Rug Artist & Teacher - Laura Webber Pierce

Welcome to my web-site!   I live in Petaluma, California in beautiful Sonoma County, 40 miles north of San Francisco. My mother lived here on the west side of town and had given me the lovely upstairs room in her home, for studio space. She called her home the House of 2 Studios!   Now that Emma is gone, her craftsman house is changing slowly into our house. I can't imagine not having my studio upstairs, but am wondering what I will call my studio... 4th Street Studio? Emma's Place? Upstairs Studio?    I'll figure it out, eventually.

Emma was my mentor and biggest supporter in Rug Hooking; I still take photos to share with her... then realize she's not there. We loved going to the Art Museums and Art Shows; garnering inspiration from other creative souls. Emma hooked one of kind rugs with recycled wool, cut by hand and hooked without a frame. She created several series of rugs and seeing the evolution can be inspirational! We created a couple of picture books of Emma's hooked rugs; the smaller one, "Evolving Design", is available. I'm offering some of Emma's designs in my Pattern Catalog; see my Supplies page.

My Rug Portrait, 'Emmy', made it into Celebrations XVIII!   It's always an honour to have a rug selected for this publication.  'Emmy' showed at Sauder Village Rug Show in August 2008;   then graced the cover of the June/July/August 2009 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine having won the Viewers Choice!   Thank-you!

I enjoy teaching and sharing the Art of Rug Hooking.  I host monthly Hook-ins and will offer a couple of 2-day workshops in 2017.  I also like teaching at Guilds & Rug camps around the country: check out my Calendar page for events and schedules.    My patterns, hand-dyed wool, basic supplies & services are available at my Studio; call or email for an appointment.   One of my specialties is making a portrait or landscape pattern from your photograph and/or ideas.  Let me make one for you!   Email me for an estimate,

As your grateful hostess, I direct the  Little River Inn Rug Camp, a rug hookers' holiday on the Mendocino Coast!   Brigitta Phy and Tanya Graham are our teachers for Oct 30 - Nov 4, 2016.  We also offer a few mini-classes, a short slide show about Rugs, Art or Rug Artists and have our rug show up on the walls all week! Trish Johnson & Anita White will be our teachers in 2017!

Helping Michele Wise with Western Teachers' Workshop; I am her Assistant Director and enjoy spending time with other Rug Hooking Teachers in Eugene Oregon each June. Next year we'll be gathering June 25-30, 2017. Let me know if you'd like to join us!

I've undertaken a new project; Caswell Impressions! I started sketching the individual squares of the 'Caswell Carpet' when I was sitting with my mother in hospice; something to occupy myself when she took little naps. They are wonderful designs and I started making the sketches into patterns. Since then, I've sketched all 78 sections of the Caswell Carpet and created paper patterns to hand out in my travels to Puget Sound Rug School and Friends by the Sea Rug Camp. I also sent out a few email requests for help and many friends responded. Finally, some friends heard about the project and got in on the last few patterns. Now a days, the Caswell Impression rugs are coming in and they're beautiful! I'll have our first showing at Little River Inn Rug Camp! Then, I'll be looking for more venues to show them, until I drive them out to Sauder Village in August 2017. Kathy Wright has agreed to include them in her fabulous Rug Show!

 Contact me at (707) 762-2595 or