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Workshops & Gallery Talks 2024

Rug Hooking Week Workshops, taught by outstanding teachers from across the country & around the globe, are held in the beautiful Sauder Heritage Inn, Museum, and Founder’s Hall. During Rug Hooking Week, you will be inspired by the extensive exhibit, expand your knowledge & skills in diverse classes, shop for supplies & merchandise from creative vendors, meet up with new & old friends, and simply relax & have fun here in rural northwest Ohio. The Sauder Village campus makes it a short walk from workshops to Rug Hooking Week (RHW) activities, historic Sauder Village & Artisans, Founder’s Hall Exhibits and Vendors, Barn Restaurant & Doughbox Bakery, and the many other Sauder Village shops and activities. These are just a few reasons why RHW is the largest annual rug hooking event in North America! Fiber artists come back year after year, from all over the country, Canada and internationally too. Come to RHW to Network, Create & be Inspired!!

This year’s Workshops and Teachers are listed below, click on the links for more details.
Workshops info goes online in early November. Workshops fill quickly, so register early!
Registration began online November 15, 2023 at 10 a.m. (Eastern)
Follow this link to Workshop and Gallery Talk Registration.

Wednesday - Saturday, August 14 - 17, 2024

2 Days:     $250.00 per student ($230.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration.   

1.5 Days:  $200.00 per student ($190.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration.   

1 Day:     $130.00 per student ($120.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration.

Evening:   $65.00 per student ($55.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration. 

Gallery Talks:  
Wednesday - Saturday, August 14 - 17, 2024

Morning or Evening:  $35.00 per student ($30.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration. 

Follow this link for a listing of the Workshops and Gallery Talks: 
Rug hooker at workshop

Registration of one or more - "FULL" day Workshops include:

  • Complimentary Admission  You will receive one complimentary admission for each pre-registered (full) class day, which can be used on the day(s) of your choice (Evening classes & Gallery Talks do not qualify for complimentary admission.)

  • Show & Tell on Thursday afternoon is a time to share your retreat project with the public.

  • Hook-In & Pop-Up Events on Friday night 6:00 – 10:00pm, Heritage Inn – Atrium.

Additional options:

  • Stay on-site You are responsible for making your own lodging reservations at the Sauder Heritage Inn or Campground. You must provide a Group Reservation ID # (formerly called Booking ID #) and Confirmation #, included in your workshop confirmation email. These numbers give you priority to make a reservation from a block of rooms and campsites held for confirmed students, available on a first-come basis. Click here for amenities and features about our... 
    Sauder Heritage Inn
    Sauder Village Campground

  • Lunch Buffets Pre-register and join other students and instructors under the "great oak tree" in the Heritage Inn – Atrium. Follow this link to register for the LUNCH BUFFETS

  • Exhibit Your Work Pre-register and submit your work in the Main Exhibit to receive one complimentary admissions pass valid Wednesday – Saturday. The pass allows you admission to the exhibit, vendors and historic Sauder Village. Pick-up your admission pass when you check-in your rugs or at Founder’s Hall Admission Desk. 
    Please note: If you register for full day workshops, you will not be issued additional complimentary passes, the one pass is all that is needed.

  • Sauder Village Membership Consider becoming a Sauder Village Member, Membership provides unlimited admission during RHW as well as the full season for the historic Village, discounts on classes, including those offered during Rug Hooking Week, and helps to support the Sauder Village mission and programs.


  • Skill Level  A “minimum” of basic rug hooking (or relevant) skills and knowledge is required to register for most workshops, some require additional skills. If you have never hooked or don’t have basic skills, we suggest our (Thursday) Basic Rug Hooking for Beginners Workshop or any of the Workshops which don’t require prior experience. Note the “Level” in each class description.

  • Registration Confirmation  A confirmation email will be sent to you after receipt of your registration and class fees. Included in the email will be your confirmation number that gives you priority in securing a room at the Sauder Heritage Inn. Please save this email for future reference.

  • Contact from Teachers – Only designated Workshop teachers will contact registered students by March 1st (and any students who register after that date) regarding class projects and details. Otherwise, all necessary info is in each class description. Note the “Teacher will contact students prior to class – Yes or No” in each class description.

  • Class Locations – in 3 buildings:  
    • 1) Sauder Heritage Inn
      1st Floor-Homestead Room A&B, Lower Level-Gathering Room A&B, Board Room & Heritage Room
    • 2) Founder’s Hall (location of exhibit & vendors)
      Stage Right, Stage Left, Center Stage, or Kitchen --- Please note the Stage classrooms have a small set of stairs & are not handicap accessible.
    • 3) Museum Classroom (enter through Founder’s Hall)

  • Supplies & Supply Fees – In our Workshops, we list the workshop supply or kit fee and an itemized list of what it includes. If required, these fees are in addition to the class fee and are payable to the teacher during class.  Students should bring supplies that are listed in each workshop description.

