ARCHBOLD – Recognized as one of the top rug hooking events in the nation, the 19th Annual Rug Hooking Week is again expected to draw rug hookers from across the country to Sauder Village. This annual event is a spectacular celebration of this traditional craft featuring hundreds of hooked rugs on display, workshops, lectures, vendors and many special exhibits.
For four days starting Wednesday, Aug. 12 through Saturday, Aug. 15, hundreds of rug hookers will be contributing their pieces for this museum-quality exhibit in Founder’s Hall. Again this year the exhibit will offer a new and exciting display of colors, patterns, sizes and designs featuring hundreds of rugs in a number of categories including original designs, people and places, animals, geometric designs, florals, mixed media and more. The exhibit is a true celebration of the creativity and hard work each rug represents.
Each year the featured exhibits pay tribute to the work of outstanding rug hookers, offering the unique opportunity to closely study techniques, colors, designs, and the in-depth story of each of these talented artists. There are a number of featured exhibits planned for the 2015 show including rugs by artists Judy Carter and Maryanne Lincoln as well as a display of Pennsylvania hooked and hand-sewn rugs from 1850-1950. There are also many unique group exhibits as well as the always-popular Theme Challenge which for 2015 is, “The Year of the Sheep.”
Again this year, the “Celebration Exhibit” featuring the award-winning rugs from Rug Hooking Magazine’s, “Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXV” which will be a highlight of the Sauder Village event. All of the celebration award-winners have been invited to display their rugs in this special “Celebration Exhibit” in Founder’s Hall. This breathtaking display will feature some of the best rugs in the country as well as internationally.
Every year the Sauder Village 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 across the country. The show also provides guests the opportunity to purchase supplies, kits and tools directly from respected vendors specializing in rug hooking materials.
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. There are a variety of rug hooking classes offered throughout the week including a gallery walk and many other hands-on workshops. For more details visit the Sauder Village website at www.saudervillage.org or call 800-590-9755 to check class availability.
To round out the Annual Rug Hooking event, 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 Rug Hooking Exhibit of $11 or for $16, the adult admission includes the exhibition and the entire historic village.