..........to Shady Hill Rug Hooking

Landscape painting using hand-dyed wool


My website name describes where I live. On a hill, shaded by old oak trees, in a home with a beautiful porch where I can hook rugs.

The art of traditional rug hooking has been around for hundreds of years. Creating a hand hooked rug is still being done today as it was long ago, with the simple tool of a hook and strips of cloth.  Now it is considered an art form. Rug hooking has no limit for creativity and imagination.

I hope you enjoy looking at the hand-hooked rugs, hand-dyed wool, rug hooking patterns and appliqué patterns that are on the following pages.








Goodwill find for storing wool

It spoke to me. Right in the Goodwill store.   This dresser top with side shelves and a mirror just said "take me home and put me to work" .  So I did.  It just needed some soapy water and boards for shelves.

Here it is in Goodwill.

Here it is in the garage ready to get cleaned up.  Never mind the reflection in the mirror, it is a garage after all.

We cut some pine boards to fit across the front and they will rest right on top of the original corner shelves so we don't have to attach with nails or screws.  The router worked great to round off the front edge.  Then a bit of stain to match the oak wood, and varnish to seal the wood,  Then the big job of lugging it upstairs to the studio.

All clean and filled with hand-dyed wool. What a great addition to the studio without taking up too much floor space.






New hand-dyed wool to take on the road

Fresh out of the dye pot and ready to go!  Just some of the wool I have been dyeing to take to the Merrie Mountain Hook-in in Asheville NC, and to Brewer Maine for the Searsport Harvest Hook-in.  Be sure to attend one or both of these wonderful events. Vendors, demos, exhibits, meet up with old friends, eat, meet new friends.  

And get some hooking done!

The collection below is small bit of what I am bringing!