The closest airports are Philadelphia International, 90 miles northwest and Atlantic City, 40 miles north. Contact the following for more information: Cape May Chamber of Commerce, 609-884-5508; Cape May – Lewes Ferry, 609-886-1725 or 302-426-1155 or www.capemay-lewesferry.com.
Prior to the start of classes, teachers will contact you about your project for the week. They can provide patterns and custom wool if needed. The school store will be stocked with patterns, wool, books and other rug hooking necessities. If you plan to hook at night, please bring a work lamp and extension cord.
Editor: Please note that there are two weeks of instruction. Most teachers teach one week or the other.
Rugs by the Sea provides instruction in the art of traditional rug hooking. All styles are taught and small class size ensures that each participant receives adequate attention and workspace. The teachers are very experienced and come with a love and enthusiasm for rug hooking. The teachers for 2011 are:
Week 1 September 11 – 16, 2011
- Beverly Conway Middlebury, Vermont
COLORS ABOUND: A finely honed study of fine art and color theory brings Bev to thoughtful color combinations for each student. You may experience success with a color that surprises you. Bev is best known for her whimsical wide cut designs and luscious dyed wool. You may work on one of her designs or any pattern suitable for a wide cut. Mini lectures throughout the week will cover many aspects of rug hooking. Bev’s pattern catalog and patterns will be available in the shop.
- Cindi Gay Pemberville, Ohio
EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE: Cindi leads her classes through a series of discussions and hands on experiments that will broaden your knowledge of rug hooking. She offers new techniques to make your project challenging to you. Cindi loves the structure and rules of hooking but also loves breaking down the boundaries! This class will give your creativity a workout. Cindi is a prolific rug hooker and she is currently working on a room size rug inspired by the architecture of the Chalfonte hotel. She always has new ideas and tips up her sleeve. Visit her website at cindigayrughooking.com.
- Kris Miller Howell, Michigan
SOFT PRIMITIVES: A love of textiles, old crafts and animals led Kris into the world of rug hooking. In this class, she will work with each student to create a soft primitive rug with beautiful textures and overdyed wool. Bring your own design or visit her website at www.spruceridgestudios.com to see a wide selection of patterns including designs by Notforgotten Farm and Keith Kemmer. Kris will bring mohair roving from her angora goats and demonstrate how to use it effectively for sheep, beards and hair.
- Judy Quintman, Wilmington, North Carolina
COLOR, COLOR EVERYWHERE: Judy has enjoyed designing her own primitive style rugs and is an expert color planner. She enjoys multiple borders as seen in her rug, Star Flowers, featured in Celebrations XV. A certified McGown teacher, Judy offers on open class for colorful wide-cut or finer hooking. She enjoys different fibers and is able to combine yarn, proddy, or whatever into your pattern. You will have fun with it all and learn from each other’s projects. Judy’s comprehensive class discussions will cover color planning through finishing.
Week 2 September 18-23, 2011
- Cherylyn Brubaker, Brunswick, Maine
TRADITION WITH A TWIST: As a certified teacher with the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia, Cherylyn is well known in the northeast and Atlantic Canada. She enjoys hooking primitives in a rich palette of over dyed and as-is textured wools and is equally at home with fine cuts. Class discussions will include color strategies, hooking hints and tips for creating spectacular backgrounds in your hooked pieces. Bring your choice of pattern and wool stash. Learn the secrets of making your rugs really sing! Pattern designs and finished rugs can be viewed on her website www.hookedtreasures.com. Her catalog and patterns will be available in the shop.
- Beverly Conway Middlebury, Vermont
Same class description as Week 1.
- Lucille Festa East Rupert, Vermont
ALL AMERICAN FESTIVAL: A history buff and long time antique collector, Lucille incorporates folk art and Americana images into many of her designs. Using wool plaids, checks, tweeds and herringbones, over-dyed and as is, she works to achieve soft and mellow colorations that have the look of being old but not worn. With a keen sense of color, her ultimate goal is for you to create a unique wide-cut hooked rug that is aesthetically pleasing to hand down to the next generation. Lucille’s catalog and patterns will be available in the shop. Visit her website at www.americancountryrugs.com.
- Sharon Townsend Altoona, Iowa
CONTEMPORARY EXPRESSION: Creativity is front and center in Sharon’s classes. She will guide you through the process of expressing yourself in your rug. Lessons each day will give you a new perspective on traditional techniques. Sharon prefers working with wide cut but can work with any width strip. Bring an original design or pattern and treasures from your stash that you want to use. Sharon was a featured artist at the Green Mountain Rug Show in 2009. The January/February 2001 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine has an article about Sharon and her rugs in the Reader’s Gallery.
$265 due with the registration form.
This fee is for all students, those staying at the Chalfonte as well as commuters. Classes will be filled on a first come basis. Cancellations received by August 15th will be refunded $150. After that date, no refund is available.
All rates listed below are for 5 nights. This includes daily breakfast and lunch, and dinner Sunday, Monday and Thursday. (Tax and gratuities are included)
$520.00 Single occupancy/bath down the hall (12 rooms of this type available)
$650.00 Single/private bath (25 rooms of this type available)
$520.00 Double occupancy/private bath (20 rooms of this type are available)
Note about the Air Conditioning-The hotel is designed for airflow, think ocean breezes,
with ceiling fans in each room. The central air conditioning goes on at 76 degrees which
is required for their “green hotel” status. There are no controls in individual guest rooms.
Students with special needs will receive priority on the first floor. The accommodation fee is payable to Rugs by the Sea and is due in full by August 15th. You will receive notification early August. Accommodation refunds will be made only if notification is given two weeks
prior to arrival.
$265.00 Registration/Instructional fee
$75.00 Facilities Fee (due by August 15th)
$175.00 Full meal plan (optional) includes daily breakfast and lunch, and dinner Sunday, Monday and Thursday.
$85.00 Sunday dinner and weekday lunches (optional)
There will be 15 commuter spaces available per week. Please register early if you plan to be a commuter. The facilities fee will be due August 15th.
Following receipt of the registration form and fee, you will be notified of acceptance and class choice. Your teacher will contact you to determine your interests and to help plan the project you will be working on during class. Register as soon as possible to ensure your position and to allow adequate time for planning your project.
We look forward to meeting new and familiar faces this fall at Rugs by the Sea.
Phone: _____________________E-Mail: _______________________
Teacher Preference (Please list three choices)
Bev Conway _______
Cindi Gay _______
Kris Miller _______
Bev Conway _______
Lucille Festa _______
Sharon Townsend _______
Accommodation Preference (Indicate 1st and 2nd choice)
Because of the reconfiguration of the Chalfonte, we cannot guarantee your favorite room.
Roommate request ________________________________________________________
Do you need a first floor room? __________Yes __________No
Preference will be given to those with physical needs.
Commuters (Fill out this section if you are a commuter)
__________ Yes, I will be a commuter
__________ Yes __________ No Add full meal plan at $175.00
__________ Yes __________ No Add Sunday dinner and lunches plan at $85.00
We accept all registrations on a “first come first registered” basis. If you want a particular teacher please sign up quickly as some classes fill early. To register please send a check or money order for $265.00 made out to Rugs by the Sea with the registration form and mail to Norma Batastini, Box 8117, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028. You will be billed in August for the accommodations or commuter fee. Thank you.
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