Welcome to Red Barn Rugs

I have been a rug hooker since 1985. The first rugs I made were wide-cut primitives and they remain my favorites. Folksy rugs with animals, farms, etc. are fun and fast to complete. You will see a number of them in my gallery. Pictorials hold an important role in the themes I like to express.

The last few years I have been involved in old burial grounds and graveyard preservation and restoration. The work of early American stone carvers is a theme I have been exploring in rug hooking. It is interesting to see how stone carvings translate into wool. Recently, I have hooked purses made from recycled plastic bags. There are examples in the gallery, also.

I have been teaching rug hooking since 1995 and continue to hold classes throughout western Connecticut. I exhibit my rugs at numerous rug shows on the east coast from Maine to West Virginia as well as at museums including the Windham Textile Museum in Willimantic, CT, The Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT, The Slater Museum in Norwich, CT, and have donated pieces for an annual holiday auction at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT. I have demonstrated rug hooking for many years at the annual Borough Day in Litchfield, CT. I have been a member of The Artisan Collective in Salisbury, CT, and have sold hooked pieces at craft shows in that area.