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2021 Rug Hooking Week
August 17 - 23


Overhead view of Rug Hooking Week

2021 Registration online for retreat classes or workshops is no longer available. 

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)

Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. 


Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village


This year, Rug Hooking Week is pulling out all the stops as we CELEBRATE our 25th ANNIVERSARY! Each aspect of the week will be over-the-top. There will be more Exhibits, Classes & Vendors than ever before! We hope you will join us and take part in the largest annual rug hooking event in North America for an extended --- 8 days --- August 16-23, 2021!

For much more information, please click on the topics to the right. But here are some highlights for 2021….


Also this year, we are offering over 40 classes. Retreats – 2 & 4 days --- NEW this year, two sessions of Retreats, doubling the number of Retreats to participate in. 1st session is Tuesday – Friday, the 2nd session is Saturday – Monday. An amazing variety of Workshops from evening to 2 day to select from. Something to suit everyone’s schedule. Classes are taught by outstanding teachers from across the country & around the globe in a wide variety of topics, techniques, and skill levels. 

Thousands of artists and visitors come to view our gallery style exhibit which features 500 to over 800 pieces, plus more than 200 pieces displayed by our vendors.


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, plus creative Invitational Exhibits, Pop-Up Exhibits, Virtual Exhibit and Group Exhibits.

Our vendors are carefully selected - your favorite vendors will be joined by a group of NEW vendors, so shopping will be fun & exciting! These Vendors offer a wide variety of rug hooking supplies, equipment and fun related goodies. Many of the Vendors teach workshops too.


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. This year, punch needle hooking with yarn and needle punch with embroidery floss will be highlighted.

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 the Hook-In, Pop-Up Exhibit, Show & Tell, etc. Come a day early or stay an extra day to visit the wonderful Historic Village & Craftsmen…. not to be missed!

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

If you’re concerned about lodging this year, when the Sauder Heritage Inn is full, they start a waiting list. There are also a number of hotels and B&B within a short drive, and the Heritage Inn will provide more info.

teachers from across the country, Canada & around the globe in a wide variety of topics, techniques, and skill levels. Come join the 25th Anniversary Celebration & network with fellow artists from more than 40 states and internationally too in the beautiful setting of a historic village. Be Amazed, Be Inspired, Be at Sauder Village in August!



Retreat and Workshop information began November 18, 2020 at 10 am EST.

Follow these links to register:


Registration online for 2021 retreat classes or workshops is no longer available.

Since Rug Hooking Week has begun, if you would like to register for a Retreat, Workshop or Gallery Talk, you will need to visit the information desk at Founder's Hall at Sauder Village to check on availability.

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

Follow this link for the: 2021 Sauder Award Winner

Event Overview & Information

Dates & Hours:

Exhibit & Vendors: 
Wednesday – 
Saturday, August 18 - 21, 2021, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Retreats:  NEW…
2 Sessions…Tuesday – Friday, August 17 - 20, 2021 & Saturday – Monday, August 21 - 23, 2021

Workshops: Wednesday - Saturday, August 18-21, 2021


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



Registration online for retreat classes or workshops is no longer available.

Since Rug Hooking Week has begun, if you would like to register for a Retreat, Workshop or Gallery Talk, you will need to visit the information desk at Founder's Hall at Sauder Village to check on availability.

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 is finished.

Everyone is welcome to submit rugs to the Main Exhibit, follow this link or more details on this year's Rug Hooking Exhibit Registration :
2021 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.