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Special Exhibits

for Rug Hooking Week 2020


Special Exhibits are collections of innovative and original works done by an individual or group of artists which represent contemporary or historic themes, concepts, ideas, techniques, and educational and regional projects.

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.

bird-on-sunflower-on-teal-hooked-rugFractur Sketchbook in Fiber

Michelle Palmer’s exhibit focuses on her Fraktur designs based on the four seasons, adding Independence Day and Christmas. The collection will include Michelle’s original illustration accompanied by her needle punch and hooked rugs, of each illustration.

The original illustrations are rendered in homemade walnut ink and watercolor. Each of the six illustrations have two companion pieces: a wool hooked rug and a punch needle with embroidery floss.

sketch-of-bird-on-sunflowerMichelle Palmer has illustrated in watercolor for over thirty years. She has translated over one hundred of her illustrations into punch needle and rug hooking designs. Her artist talents convey a stunning “painterly” quality to her fiber work.

A creative experiment and an outstanding example of interpreting art into textile art. Warm, bold and beautiful!

Artist: Michelle Palmer

Classes:  To accompany this Special Exhibit, we are offering a Workshop and Gallery Talk, for more information see our Workshop page.


Island Life Old & New


beach-sunset-stampThere are stories told every day about living “on the rock” – that is Bailey Island, Maine. From the old days of fishing and braving cold winters to having delightful chats with local kids.

The Island lives in a time warp. Crusty lobstermen meet at the general store for daily conversations, children safely playing with friends somewhere around home, and unspoiled views for miles and miles. 

C. Susan Ferraro’s rug hooking designs reflect what she sees, hears and feels. Dimensional quilting and assorted embellishments add life and a bit of whimsy. There is passion portrayed in each piece of art. The The stories never end! 

Bailey-Island-fishing-tournament-hooked-rugArtist: C. Susan Ferraro

Classes:  To accompany this Special Exhibit, we are offering a Workshop and Gallery Talk, for more information see our Workshop page.oyster-hooked-rug


Wide Cut Realism


wolf-face-hooked-rugtiger-face-hooked-rugWho said you need to use a small cut to create realism? Judy Carter’s exhibit features a series of wide cut (#8) animal close ups and several smaller pieces using #6 and #8 cuts and textured wools.

Judy Carter began hooking in 1993, was immediately hooked, has taken classes with over 40 teachers, and has completed over 100 pieces using threads to hand ripped ½ inch strips. She loves variety and pushing herself out of her comfort zone. Well known for hooking and teaching realistic, detailed animals using textured wool to add realism, Judy started the Eye See You and Eye See You II project, exhibited here at Rug Hooking Week in 2012.

After many years of hooking realistic animals using #4 cuts, Judy wanted to expand her experiences and push out of her comfort zone. She decided to hook a realistic animal using #8. After the first one (Cougar) came to life at the end of her hook, a series was born and smaller pieces were created.

When viewing this exhibit, it’s easy to look at wide cuts, textures, and animals with a fresh set of eyes. We hope it will inspire you to try something new and to step outside your comfort zone. The sky is the limit, what do you want to create?

This collection was featured in the Jan/Feb issue of Rug Hooking Magazine.


Artist: Judy Carter


lion-face-hooked-rugClasses:  To accompany this Special Exhibit, we are offering a Workshop and Gallery Talk, for more information see our Workshop page.