Recognized as one of the top rug hooking events in the nation, the 18th 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, August 13 through Saturday, August 16, 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 and special exhibits planned for the 2014 event including a display of American Woven Coverlets and Hooked Rugs, Grenfell Mats, and rugs from the Knipe Collection – a mother/daughter collection of rugs. There is also a special exhibit of Folklife rugs, an “On the Move” Theme Challenge, special group exhibits and a “From the Dye Pot” exhibit of hand-dyed wool.
Again this year, the “Celebration Exhibit” featuring the award-winning rugs from Rug Hooking Magazine’s “Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXIV” 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 exhibit 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<http://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 just $11.00 or for only $5.00 more the adult admission includes the entire Historic Village. The admission rate is $10.00 for students ages 6-16 and children 5 and under are always free with family and Sauder Village members receive free admission to the Historic Village for an entire year. Senior, Military and AAA discounts are also available.