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Archbold, Ohio 43502
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Sauder Village 15th Annual Rug Hooking Week 2011

Exhibit: Wednesday, August 17 – Saturday, August 20, 2011
Exhibit Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Beautiful Founder's Hall showcases an exceptional display of hooked pieces, open to both experienced and beginning rug hookers alike. Plan now to submit your new piece for this year's exhibit! Pre-Registration of your rugs is required! Click here for the pre-registration form.

Featured Exhibits...

Magdalena Briner   Evelyn Lawrence
Jenny Rupp   Patty Yoder

The Featured Exhibits will pay tribute to the work of four outstanding rug hookers. As part of Sauder Village's 15th anniversary we will look back at some pieces that have been exhibited at Rug Hooking Week in the past as well as pieces that have never been in our exhibit, and more that have never been on exhibit anywhere! This is a wonderful opportunity to study closely the techniques, colors, designs and the in-depth story of each of these talented artists. We will offer Gallery Walks and Talks as well as special publications to accompany the Featured Exhibits this year.

Magdalena Briner
Hooked some of the most beloved primitive folk art designs of the 1800’s. Today these rugs are found only in private collections and in prestigious antique shops and auction houses.

Evelyn Lawrence
Has hooked fine-cut, Orientals, primitives and painstakingly recreated adaptations of antique rugs. She has tirelessly researched, analyzed, written and lectured for many years on the work of Magdalena Briner.

Jenny Rupp
When Jenny discovered the art of rug hooking, she knew that her hometown of Archbold had the perfect venue to showcase this traditional art form. Jenny founded the Sauder Village Rug Hooking Show, which started as a small gallery exhibit and expanded to the internationally-recognized show it is today. Jenny’s creativity, dedication, and prolific use of design, color and theme have inspired many students and show attendees.

Patty Yoder
A perfectionist, motivator and story teller in the art of rug hooking. Each of Patty’s rugs expresses the love and joy she found in her family, friends and farm through the use of exquisite technique, design and color.

Special Exhibits... 
  • Rug Hooking magazine's "Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXI" - Your only opportunity to see an exhibit of the year's BEST rugs exclusively at Sauder Village! Click here for more information about this exciting display.
  • Retreat Teachers – A collection of work representing our current Retreat Teachers.
  • As well as other creative and inspiring Special Exhibits.

Main Exhibit: Categories

Everyone is invited to submit rugs in the Main Exhibit.
Pre-registration is required in one of the following categories.
Register your rugs early.

  • Originals... designed & hooked by the same person  

  • People / Places / Pictorials 

  • Animals / Birds / Insects 

  • Orientals / Crewel / Geometric 

  • Fruit / Floral 

  • Mixed Media... artwork made using more than one medium (techniques and/or materials). Includes: multi-dimensional pieces (footstools, purses, clothing, dolls, pillows, jewelry, etc.), pieces using individual or combined techniques (hooking, proddy, felting, needle felting, needlepunch, punch hook, penny rugs, quilling, ruching, shearing, braiding, wool appliqué, make-do’s, etc.), pieces hooked with or mounted on various materials (other than or in addition to wool, such as plastic, ribbon, paper, wood, etc.) and pieces relating to fiber art (rug journals, etc.).

  • 2011 Rug Hooking Challenge "In the Middle of a Cornfield"... It’s our 15th anniversary! So let’s take a look back over the past 15 years... what Rug Hooking memories come to mind…making new friends, working with talented teachers, shopping at great vendors, being inspired by amazing rugs… and then think about your Sauder Village memories too…the smell of corn growing, the taste of fresh baked pie, the sight of craftsmen working or the sounds of livestock & the train whistle. Express YOUR memories & favorite things about Rug Hooking Week & Sauder Village in the Theme Challenge. In other words, what happened here...
    In the Middle of a Cornfield?

    Annual “Theme Challenge” Exhibit: Each year we select a special theme for our “Theme Challenge” Exhibit. Everyone is welcome to participate in this challenge (as in our main exhibit, you are not required to be a retreat student). This challenge is open to patterns of your choosing or original designs to go along with our theme. It is not required that you hook one specific pattern or design.

Note: If the design of your piece is an adaptation, reference this in the "interesting information" about your rug on the Rug Exhibition Registration form and register the piece in the category best fitting for the design. Adaptations are not to be included in the "original" category.

Entry Requirements... 

  • All rugs must have a permanent identification label on the back.

  • Rugs must be fashioned primarily by creating loops on a foundation backing and must be primarily of wool strips - except for the Mixed Media category.

  • Register your rug in the category best fitting for the design.

  • Rugs that are primarily hooked and incorporate embellishments (buttons, ribbons, trim, yarn, other fabrics, etc.) are welcome.

  • Pieces primarily created by using other techniques and materials are welcomed to be registered in the "Mixed Media" category – please refer to the specifications above.

  • Rugs must be clean and not soiled.

  • Rugs must be complete with binding or "appropriate finish".

  • "Latch-hook" and "locker-hook" rugs are not candidates for this exhibit.

  • Rugs may be submitted only once every five years.

  • All items must remain in the exhibit until the close of the exhibit on Saturday.

The event director reserves the right to refuse any entry not appropriate for this exhibit and to photograph entries for publication or advertising.


Pre-Registering Your Rugs for the Exhibit...

  • Complete one registration form per piece.
  • Forms can be submitted online, via fax or mailed. 
  • Pre-registration forms must be received before Tuesday, August 2, 2011, or until our limit is reached due to space considerations.
Shipping / Checking-In / Picking-Up Your Rugs for the Exhibit...
Click here for more information on shipping your rugs!
The exhibit hall is a secured facility and Village grounds are patrolled after hours. While Sauder Village takes every precaution to protect all pieces brought in for the exhibit, we know you will understand that we cannot accept liability for them. Rug owners are required to carry the appropriate insurance on their hooked pieces.
  • People's Choice Awards - The public is invited to vote on Wednesday and Thursday during the show for their favorite rugs in the exhibit. The results of these votes determine the top "People's Choice Awards,” which are recognized with ribbons on Friday.
  • The Sauder Award - One rug will be selected for "The Sauder Award,” as the piece that best exemplifies the mission and spirit of Historic Sauder Village and represents outstanding artistry and quality of work. This piece is recognized with a ribbon on Wednesday.
Admission to Exhibit...

Sauder Village is honored to host this exciting annual rug hooking event, and appreciates your support and participation. All admission fees help directly support the celebration of this beautiful art form.

  • Single Day Admission ticket.
    Tickets into the Rug Exhibit, Vendors and entire Historic Village:
    Adults $14.50; Students (6-16) $7.50; Senior and AAA discounts apply
    Tickets into just the Exhibit and Vendor Shops Only... $10.00
    (Must be purchased in Founder's Hall where exhibit & vendors are located.) 
  • Group Rates. Bringing a group of 20 or more? Special group rates and arrangements are available by calling our Group Sales department at 800.590.9755.
  • Membership. Become a Member of Sauder Village and receive unlimited admission into the Historic Village and Rug Exhibit, receive Member discounts on classes, and support the mission of Sauder Village. Click here for more information on becoming a supporting Member.

In appreciation for entering hooked pieces for the exhibit, you will be provided with complimentary admission into both the Exhibit and the Historic Village for the week. This is a non-transferable ticket and can be used only by the named recipient. Please enter through Founder's Hall.

Whether you spend all week or just a day or two, make plans to stay in our beautiful Sauder Heritage Inn or Campground. Confirmed Retreat and Workshop participants are given priority lodging from a block of rooms and campsites. Instructions for making a reservation from this block will be forwarded with class confirmations.

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