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Magdalena Briner Eby 
1832 - 1915
Perry County, Pennsylvania
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Rug Hooking Traditions with Magdalena Briner Eby

by Evelyn Lawrence and Kathy Wright
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The book, now in it's 2nd printing, debuted at Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio on August 16th, 2011. The story of Magdalena's life and hooked rugs accompanied the exclusive exhibit of late 19th to early 20th century hooked rugs and quilts attributed to Magdalena Briner Eby.  

Magdalena Briner Eby (1832-1915) lived in Perry County, Pennsylvania. Her style was primitive and unique. Descendants remember Magdalena's rugs, filled with animal figures, covered the floors of family homes. Today, the rugs she hooked throughout her lifetime are regarded as exceptional examples of American folk art and can be found hanging on the walls of some of the most distinguished private collections as well as seen in prestigious antique shops and auction catalogs throughout the country. 

In addition to her work, the story looks at Magdalena's family and what life was like in Perry County, Pennsylvania after the Civil War. It then tracks the hooked rugs attributed to Magdalena and takes a closer look at the materials, designs, and colors of those rugs as well as the story of how the rugs came to market. Photos of the rugs attributed to Magdalena are accompanied by their interesting provenance as the rugs moved from antique dealers and auction houses to private collectors.  

A section on Perry County is a guide to visiting the tranquil and beautiful countryside which looks very much like it did back then. Avid rug hookers, collectors, and historians can see many of the historic sites that played a role in Magdalena's life, including several covered bridges — a  map insert is included.   

The authors, Evelyn Lawrence and Kathy Wright, have gathered over ten years of research for this story. Evelyn began researching the rugs and during the process she hooked each of the Magdalena designs and experimented with nature dyes. The book includes beautiful photos of both the rugs attributed to Magdalena and the contemporary rugs hooked by Evelyn. Kathy dug into archives and interviewed people to find out who Magdalena was, then worked with descendants and private collectors to gather a collection of rugs, quilts, and personal mementos for the exclusive Magdalena Briner Eby and Evelyn Lawrence exhibit at Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village. Rug Hooking Week is the largest event in the country to exhibit both contemporary and historic hooked rugs and offers a wide range of classes, supplies and networking opportunities for textile artists. Rarely do we know about textile artists, this story recognizes the talent and creativity of one artist and pays tribute to her life and work.

The book can be ordered by going to the Order Page, where you will find options to pay by check, PayPal, and Amazon, as well as instructions for INTERNATIONAL orders.  
Book Price: $24.95 (plus shipping)

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This paperback book, printed in the U.S.A., contains:  
80 pages, over 20 black & white historic photos, over 80 full color photos & a map of historic places.
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                       Patty Yoder - 1943-2005                            Esther Knipe - 1907-1988  
                                                     Tinmouth, Vermont                                                   Dorset, Vermont       
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Rug Hooking Traditions with Patty Yoder and Esther Knipe

by Kathy Wright and Judy Knipe
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The book debuted at Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio on August 12, 2014. The story of Patty and Esther’s life and hooked rugs accompanied the exclusive exhibits of Esther and her daughter Judy Knipe’s extensive collection of work in 2014. Patty's collection and her Alphabet of Sheep was featured in a 2011 exhibit. Rug Hooking Week is the largest event in the country to exhibit both contemporary and historic hooked rugs and offers a wide range of classes, supplies and networking opportunities for textile artists. 

Patty Ann Barrett Yoder (1943-2005) was born in Nebraska, spent most of her life in Ohio, and retired in Vermont. Known for her outstanding collection of The Alphabet of Sheep hooked rugs, Patty is an icon in the contemporary world of rug hooking. She had a thirst for knowledge, a quest for excellence in technique and design, and achieved perfection when it came to dyeing and the use of color. Patty’s collection consists of almost 50 pieces, designed and hooked in 13 years, part of the collection is in Vermont’s Shelburne Museum. Photo below left: B is for Brad and Brett
 
Esther Rutberg Knipe (1907-1988) was born in the Ukraine, lived on the East Coast, and retired in Vermont. She was a prolific artist with designs ranging from abstracts, still lifes, geometrics, Native American art, to designs based on twentieth-century artists such as Matisse, Picasso, and others. Well ahead of her time, she was a mentor and inspiration to Patty Yoder. Esther’s rugs filled her Vermont home and were sold to private collectors.  Photo above right: Red Room.