  • Schedule – follow this link for a full schedule of retreats and all Rug Hooking Week activities. This link will be enabled soon.

  • Advanced Preparation – In some cases, a teacher may require you to do something in advance, prior to the start of the workshop. If advanced preparation is required, it will be listed with that workshop, along with the action required. (For example, this could be hooking, taking photos, or other actions.) If you have questions, you may discuss it with the teacher when they contact you. Please complete this Advanced Preparation prior to arriving, as it will directly affect your workshop experience. 

  • Cancellation Policy – Student retreat and workshop registrations are NOT TRANSFERABLE. ALL cancellations and registrations must be administered by Sauder Village. Cancellations prior to June 28, 2024 will receive a refund of fees paid minus a 10% administrative fee. No refunds will be given after June 28, 2024. Canceling students are responsible for any/all project costs they incurred with their instructor. If classes do not meet a minimum number of students by July 23, 2024, Sauder Village may be forced to cancel the class and registration fees will be refunded. 

  • Questions/Cancellations:  Call 800-590-9755 or email


Follow the links below for workshop details.

Wednesday, August 14 Workshops  

A Monochromatic Trunk Show 2 Day Workshop, Donna Hrkman 

Itsy Bitsy Spider, 1 Day Workshop, Christine Manges

Project Dye Pot - Dye Class, 2 Evenings, Jyl Robbins

Tobacco Basket with Pinecones & Boughs, 1 Evening, Mary Annunziato

Savvy Shopper, 1 Evening, Nola Heidbreder

Gallery Talk - Feature Exhibit: Magnificent Bugs in RugsEvening GT, Yvonne Iten-Scott & Leslie Knight

Thursday, August 15 Workshops 

Basic Rug Hooking for Beginners, 1 Day Workshop, Nola Heidbreder

Quick & Fun Seasonal Projects on a Variety of Backgrounds, 1 Day Workshop, Chrisi Koehl

Creating Fun & Whimsical Punch Needle, 1 Evening, Teresa Kogut

Wool Applique Pumpkin on Sliding Lid Box ,1 Evening, Teresa Miller

Gallery Talk - Special Exhibit: Braided Bugs + Group Exhibit: By the Light of the Moon - Evening GT, Lisanne Miller and Christine Manges 

Friday, August 16 Workshops 

Gallery Talk - Special Exhibit: Charlie Dalton - A Color OdesseyMorning GT, Charlie Dalton

Guided Artist Residency, 1.5 Day Workshop, Susan Feller

Wooly Pine Tree, 2 Day Workshop, Mary Annunziato

By the Light of the Moon, 2 Day Workshop, Lisanne Miller

Gees Bend Style Rugs, 2 Day Workshop, Linda Pietz 

Geometrics from Another Angle, 2 Day Workshop, Jyl Robbins

Traditional Proddy & Beyond, 1 Day Workshop, Janet Conner

Pumpkin Sampler, 1 Day Workshop, Ali Strebel 

Quillie & Beaded Necklaces, 1 Evening, Yvonne Iten-Scott

Primitive Sunflower on a Vintage Bed Spring, 1 Evening, Susie Simmons

Gallery Talk, Special Exhibit: Tracy Jamar – Rock Squares: Finding Solace in Isolation, Evening GT, Tracy Jamar

Saturday August 17 Workshops  

Gallery Talk - Celebration 34 Exhibit, Morning GT, Susan Feller

Creating Wall Art - Combining Hooked Motifs & Pennies, 1 Day Workshop, Maria Barton

Hooking Textures, Mottles & Plaids, 1 Day Workshop, Carol DeCoteau

Two Poms, 1 Day Workshop, Susan Gonzales

Standing Wool Techniques, 1 Day Workshop, Tracy Jamar

Hooking with T-Shirts, 1 Day Workshop, Martha Rosenfeld

To be added to a class wait list, simply follow the registration steps, including credit card information. Your card will not be charged, but you will be added to the class wait list. When an opening become available, you will be contacted by Sauder Village staff and payment will be needed at that time. 
Stay on-site…
You are responsible to make your own lodging reservations at Sauder Heritage Inn or Campground, using a Group Reservation ID # (formerly Booking ID #) and Confirmation # that will be given to you with your workshop follow-up email. These numbers will give you priority to make a reservation from a block of rooms and campsites being held for confirmed students, available on a first-come basis. If the Inn is sold out, ask to be added to the wait list. Opening occur throughout the year. 
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