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The Art and Craft of Rug Hooking

January 25 – March 19, 2017


A group of eight rug hooking enthusiasts who have been meeting together monthly for years and call themselves the Thrum Chums display a wide range of works in The Art and Craft of Rug Hooking. This exhibition showcases the traditional folk art origins of the utilitarian craft as well as more contemporary pieces that are works of personal expression. The original intent of this indigenous North American folk art was utilitarian, but today similar techniques can be used for more artful purposes, taking the finished products off of the floors and onto the walls.

The Art and Craft of Rug Hooking is the art museum’s second exhibition in the Three Fine Folk collaborative folk art project with the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts and the Cedarburg Cultural Center. Works of Jo Fox (Cedarburg), Mary Alice Schueler (Campbellsport), Lynn Rix and Joanne Young (Mequon), Emily Robertson (Milwaukee), and Nancy Allen, Renée Haugen, and Kathleen Limbach of West Bend will be on display in the museum galleries.




Emily Robertson created her own design for this 12 x 11-inch hooked rug called Life is a Puzzle. This work moves beyond the original utilitarian intent for hooked rugs with its thought-provoking message.

A Brief History about rug hooking can be found here.

Learn about the Thurm Chum group here.

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