Victorian Belle Interiors.

My introduction to rug hooking began in 1982. I had wanted to make a Victorian style rug for my living room. I knew it could be done and I wanted to do it! This was my motivation to learn to rug hook. I signed up for classes and began with a small Oriental rug. I finished with the small rug and felt I was ready to hook a larger one for my living room, but my teacher said “slow down.” I had to first learn to crawl, then walk, and then I could take off running. I just wanted to run! I know I drove my teacher crazy. This is something I try to remember when I am teaching! By 1985, I was sponsored for the Pearl McGown Teacher’s Workshop.

I then became accredited in 1989, this was the year I was asked to teach two different workshops and have been teaching since. I have traveled throughout the USA and Canada teaching and displaying my work. I continue to study and expand my knowledge in all aspects of the art.

I try new subject matter continuously, working very hard to better my technique and the understanding of rug hooking. I can’t stress enough the importance of learning everything you can about rug hooking! Join guilds, read everything you can get your hands on and practice new techniques! The rewards are amazing!

I am currently a member of the Pearl McGown guild, Emerald #5 and ATHA. And I have since completed my second accreditation in 2003 as a McGown instructor. In addition, I mentor students and teachers, and have taught classes over the internet.

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Association of Traditional Hooking Artists (ATHA)

I serve on the Executive Board as Treasurer for the years 2005 – 2017. I have been a member since 1986. I have written numerous articles for their magazine and have art work pictured on their covers (see my news section for articles).

Pearl McGown Guild

I have been a member of Chapter #5 since 1982. I was the Rug Chairperson for the McGown National Rug Exhibit in Des Moines, Iowa. I have written numerous articles for their newsletter magazine over the years.

Rug Hooking Magazine

I have been in Celebration Magazine a number of times. I have written educational articles about fine shading for the magazine Rug Hooking and have been featured on the cover

New Earth Designs

Jasmine Benjamin completed "White Kittens into Mischief." She has been a student of mine on numerous occasions. Visit her site to see her work.


Browse through my online gallery of rugs that I have designed and hooked over the years. And see samples from a few of my students.

Victorian Belle Interiors.

Workshop Schedule

  • Dec 31 - Feb 28, 2021 Ohio


  • Mar '12 REVISED Book for sale Oct '06 Published articles