Join us for the 207 Creatives 2018 Belfast Hook In!

We’ve been fielding a lot of questions about when this year’s Belfast Hook In would be and about how to sign up.  Here are the answers!

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 9 am to 3 pm.  We will be gathering again at the First Church of Belfast, 8 Court Street, Belfast, Maine.

me and my hoopWe are so pleased to announce that this year’s guest speaker is Doreen Frost of Vermont Harvest Folk Art!  She will be speaking on The Art of Punch Needle Embroidery.

Doreen’s full bio can be found here, but she is an accomplished folk artist and author from Pawlet, VT who creates marvelous designs and finished pieces in punch needle embroidery.  This is a different art than punch needle rug hooking, instead using fine fiber threads and very fine punch needles.   We are looking forward to hearing her speak about her inspirations, her art, and her techniques.  She will also be available for questions and have materials for sale if you are already a maker in this craft or would like to become one!  Please visit her site at for more information and a look at her beautiful and original artwork.

As before, we will have an informal rug show and our breakfast and lunch will once more be provided by the friendly chefs of For the Love of Food and Drink.   We will have vendors and door prizes, and of course, lots of wonderful camaraderie as we gather again to celebrate our heritage craft.

Ready to sign up?  You can find and print the registration form here, or, contact us at, or, call Beth Miller at 207-890-8490.   Need a flyer to rally your friends?  Click here.  In response to feedback from last year’s event we are capping attendance at 96 this year, so please register soon!  Registration is $38 before March 1st, $40 thereafter.  Registration deadline is April 21st.


Sauder 2017

Being a part of the 2017 Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village was a truly wonderful experience.  If you’ve never been to Sauder, I urge you to go next year. I’ve been hooking for 20 years and this was the first time I’d been able to attend.  It was an unforgettable experience.

I went to Sauder with my good friend, Roberta McCusker.  We had so much fun looking at the exhibits, taking classes, shopping in the vendor booths and then discussing techniques, colors, and interesting designs in our room each evening.


Roberta, Caryn & Connie

I was really excited when I realized that  Caryn Devlin, designer/owner/rug hooker at The Wool Garden was attending Sauder.  Why was I excited?  Because she is joining 207 Creatives on the sail aboard the J&E Riggin in 2018.  Roberta is also joining us so I knew it was the perfect opportunity for the three of us to meet up and get to know each other.   Needless to say, we were fast friends after the time we spent together that day.  If possible, we were even more excited about the upcoming sail!

Caryn came to Sauder with her husband, Mark, who was being honored as part of “The Year of the Man” for his invention of the Honeydoo Cutter.   I tried a Honeydoo Cutter during my class with Lori Bechlin of Notforgotten Farm  and knew  the saying “it cuts like butter” was no exaggeration.   What a cutter!

It’s impossible to pick one word to describe my first view of the rug hooking exhibit. My mind registered a huge mental “WOW” and I’m sure my mouth dropped open. So much talent, color and so many ideas translated into hooking. I was both very humbled and very inspired. Humbled by the extraordinary talent surrounding me and inspired to sit down and play with my own wool and linen.

The vendor booths were all wonderful and their displays were very inviting. The evening presentations were interesting and informative.  The class I chose was fabulous. If you ever have an opportunity to take a class with Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm I urge you to do so. She is so nice, very knowledgeable and totally accessible.

This wonderful show owes a tremendous “thank you” to Kathy Wright (Director of Rug Hooking Week ) and her team. The amount of work it must take to make this show successful boggles my mind. So, once again, if you’ve never been to Sauder I urge you to go next year. If you’ve never sent a rug to be exhibited, I urge you to send one. By going to the show and/or sending a rug to be exhibited you support not only the show, but this art form that we all love so much.  Happy hooking, Connie