The story of two artists and how their initial meeting, friendship, and mutual love of art influenced not only their own work but the work of Judy Knipe (Esther’s daughter) and then spread far wider to many other textile artists and the world. The book also features the work of Judy Knipe including hooked handbags, wall hangings, friezes, pillows, Christmas stockings and wreaths, and clothing -- such as jackets and vests. She created hundreds of pieces from 1960 to 1988 and was an innovator in the wearable art movement. Photo below: one of Judy's hooked sofas.
    
The authors, Kathy Wright and Judy Knipe, have spent more than five years researching, interviewing, and gathering information and images in order to tell the story of Patty and Esther’s life and look at each artist’s process and their body of hooked work -- a unique and outstanding collection. The book is bursting with photos from childhood through adulthood along with beautiful individual rugs and inspirational themed rug series. Rarely do we know about textile artists, this story recognizes the talent and creativity of three artists and pays tribute to their life and work.

The book can be ordered by going to the Order Page, where you will find options to pay by
check, PayPal, and Amazon, as well as instructions for INTERNATIONAL orders.
Book Price: $29.95 (plus shipping)
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This paperback book, printed in the U.S.A., contains: 
125 pages, over 50 black & white historic photos, and over 250 full color photos.
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       James L. Hutchinson, Jr.              Mercedes Hutchinson 
1880/1 - 1954                                     1895 - 1985
Long Island, New York
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Rug Hooking Traditions with James & Mercedes Hutchinson

by Kathy Wright and Janet Conner

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The book debuted at Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio on August 16, 2016. The story of the life of  James L. Hutchinson, Jr. & Mercedes Hutchinson accompanied the exclusive exhibit of 1920's to 1950's hooked rugs attributed to this couple.

James & Mercedes Hutchinson The collection of hooked rugs attributed to the Hutchinsons is one of the most extensive collections in the United States. This husband and wife team are responsible for two very different groups of work - Collected & Commissioned rugs. Commissioned rugs, are more well-known, filled with inscriptions and humor. These rugs are funny, surprising, though-provoking, unique, and an undeniable treasure of American folk art and textile art!
 
 
Why are these rugs collected by celebrities, affluent members of society, and some of our most significant museums? It has to be because of their outstanding design elements and also for their "relatability" or connection - which of us has not had challenges in life or relationships? The Hutchinson's answer to those challenges - HUMOR!

A staggering number, over 2,190 hooked rugs are documented in this book - about 1,320 Collected rugs and 870 Commissioned rugs. The Commissioned rugs were made and sold from the mid-1920's to mid-1950's, while the Collected rugs were made earlier.


"How to" chapter The book also includes step-by-step instructions in the chapter "Making a Hutchinson-esque Rug" plus dye formulas, so you can create your own original rug inspired by the Hutchinsons. Photo below is an example of a Hutchinson-esque rug designed and hooked by Janet Conner.

The authors, Kathy Wright and Janet Conner, have spent more than ten years researching, interviewing, and gathering information and images in order to tell the story of James & Mercedes Hutchinsons' life and look at each artist’s process and their body of hooked work -- a unique and outstanding collection. The book is bursting with photos from childhood through adulthood along with beautiful individual rugs and inspirational themed rug series.   Rarely do we know about textile artists, this story recognizes the talent and creativity of three artists and pays tribute to their life and work.

The book can be ordered by going to the Order Page, where you will find options to pay by check, PayPal, and Amazon, as well as instructions for INTERNATIONAL orders.
Book Price: $34.95 (plus shipping)
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This paperback book, printed in the U.S.A., contains: 
274 pages, about 400 black & white historic photos, and 100 full color photos.
Plus a "How To Guide" to making your own Hutchinson-esque rug + dye formulas.
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