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Monthly Meeting Featuring Kathy Gaul
November 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Meetinghouse Hill Designs, LLC is a Colorado based wool appliqué art pattern company. Kathy J. (Lanciani) Gaul is the owner/designer and creates all the artwork and patterns herself. Kathy’s husband, Jerry, handles much of the business side of her company. Kathy has been designing, stitching, publishing and marketing her line of patterns since April 2009, celebrating 10 years in business in 2019. Meetinghouse Hill Designs offers 60 unique patterns for wool appliqué. The company produces lines of rug hooking canvases and punch needle patterns as well.
Meetinghouse Hill Designs’ wool appliqué patterns focus on the same types of fabrics and techniques used in the historical “penny rugs” of the 1800’s, namely the use of felted wool fabrics and embroidery stitches such as the blanket stitch, back stitch and French knots. The styling of Kathy’s designs is intended to evoke an appreciation and love for handwork through her great attention to stitching detail and her realism created through dimensional manipulation of the wool and the use of hand-dyed threads. She takes pride in her company tag line, “Dimensional Wool Applique Art Designed for Distinction,” striving to make her art and patterns stand out amongst the many offerings available to customers today. Meetinghouse Hill Designs has been vending at quilt shows and hook-ins across the country since 2010 including consecutive appearances for four years at the American Quilter’s Society (AQS) Quilt Show in Paducah, KY, and five consecutive appearances vending at the Vermont Quilt Festival (VQF) in Essex Junction, Vermont. In 2016, Meetinghouse Hill Designs won “viewer’s choice” for “best decorated booth” celebrating VQF’s 40th Anniversary. Meetinghouse Hill Designs also premiered in 2016 at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week, as both vendor and teacher, at this historic 20th anniversary event for rug hookers and wool enthusiasts.
Kathy was born and raised in Leominster, Massachusetts, which is famous as the birthplace of both Johnny Appleseed, and “Featherstone” the pink flamingo lawn ornament! Many of her designs reflect a “New England” flavor because of the people, places and experiences she fondly recalls when seeking the inspiration for a new design.
Kathy has self-published a small book, “Wool Applique Essentials – Tools and Techniques for Success”. It is designed to be a complement to her patterns, and a handy resource for all wool stitchers. Most dear to her heart, on the back of each book Kathy shares her “story of love” that inspired each design.
Kathy and Jerry live in Colorado Springs with their beloved fur-ball, Fluffernutter, a Maine-coon mix cat.
Please visit the website: www.meetinghousehilldesigns.com to view and order from the full line of patterns and kits, and to read the stories of inspiration behind Kathy’s artwork. Follow her on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/meetinghousehilldesigns