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Feature Exhibits

for Rug Hooking Week 2021

Feature 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.

Classes:  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.

Hooked Artwork Inspired by David Galchutt


This Feature Exhibit highlights the hooked artwork inspired by David Galchutt’s outstanding illustrations and paintings. Since 2014, more than seventy-five of David’s designs have been transformed into hooking patterns by LC’s Wool ‘n Silk. This hooked collection was created by talented artists across the country, who skillfully used fibers to captured David’s incredible details and wonderfully imaginative subjects. 

Several of the hooked works have been featured in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs and Rug Hooking Magazine. Some are framed to be displayed like paintings, while others are multi-dimensional decor, like footstools.

David Galchutt is a native southern Californian, who has been living on the Oregon coast for about six years. He was an illustrator for over 30 years and designer in the giftware industry, all while pursuing his own art.

Feature-Hooked-Artwork-BThe inspiration for David’s work comes from many places like nature and travel, to name a few. As he travels, he takes countless photos of landscapes, old buildings, and even fashion design elements, which sometimes find their way into his children’s book illustrations as animals in fancy clothing. One might think his work is computer generated, but not true, David draws and paints each intricate detail - once done in water-based paints, he now prefers oil paints.

Feature-Hooked-Artwork-CCurator: Leanne Sitler

(This is a juried exhibit, please contact Leanne at by April 15, 2021, if you would like to submit your David Galchutt hooked work for consideration.) 

Classes:  To accompany this Feature Exhibit, we are offering a Retreat and Gallery Talk, for more information see our Retreat and Workshoppages.

Punch & Yarn 

This Feature Exhibit acknowledges the “punch tool” & “yarn”, alternatives to a “hook” & “wool strip” -commonly used in rug making. Did you know that the “punch” tool and “yarn” both have deep roots here in Ohio, going back to the 1800s? This exhibit will focus on both, historical and local male inventors and influencers, as well as the global and contemporary punch and yarn artists and business women. From Toledo, to Nantucket, to Vermont, then Canada, and beyond, take a trip back in time and then catapult into present day to view these stunning collections, and learn about the artists, inventors, and businesses that developed because of an alternative tool and alternative fiber --- Punch & Yarn!

This Feature Exhibit will include several components:

Punch---Oxford-E1Amy Oxford - Inventor of The Oxford Punch Needle and author of the newly released Punch Needle Rug Hooking - Your Complete Resource to Learn & Love the Craft. Amy has been a punch needle instructor for 35 years with a mission of reviving what was once a dying art. She has a passion for changing the way punch has been perceived. Amy teaches that punch needle rug hooking, like any craft, can be absolutely gorgeous and praise worthy when utilizing excellent technique, the finest and most interesting materials, and bringing artistry and creativity to the work. 

While the punch tool and use of yarn to make rugs may have originated in the 1880s, Amy’s collection is an important representation of how her modern tool, along with her contemporary style and yarns, are used to create today’s spectacular textile art. 

Curator: Amy Oxford


Claire-MurrayClaire Murray – In the late 1970s, Claire Murray discovered rug hooking. At first, the plan was to hook rugs to decorate her newly purchased Bed & Breakfast on Nantucket. But it didn’t take long before her rug making developed into a cottage industry and then an international empire focused on hooked rugs and home decor.

Claire’s rug designs are truly Americana --- a combination of classic coastal influences, colors, and motifs. Using rug yarn and a hook, she is inspired by the gardens, boats, harbors, arbors, and other typical Nantucket seaside scenery, which she gloriously captures in her work. 

This collection features beautiful hooked rugs made by her own hand, distinctive in her signature style, along with her phenomenal story of how she started and where she is today.

Curator: Claire Murray

Ebenezer Ross & Ohio Connections – In the 1800s, the punch tool was invented as an implement for making hooked rugs, primarily with yarn, and to speed up the process. Ebenezer Ross, of Toledo, Ohio, is thought to be the first inventor. Was he? In this exhibit, we will reveal our findings. 

But what we will tell you is that Ebenezer, along with a significant number of other Ohioans, played a major role in art or craft of rug making from the 1800s to 1960s with their punch tool inventions, or as their U.S. patents commonly refer to them as “Fabric Turfing Implements”.

In honor of Rug Hooking Week’s 25th Anniversary, we pay homage to Ohio’s historic Punch & Yarn contributors. It’s a fascinating story filled with ingenuity, marketing strategies, and noteworthy changes to the world of rug making!  

Curator: Kathy Wright


Contemporary Artists –This exhibit features some of the top contemporary punch artists of the day, both established, well known favorites and up-and-coming artists who have chosen the punch as their artistic medium. 

Be sure to join Amy’s Wednesday night Gallery Talk. View this exhibit with an expert in the field who can point out the similarities and differences between punch needle and traditional rug hooking. Amy will discuss punch techniques and styles, tell a bit about the makers, and highlight what makes punch so approachable and appealing to today’s new artists. See what’s new in the punch needle world and learn about both the older fashioned time-honored punching methods and the contemporary approach taken by artists today.

Curator: Amy Oxford

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

WOMEN'S VOTE CENTENNIAL (& Invitational Exhibit)

womens-vote-centennial-archive-photoAlthough we missed the actual Women’s Vote Centennial in 2020, we could not miss celebrating this momentous event. Therefore, this exhibit was rescheduled for 2021.

This Feature Exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, ratified on August 18, 1920, granting American women the constitutional right to vote. Throughout our country, suffragists protested, picketed, and were imprisoned to secure our precious right to vote.

We invite you to honor and celebrate the participation of women in our democracy, the suffrage movement, our right to vote, both then and now…. by submitting your piece in this Feature Exhibit.

This Feature Exhibit will include several components:

Invitational Exhibit – Open to everyone. Your piece may be hooked, or you may use one or a combination of textile art techniques, such as:  braiding, needle felting, needle punch, proddy, punch hooking, quilling, ruching, shearing, or wool appliqué.

There are no Invitational Exhibit restrictions to size, shape, dimension (single or 3-D), or materials - however your piece must be registered online by JULY 1st under the Feature Exhibit + Women’s Vote Centennial-Invitational. (The piece does not need to be completed by July 1st only registered by that date.) Be sure to share background info on how and why your piece relates to the topic WOMEN'S VOTE CENTENNIAL in the “Interesting Information” box on the registration page – that info will appear on your Exhibit Card.

Amy-Mali-in-StudioAmi Mali Hicks – An American Suffragist, a founder and director of the National Society of Craftsmen, founder of Guild of Arts and Crafts of New York, founder and manager of Cranberry Island (Maine) rug industry, a trustee and treasurer of Free Acres, a writer, and an Artist of many mediums – including rug hooking.

Yes, some suffragists were rug hooking artists and teachers!

Votes for Women – a collection of hooked rugs by Norma Press:

“The topic Votes for Women is very close to me, literally and emotionally. Living in Central New York State, the epicenter of the American women's rights movement, I am surrounded by places where key events took place, and homes where leaders lived, and museums that tell their stories. Many of the early leaders were my “neighbors,” albeit more than a century ago - Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Amelia Bloomer, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and more.”

“It took more than leaders to create a movement. Many women - privileged, middle class and struggling – understood the value of Votes for Women. They spoke up for it, and they created images to promote their cause, everything from their “protest” outfits to posters to pins to playing cards. These items ranged from simple and homemade to complex and commercial. What's compelling about these objects is that they were and are tangible representations of hopes and dreams. These items inspired me to hook a series of rugs and mats and to write an article for Rug Hooking magazine (Jan/Feb 2019).” ~ Norma Press

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