Posted by: Laura Pierce | October 13, 2011

Spreading the Love of Rug Hooking

Liesbeth and Laura sitting together at guild meeting

Liesbeth is one of my students… she became interested in hooked rugs when she was working as a Marin Fair Volunteer; receiving fiber art entries.    it’s true that the ‘in-person’ appeal of hooked rugs can turn your fiber world up-side down!   Liesbeth still knits, crochets and makes beaded jewelry, but rug hooking is definitely making a dent in her fiber spare time!  She is working on some little CA Postcards… and thinking about joining the Monterey Fiber Jam

Laura shows Christine the 'Random Fill' technique

Christine is another of my students… she saw us at the Sonoma Fair and knew she wanted to pursue Rug Hooking!  It’s been very fun having such enthusiastic students these past few months.  They enjoyed the Wine Country Rug Hookers’ guild meeting this past Saturday.

I’m getting ready and packed for a trip back east; visiting friends in Vermont, then off to Lancaster, PA for the ATHA Biennial!  There will be so many friends there to see and meet… many friends that i’ve made over the last 2 years on the Welcome Mat and Rughooking Daily.  Our community has become so connected; it has been marvelous!  I’ll be quite busy in Lancaster, but i’ve got some built in fun time with my dear friend Margaret/Margo/Marge Beardsley; my Biennial Room-mate!   Marge moved away from Sonoma Co to Maryland to be closer to her daughters and grandchildren.  it’s been a good move for her and her family, but we miss Marge and her ‘love of life’ attitude!

Marge and Laura in the Little River Inn dining room - May 2004

Looks like we’re in a garden, but actually, we’re in the restaurant… in front of a great picture window.  Marge and I were visiting Little River Inn to see if a rug camp was feasible.  Of course, it’s been a big success in a small intimate way;  we only have room for 2 classes of 14 students each.  Nancy Miller Quigley has been teaching since the beginning, but this 8th year is her last.  Nancy is retiring and plans to spend more time playing; she’s discovered how much fun it is to go to Rug Camp and be a student!  I’ll be getting ready for our Little River Inn Rug Camp when i return from the ATHA Biennial; rug camp booklets, rug show labels, treats for Halloween, and new patterns for my Flying Dog Hookery store.    Michele Wise is our other teacher, stepping in for another teacher and bringing her creative can-do attitude.  Brigitta Phy is bringing her Green Valley Rug Hooking store, while my daughter, Emma Logan, is coming to assist me. I’m looking forward to treating Emma to some delicious meals in Ole’s Whale Watch Bar.  The Inn opens up the Wisteria room early for us hungry rug hookers and we order from the bar.   it is a great time and our week will quickly go by!

back to packing… See you in Lancaster!



  1. It’s so lovely to see you teaching new students, Laura. I’m very excited that Liesbeth is going to hook some postcards and maybe come to the Fiber Jam. I’m going to be spending the day packing for the Biennial and leave home tonight at 3am to get to Lancaster Tuesday evening. Will see you there,

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