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“Rugs: 1790 to 1850” Program and Workshop

August 17, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

A textile structuralist for the last 30 years, Rose Ann Hunter will speak on “Rugs, 1790 to 1850.” She will discuss the earliest rugs, bed rugs, hearth rugs (also called yarn-sewn rugs), shirred, and hooked rugs, to combining techniques with rug hooking, as shown in the Augustine Phillips rug (photo). Lots of samples of these techniques will be shown, and a hands-on demo during the second portion of the event will provide visitors with a chance to try their hand on some of the techniques described. Kits will be available at $10 each for those interested in making their own project.

Rose Ann Hunter was chosen in 2005 as crafts-person in residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rug making, and lectures and teaches at various museums, conferences, and guilds through out the U.S. She has adapted and developed over 30 techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are then knitted, crocheted, or sewn into modern-day folk art.

The event will take place in the exhibit hall at the Mason House (14 Broad Street). Admission is free.


August 17, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm