Tuesday, December 29, 2015

10 Rug Hookers to watch in 2016

When I see the work of the following hookers I am left thinking either, "Wow...I have never seen that before" or  "Wow....I love those colours" or "Wow..how did she do that?" or "Wow...what does the rug mean?". So, that was my criteria..did it wow me and if so, then YES.. I want to see more in the New Year.

In alphabetical order,

1) Joanna Close

Halifax, NS, Canada

When I first saw Joanna's piece titled "Kitchen", I thought if I waited long enough I would see a woman come through the door  and start working at the stove. The details and the shadows are very well done and I can't really see the loops so it made me wonder if Joanna was using a  fine cut and also what material she was using.

 This piece is currently included in an exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada until February of 2016. "Kitchen" is part of a series called Documenting the Farm and can also be seen in January 2016 at The Owens Art Gallery in Sackville New Brunswick.


2) Linda Rae Couglin

Warren, New Jersey, USA

In "Above Water",  I see a woman feeling overwhelmed and trying to keep it all together...I think it is something we can all relate to and Linda captures this feeling so well. I love the hair...the bucket and how Linda choose to hook the water.

 Linda has done a series of rugs portraying woman  and she includes words and symbols as she wants women to always have their own voice.


3) Liz Alpert Fay

New England, USA

In "White Knight", when I first saw this image.. I didn't think it was hooked. But, yes..it is a hooked piece  using cotton fabric, vintage pearl buttons, pompoms.  I am left wondering how the knight's arms are being held in that position..and why does he have a gash in his mid-section...technically it is well-done and emotionally...it connects.

Liz is scheduled to be in a  few shows in 2016, one is Hooked in the Mountains: Rug Show and Fiber Art Exhibition in Vermont October 19-23, 2016.


4) Deanne Fitzpatrick

Amherst, NS, Canada

When I see Deanne's " Alone with a beer"  it says this woman is taking a break..she has worked hard all day and now it is time for her to unwind....and she isn't going to feel guilty about it and she doesn't care what others think...and... good for her.

Deanne is always someone to watch..she is creating beauty everyday and inspiring others to do the same. She is continuously  producing rugs, writing books or giving workshops. I have watched Deanne through the years..her Newfoundland rugs, her women rugs, and her landscapes.

Deanne was named one of the  Rug Artists of 2016 by the Hooked Rug Museum of North America.


5) Lori LaBerge

North Carolina, USA

  In "Nesting" it is the colours that grabbed my attention. The mustard against the brown..it works so well. I took a peek on Lori's website and she had this to say about this piece. "It was created from outdoor notes taken while viewing a hornet's nest.  I noted the temperature, lighting, colors, values, weather and surroundings. It was a beautiful sunny day, with the sun shining brightly on the nest itself and creating a sparkle of colors on the tree bark and background foliage."

Lori is preparing for a show titled "Landscapes–Four Ways” at the TRAC Gallery in Spruce Pine, NC, June 18-July 16.


6) Rachelle Leblanc

St. Albert, AB, Canada

In "La Vie en Rose"  I see Rachelle using her signature muted colours and I  think it is amazing the way she has used essentially the same colours for the background as for the two dresses..only a couple of lines  used as separation..and it works. I see very few hooked faces that I like but Rachelle's hooked faces are spot on.

 Rachelle was invited to participate in the Florence Biennial in 2017.


7) Karen Miller

Ottawa, ON, Canada

In "Suspension" I am reminded that the possibilities for rug hooking are endless. Anything can be pulled through any material to create an image. It is exciting to see this in Karen's piece.

 Karen has also done a very good job at capturing Newfoundland and has recently had a show at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre in Newfoundland.


8) Michelle Sirois-Silver

Vancouver, BC, Canada

With "Recovery Method 3",  it is the colours that first strike me. The light diagonal stripe, the shadow line on the right..the three white circles on the bottom where I can't make out the loops. My eye is drawn from one element to the next.  Michelle uses waste hosiery in her work and it gives a  very nice effect.

 Michelle has a series of workshops she is offering in 2016.


9) Altoon Sultan

Vermont, USA

In "Blue Ribbon" Altoon's loops are perfect..the shades of blue are perfect.. and the finishing..this is a challenging piece to finish and Altoon executes it so well.

