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Wednesday - Saturday, August  18 - 21, 2021 --- 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Beautiful Founder's Hall showcases an exceptional Main Exhibit (open to all levels), along with selected Feature, Celebration, Special, Virtual, Group, & Pop-Up Exhibits. 

Plan now to submit your work for this year's exhibit! Pre-Registration of your rugs is required & starts on March 10, 2021!

Rug Hooking Week 2016 Exhibit

Detailed information is available on each exhibit, simply click on the exhibit name below:

Feature Exhibit – pays tribute to the work of outstanding contemporary and historic textile artists.

Celebration Exhibit – Rug Hooking Magazine's exhibit of award-winning Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs --- shown exclusively at Sauder Village

Special Exhibits – inspiring & innovative textile art collections of original works by noted artisans

Virtual Exhibits – present the work of international artists in a Virtual format. A great opportunity to see what artists around the globe are creating, without the complicated logistics and expenses of shipping their work to the U.S. This exhibit is accompanied by “LIVE” Zoom meetings to meet and hear from the artists directly.

Group Exhibits – Groups & Guilds share their challenges & project. (If your Group or Guild would like to exhibit, simply click on Group Exhibits for instructions & deadlines for submissions). Please Note: We will be contacting 2020 Group Exhibits with updates. There are no openings for new Group Exhibits in 2021 --- We are full!

Pop-Up Exhibits – are Invitational Exhibits where everyone is invited to participate. This year, our Pop-Up Exhibit will be held in conjunction with the Friday night Hook-In held in the Heritage Inn Atrium. (Pop-Up Exhibits are the only Exhibits that do not require Exhibit registration, click on the link for this year’s Pop-Up topic & more info.)

Main Exhibit –  the work of contemporary artists from the U.S., Canada & around the world in various categories. 

Theme Challenge– Due to the increasing popularity of our Group Exhibits, which typically feature challenges, we no longer offer our own Theme Challenges. 


Sauder Award – The piece that best exemplifies the “Mission and Spirit” of historic Sauder Village; as well as represents outstanding artistry and quality of work. Each year one special recipient is awarded the Sauder Ribbon.

People’s Choice Awards – Visitors are invited to select their favorite pieces and the winners are awarded People's Choice Ribbons in the following categories:

  • Animals / Birds / Insects
  • Fruit / Floral 
  • Mixed Media plus separate ribbons for…
    • Braiding --- New this year
    • Punch Needle --- New this year
    • Wool Applique --- New this year
    • 3-Dimensional   --- New this year
  • Orientals / Crewel / Geometric
  • Originals
  • People / Places / Pictorials 
  • Feature Exhibit: Women’s Vote Centennial 

Join this exceptional exhibit by pre-registering a rug. Visit Rug Registration for more details.

Founder's Hall is a secure facility follow this link for more information about Security.

Exhibit Admission and Membership - details about admission and membership to Sauder Village for discounted admission tickets and additional benefits.