There are some great online rug groups you can join that are useful if you don't have access to a rug group in your area where you can get help, information and some social interaction. Do take a look that them...you'll find the members very helpful and you'll be given advice and help from some excellent rug hookers and fibre artists!
Rug Hooking Daily - based in New Brunswick, Canada offers a huge amount of information and resources for free. Find them at: http://rughookingdaily.ning.com/
Yahoo Rug Hookers - US-based rug group that includes a number Australian members...they get a bit too "off the subject" for me sometimes but do offer some useful ideas. They are at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Rughookers/
The Welcome Mat - Ontario, Canada offers classes and a huge range of information and support - http://thewelcomemat.ning.com/ ). Gene Shepherd (California) offers a free blog / website as well as a subscription site for the Internet Rug Camp. Gene's at: http://www.geneshepherd.com/Genes_Intro/Welcome.html
That should get you started! If you need other specific information let me know and I'll see if I can help.