April 23, 2014
10:21 am

11th Annual Hook-In Slated

Hookers take over Bridgman Church!  Okay...it's not what you might have been thinking, folks.  The Lakeshore Rug Hookers are gearing up for otheir 11th Annual Hook-In on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 10am until 3pm.  It just so happens that the session will take place at the Woodland Shores Baptist Church located at 3555 Shawnee Road in Bridgman.

So, who are these "hookers?"  The Lakeshore Rug Hookers are actually ladies who gather every Monday morning at the St. Joseph Library to hook rugs and offer support and encouragment to one another.  Those sessions begin at 10:30am.

The art of traditional rug-hooking has been passed down from mother to daughter for generations, having reached a peak in early 19th Century America.  At that time, livestock feed sacks were often employed as the foundation upon which used clothing and other woven materials were sorted, dyed, and hooked through the burlap.  Patterns would be drawn on the sack, or designs free-formed along the way.  Prior to the invention of machine-crafted rugs, the knowledge of rug-hooking was a supremely practical skill to have.  

These days, hooked rugs and wall-hangings use wool fabric and a linen foundation, but stores that sell the necessary supplies are tough to find and widely scattered across the nation, so Hook-Ins are a popular way to draw the vendors to the event.  

Participants enjoy purchasing their supplies, showcasing finished rugs and enjoying copious amounts of good food.  Everyone is invited and participation runs just $20 which includes a snack and your lunch.  Beginners are very welcome and can expect to find lots of advice and support from the hooking community.