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Feature Exhibits

Featured Exhibits pay tribute to the work of outstanding contemporary and historic artists. Each of these extensive collections offers a wonderful and rare opportunity to study closely the techniques, colors, designs, materials, and the in-depth story of talented artists.

Rug Hooking Week offers classes relevant to these exhibits so that you may gain insight and learn techniques directly from the artist, authority or curator. You will find more information on the classes listed with each exhibit and on the Retreat and Workshop pages.

Contemporary Braided Art Rugs

contemporary-400x400The tradition of braiding fabric scraps into rugs is a uniquely American craft. Our grandmothers used rug braiding as a folk art medium: they created colorful banded oval and round braided rugs for use in homes. Treasured fabric saved from used clothing was stitched and laced together into simple braided floor coverings that were comfortable, pleasing, and added much needed warmth.

In recent years, rug braiding has risen from its humble beginnings. Braiding has been transformed into a medium for contemporary art. Contemporary braiding artists can select from unlimited colors and fabrics for their vibrant and colorful art rugs. Through a variety of techniques, artists are incorporating imagery into braided rugs. There are new rug shapes, new designs, and sometimes multiple braids or multiple strands in each braid. Some artists have combined the art of rug hooking into their rugs for the wall or floor. Wool appliqué, penny rugs, quilting, knitting, and crochet combine well with small braids to create interesting mats for a tabletop or chair pad.

In this Feature Exhibit, you will see an exciting sampling of work from contemporary rug braiding artists from across the country.  

Curators:  Kris McDermet & Christine Manges &

To accompany this exhibit, we are offering Workshops, Gallery Talks & Braiding Demonstration


Antique Braided Rugs - Our Beginnings


This exhibit features two collections. On loan from the Oneida Community Mansion House in New York, this is a rare opportunity to see the elaborate and intricately-braided pictorials designed by Jessie C. Kinsley (1858-1938). Jessie achieved amazing detail in her braided people, animals, plants, and buildings, which appear in her small 12 inch pieces to large-scale 10 foot murals! The second collection was gathered from private collectors and features their favorite antique braided rugs, small doll house rugs, coasters, table mats, and floor rugs.

Curators:  Kris McDermet & Christine Manges &

To accompany this exhibit, we are offering Workshops, Gallery Talks & Braiding Demonstration

Green Mountain Hooked Rugs Family

green-mountain-3-400x400Take a journey through craft and time with the Green Mountain Hooked Rugs family. This hooking dynasty has carried on the tradition for “five” generations of family and friends, passing along knowledge, lessons learned and stories --- all to be shared in this unique exhibit.

green-mountain-400x400In the beginning, 1865 – 1882, Philena Moxley created and stamped embroidery and rug patterns which she sold in her PC Moxley Dry Goods Store in Lowell, Massachusetts. In the 1970s – 1980s, Pam Kirk, Anne & Wink Ashworth, and Stephanie Allen-Krauss became leaders in the pattern and restoration business and established an eminent rug school. Today, six family members --- Stephanie Allen-Krauss, Pam Kirk, Elizabeth Ashworth, Cecely Conrad, Lindsay Krauss, and Mariah Krauss --- continue to oversee, expand, and innovate in the rug hooking world through their Vermont retail, online, and restoration business, and to celebrate the 36th anniversary of their rug school.

See the diversity and evolution in this family’s hooked rug collection as they share their story through more than 150 years and all five generations!

Curator: Stephanie Allen-Krauss

To accompany this exhibit, we are offering a Retreat, Workshop & Gallery Talk.