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Welcome to the Rug Aid Rug Rave!

On Saturday 21st November 2009, rug makers around the world were invited to join the Rug Aid Rug Rave. As well as having a fun-filled day, Rug Aid's founder Heather Ritchie asked participants to try hooking blindfolded for 30 minutes: this gave everyone an idea of what the blind trainees in The Gambia experience.

Anyone who wanted to join in could work on a current project or make a start on this rug which Heather designed for the day. The photo below shows how Heather interpreted her design and we'd really appreciate having a photo of your finished rug to include in a gallery we'll create later to see how brought your own colour scheme and techniques to the design.

Please email photos of your rug rave and of your finished Rug Rave rug to

Rug Aid Rug Rave rug

You can also see our video on YouTube

Group Location

Yorkshire Rug Makers

National Mining Museum, Wakefield
Lostwithiel Rug Makers (photos in gallery 8)

Lostwithiel, Cornwall

Clayport Matters (photos in gallery 9)

Newton Hall Community Centre, Durham
The Happy Hookers of  Penzance

The Lune Valley Rug Makers

Narrawilly Ruggers (photos in gallery 8)

Tyne Dale Ruggers

Lucker Rug Group

Happy Hookers

Woodhorne Matters

Alice's Friends (link to blog about the day)

Lexington, Ohio
Nieberding Fiber Arts Studio

Loveland, Cincinatti
Richmond Station (Friday)

Richmond, North Yorkshire
Rag Art Studios

Rag Art Studios (Sunday)

Rag Time (Thursday 26th)

Dennington Village Hall, Suffolk
Orange Coast Classics ATHA Guild (Holiday Party) (photos in gallery 9)

Southern California
Samuel King's School (rugging lunch club, Friday, and Saturday!) (photos in gallery 8)

Alston, Cumbria
Fox Cottage

Centerville, Ohio
Ladies of the Wool & Friends

Westerville Library, Ohio
Chapel Rug Art (on the water!)

Ullswater, Cumbria
Miriam and Jacqui (of Narawilly Ruggers fame, Friday)

St Victor la Coste, Southern France
Treasure Valley Rug Hookers Community library, Boise, Idaho
Gone Hooking traditional rug hooking group Burnaby Heritage Village, Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
Quoddy Loopers (link to blog report of day) Kingsbrae Garden, St Andrews, NB, Canada
Barbara Bonds Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Hands Across Time Rug Studio Wallace River Baptist Church, Pugwash Junction, NS
Airedale Ruggers Oakworth Methodist Church, West Yorkshire
Flying Dog Hookery Petaluma, California
Barbara Spencer Tollond, Somerset
The Rug Aid workshop (photos in gallery 9) Serrekunde, The Gambia