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I'm an artist, graphic designer and illustrator who loves to work with fibre. I began hooking rugs after moving to beautiful Nova Scotia. Soon after, I began designing my own rug patterns. Using my design skills and taking inspiration from the world around me, I make rugs that usually end up as wall-hangings.

To me, rug-hooking is like painting with wool. I enjoy dyeing my own wool, which is not only a lot of fun but gives me greater control over the colours in my projects. I hook with new and recycled materials. Many an old wool skirt has worked its way into my rugs, as has a coat that formerly warmed my husband!

I particularly enjoy using type in my rug designs (all those typography classes are paying off), and writing verse to include in the borders of my rugs. Animals are my absolute favourite subject matter…

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  • Joined May 22, 2008

Favorite materials

Wool and wool blends, rug warp, yarn, coloured pencil, acrylic paint

About

I'm an artist, graphic designer and illustrator who loves to work with fibre. I began hooking rugs after moving to beautiful Nova Scotia. Soon after, I began designing my own rug patterns. Using my design skills and taking inspiration from the world around me, I make rugs that usually end up as wall-hangings.

To me, rug-hooking is like painting with wool. I enjoy dyeing my own wool, which is not only a lot of fun but gives me greater control over the colours in my projects. I hook with new and recycled materials. Many an old wool skirt has worked its way into my rugs, as has a coat that formerly warmed my husband!

I particularly enjoy using type in my rug designs (all those typography classes are paying off), and writing verse to include in the borders of my rugs. Animals are my absolute favourite subject matter.

My mats have been featured in Rug Hooking magazine's A Celebration of Hand-hooked Rugs XI and XII. They have been in several shows, including Mat Hooking: From Simple to Sublime, a juried show at the Mary E. Black gallery in Halifax, NS and the Comfort & Joy show at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. My Turkish Fishies rug was chosen for the juried show West Coast Textures at the FibreEssence Gallery in Vancouver.

I do "fine" hooking, using relatively thin strips of cut wool on rug warp, linen or Scottish burlap, as opposed to "primitive" hooking which uses wider strips of wool.

I also draw (I love coloured pencils) and paint.

I now live on a farm in lovely eastern Ontario, where I love to make rugs, knit, draw and paint. I hope you enjoy my art!

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