Rug hooking event planned Sauder Village 8.6

Written by David Green.

Recognized as one of the top exhibits of hooked rugs in the country, the upcoming Rug Hooking Event at Sauder Village promises to again be a spectacular celebration of this traditional craft. Featuring hundreds of hooked rugs in Founder’s Hall, workshops, lectures and special displays, the 12th annual Rug Hooking Event will showcase how simple strips of wool fabric and burlap backings are transformed into beautiful works of art. New this year, the Sauder Village show will feature an exclusive “Celebration Exhibit” of nearly 50 of the best rugs in the country as selected by Rug Hooking Magazine.

For four days starting Wednesday, August 13th through Saturday, August 16th, rug hookers from across the country will be contributing their pieces for this museum-quality exhibit. Again this year the exhibit will offer a new and exciting kaleidoscope of colors, patterns, sizes and designs featuring rugs in a number of categories including original designs, people and places, animals, geometric designs, florals and more. The exhibit is a true celebration of the creativity and hard work each rug represents

The “Celebration Exhibit”, featuring the award-winning rugs from Rug Hooking magazine’s “Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XVIII” will be a highlight of the event this year. All of the Celebration award-winners have been invited to display their rugs in this special “Celebration Exhibit” in Founder’s Hall. This breathtaking exhibit will feature nearly 50 of the best rugs in the country. The rugs will be coming from as far away as Texas, Florida, New Jersey, Arizona, California and Georgia as well as Canada and Japan for this exclusive display at Sauder  Village.

“We are so thrilled to be the host site for Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebration Rug Exhibit,” notes Debbie David, Sauder Village executive director. “The opportunity to showcase some of the top rugs in the country is such an honor and will certainly be a draw for rug hooking enthusiasts from across the country. Our show has a reputation for excellence and this new addition certainly speaks to the significance of this annual event.”

In keeping with this year’s theme “Let’s Celebrate,” the exhibit in Founder’s Hall will also feature a “Birthday Party” display to accompany the festive hooked rugs of Dianne Kelly, the 2008 featured teacher. Dianne as been rug hooking for twenty-five years and has taught many workshops across the country. In addition to the festive themed rugs, Dianne will also have a beautiful selection of her many other rugs on exhibit for guests to enjoy.

The rug challenge category is always a crowd favorite and the theme this year is “Let’s Celebrate”. Whether it’s a special event, award, birthday, graduation, anniversary new baby or vacation . . .  . rug hookers were “challenged” to capture a special moment with rug hooking.

“There continues to be a growing participation in our Challenge Exhibit,” commented Kathy Wright, event director. “Last year our Sisterhood theme inspired a record number of creative entries and we can hardly wait to see what incredible rugs everyone will enter in the “Let’s Celebrate” Challenge Exhibit this year.”

Each day of the exhibit there will be working demonstrators to watch and avid rug hookers available to share first-hand information about this traditional craft.  If you’re like many who are exposed to the art and “get hooked”, you may even want to try your hand at rug hooking.  If this is the case, there is space still available in a 4-hour beginner’s workshop offered both Friday and Saturday morning. The class is taught by Nancy Blair from Allendale, Michigan, who makes the experience both fun and educational. There are a variety of other rug hooking classes offered throughout the week including a gallery walk and many other hands-on workshops. For more details visit the Village website at www.saudervillage.org

Every year this traditional rug hooking event draws thousands of savvy rug hookers from across the country to see the exhibit and participate in a variety of workshops offered by accomplished teachers from Kansas, Texas, Minnesota and Ohio.  The show also provides guests the opportunity to purchase supplies, kits, and tools directly from respected vendors specializing in rug hooking materials.


To round out the Annual Rug Hooking Exhibition, guests will want to include a visit to the adjacent Historic Village. It is in the Historic Village that many skilled craftsmen work at making baskets, pottery, tin, wooden buckets, glass marbles and more.  The Historic Village is also the place where the lifestyle of the early settlers is showcased by a friendly, costumed staff in shops and homes built more than a century ago.


There is a “Show-Only” admission to the Traditional Rug Hooking display of just $8.50 or for only $4.00 more the adult admission includes the entire Historic  Village. The admission rate is $6.25 for students ages 6-16 and children 5 and under are always free with family.  Sauder Village is on State Route 2, just south of Turnpike Exit 25 in northwest Ohio.  Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 12:00–4:00 p.m. The Historic  Village is closed Mondays, except holidays.  For more information phone 1-800-590-9755 or log on to saudervillage.org

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