Traditional Rug Hooking in Northeastern Illinois | ATHA Chapter 116 | McGown Chapter 75
We are dedicated to stimulating interest in the art of rug hooking, sharing information and ideas, and promoting educational activities.
Rug hooking is the technique of taking strips of wool and pulling them through a woven base, creating a beautiful pattern. Rug hooking is one of America's oldest folk arts and is a very easy concept to learn. Although easy, most rug hookers are continually learning new concepts and techniques.
The modern preference for using only cut wool strips in hooked rugs originated with Pearl McGown in the 1930s, and may have saved the craft from disappearing in the United States. Mrs. McGown popularized strict guidelines for rug hooking and formalized its study. In more recent decades hookers have followed quilters in exploring new materials and new techniques. This experimentation, combined with knowledge and respect for the past, will allow rug hooking to evolve and grow in the 21st century.
Sue Minorini elected President of the National Guild of Pearl K. McGown
Loopy Ladies is proud to announce that guild member Sue Minorini was elected President of the National Guild of Pearl K. McGown effective July of this year. Sue has been a member of the Loopy Ladies since 1997 and became a certified McGown teacher in 2002. She was also the Assistant Director of Northern Teacher's Workshop from 2007 – 2013. We know she will be bring energy and creativity to her new position.
ATHA Chapter 116
ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists) is an international fellowship of artists that fosters individuality and diversity in rug hooking.
McGown Chapter 75
The purpose of the National Guild of Pearl K. McGown Hookrafters Inc. is to educate and inform the public about the craft of rug hooking.
We meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month, 12:30-3:30, at St. Lawrence Episcopal Church