Stephanie Allen-Krauss of Montpelier, Vermont, was only six when she learned to hook from her mother, Anne Ashworth, a nationally recognized rug-hooking teacher. This family tradition began with Stephanie’s great–grandmother, Philena Moxley, who created and stamped embroidery and rug patterns at her shop in Lowell, Massachusetts from 1865 to 1882. As a fourth generation rug hooker, Stephanie took happily to the craft, learning to dye wool fabric as a teenager and then to repair antique hooked rugs in her early twenties.
In 2000 Stephanie opened a retail shop in Montpelier, Green Mountain Hooked Rugs, where she offers a wide variety of supplies for rug hookers, including bolts of wool, hand-dyed fabric, patterns, equipment, and books. Stephanie still repairs rugs and does custom dyeing, and over the past fifteen years has hooked more than 50 commissioned rugs. When time permits, she offers classes and occasionally travels around the country to teach. She earned two bachelor’s degrees in education, and has held several offices in local, national and international rug hooking guilds. In 2010, Stephanie received the Governor’s Heritage Award as best traditional artist in Vermont.
Specialties: Dyeing, color planning, shading and general rug hooking techniques.