WASHINGTON — The art and handwork of the Appleton Rug Hookers is on display at Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, now through the end of October. The rugs are a colorful reflection of rural life, blending traditional and updated subjects and techniques. The show includes three blue ribbon winners from the Union Fair. The featured exhibitors are Ruth Cassaday, Kathy Daniel, Betty Holzer, Rachelle Horn, Sandra Overlock and Helene Rondeau.

Started in 2004, Appleton Rug Hookers first consisted of three people, and now there are 12. As some folks leave, other folks join. Many rugs have been created and finished in the past 17 years. The group even found a way around COVID, by hooking at the town park in Warren with masks and social distancing. While some of the group’s rugs have been used in the homes of the creators, many more were given as gifts. Members used all wool in rugs in the beginning. Now, other materials are being used to create interesting effects, such as wool-yarn, ribbons, silk, roving, nylon stockings and cotton.

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Rug by Kathy Daniel