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Special Exhibits

for Rug Hooking Week 2021

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 artistic 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.


Wide Cut Realism


Wide-Cut-E1Who 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, immediately hooked, she has taken classes with over 40 teachers, and 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 2020 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine. 

Artist: Judy Carter

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


Health Journey

It is with a very heavy heart, that we share the passing of a talented artist and lovely lady…. Judy Carter. We send our thoughts and prayers to her family. Judy will be missed by her many fiber art friends, colleagues, and students, and especially all of us at Sauder Village.

Specially selected art pieces of Judy’s make up the Health Journey exhibit.