6 of Hearts, 2 of Spades, Jack of Hearts, 9 of Hearts
Sharon Townsend, Emily Robertson, Jane Halliwell, Anne-Marie Littenberg
USA/Japan Traveling Hooked Rug Exhibit III
Curated Exhibits
Prisoner of Childhood, The Road: Norton Kansas, Looking West
Linda Friedman Schmidt, Anne Marie Littenberg, Burma Cassidy
Art Rugs: The "Art" of Playing Cards
Art Rugs: The Art of Playing Cards combines the rich tradition of rug hooking
art collection.  This international exhibit featured the work of 57 textile artists,
with two pieces being collaborations.  Each artist designed an original card from
a deck of playing cards.  This included the 13 cards from each suit (hearts,
clubs, diamonds and spades), two jokers and the back of the deck for a total of
55 pieces measuring 28" x 18" in a horizontal position. They exemplify a wide
range of styles and range from the inventive, to the personal and nostalgic, to
feminist, and simply humorous.
5 of Spades, Deck Back, 10 of Spades, Queen of Hearts
Susan Feller, Rose Wirtz, Cecilia Clement , Nancy Himmelsbach

Setsuko Fukuda
Cross Currents
Tracy Jamar
American and Japanese creativity joined hands in this cultural exchange exhibit
which showcase original hooked rugs from both nations, in this traveling exhibit
at museums and galleries in Japan and United States.
Stripes features 52
hooked rugs, twenty-six from each country. Each piece measures 26" x 18"
depicted in either a vertical or horizontal position. The artists included in this
exhibit were free to interpret a line or stripe any way they chose. Many of the
twenty-six American artists used many different materials to create in their
pieces, including ribbon, plastic, rice paper, magazines even recycled clothing.
Some of these pieces were then embroidered, sewn, quilted and hand dyed with
both natural and commercial dyes.
Linda Rae Coughlin
Recycled Hooked and Stitched Textile Art
iView: Analysis was an exhibition featuring sixty-four artworks created using
the technique of fiber hooking and stitching. The theme of the exhibit was open
to interpretation and each artist was encouraged to create four pieces using their
This international exhibit includes artists from USA, Canada, Japan and their
own view of "i".  Each artist in the i iView: Analysis exhibit created four related
boxes that measure 6"W x 8"H x 1"D.
iView: Analysis
Linda Rae Coughlin, USA
Ace of Diamonds

“A Diamond Girl” is in keeping with a
series on women's issues I am in the
process of creating.  In this series there
is always a woman with words or
symbols.  The word in this piece is “A”
and the woman is shaped like a diamond,
hence the title “A Diamond Girl.”  The
diamonds in the corners are hooked
using the Waldoboro technique and the
piece is embellished with hand felting,
diamonds and yarn.  In designing this
piece, I used a split complementary color
palette of purple, red and yellow.
Peg Irish, USA
2 of Diamonds

2 of Diamonds:  “Snake eyes” was my
immediate reaction to the two of
diamonds – thus, the stylized tails
wrapping around the diamonds in the
design.  Since I wanted lots of glitz and
glitter, I collected and/or dyed many
unusual fabrics, yarns and beads.  I
began hooking over 20 years ago and
strive for a unique look in my work.
Jule Marie Smith, USA

Joker:  As a colorist, I wanted this
joker card to be exciting, warm and
inviting.  The yoke and hat
embellishments were fun to create
but the shoes led to the “J” shape,
which brought this joker to life.  Of
course, the shape led to juggling
and what could he juggle, but J’s!  
Deanne Fitzpatrick, Nova Scotia
Jack of Spades

Jack of Spades:  The Jack of Spades was
a favorite of my father’s who inspired me
since he was a rebel and a gambler.  He
referred to the Jack of Spades as “his
nibs” when he slammed his fist down on
the table to display the black jack to
whomever was playing cards with him.
Card playing for money was a ritual at our
house.  After church on Sunday we played
Auction One Twenties for a dollar a game,
and a nickel in the hole.  It was not
unusual for me, as an eight year old, to
win six or eight dollars on Sunday before
lunch.  I did not lead a sheltered life.
Linda Rae Coughlin
New Jersey
Hara Line

Hara line, a place of deep calm.
This vertical line runs up the
spine and into universal
consciousness. An ultimate goal
of the soul is for the body to have
a strong and aligned Hara line so
that it can manifest its true life’s
Liz Alpert Fay
Spontaneous Stripe

To create this piece I chose
materials that I felt represented
both countries participating in the
exhibit. I used pages of The New
York Times Magazine section to
represent the USA and rice paper
to represent Japan
Molly Dye
Vermont Stripes

The views from my windows in
southern Vermont are stripes of
rolling foothills backed by layered
mountains and fields of golden are
the joys of a country life with ever
changing scenes of colored
ribbons from sunrise to sunset.
Mary Anne Wise
A Sight for Blue Eyes

I collect images from the farm my
home.  I position these images in
various poses and scale until I
discover something I didn't
around me.
Barbara Held

Stripes, with a message, against
the beauty of the red sun of the
Japanese flag.  An international
message in an international way.  
This barcode says it all!
Wise Choices
Each box measures 8"H x 6"W x 1"D