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Hooked on Rugs

Hooked on Rugs


"Loose Noodles," a group of Harrisburg area women, returns by popular demand to the mansion's exuberant Victorian mirror to exhibit their latest work and demonstrate the early American art of rughooking. These women are so enthusiastic about their craft that they look forward to sharing their knowledge with you.

According to some historians, rug hooking in the United States started in the mid-nineteenth century, although artifacts fount in Africa show it to be much older. It was very popular in in the New England states and the Maritime provinces of Canada. Like many crafts it was started out of sheer necessity. The rugs were used on the floors in the summer and on the beds in the winter. The first rugs were made out of any scrap material that could be found, including worn clothing and old discarded wool blankets. The base of the rug was made from the burlap sacks that the livestock feed came in.

Later, people began selling hand-hooked rugs, and cottage industries eventually sprang up across the continent. By the 1940's, rug hooking had become a well-established hobby in the United States and Canada. Hand-hooked rugs can be found in art galleries and museums in throughout the world.

Admission by donation. Members of the Historical Society are admitted free.

Tours of the mansion are available at 1:00 p.m. at regular ticket price. Admission to the program is included with ticket price.

The Alexander Research library is open 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Historical Society of Dauphin County

Hooked on Rugs