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Posted on: November 6, 2023

The City of Temecula Opens New Exhibit: Rug Hooking for the Holidays at the Temecula Valley Museum


Holidays, an exhibit produced by the museum in cooperation with North County Wool Gatherers The Temecula Valley Museum brings joy to this Winter Season with Rug Hooking for the. This exhibit includes beautiful, handmade rugs, wall hangings, and objects featuring each artist’s vision of the Holidays!  Do not miss this incredible Holiday Celebration from accomplished rug-hooking artists on display now until DEC 31, 2023.

Modern Rug Hooking has its roots in Yorkshire, England, during the early part of the 19th century.  Recent research suggests the practice of pulling wool or yarn through a base fabric was used by the Vikings, who likely brought it to Scotland and France. In its earliest years, rug hooking was a craft of poverty until the vogue for floor coverings in the United States came about after the 1830s when it became mass-produced.  It was considered a country craft in the days when the word country, used in this context, was derogatory.

In recent decades, rug hookers have experimented allowing the art form to evolve and grow in the 21st century.  Now, there are countless annual exhibitions around the world displaying rug hooking, and many art enthusiasts are exploring the unique textural nature of the medium.  Today, rug hooking is sometimes referred to in many places as fine art.holidays2

Learn The Basics of Rug Hooking on SAT, NOV 18, 2023, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for free!  All ages are welcome, join artist Brenda Ellis as she demonstrates how a creative idea, a few simple tools, and special techniques can create a beautiful and unique piece of art.

The North County Wool Gatherers is a local chapter of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists (ATHA) based in Fallbrook, California.  It is a non-profit guild dedicated to those who love rug hooking and fiber arts.  The ATHA was founded in 1979, with the purposes of: 

  • Developing and promoting interest in the art of rug hooking
  • Improving and upgrading the art of hooking
  • Encouraging membership and benefits thereof


The Temecula Valley Museum is located at Sam Hicks Monument Park in Old Town Temecula (28314 Mercedes Street) and is open TUE through SUN from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  For more information and other fun online activities, please visit, or call 951-694-6450. 


Source: Wikimedia Foundation. (2023, June 3). Rug hooking. Wikipedia.

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