Join us for Rug Hooking Week 2017 – August 14 - 19

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Rug Hooking Week 2016 overhead view

Pre-register and submit your rugs for the exhibit and receive…

“Complimentary Admission”

Wednesday – Saturday to Rug Hooking Week’s Exhibit & Vendors at Founder's Hall plus the Historic Village as a
“Thank You!”
(Pick-up your admission pass at Founder’s Hall)

Dear Artists & Hooking Enthusiasts,Shopping Rug Hooking Week

Rug Hooking Week proclaims 2017 as the “Year of the Man”! We are so excited to pay tribute to contemporary and historic men as artists, designers, merchants, collectors and dealers of hooked rugs. We think you will be inspired and amazed at the contributions men have made to the rug hooking world. Men will be featured in all aspects of the week including exhibits, classes and vendors.

We have also invited and gathered outstanding and creative women to teach classes and be included in all the other aspects of the week too. It’s the perfect mix, the ying and yang, both men and women coming together to share their work, learn from each other, network, share ideas, and have fun together!

This is the second year for our new website format and we’ve tweaked it a bit to make it easier for you to find information and register for classes and exhibits. Be sure to “friend” our Facebook page to receive announcements and updates throughout the coming year. Due to the tremendous size of the exhibit in recent years, this year we will be monitoring rug registration closely for both the Main Exhibits & Group Exhibits…so be sure to register early to avoid possible cut offs.

Whether you come by yourself or with a bus full of friends, for the day or the week…we are sure you will enjoy this year’s exhibits, teachers and vendors which we have gathered from all over the country, Canada and abroad.

Be amazed & inspired…be at Sauder Village in August!

Kathy Wright, Director of Rug Hooking Week


For Teaching, Vending, book signings & exhibits: contact Kathy Wright at or 513-757-4144.
For Retreat and Workshop information and availability: contact Dawn Hauter at or 800-590-9755.

Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village

Rug Hooking Week is an annual gathering of thousands or artists and visitors to view our gallery style exhibit which has featured 450 to over 700 pieces, plus more than 200 pieces displayed by our vendors. This year we are offering over 30 classes (Retreats – 3 & 4 days & Workshops from ½ day to 2 day) taught by outstanding teachers from around the country & Canada in a wide variety of topics, techniques, and skill levels. Come join us & network with fellow artists from more than 40 states, Canada, and internationally too in the beautiful setting of a historic village.

Everyone is invited to submit rugs to our Main Exhibit category. In addition to hooked rugs, our mixed media category includes: multi-dimensional pieces, furniture (footstools, chairs, etc.), wool applique, proddy, quilling/standing wool, ruching, shearing, punch hooking, punch needle, wool felting, and braiding mediums too. In addition, we gather exquisite Feature & Special Exhibits – contemporary & historic, the exclusive award winning Celebration Exhibit, theme challenges and group exhibits.

Our vendors are carefully selected from all over the country & Canada. They offer a wide variety of rug hooking supplies, equipment and fun related goodies. Each year, your favorite vendors will be joined by a group of NEW vendors, so shopping will be fun & exciting!

Once you arrive, everything is in walking distance. A full schedule of events is here on our website & posted in the Heritage Inn & Founder’s Hall…so you don’t miss a thing…. like Book Signings, Hook-In, Show & Tell, etc. Come a day early or stay an extra day to visit the wonderful Historic Village & Craftsman…. not to be missed!

If you sign up for the Rug Hooking Week mailing list & Facebook page you will receive periodic updates & photos in the coming months.

Planning to attend as a group or bus trip, be sure to contact Sauder Village Group Sales well in advance to help with your planning, lodging, meals & discounts by calling 800-590-9755.

Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 Rug Hooking Week award winners for the Sauder Award and People's Choice. Follow this link for details: Rug Hooking Week Awards

Event Overview & Information

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  • Dates & Hours:

    Exhibit:  Wednesday – Saturday, August 16 - 19, 2017,  
    10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Retreats and Workshops: 
    Tuesday – Saturday, August 15 - 19, 2017

  • Admission:

    Tickets into the Rug Hooking Week and entire Historic Village... Adults - $17.00, Students (6-16) - $11.00 (Senior, Military and AAA discounts apply)

    Tickets into just the Rug Hooking Week  - $11.00 (Must be purchased in Founder's Hall where exhibit is located.)

  • Groups:

    Want some help organizing your group’s visit to Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village? Does your group have a project, challenge, or collection of rugs that you would like to submit to the exhibit? Would your group like to send a representative(s) or flyers?  Contact Kathy Wright, Director of Rug Hooking Week to help you plan a great trip. Call: (513) 757-4144 or email:

    If you already have a group of 20 or more coming to Rug Hooking Week and want to inquire about group rates, contact our Group Sales staff at 419.446.2541 or 800.590.9755, ext. 3104. Or email at



Online registration began at:
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST 

(No phone registrations will be accepted on November 16th, 2016) 
Everyone is welcome to submit rugs to the Main Exhibit, registration available online.


Sauder Village is honored to host this exciting annual rug hooking event, and appreciates your support and participation to ensure the continuation and celebration of this traditional art form.
Follow this link to explore more about Historic Sauder Village.

For 40 years, Sauder Village has offered guests experiences rich in history, hospitality, creativity, and fun. Our living history museum preserves the stories of the past and features artisans of traditional American crafts, making Sauder Village an ideal venue for a week of rug hooking activity. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Sauder Village relies on support from admissions, retail sales, and donations to sustain the mission, as well as the attendance and involvement of our members and volunteers. 

Event Highlights

Rug Hooking Week Retreat


Three or four day retreats with creative, note-worthy instructors.

Rug Hooking Week Workshops


A variety of great workshops... there is something for everyone!

Rug Hooking Week Exhibit


An exceptional display of hooked pieces. Pre-register your rugs for display in the show.