About the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild
Our organization originated over 25 years ago when a group of ladies got together on a town green in Vermont, and strung a clothes line so they could hang their hooked rugs to show each other. Since then, we have grown to almost 500 members throughout North American, Europe, and even in Japan.
We are a volunteer run non-profit organization dedicated to education about the art and craft of rug hooking. We are also a chapter of ATHA, the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists.
We fulfill our mission through a variety of programs. We hold an annual exhibition (“Hooked in the Mountains”) showcasing the work of our members. Rug hooking workshops are offered during the course of our exhibit. Also, our members volunteer to teach rug hooking for various organizations and community groups. The Guild provides the tools and material.
In 2005, the Guild donated copies of “Hooked Rugs Today” to every public library in the State of Vermont. “Hooked Rugs Today,” by Amy Oxford, showcases our Guild’s 2004 exhibit at Shelburne Museum.
In addition, we provide annual scholarships, named in honor two or our late members and recognized rug hooking legends. The Patty Yoder Scholarship allows rug hookers each year to study rug hooking at “Hooked in the Mountains.” The Ann Ashworth Scholarship is given to individuals to pursue their craft at rug hooking classes in Vermont.