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Look for us at the Fair!

We participate in the Sonoma County Fair each summer by entering our rugs in their competition and demonstrating Rug Hooking every day of the fair. Visit us in the Garret Building, 11am - 3pm, and see first hand what it's all about. We also show our rugs at the Marin County Fair and demonstrate 1 day.

Get Hooked - Learn about this Forgivable Fiber Art

Classes in Traditional Rug Hooking are available in Sonoma County with:
Laura Pierce in Petaluma at 707 762-2595 or
Brigitta Phy in Graton at 707 829-9641 or

Rug Hooking History

Unique Folk Art:  With roots centuries old, rug hooking is a folk art unique to North America. Born out of necessity and using materials at hand, (burlap sacks, old clothing, and fabric scraps) the first hooked rugs appeared in Atlantic Canada and New England in the late 1700's early 1800's. Hooked rugs are functional art originally created by rural women to cover the bare floors of their homes. The craft uses a hand hook, much like a crochet hook, to form a looped pile of a carpet or mat from fabric strips or yarn on a wide weave base.

Creative Outlet:  In an era when women's roles were more circumscribed than today, rug hooking also provided an outlet for a woman's creativity and individuality. The craft thrived along the Atlantic shores where winters were long and cold and floors were chilling to the feet. As people traveled west, so did rug hooking. People began selling hand hooked rugs, and cottage industries sprang up across the continent. Today hand-hooked rugs can be seen in galleries and museums in New York City, Washington DC, Toronto and London, as well as in local museums, libraries, and community centers across North America.

For more information; email Laura at   or call  (707) 762-2595

Wine Country Rug Hookers:  A Chapter of ATHA
- the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists

WCRH members meet once a quarter in Sebastopol, plus Zoom meetings, to share ideas and techniques of our Fiber Art. We show our rugs and wall hangings at various public venues, sponsor workshops and share Rug Hooking at various Fairs.

Check us out on Facebook: The WCRH