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Join us for Rug Hooking Week 2020
 August 11 - 15

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 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 500 to over 800 pieces, plus more than 200 pieces displayed by our vendors.  We’re the largest annual rug hooking event in the United States & Canada.  This year we are offering over 30 classes (Retreats – 3 & 4 days & Workshops from evening 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.

 This quote by Ossie Davis, pretty much sums up this year’s Feature & Special Exhibit focus: “Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move.” Art & Power are a compelling combination, here are this year’s Feature & Special Exhibits:

Stunning paintings & illustrations transformed into amazing textile artwork, distinctive locations captured in fiber essence, passionate artists & their favorite mediums, & the pride & celebration of the Women’s Right to Vote, & the roaring 1920s documented in hooked art --- it’s all outstanding textile art & it’s powerful! Even some of this year’s Group Exhibits touch on these topics. We think you will be amazed at the use of design, color, & techniques, as well as the artist’s storytelling talents. More info is on our Exhibit page, simply click on the exhibit category. Please note: The Women’s Vote Centennial Exhibit is an Invitational Exhibit this year --- we invite you to participate.

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, the NEW Spotlight Exhibits and Group Exhibits.

Vendors at Rug Hooking WeekOur vendors are carefully selected from all over the country & Canada. They offer a wide variety of rug hooking supplies, equipment and fun related goodies.

Besides, rug hooking….Did you know that we offer awards, classes, exhibits & vendors in other textile art mediums, such as: braiding, proddy, punch needle, quilling/standing wool, wool applique, etc.

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.


Retreat and Workshop information began January 15, 2020.

For additional information concerning the registration process:
Retreat and Workshop Registration Information


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

Award Winners

Each year during Rug Hooking Week awards are presented for the Sauder Award and People's Choice.
Follow this link for details: Rug Hooking Week Awards

Event Overview & Information

Dates & Hours:

Exhibit & Vendors:  Wednesday – Saturday, August 12 - 15, 2020, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Retreats and Workshops: 
Tuesday – Saturday, August 11 - 15, 2020


Tickets into just the Exhibit & Vendors (for the day) - $12.00  (Must be purchased in Founder's Hall where exhibit is located.)

Tickets into the Exhibit & Vendors and entire Historic Village (for the day) ... Adults - $20.00 , Students (6-16) - $14.00 (Senior, Military and AAA discounts apply)


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


RETREAT REGISTRATIONfor 2020 Rug Hooking Week.

WORKSHOP REGISTRATIONfor 2020 Rug Hooking Week

For more details about 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 will begin on Thursday, February 10, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST

Everyone is welcome to submit rugs to the Main Exhibit, follow this link or more details on this year's Rug Hooking Exhibit Registration :
2020 Rug Hooking Exhibit Registration Information


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 over 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


Two, 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.