The Association of Traditional Hooking Artists (ATHA) is an international fellowship of artists that fosters individuality and diversity in rug hooking. It is open to those persons interested in Rug hooking. Our Region 11 (and Northwest Rug Hooking Chapter) represents Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Western Canada.
In August 1977, thirteen women formed the Northwest Rug and Tapestry Hooking Guild. Membership grew as other groups around the area joined the guild. Workshops were held in various locations throughout Oregon and Washington.
The Guild was invited to merge with ATHA, and during the 1980 annual meeting it was decided that we join. ATHA Region 11 was officially born. Members of the region share the art of hooking in many ways, including demonstrating rug hooking at state and county fairs or fiber events, holding annual hook-ins in their communities, displaying rugs in local businesses and public buildings, and coordinating teachers to come to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for workshops.