Rug Hooker at the Black Pot Cook-Off

Rug hooker, Kate Ude, was another one of the talented Period Artisans who delighted visitors at the First Annual Black Pot Cook Off on April 22nd. She and her group from the Rug Hookers guild demonstrated this ancient art form that originated in Yorkshire, England in the early part of the 19th Century.

Rug Hooking Old Town Clovis

Rug Hooker Clovis

Rug hooking is truly an original story of early recycling. Families saved the burlap from animal feed bags and when clothing was worn out, after many hand-me-downs, and ready for the rag bag, they were cut into strips and used to make rugs. These rugs lasted many decades and often you’ll find the burlap backings of early rugs worn, frayed and torn but yet the rug itself is still in good shape.

The local guild, the Wool Poppies, officially formed under ATHA, Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, in 1998. In addition to enjoying each other’s company, learning new techniques, and working on their projects, they do community outreach and demonstrate at a variety of events, including the Fresno Historical Society’s Civil War Revisited. Kate and her group meet the last Saturday of most months and anyone interested in learning how to hook rugs can contact them through their website www.woolpoppies.com and on Facebook as well.

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