Meeting Information


About Us

Tin Pedlar Chapter of ATHA, Southern Maine, Region 1

History ~
The name “Tin Pedlar” was chosen to honor Edward Sands Frost of Biddeford, Maine, who, in 1865, was the first to design tin stencils for hooked rug patterns.  One of nine local ATHA chapters in New England, the Maine Tin Pedlar chapter has over 100 members.  It was organized by seven ladies in September 1980 and was the sixth chapter to join ATHA.

ATHA, the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, is an international organization dedicated to promoting interest in rug hooking, provide and exchange ideas and new information about the art of rug hooking and to sponsor educational activities to upgrade and improve the quality of rug hooking. 

Member Resources

Lending Library:
Tips, Terms and How-to Help:
Free Patterns

If you have never been one to include our initials and date while hooking your rugs there’s an interesting technique you might want to try ~ Hidden Signing. Saundra of Woodland Junction did a good post about a new technique from Bev Conway at Cape May Camp.

Cumberland Fair

You must be a member of the Tin Pedlar group to enter the fair under the category: Tin Pedlar

Original Primitive/Wide Cut Patterns ~ for any originally designed piece (ignore Primitive and Wide Cut)
9.801 – Tin Pedlar – original pattern: animals
9.802 – Tin Pedlar – original pattern: contemporary
9.803 – Tin Pedlar – original pattern: floral or fruit
9.804 – Tin Pedlar – original pattern: geometric
9.805 – Tin Pedlar – original pattern: pictorial
9.806 – Tin Pedlar – original pattern: pillow
9.807 – Tin Pedlar – original pattern: seasonal
9.812 – Tin Pedlar – original pattern: other: 3-dimensional item, stool cover, pocketbook, soft sculpture, coasters, pins, chair pad, mixed media, etc.

9.813 – Tin Pedlar Primitive Rug Hooking original pattern: this number is not being used this year as we are grouping the worm challenge pieces together.

Traditional/Commercial Patterns (including adaptions) ~ for any pattern that was purchased (ignore Traditional)
9.814 – Tin Pedlar – commercial pattern: animals
9.815 – Tin Pedlar – commercial pattern: contemporary
9.816 – Tin Pedlar – commercial pattern: floral or fruit
9.817 – Tin Pedlar – commercial pattern: geometric
9.818 – Tin Pedlar – commercial pattern: pictorial
9.819 – Tin Pedlar – commercial pattern: pillow
9.820 – Tin Pedlar – commercial pattern: seasonal
9.821 – Tin Pedlar – commercial pattern: other: 3-dimensional item, stool cover, pocketbook, soft sculpture, coasters, pins, chair pad, mixed media, etc.

9.822 – Tin Pedlar Rug Hooking commercial pattern: this number is not being used this year.

2020 Cumberland Fair Challenge (coming)


2021 Chapter Challenge

Hello Tin Pedlar Members, The Board would like to invite you to participate in a “Chapter Challenge” that will be displayed at the 2021 Cumberland Farm. We are providing you with a pattern that can be adapted in any manner you please as long as the sheep is included in your design! Your sheep project …

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