Christine Manges and Dianne Tobias met at a braiding conference in 2006 and have been sharing their love of braiding on both coasts ever since. Soon after the initial conference, they met Kris McDermet who introduced them to combining rug hooking with braiding. The three authored a book, “Combining Rug Hooking and Braiding. Basics, Borders and Beyond” (Schiffer, 2011) which solidified the friendship.
Christine helped found the Valley Forge Rug Braiding Guild and authors the guild’s newsletter, The Revolutionary Rug Braider which is available by subscription.
Dianne coordinates the Rugbraider’s Database, a list of more than 300 braiders. To be included , send Dianne: your name, email address, city, state/province, zip/postal code to firstname.lastname@example.org and she will add you and send the same information about braiders in your state. The information will NOT be shared outside of the database.
Both Christine and Dianne have taught braiding and braiding around hooking to a variety of students. The have most recently been the moderators of the yahoo braided rugs group.