Registration for the Paris Hill Hook-In, Apples in an Iron Skillet, Beekman 1802 line debuting soon, and much more!

It's time to register for the Second Annual Paris Hill Hook In!  



Saturday, November 15th, 2014

10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Paris

Center of the Village Green

Paris Hill Road, Paris, Maine

  • Registration Deadline:  November 8th, 2014

  • Ticket Price: $28.00

  • Breakfast & Lunch included

  • Informal Rug Show: Bring your favorites to share! As many as you like!

  • Vendors & Door Prizes

  • Ring the Early 19th Century Paul Revere Foundry Church Bell!

Registration is limited to 60 people, first come, first served.   Our new venue this year is much more handicapped accessible, with better parking too!

To print out a registration form on line, please go to: Registration Form

To have a registration form emailed or mailed to you, please contact Beth at (207) 890-8490 or  

Things to do nearby...

Paris Hill, Maine is a National Historic District located in the Western Mountains Region of the state.  It is an easy drive to many recreational activities that are in full swing in the fall, including leaf peeping drives, harvest festivals, & outlet shopping.  Not too far away are the flagship LL Bean Store in Freeport, outlet shopping in North Conway, NH, the White Mountain National Forest & tours of Mount Washington, the Oxford Casino, beautiful downtown Norway, Maine with its quaint shops and cafes, along with much more.  FMI on things to do in the area, go to West Coast Maine.

Look for our line of hooked pillows for Beekman 1802 this fall!

Here's a sneak peak at a couple of the items that we will offer in the Beekman 1802 Mercantile this fall.  These two pillows, of Polka Spot on the left and Faintly on the right, were purchased in the spring at the flagship store in Sharon Springs, NY by the wonderful guys of Chaddan Farms, owners of Center Street Mercantile in Arkansas, but we will be making more.  We have quite a few more designs that will also be offered, so please check back in to the Beekman 1802 on line shop often.  While you're there look at (and purchase perhaps!) the other wonderful things made by the artisans of the Beekman 1802 Rural Artist Collective, the amazing gourmet food items (including the Mortgage Lifter line which benefits small farmers), and, of course, the goat milk soaps which owners Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell offered to launch Beekman 1802 at its founding.  (Photo courtesy of Chaddan Farms)


Fourth Annual Harvest Hook-In
Hampden, Maine

Beth will be vending at this hook-in on November 1st, sponsored by The Keeping Room, a wonderful hooking studio owned by the ever talented Toni Philbrick.  

November 1st, 9 am to 3 pm
United Methodist Church
44 Kennebec Road
Hampden, Maine

Morning coffee & goodies
Rug show
Autumn leaf swap
Catered luncheon

This hook in fills quickly so if you are interested in going, please contact Toni at 207-862-3181.



With gratitude...

This is prolific Maine hooker Irene Adams, and this is a very important rug. In April, Irene received a kidney transplant. Her donor was her husband, Ron Adams, who also makes our very popular hooking frames and decorative benches. I don't know where to begin about how wonderful Irene and Ron are, but as an act of gratitude, Irene wanted to hook a rug for the Maine Transplant Team, and will be presenting it to them on Friday. The tree at the center of the rug is the Maine Transplant program's logo, and had to be hooked delicately in smaller cuts. Irene was completely up to the task, as usual. I am also grateful to the Maine Transplant Team for making it possible for Irene to be healthy and with us every week at hooking. - Beth


Patterns that look like Fall...

Check out these patterns especially nice for fall in our Etsy shop.


Heirloom, designed by Dan & Jen Rosenburg, hooked by Jen Rosenburg

Candy Corn Season - designed by Beth Miller, hooked by Irene Adams

Parris House Pumpkin, designed and hooked by Beth Miller

Southern Elegy, designed by Dan & Jen Rosenburg, and hooked by Jen Rosenburg



Quick Granola Apple Dessert
Iron Skillet Version


Every other year at the Parris House our apple trees give off a bounteous harvest.  We are in an alleged "off year" and looks like we're still going to have a LOT of apples here in Maine.  Sometimes we don't have time to go actually mix up something for baking, and when we don't, we make this very easy apple dessert either on the stovetop, in the oven, or - really nice on a crisp evening - on the wood stove.  

4 medium apples
sugar (if desired)
1/4 to 1/2 stick butter
your favorite granola

Grease the iron skillet generously with the butter.  Slice the apples (you don't have to peel them if you don't want to) and arrange them in a spiral sort of configuration in layers in the pan.  Between the layers add the spices and sugar to your taste.  Sprinkle the top with your favorite granola.  Melt the remaining butter and drizzle it over the contents of the pan.  You may also add a little honey or maple syrup if you like!  Nuts are also a fun addition.

If baking in the oven, bake uncovered at 350 F until bubbly and just browning on the top.  If stove top or on the wood stove, cover the skillet with foil wrap and cook until bubbly.  Let cool just *a little* before serving because it will be very hot.  Top with whipped cream or pour a little sweet cream over it if desired.

This treat makes your house smell wonderful while it's cooking too!  

Want to make canned applesauce out of your apple harvest?  We have a blog post on that HERE.  

Love antique and vintage recipes?  Then you might enjoy Jen's blog post on her antique cook book collection, HERE.

What have our hookers been up to?

So many beautiful projects have been finished in the Maine studio since the last newsletter!  I hope I don't leave any out...

Clockwise - Chair pad designed and hooked by Anita Holmquist, Celeste, designed by Christine Little of Encompassing Designs Rug Hooking Studio and hooked by Beth Miller, Shaker Rose of Sharon designed by Beth Miller of Parris House Wool Works and hooked by Jamie Ribisi-Braley (her first rug!), and Lamb in Spring was designed by Pat Cross and hooked by Donna Lowe.  


Clockwise:  Snowman ornament, designed & hooked by Beth Miller of PHWW, birds & flowers designed by Connie Fletcher of Seven Gables Rug Hooking and hooked by Kelly Hasselbach, Evening Sunflower designed by Beth Miller of PHWW and hooked by Terry Robinson (her first rug!), and Popham Beach Roses designed by Beth Miller of PHWW and hooked by Irene Adams.

Clockwise: Wedding rug designed collaboratively by Beth Miller of PHWW & Lois Ruff and hooked by Lois Ruff, horse rug hooked by Wendy Baird, Summer in Paris designed by Beth of PHWW and hooked by Irene Adams, crows designed and hooked by Cindy Mitchell.

Left:  Loon pillow designed and hooked by Edna Olmstead.  Right: Floral designed by Al Jenkins of Wool N Ewe, hooked by Edna Olmstead.

Wedding rug for her daughter & son in law, designed and hooked by Ellen Marshall of Two Cats & Dog Hooking.

Of course, our hookers are multi-talented.  This quilt was designed and made by Kelly Hasselbach as a gift to her mother, Donna Lowe.

 Studio Hours

Paris, Maine:

Open hooking and supply sales!
Tuesdays:  10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
First & Third Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12 noon
or by chance or appointment.
Contact Beth @ (207) 890-8490

Old Hickory, Tennessee:

By chance or by appointment.
Contact Jen @ 
(615) 339-6496
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Our mailing address is:

In Maine:  546 Paris Hill Road, PO Box 143, South Paris, Maine 04281
In Tennessee - 1816 Woodland Farms Court, Old Hickory, TN