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Flower City Rug Hookers Art on Display

April 03, 2013 at 11:29 AM

We are currently displaying beautiful rug hooked art created by members of Flower City Rug Hookers.  Stop in and see the variety of forms this art takes - rugs, Christmas stockings, pillows, bags, and more.  You may be inspired to explore a new hobby! A member of the group provided the following information about their history and activities.


THE FLOWER CITY RUG HOOKERS

WHO ARE WE?

Records for the Monroe County Hooked Rug Guild go back to 1951.  Over the years, guild members have been creating rugs, as well as wall hangings, pillows and ornaments, in every style and method of the art of rug hooking – from the fine shading of Pearl McGown designs, to geometrics, pictorials, tapestries and today’s very popular wide-cut primitives.  Today’s members, ranging in age and experience – from young to “seasoned” and from beginners to masters – are creating some exceptional one-of-a-kind works of art.  Check out some of them on our website, hookedrugguild.org.

 WHAT ARE WE ABOUT?

Traditional rug hooking has been defined as using a hand hook, similar to a crochet hook, to pull fabric strips or yarn through a burlap, linen or other even-weave backing to create rugs that are beautiful and functional.  Hooked rugs, while they retain their useful household purpose, have gone well beyond that to become a means of artistic expression in rugs and wall hangings that are genuine works of art.  Rug hooking has also been identified as North America’s one indigenous folk art, growing in popularity throughout the 19th century and continuing into the 21st.

It is our mission and purpose to enhance an appreciation of this unique craft that now is perceived as a true art form.  We are an inclusive group, welcoming new learners and accepting of all design styles and techniques.  To this end, we provide a mentoring program for each other and for those new to hooking.  We have a large library of pattern resources and we share monthly programs on rug hooking topics of interest – color planning, numerous dying methods, historical background presentations as well as the newest trends and techniques.

 WHERE AND WHEN DO WE MEET?

From September to June, our evening group meets at 7 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Faith Lutheran Church, 2576 Browncroft Blvd., Rochester, NY, 14625.  Our day group meets at 10 am on the 3rdMonday of each month at the same place.  Membership is approximately $25.00.

COME JOIN US AND EXPLORE THE FUN OF THIS WONDERFUL ART!

Contact us for more information at: rugguild@rochester.rr.com.


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