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Vickie Hardcastle

Making Loops in SE Minnesota

WELCOME to RARH

Rochester Area Rug Hookers, centrally located in Rochester Minnesota,in South East MN and Western WI .

Our  Mission:

  • Develop interest in rug hooking
  • Provide means for the exchange of ideas and information among members
  • Promote educational activities for members.  We are a small, all-volunteer organization that seeks to provide opportunities for rug hookers to gather, learn, and be inspired in the craft of rug hooking. We welcome visitors, inquiries, and new members.  Check out the EVENTS tab above for some hooking opportunities in the Rochester area.

We are Chapter 122 of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, ATHA.  To become a RARH member, membership to the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists (ATHA) is also required. You can join ATHA  online.  This national group provides information, advice, insurance, etc. for our local organization.

Here are some ways that RARH remains “in the loop” with our mission:

  • RARH members enjoy first priority and discounts for classes and retreats.
  • In the Spring, we hold an annual 3-day retreat.
  • In the Fall, we hold a 3-day workshop (Wednesday through Friday) taught by a nationally known instructor.
  • The Fall workshop is followed by a Saturday of Hooking and a special program by the teacher for all to attend. This provides the opportunity for more hookers to learn from and shop the teacher’s woolen goods.