 Altoon has a blog at    http://altoonsultan.blogspot.ca/  where she writes about her daily life in Vermont with her art work and her musings on the arts.


10) Rosemary Wilson


This rug makes me wonder how the lone donkey.. or horse, gets along with the sheep. The muted colours make the piece feel so quiet ..Rosemary has captured this peaceful farm scene so well.

I came across Rosemary's rugs on a facebook group. Her daughter says she has quite a collection and was sharing a few with the group. I was able to find Rosemary on Pinterest and I did suggest to her daughter to maybe try and get a show together of her Mom's rugs so we can see the whole story..fingers crossed this will happen in 2016.


Saturday, December 26, 2015


There are so many lists at the end of a year....never see a list of "Rug Hookers to watch out for in 2016".....going to make one by Jan 1.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Merry Christmas

Hi..just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015

Judy..hanging by buoy.

I just drew this on the burlap...will be posting pics as I hook this week..go to my facebook page to see progress..thanks.https://www.facebook.com/LauraKenneyArtist/

Friday, December 4, 2015

Happy International Rug Hooking Day

Who knew rug hooking had a day?..but yes!, today is the day. So, meet with a group and hook your little heart out today to celebrate.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

December at Harvest Gallery

Harvest Gallery is featuring a different artist everyday for the month of December. Alan Bateman was Dec 1st and Sanna Rahola and I are Dec 2nd. There is a bit of my bio..a fun fact about moi and a couple of images of rugs I have available..check it out..please and thank you.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Locations of Small Rugs

I have three at Visual Voice Fine Art in Truro.
I will have one at a Swoon Pop-Up at NovelTea in Truro starting Dec. 9th.
I have six small and mediumish rugs at Harvest Gallery.

I have a bunch of rugs in the studio waiting for May.. for the Mary E. Black Gallery show.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

NSDCC Designer Craft Christmas Show

Hooking at the show yesterday.
Was great to chat .
I'll be back next year as a vendor.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


I 'll be at the Designer Craft Show this year..not as a vendor as I have to focus on the Mary E. Black show..but I will be demonstrating on Sat. Nov 21 1:30-3pm..so come on out and I 'll show ya how to hook!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


I have been busy dying wool this morning...it's a golden kinda day.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sales are booming!

Just getting these two rugs ready to mail off to Ontario...sales have been booming lately..thank you for your support everyone...really appreciate it.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Judy's Wedding Day

Judy was looking thru some old pics of her wedding day. Her cousin Larry was the minister and the camera guy ..and well, it is hard to do two things at once...and her husband got left out of the shot. Note: Little Trudy was born one month later....Judy told everyone she was 8 months premature..and they bought it...or so the story goes.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Deanne Fitzpatrick

I just got back from Deanne Fitzpratrick's shop in Amherst.
I had broken my hook so I was in need of a replacement.
I walked out of the shop with a new hook...and well, a few other things.
It was like going to the grocery store when you are hungry.
I am so grateful for Deanne.
She was the one who got me started on this rug hooking path.
So grateful.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

On the Line

I found some very nice brown plaid wool skirts at Louis' yesterday..added some yellow dye..and ta da!.. I have some yumminess to hook with.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Art Gallery of NS Gallery Shop

Packing up some rugs for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Gallery Shop.. which is in beautiful downtown Halifax.. on Hollis St...check it out if you have a chance.

Friday, September 11, 2015


I am making rugs for the Mary E. Black show which will be in May 2016 in Halifax.
I won't be able to do NSDCC this year.
I gotta focus.
Putting a lot of pressure on myself..I want this to be great.
Wish me luck.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Let's be Peacemakers.

I have the Syrian refugees on my mind..I am hoping Canada can remember it's roots and step up and be more of a help..in a peaceful way.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sour Grapes

I spotted a kitty in the backyard..think I will call him SOUR GRAPES ...ha!

Friday, August 28, 2015


A salute.. .To greet or address with an expression of welcome, goodwill, or respect.

 This will be shown at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax in May, 2016.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hooking in the Heat

Burlap and wool..in the summer, not a good combination...BUT, I hooker gotta hook.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

New Work at Harvest Gallery

I dropped some new work off at the Harvest Gallery..take a peek and if you see something you fancy... have a chat with Lynda or Simone..thanks.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Crow..on a boat

This crow on a red boat went to Lunenburg for the NS Folk Art Festival..and he came back to Truro..with his head hung low....he is 21.5 x8" and 185$. Let me know if you would like to purchase this crow ...this lonely, sad, dejected crow...that needs a home.

