Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village 2014

August 19, 2014

Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village 2014


Historical Sauder Village in Archibold Ohio is the perfect setting rug hooking week. The village itself has a host of craft buildings and studios which are home to several nationally recognized craftsmen working with traditional crafts in both historic and modern interpretations. Also on the premises is the carpeted 10,000 square foot Founder’s Hall. The hall becomes a center for receptions, trade shows and exhibitions, including Sauder Village’s annual quilt, rug hooking, doll and woodcarving shows.

I was honored to vend and teach punchneedle at Sauder Village this year during rug hooking week. I’ve vended at many shows during my career but this show was extraordinary. The energy in the hall was high as women (and a few men) from all over the country gather to view the beautiful hooked rugs on display and shop for wool, patterns and other goodies from the vendors. During the week there are many workshops going on throughout the day and evenings as well as 4-day retreats that are held over at the Heritage Inn.

I’ve been to Sauder Village Rug Hooking week three times in previous years just on a day trip, but staying for the entire show was thoroughly enjoyable. I met some of the nicest folks and saw many friends from Michigan!

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Sauder Village Heritage Inn Lobby

The Heritage Inn is absolutely beautiful. Throughout the Inn the beautiful fireplace, atriums with live plants, comfortable furniture, natural wood timbers and hand-forged lamps and railings set the casual, friendly tone. The quilts and hooked rugs decorate the walls making the Inn even more like home.

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Kevin sitting under the “big oak” after enjoying breakfast.

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So glad Kevin was able to join me for the show. Just so happened he had four “Beatles” gigs in Ohio during the same week so he was here and there.

There were nearly 600 rugs on display this year! Because I was vending, I didn’t have a lot of time to walk around and observe the rugs like I had wanted. I did arrive early one morning to snap shots of some of the rugs that really spoke to me. Believe me, all the rugs on display were beautiful but I didn’t have time or room on my camera to take photos of each one. I also don’t have the information about each piece but will share what I do have. Sorry if I missed your rug!

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This tiger rug is the most beautifully executed rug I have ever laid eyes on. I must say I was a little embarrassed to have my “Booo” punch rug under it

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designed and hooked by April D DcConick of Brighton, Michigan

measures 36″ x 48″ using 11 colors in 88 shades

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Also designed and hooked by April D DeConick

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This display was interesting. The coverlet rug patterns, designed by Barbara Carroll of Woolley Fox, were created to support the National Museum of the American Coverlet. Each rug design was inspired by the elements, shapes, and figures found in American coverlets.  Read more here.

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Sauder 11“February”

Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXIV Honorable Mention

Rug designed and hooked by Gunda Gamble of Ariss, Ontario

Sauder 12“Sapphire”

Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXIV Finalist

Designed by Leonard Feenan, hooked by Judy Carter of Willow Street, Pennsylvania

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“Antique Flower Basket”

designed and hooked by Maggie Bonanomi of Lexington Missouri

(I personally love the more primitive rugs)

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I LOVE the top one in the above photo. The wool strips were 1/2 wide. It gave the rug a very primitive look.

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Love the combination of quilting & hooking in this mix media rug.

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It has always been a dream of mine to have on of my designs hooked by someone and on display at Sauder!! This was a wonderful surprise!


Hooked by Marilyn Denning of Burlington, Wisconsin

Thank you Marilyn, you did an amazing job!

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So sad this photo is blurry. It is a stunning rug!

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This cute prim pillow was on display in Heavens to Betsy’s booth. So cute!

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more punchneedle

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Vendors to my left

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My booth

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Vendors to my right

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This is the view from the back of the hall. The doors straight ahead is where you’d enter the room. My booth is directly through those doors.

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View from the back of the hall to the left.

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View from the back of the hall to the right.

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I finally met Lenny this year. Lenny is an amazing artist, you can see his work here. He and I had been messaging back and forth a bit last year. He contacted me to encourage me to translate my angels into rug patterns. Lenny translates his wildlife art into rug patterns and gave me some tips on how I could do the same with my angel paintings. (thank you, Lenny) I had several people ask if I had rug patterns featuring my angels so looks like that is in my near future!

Ali Strebel from Kindreds Spirits was also teaching and vending at Sauder. I’m going to send her my “Rejoice” angel drawn on linen along with a color print so she can color match the wool for me. She is amazing at what she does, and she does a lot!  So that’s my goal by next year….to have “Rejoice” hooked and on display at Sauder’s Rug Hooking Week! (wish me luck)

If you love hooked rugs, you have to find a way to attend Rug Hooking week next year! It is loads of fun and you will be filled with inspiration and joy. I am hoping to be invited back next year as a vendor. I also hope to teach punchneedle again next year as my class sold out and I had enough on the waiting list for another full class! So glad to see punchneedle still alive and kickin!! Hope to see you there!

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Which rug is your favorite??

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jo Wick August 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Hi Teresa! It was a pleasure to meet you & talk with you at Sauder. You have taken some beautiful photos of the rugs & exhibit! Yes, Sauder is an awesome show! I have went for several years and am always in awe of the talent! Like you I am drawn to the primitive, wide cut rugs but I always am amazed at the talent of the fine hooking! I purchased your “Give Thanks” and “Candy Cane Snowman” in punchneedle & also ordered the “Give Thanks” in rug hooking so I am anxious to get started on the fall projects. Just a FYI, I hooked the “bless our home” in your post, it was designed by Debra Henkel of Handmaiden Designs. I also recognize several of the other rugs as several of my friends are also primitive hookers! I wish you the best in the year ahead with your project of hooking your angels and will be looking forward to seeing the finished projects! Hope you are getting rested up from the week at Sauder & back in the groove!!
Take care, Jo Wick


joann woelzlein January 10, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Can u tell me when the Ohio Saunders Village rug hooking show is scheduled for in 2015? Thank You. Jo ann


tkogut January 15, 2015 at 11:05 am

Hi Joann,

Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week for 2015 is Wednesday – Saturday, August 12 – 15

10:00 am – 5:00 pm



Barbara Coulter March 19, 2015 at 5:54 pm

I hooked your pattern of “Liberty”, which is shown in the photo of your booth at Sauder last year. I am interested in hooking a companion rug of the picture next to it that is next to Liberty. Could you send me a photo and quote? Thanks. I look forward to seeing you at Sauder this year.


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