Art Underfoot the annual Hooked Rug Show at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum will be on exhibit March 4-28, 2013.
Rug hooking is a craft where rugs are made by pulling loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base such as burlap, linen, or rug warp. The loops are pulled through the backing material by using a crochet hook. In its earliest years, rug hooking was a craft of poverty. Poor women began looking through their scrap bags for materials to employ in creating their own home-made floor coverings. The modern preference for using only cut wool strips in hooked rugs originated with Pearl McGown in the 1930s and the craft has seen a resurgence in popularity and is now viewed as form of fine art.
If you are interested in learning more about this craft, a Hook-In workshop will be held March 8th and 9th. Registration forms for the Hook-In are available at www.livingheritagemuseum.com.
The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact:Amy Blackburn, Executive Director, McMinn County Living Heritage Museum