A previously unidentified hand-sewn rug has tentatively been recognized as the work of Otha and Blanche McDonald of West Virginia. After reading
Northbrook, IL—Rug Hooking Magazine author and designer Gene Shepherd visited the Ampry offices this week to film beginner videos with Rug Hook
Northbrook, IL On August 17-20, Ampry Publishing’s Rug Hooking Magazine attended the annual Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village in Archbold,
On August 17-20, Ampry Publishing’s Rug Hooking Magazine attended the annual Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio. Rug hookers from all over the United States and Canada participated in this 20th anniversary event by viewing the hundreds of exhibited rug pieces, attending some of the 33 different classes offered, and buying rug hooking supplies such as kits and wool. Rug Hooking Week also provided the opportunity for rug hookers to pick up the latest issue of Celebration, which contains some of the rugs that were on display this week. In addition to all these attractions, attendees were able to enjoy an enthusiastic community of fellow rug hookers.
The rugs at Sauder Village covered a wide range of subjects, including Steampunk, landscapes, antique photos, and more. One of these photograph-inspired rugs won the Sauder Village Prize. Martellotti Family Picnic Circa 1928, designed by Leonard Feenan and hooked by Elizabeth Marino, portrays Marino’s husband’s family on a picnic in Brooklyn, New York. Alongside traditional rugs, participants branched out to show off their mixed-media projects such as footstools and pieces made from proddy, quilling, and punch needle. Highlights of the week included a book signing by Donna Hrkman, author of Creative Techniques for Rug Hookers, and the display of Jane McGown Flynn’s first hooking which she created to earn a Girl Scouts badge at the age of nine.