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 Join us for Rug Hooking Week 2018
 August 14 - 18

2019 Rug Hooking Week information
is now available-
follow this link to
2019 Rug Hooking Week.

Overhead view of Rug Hooking Week

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)

Rug Hooking Week Shopping

Dear Artists & Hooking Enthusiasts,

In 2018, we will be looking north to Canada with some wonderful Canadian teachers, exhibits, vendors, and even a tribute to one of Canada’s leading folk artists – Maud Lewis. With over 30 classes and teachers to choose from, you can learn a new technique, study with a teacher on your wish list, stretch yourself, be creative, or just have fun! One of our Feature Exhibits will be an in-depth look at five generations of a hooking dynasty, while another will focus on contemporary and antique braided art rugs as well as combined hooked and braided work. We have four diverse Special Exhibits focusing on Words, Healing, Power, and the Seasons. This year’s Group Exhibits are innovative and creative and we look forward to all the wonderful rugs that you will be submitting to our Main Exhibit. The Celebration Exhibit is always a highlight, but there will be something new this year!

Networking was been such a vital part of Rug Hooking Week with attendees coming from more than 40 states and several countries each year. If we can help your group or guild organize a meeting, dinner, bus trip, etc., please let us help with your plans and answer any questions you may have.

To receive announcements and updates throughout the year, sign up for the Rug Hooking Week mailing list and like our Facebook page (Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village).

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

Kathy Wright, Director of Rug Hooking Week
Contacts: 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.



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 800 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

Each year during Rug Hooking Week awards are presented for the Sauder Award and People's Choice.

Event Overview & Information

  • Dates & Hours:

    Exhibit:  Wednesday – Saturday, August 15 - 18, 2018,  
    10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Retreats and Workshops: 
    Tuesday – Saturday, August 14 - 18, 2018

  • 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




For more details about the registering follow this link: 
Retreat & Workshop Registration Information
For more details and descriptions about each Retreat & Workshop or Gallery Talk:
Workshops and Gallery Talks

Rug registration for the exhibition begins on:
Monday, January 8, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. EST 
Everyone is welcome to submit rugs to the Main Exhibit, follow this link or more details:
Rug Hooking Exhibit Registration


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.