Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hookers in the Library!

(Rug Hookers, that is)

Lobby Exhibit of Rug Hooking Courtesy of the Farmington Hookers

Most civilized Farmington ladies would not appreciate being called a “hooker”. However, Farmington residents Barbara Coppen, Jeannie Otulak, Betty Kelly and their group of Farmington Rug Hookers are proud to be identified by this scandalous term. In fact, they get quite a laugh about it.

The group of Farmington Rug Hookers, affectionately dubbed as “The Thursday Morning Hookers” by library staff, has been meeting to hook rugs for over 25 years. The group currently meets every Thursday morning in a library board room.

According to group members, the art of rug hooking is enjoying its biggest renaissance since the 1940s and 50s. Invented out of necessity to cover and warm bare floors, the early American craft has managed to evolve while remaining true to its roots. Traditionally hooked rugs are created out of wool strips, hooked into specific patterns and designs.

The Farmington Thursday Morning Hookers are exhibiting a collection of their rugs, in the lobby of the Farmington Library through the month of November. These rugs, known as “challenge rugs” are each based from the same pattern. However, every hooker must interpret the pattern in her own way. The final result? Every rug is entirely different and unique. The colors are different, the styles are different, the techniques are different in each rug.

Anyone interested in learning how to hook, or attending the Thursday morning hookers group, is encouraged to contact the library.