Vicky has always enjoyed working with fabric, and vibrant colors are her passion. In 2001, she started doing traditional rug-hooking and has made many small rugs, wall-hangings, pillows and table mats. She is a member of a rug-hooking group that meets weekly in Woodstock, VA and has attended rug camps in several states, working with talented, nationally acclaimed teachers. The art of rug-hooking provides her with many pleasurable hours and the opportunity to indulge her love of design and beautiful colors.
A traditional hooked rug is made by pulling loops of material through a strong foundation fabric of linen, cotton, or burlap. Early pioneer women in this country used torn strips of old worn-out clothing and a bent nail to hook rugs to warm their floors. Today, most rug hookers use wool, either new or recycled as the primary material in their rugs. Vicky’s husband is very supportive of her art and often brings home bags of wool found in thrift shops!
Vicky graduated from Madison College with a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics with classes in tailoring to advance her knowledge of sewing , and classes in color and design. She also has enjoyed knitting and crocheting scarves, hats and afghans, and doing crewel embroidery, quilting, and counted cross-stitch over the years. Her first career was as an Interior Decorator where she learned how to make curtains, draperies and slipcovers along with coordinating rooms for clients.
Vicky has lived in Shenandoah County for the past thirty plus years with her husband and has four grown children. Her other passion is her horses that she uses for dressage and trail-riding in the mountains surrounding this valley. You may notice that horses are a favorite design element in many of her rugs!