Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rug Hooking Exhibit

Last Friday my friend Melissa (Farm Field Primitives) and our teen age daughters - her 2 and my 1 attended the annual rug hooking exhibit at Sauder Village.  WOW!  The rugs on display were wonderful.  The event was open for 4 days and classes were going on for 5 days. There were more vendors there this year than in past years- all that beautiful wool to drool over.  

Noah's Ark was the highlight of the show.  It was absolutely amazing.  The frame was constructed from wood and the deck was Popsicle sticks.  The woodworker that built it was on site to answer questions. 

The bottom of the ark was hooked to look like the ocean and various sea creatures were attached to the bottom. 
The coolest part was that some of the waves were hooked dimensionally so they were a little higher than the the surrounding hooking.   If you look closely at the decks, you will see the animals were hooked and made to stand on their own in  3-D. If I remember correctly, over 100 people worked on the hooking of this masterpiece - it was over 5' long.    

Various holiday characters...

The local rug hooking group all made 3-D snowmen and individualized them to their tastes - this was my favorite...

  What talent this gal has!The shading in this piece was amazing.  It looks like a black and white photo, but it is all rug hooking with various shades of black, grey and white.

I loved the squares and rectangles in this one and the colors...

Halloween heads that were hooked and attached to sticks - these were SO cute and the crock they are in was to die for!

Another primitive type rug that I really liked...

This vase of flowers is neat because the hooking of the flowers "pops" right out of the canvas.

I went with the intention of buying a kit to hook over the winter.  By Friday the selection of kits was low and I was WAY to overwhelmed to pick a pattern and then the wools to do a project.  I can't even begin to tell you how impressive this whole event is, and I'm a very new rug hooker.  I was so daunted all I bought was a subscription to "Wool Street Journal"! 

I worked in the Basket Shop at Sauder Village last Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and must report that we basketweavers did a great business.  Thanks to the rug hookers that come and buy BIG baskets - we appreciate you! 

School started for us on Monday, glad tomorrow is Friday!  While my family is at the football game I'm going to be catching up on my blog reading.  Have a great weekend ~Ann


  1. Ann - how lucky you got to go to the show - I am so thankful for these blogs otherwise I wouldn't be able to "be there"!

    Don't be daunted by rug hooking - there are no rules - it's what you like and just go for it and ask any of us rug hookers questions if you aren't sure - everyone always has an answer!

    That black and white rug is amazing!

  2. Thanks for sharing, the rugs are awesome!
    I have a couple books on rug hooking
    and I would like to try it, also..

    Bear Hugs~Karen


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