13 July 2012

Sheep rugs

Patty Yoder's hooked rugs are  on show in Shelburne, Vermont until the end of October. The show is called "The Alphabet of Sheep" and you can read about it, and see more photos, here (from which the picture comes). She published a children's book of the same name in 2003, but unfortunately it's out of print.

From the Shelburne Museum website:

Patty Yoder (1943-2005) created whimsical rugs with an acute attention to detail and an aesthetic eye for color. Born in Nebraska and raised in Ohio, Patty acquired her passion for the traditional art of rug hooking after she and her husband Ramsey retired and moved to a farm in Tinmouth, Vermont.

Together they began to collect rugs, particularly from Esther Knipe, a self-taught hooker, that fueled Patty’s inspiration. Yet it was not until 1992, five years after Esther’s death, that she began to make her own creations. Between 1992 and 2005 she completed a total of 44 rugs.

The Alphabet of Sheep series combines two of her favorite things: the sheep on her farm and the alphabet. Her rugs incorporate her family, friends, or sheep as the subject matter, a joyous celebration of one woman’s life. Through her affiliation with the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild, Patty helped to continue contemporary interpretation of this New England artistic tradition.


  1. Just love Patty Yoder's rugs....great pix and info Margaret. Thank you for sharing...

  2. How lovely to see Patty's work reminds me of happy times I spent with her in Vermont she was a lovely lady and an amazing rug maker.