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Approx. 100 rug hookers converge in OC for classes

(April 4, 2014) Maryland Shores Rug Hooking School will host a week-long, packed out series of classes Sunday, April 6, through Friday, April 11.

Around 100 rug hookers, from beginners to veterans, will meet at the Dunes Manor Hotel on 28th Street to take part in the series of seven classes, said Director of the School Pam Johnson.

The 21st annual event marks the first time the school filled within 30 days of opening for registration last September, she said.

“It’s getting to be a much more popular textile art,” Johnson said.

For those unfamiliar with rug hooking, the art uses a hand hook, similar to a crochet needle, to pull loops of wool fabric through a backing, such as burlap, linen or cotton. The resulting patterns can be detailed and include fine shading or they take on a more primitive style, Johnson said.

“It really does run a wide, wide variety,” she said. “Some of the pieces are beautiful.”

The annual Maryland Shores Rug Hooking School is a Pearl K. McGown RugHookrafters National Guild School and all seven teachers are all MgGown certified “so they can really teach any type of style of rug hooking,” Johnson said. “If you want to do flowers or faces or animals, they can show you and teach you to do them in a very realistic way.”

Students can buy pre-made patterns or create their own at the event with the help of teachers.

Their pieces will be on display for the public Thursday, April 10 from 12-7 p.m. at the hotel. Around 150 works will comprise the exhibition, including rugs, wall hangings, tote bags, pieces that have been framed like pictures and even footstools, Johnson said.

Admission is free for the exhibition.

Classes will start at 9 a.m. each day of the rug hooking school, breaking at 3 p.m. for afternoon tea. Students will eat dinner at the hotel each night and have the opportunity to take specialty classes or enjoy free time in the evenings.

Johnson invited those interested in learning more about rug hooking to visit the exhibition next Thursday or to stop by a regular Delmarva Friendship Rug Crafters of the National Guild meeting, held the second and third Wednesday of each month at the senior center in Berlin from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The guild keeps a small frame and wool on hand so newcomers can try the craft and there are always teachers on hand.

“We love when people stop in (and) see what we’re doing,” Johnson said. “We invite anyone that’s interested and never seen this craft before to come out and see what it’s all about.”

For more information, contact Johnson at 410-251-2888 or lpt219@comcast.net.

Clara Vaughn, Ocean City Todayhttps://www.oceancity.com/OceanCityToday
Clara discovered journalism as a freelance reporter for her hometown newspaper, the Eastern Shore News, in 2008. She spent her summers reporting from the courtroom to the marsh as a general assignment reporter for the News while finishing her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. In 2011, she earned a Virginia Press Association Award for her health, science and environment writing package. After a stint in press relations, Clara returned to school, earning a Master of Journalism degree from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2012. She traveled overseas and landed as a reporter and copy editor at Ocean City Today in May of 2013.

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