This antique hooked rug is in the Chapman-Hall House collection. Photo courtesy Lincoln County Historical Association

Textile artist Kathie Hills plans next month to discuss the art and craft of hooking rugs, as well as their significance to the local area.

The presentation runs from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Chapman-Hall House, 270 Main St. in Damariscotta.

Hills will demonstrate the craft and exhibit pieces she has created. She learned the craft from LaVerne Dickson and Margorie Freeman, local women known for their mastery of this functional art form. A member of the Waldoboro Historical Society, she is well versed in the history of hooked rugs and their significance to Waldoboro, according to a news release from the Lincoln County Historical Association.

On permanent display at the Chapman-Hall House are 12 antique hooked rugs, two of which show designs in the early stages of development.

Also included in the exhibit is a copy of the 1884 E.S. Frost Rug Patterns catalog. Edward Sands Frost of Biddeford was famous for selling canvases printed with pattern designs for various size rugs, as well as foot stool covers and slippers. Only a few pattern illustrations are printed in the catalog, which offers for sale nearly 200 canvases at prices ranging from 15 cents to $1.25.

To celebrate this event, admission to the historic site is free, but donations are much appreciated.

For more information, visit and Lincoln County Historical Association Maine on Facebook.


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