Who We Are

We are an informal yet burgeoning group of rug hookers and other textile artists.

Our goal is to create a recognizable local rug hooking community.

We have enthusiasm, momentum, and dedication to our craft. We are anxious to be part of the Mid-Atlantic rug hooking tradition.

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Wilmington, DE, USA

Our Story

The Woolmingtons began quite by accident in the Fall of 2015. After many, many, many years of unsuccessful coaxing, Kathleen Murray-Boyda found that it only took two bottles of wine to teach her best pal, Ida (Dee), how to pull loops - and she loved it!  The next day, they were off to the Hagley Hook-In. Much like Bill and Ted, it has been a most excellent adventure! 


Family and friends loved the "projects." Social media proved to be an excellent tool with which to share the enthusiasm for this new found art. Rug hooking is not very well known in Wilmington, Delaware. Photos piqued interest. Kathleen, with the patience of Job, began to teach neighbors, co-workers, more high school friends, and family. Our group of two began to grow. 

Our group is also honored to call Ellen Dolmetsch a member; she is a McGown Certified Rug Hooking Instructor. I have had the pleasure of being one of her students myself. Ellen is kind, patient, creative, and has a good sense of humor.


Currently, there are about 25 Woolmingtons - plenty of room for more! We meet the Second Saturday of every month, September through May or June. Our current Meeting Space is located at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 501 Duncan Road, Wilmington, DE 19809.  We meet 9am-4pm. Bring your lunch, or grab something out close by! Fridge, Microwave and Coffee/tea available! (The Church is located off of Philadelphia Pike, across the street from Mount Pleasant Elementary School.)  Groups of us attend hook-ins in other areas.  We are mostly rug hookers, but some of us crochet, knit, wool applique, quilt, punch needle, Oxford punch, and cross stitch. We welcome all!


We find our greatest joy and commonality lies in our shared fellowship, laughter, recipes, advice, problem-solving, and creativity.  We are an informal "club" at present. We always have room for more!

- Ida Marie (Dee) Kelleher

Wilmington, DE, USA


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