Get hooked on a new hobby!  RARH is in the news. This is a great article about Rug Hooking in the Post Bulletin Newspaper.  It features two of our Rochester Area Rug Hooker members, who are also rug hooking teachers in the area.  The history of rug hooking is explored.  It is a great read. See the full article here.  I like how the author of the article says we are “absorbing art” with rug hooking.  When I am around stacks of wool, it “absorbs ME!”  Who else has this kind of love for wool and making wool rugs?  That is what RARH is all about – enjoying and sharing the passion for RUG HOOKING!


Star & Fans, (c) Sally Kallin, Pine Island Primitives

Rochester Area Rug Hookers is Chapter 122 of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists.  Our  Mission is to:

*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.   To become a RARH member, membership to the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists (ATHA) is also required.  This national group provides information, advice, insurance, etc. for our local organization.


As a creative member of the ATHA community you will be a part of:

  • Bimonthly Color Magazine, Art of Rug Hooking
  • Biennial Conventions
  • State of the Art Website
  • Regional Rug Schools & Regional Rug Shows
  • Regional Rug Challenges
  • 70+ Local Chapters –
  • Largest Lending Library of Hooking Related Resources
  • Click for ATHA Website

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“Here’s the “low-down” on what we do at RARH”

We plan and execute two retreats per year… and more!”

The SPRING RETREAT is held in March.  This retreat usually includes a few “regular” features, such as:

  • Clean out your Closet – members can bring up to 10 wooly items to sell, mostly handmade, and often include patterns and supplies that need a new home.
  • Rug Show – a gallery of rugs that our attendees place on display for us to ooooh and awwww over.  The talent of our group members is amazing!
  • Door prizes – our vendors (or member donations) offer wonderful prizes for drawings.
  • Assisi Tour option is offered by the Sisters at Assisi Heights Spirituality Center. Our members enjoy this perk and give great feedback.
  • The Sisters have a Gift Shop on the 1st floor and sell handmade note cards, jams and honey, along with other fun novelty items.
  • Vendors who sell tools, wool, patterns and more! We usually have 2-3 vendors who provide the “goods” for our wool appetites!  Wool fiber vendors sometimes join in on the fun!
  • Show & Tell – of special “rug stories” from hookers at the retreat
  • Snacks & beverages in the hooking room and a lovely Sister’s Dining Room at Assisi where our hookers can fuel-up for their challenges.

RARH also has another BIG event, which is the FALL Workshop and Hook-in. Here ya go:

  • Workshop with a TEACHER  for 3 days.
  • The number of students are limited by the teacher – we allow members to register for a period of time, then if openings, invite other hookers who want to take the class.
  • We have had great teachers, including Janice Johnson, Anita White, Sharon Smith, Cathy Stephan. This Fall 2018 we welcome Tricia Travis, from Texas.
  • THERE IS STILL 1 OPENING this Fall 2018 with Tricia Travis, and then we will start a waiting list.

Assisi has private rooms, in the Sister’s residences, that are simple and restful. Other hotels are close-by for those that desire a bit more of pampered evenings.  Many of our attendees stay late and hook, and enjoy the convenience of the dining area and lodging upstairs. 

  • The Saturday Hook-in is on Saturday and includes snacks and beverages in the hooking room, availability of the Sister’s Dining Room and usually a Make–n-take or lecture from the fall event teacher..  The vendor for this retreat is solely the teacher who taught the class.

All events have pre-registration for reduced rates (and oftentimes, a gift) – registration forms can be printed off of website link and payment mailed to our treasurer,as noted on the registration form.  

Local vendors have one-day a month hooking, subject to change according to their travel schedules. Check out their websites to insure that hooking is still happening in their homes.  Sally Kallin: Pineislandprimitives.com –  Martha Reeder: goinggray.com  – Kathy  Morton: oakcottagerugs.com.   There is also a RARH-sponsored hooking day on 2nd and 4th Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at Christ United Methodist Church located at 400 Fifth Ave. SW Rochester. This event is on the “Calendar” tab.

Another hooking opportunity is with a member in Prescott, WI will be having a hooking day on Thursdays, 10 am – 2pm,  in her home.  Mary Beth Schuller invites you to join her and friends.  For details, email her:  msrdld@comcast.net  ~ Her phone number is: 651-398-5880.

There are other “Outreach” events, please visit the website tab on top of this page for the low-down on what RARH is doing to reach out to other potential rug hookers.  One “Outreach” activity is a demonstration and instruction of rug hooking technique at the Rochester Public Library.  These events will be added to this site as they are planned.  We also offer supplies – from donations of our members and friends – for Las Rancheritas in Mexico.  These women make rugs to help support their family.