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Association of Traditional Hooking Artists
NW Rug Hooking Chapter

More About Us

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What is ATHA?

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.

The organization's goals include:

  • To develop and promote interest in traditional rug hooking
  • To maintain high standards and encourage creativity in this art form
  • To provide the means for an exchange of ideas and information among members
  • To promote educational activities to enhance the interest in, and the quality of rug hooking.

Region & Chapter Officers

  • Chapter President: Janet Powers
  • Chapter Vice President: Heidi Grevstadt
  • Chapter Secretary: Kay Fleskes
  • Chapter Treasurer: Dana Rea
  • Region Representative: Kim Severns

More History

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 anual 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.