Join us for Rug Hooking Week 2019 - PREVIEW
 August 12 - 17 

We are excited about plans for Rug Hooking Week 2019 and are eager to share all the details with you! However, we are still awaiting some important information from our teachers about the classes they will be offering to you.  As a result, the registration schedule has changed:

**New Registration Date** Registration for Rug Hooking Week 2019 will begin on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 10 a.m.
Details about all of our retreats, workshops, and special exhibits will be on our website by mid-December.

Stay tuned for more information, and thank you for your support as we strive to make Rug Hooking Week 2019 the best one yet!

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 vendor in 2018 

Recognized as one of the best exhibits of traditional hooked rugs in the country, the 2019 Sauder Village Rug Hooking event promises to be the best ever! This always-popular event includes hundreds of rugs on display, featured guest teachers, rug hooking demonstrations, workshops and vendor booths.


Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village

Rug Hooking Week is an annual gathering of thousands of 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 many classes (Retreats – 2, 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 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.


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.

Award Winners

Each year during Rug Hooking Week awards are presented for the Sauder Award and People's Choice.
Congratulations to the 2018 award winners: 2018 Rug Hooking Week Award Winners

Event Overview & Information

**New Registration Date** Registration for Rug Hooking Week 2019 will begin on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. 

Details about all of our retreats, workshops, and special exhibits will be on our website by mid-December. 

  • Dates & Hours:

    Exhibit:  Wednesday – Saturday, August 14 - 17, 2019
    10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Retreats and Workshops: 
    Tuesday – Saturday, August 13 - 17, 2019

  • Admission:

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

    Tickets into the Rug Hooking Week and entire Historic Village... Adults - $18.00, Students (6-16) - $12.00 (Senior, Military and AAA discounts apply)

  • 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



Retreat & Workshop Registration will open January 9, 2019 at 10 am (EST).

Rug registration for the exhibition begins on:
Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 12 p.m. EST

Everyone is welcome to submit rugs to the Main Exhibit, follow this link or more details on last year's Rug Hooking Exhibit Registration (for 2019, the exhibition there will have new information & 2019 dates) :
2018 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.