Texas Rugfest
Established 2006

Susan Harper

Susan Harper started hooking in 2003, but due to her career as an elementary educator, she rarely attended rug hooking events. Camps, hook-ins,  and workshops were almost always during the day, on weekdays, during the school year. She took action and created her own event for a summer day, that wouldn't require hiring a substitute for her classroom. 

In 2006 she organized Texas Rugfest--a one-day hook-in, combined with a shopping extravaganza of her favorite vendors. Because there are no shops in the North Texas area dedicated to the art of rug hooking, she decided to bring the shops to us. 

The first two years, Texas Rugfest was held in a church in Carrollton. Because of scheduled weddings and worship activities, there were no weekend dates available, so the Monday after Father's Day was the first viable date. That has become the standing day for Texas Rugfest; the Monday immediately following Father's Day.

Texas Rugfest outgrew the church the first year, but it took until the third year to arrange a better venue in the Fort Worth and Dallas area of North Texas. It needed to be centrally located, easy to find, easily accessible, well-cooled, and spacious. All those things coupled with reasonable cost were hard to find.

Finally, some compromises were reached and Texas Rugfest named the Grapevine Convention Center and the City of Grapevine as the new location. Nothing is more centrally located than Grapevine, Texas. Located directly at the north end of D/FW International Airport, at the intersection of four major freeways, and yet maintaining its charming heritage with a lively Main Street, Grapevine is the perfect venue for Texas Rugfest.

Inside the GCC, Texas Rugfest vendors and visitors enjoy well-lit, inviting space to spend the day shopping, hooking and visiting.

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