Guild cuts a rug at the county fair
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — A new feature at the Mercer County 4-H Fair on Aug. 3-4 was a display set up for the Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild.
Linda Ehly of Burlington County was one of the demonstrators.
She explained the group likes to demonstrate the old fashion arts they practice.
There are 140 members of the group which meet on the second Friday of each month from September through June from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hunterdon County Complex on Route 12 in Flemington.
They also hold a “rug camp” every August, she said.
When they go on the road, the guild brings sample of the rugs they have made and the looms they work on.
Young and old visitors to the fair flocked round the table to learn from the members.
Ehly said she joined the group in 2013, but got serious the next year when she retired. She said she enjoys the primitive nature of the art, but also quilts, weaves and knits.
Bonnie Saunders was assisted by her nephew, David, Saunders, 8, putting together her display and then was teaching David her craft. He said he enjoys it.
Other youngsters were also taking turns.
The guild was founded in Apirl 1977. Its mission is to “perpetuate the tradition and art of rug hooking and to enhance the interest in rug hooking,” according to the guild mission statement. They offer classes and have a website: http://www.hcrag.com.
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