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2023 Rug Hooking Week
August 14 - 19

Pre-register and submit your rugs for the exhibit in 2023 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)

Join us for the 27th Annual Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village 

For 27 years, Rug Hooking Week has been held each August at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio. As the largest annual rug hooking event in North America, it is comprised of: 

Exhibits:  500–800 contemporary and historic fiber art works displayed gallery style, in the 10,000 square foot Founder’s Hall, on custom-made display panels, floor platforms, multi-dimensional props. The exhibit hall is well-lit under a 2,300 lb. hand-forged iron and blown glass Queen Anne’s Lace chandelier made by Sauder craftsmen. Extensive exhibit signage provides education, insight, and artist recognition. In addition to hooked and punched work, the exhibit also includes a variety of other fiber arts. Exhibitors typically represent 40 U.S. states, as well as Canada, and other countries. Participating exhibitors pre-register online, and receive complimentary admission Wednesday-Saturday to the exhibit and vendors. The exhibits include:

  • Feature Exhibits – pay tribute to the work of outstanding contemporary and historic artists. Each of these extensive collections offers a wonderful and rare opportunity to admire and study closely the techniques, colors, designs, materials, and the in-depth story of talented artists. Collections are on loan from artists, or gathered from private collectors and museums.
  • Special Exhibits – present innovative and original works done by an individual or group of artists which represent contemporary or historic themes, concepts, ideas, techniques, and educational and regional projects.
  • Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs Exhibit – culmination of the annual competition sponsored by Rug Hooking magazine. Each year the artists are invited to exhibit their award-winning work in this exclusive exhibit. The Celebration publication debuts at Rug Hooking Week.
  • Main Exhibit – invites EVERYONE to submit their work to this exhibit, divided into categories, and includes all skill levels. Beside rug hooking, this exhibit also includes other fiber arts such as: braiding, proddy, punch needle, quilling/standing wool, wool applique, fusion, and multi-dimensional work.
  • Group Exhibits – collections of work done by groups or guides with a common focus.
  • Pop-Up Exhibits – are invitational exhibits held during Rug Hooking Week. A call–for–artists is announced with the parameters, date and location.

Classes: 30–40 offered each year. Something to suit everyone’s interest and schedule, in a wide variety of topics, techniques, and skill levels. Besides hooking and punching an assortment of other fiber arts classes is offered, along with dye classes, gallery talks and presentations. Detailed class descriptions and photos are provided along with skill levels and teacher bios. Classes range from beginner to advanced. Classes are taught by outstanding teachers from across the country & around the globe. Pre-registration is required – follow these links to register: RETREAT REGISTRATION  -  WORKSHOPS REGISTRATION   -  GALLERY TALK REGISTRATION. Follow this link for in person registration: In-person Registration. The types of classes include:

  • Retreats - 3 & 4 days of study with one teacher, who sets the focus and goals, and teaches in a group format, as well as providing time for individual project guidance.
  • Workshops - evening, 1 & 2 day classes, in a wide range of topics, techniques, projects, focuses, skills, and mediums. This also includes dye classes in our commercial kitchen.
  • Gallery Talks – mornings & evenings. An opportunity to meet the artists, curators, or authorities, ask questions, and learn more about specific exhibits. Gallery Talks are listed under workshops.


Vendors:  rug-hooking-vendors12 – 18 new and returning businesses are hand selected with the help of our attendees’ input; these vendors represent industry standards as well as cutting-edge innovators. Vendors offer a wide variety of fiber art supplies, tools, materials, and equipment, plus peripheral, fun, and creative merchandise too. Shopping during Rug Hooking Week is the perfect opportunity to meet the artists, suppliers, designers, and manufacturers - and learn how these products can be used to create your optimum fiber art. In addition to hooking and punching merchandise, other types of fiber art tools, equipment and supplies are available. We offer a class, “Savvy Shopper”, to teach you how to best shop our vendors.

Each year, thousands of attendees and exhibitors typically come from more than 40 U.S. states, 5 Canadian provinces, and 3-7 countries. Some spend a day or two just viewing the exhibit and shopping the vendors, while others spend the entire week taking advantage of all aspects of the event - including taking classes, networking with other artists, as well as enjoying the historic Village & Craftsmen.

Below are some helpful tips to get the most out of Rug Hooking Week. On each Rug Hooking Week web page you will find a column with links to more detailed information.

Sign-up: Be sure to sign up for both: Rug Hooking Week mailing list (to receive email announcements & postcards) & Facebook (to receive updates).


Pre-register: Pre-register early for classes, as they fill quickly, and also pre-register to exhibit your work. You can find much more info here on our website. 2023 class registration begins November 16, 2022 at 10 a.m. EST


Make reservations: There are two lodging options right on the property Heritage Inn & Campground. If our lodging is full, don’t worry, the Heritage Inn can put you on the waiting list and they can also provide info on nearby lodging options.


Check the schedule:Check the schedule on our website & posted in Founder’s Hall during the event. You don’t want to miss a thing. Be sure to note the activities which require pre-registration. Come a day early or stay an extra day to visit the wonderful Historic Village & Craftsman…. not to be missed!


Groups or Guilds planning to attend:Groups must contact Sauder Village Group Sales well in advance to reserve your arrival day/time, and receive help with your planning, lodging, meals & discounts by calling 800-590-9755.


Companion package:If you are a retreat student and have a friend or spouse accompanying you, who is not taking classes, a companion package may be right for you. The Companion package will be available for purchase Wednesday, November 16, 10 a.m. (EST).


Arrival: Once you arrive, everything is in walking distance. Be sure to check the schedule on when and where to check-in for each activity. For any questions or assistance during Rug Hooking Week - visit the Rug Hooking Week – Info Booth (just inside the Exhibit Hall & on the left).


Admission: Rug Hooking Week is open to the public Wednesday – Saturday and does not require pre-registration to view the exhibit and shop the vendors. For: admission info & options. If you are an exhibitor, pick up your complimentary admission pass on Monday at Exhibit Check-In or Wed-Sat at the Founder’s Hall – Admission Desk.    

We can’t wait until your arrival…..Be Amazed, Be Inspired, Be at Sauder Village in August!

Kathy Wright
Director, Rug Hooking Week

Deb Ridgway
Special Events Coordinator, Sauder Village

Questions? Call 800-590-9755 or email

Event Overview & Information



Follow this link for in-person Registration Information
Registration began November 16, 2022 at 10 am EST.




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

EXHIBIT: Rug/Exhibit(s) registration dates as follows:
Feature/Special/Celebration/Group Exhibits - register between April 3 - June 15
Main Exhibit register between April 3 - July 28

Everyone is welcome to submit rugs to the Main Exhibit, follow this link for more details on this year's Rug Hooking Exhibit Registration :
2023 Rug Hooking Exhibit Registration

Dates & Hours:

Exhibit & Vendors: 
Wednesday – 
Saturday, August 16 - 19, 2023, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday – Friday, August 15 - 18, 2023

Wednesday - Saturday, August 16 - 19, 2023

Gallery Talks:
Wednesday - Saturday, August 16 - 19, 2023

The Rug Hooking Exhibit and Vendors are open to the general public. No registration is required 
Retreats, Workshops and Gallery Talks require pre-registration.

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.