It was love at first sight when I saw someone hooking a rug at a home tour in Michigan in 1980. I started as soon as I could find a teacher and it is still my second love. (Family comes first.) 25 years of teachers workshops and many camps and classes have fueled my passion for designing, dyeing wool and hooking rugs as well as teaching others to love the art as I do. I hold regular bi-weekly classes in my home studio and have travelled to several states to conduct workshops. My work has been published in Jessie Turbayne’s Hooked Rugs of the Deep South, Celebrations 23, 27 and29, and just recently in Magnificent Hooked Rugs by Janet Conner. Some of my pieces can be seen at ArtWorks and City Hall in Hiawassee, GA and the Blue Ridge Art Center in Blue Ridge, GA.
I love everything about rug hooking! From the creation of a new pattern to the dyeing of the wool, making the perfect colors to execute that pattern, the placing of those colors, and the actual work of forming the loops of wool fabric that make the pattern into a work of art, even the finishing of the rug or wall hanging or pillow- it's all exciting for me, every time! When I can help a student to achieve that same excitement, as well as a beautiful completed project, I feel as though I've really accomplished something special.
Graceful, curving lines in a pattern feel right to me, but color is the most important aspect of my art. Dyeing the perfect shade or intensity of a particular color and then hooking it in makes a piece come alive- it becomes my baby. It just doesn't get any better than that!