Monday, August 3, 2015


Just back from Lunenburg.
The Festival was a hoot!...lots of nice chats, sold some rugs..thanks to everyone.. the artists, the collectors ..the volunteers...

Saturday, August 1, 2015

All set for Folk Art Festival!

Rugs are packed up.. I am ready to go! And...here is another Folk Art video to get you in the mood..hope to see you Sunday...ciao


Thursday, July 30, 2015


I just have to finish a bit of finishing and then I am finished.

Hope to see you Sunday at Folk Art..all the cool people will be there.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Judy..buoy holder

This is the third Judy..buoy holder rug I have made..and I want to make another...going to do it till I get it right.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The economy SOLD

America...due to the Canada's dropping dollar..everything in Canada is on SALE!  For example, this lovely rug "Call for Help".. available at the Harvest Gallery is 480$ ..and that is in Canadian Dollars..so it is only 367.36$ in lovely American dollars. This sale will be on for as long as the Bank is trying to help out the good old economy.


Monday, July 20, 2015



Monday, July 13, 2015

Old pic

I was hoping to share a promotional video I was in for Folk Art Festival..but seems the link is no longer there..but found this pic of Jody O'Brien taken pics of me back in 2013. I needed some good quality photographs for Deanne Fitzpatrick's book so Jody came over for a photo session.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival

The festival is only three short weeks away....I am busy hooking, finishing..will soon add tags and off I go, hope to see you there!

I have returned

Hey..long time no chat. We were away..now we are back.. and I am gearing up for Folk Art Festival, August 2, 12-4, Lunenburg....Judy is a bit behind so she is going to get her butt in gear and hook like a crazy lady for the next three weeks.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Caught a big one. SOLD

Judy and the gals went fishing...and caught a big one.
This rug will be available at the NS Folk Art Festival. Lunenburg, August 2, 12-4pm

Monday, June 8, 2015

Gallery 215 SOLD

Gallery 215 had it's season opening yesterday in lovely Selma, NS. There was a great turnout..the parking lot was full..so full that I managed to park in such a way as to block others in..s'cusie! This piece was purchased is off to Alberta...thank you!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Buoying SOLD

The Coast Guard told her not to do it..but she did it anyways.
This rug will be available at the NS Folk Art Festival in Lunenburg, August 2, 2015.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Little Rugs

I am bringing these little fellas (4x5", 35$) over to Novel Tea Cafe in Truro later today and will bring some over to Gallery 215 in Maitland tomorrow. They are kinda cute and if you have a narrow wall space you want to spruce up with some colour..hey, this might be an answer.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Camera not working

Hey, I was going to post a pic of some wool I had dyed that was hanging on the line...but got a communication error on my camera when tried to upload images. Tech. gliche. I'll get it sorted out.

 I am in the midst of doing so many things ..getting rugs ready for Gallery 215..getting rugs hooked for Folk Art Festival..getting rugs hooked for Mary Black show....gardening...taking care of kids...the to do list never goes away. But, it is all good...happy to be able to hook...happy to have children..happy to garden...it is all good.

So. this is an older rug I have posted....."Ballerina in Black"//it is available ..it is in my studio..just email if you would like the dimensions and price. Ciao.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Company was coming.

Company was coming and Judy didn't have any flowers..so, she grabbed the first pretty things she saw and plunked it in the vase.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day SOLD

I made this piece after seeing my 14 year old daughter in make-up for the first time. I remembered when I first wore make-up and my Dad asked, "What's that one your face!!? and I quickly wiped it off. So when I saw my daughter, I had the same reaction...but I didn't say anything. It was a feeling of, "Oh my goodness, you are growing up!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Harvest Gallery


Harvest Gallery has some lighthouse rugs still available if you weren't able to catch the show in the Fall. Lynda or Simone can help you lyndamac@harvestgallery.ca

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Opening of "No Place like Home" at the Craig Gallery

Thanks to everyone who came out.The work will be online soon if you didn't have a chance to make the opening. As far as I know, my piece doesn't have a red dot on it as of yet, so it is available.
"Judy...at home"
Wool and Silk on burlap