Rug Artist, Mentor & Teacher - Laura Webber Pierce

Welcome to my web-site!   I live in Petaluma, California in Sonoma County, 40 miles north of San Francisco. My upstairs studio is part of a ittle Craftsman house on the west side of town. It overlooks Wickersham Park and is only a few blocks from downtown.

My Rug Portrait of our daughter, '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 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, Lwpierce@comcast.net.

As your grateful hostess, I direct the  Little River Inn Rug Camp, a rug hookers' holiday on the Mendocino Coast!    Trish Johnson & Anita White are our teachers for Oct 29 - Nov 3, 2017.  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! Tanya Graham will be back in 2018, along with a new teacher, Nancy Terhaar!

I recently lost my mother, Emma Webber, who 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.

I've undertaken a new project; Caswell Impressions! I started sketching the individual squares of the 'Caswell Carpet' while I was sitting with my mother in hospice; something to occupy myself when she fell asleep. 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 share with other rug hooking artists 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. The Caswell Impression rugs all arrived and they're beautiful! The first (partial) showing was at Little River Inn Rug Camp!  This April, 27 Caswell Impression rugs showed at Friends by the Sea Rug camp.  In July 2017, the entire collection of Caswell Impressions showed at Hooker Hill Rug Retreat! Check out their website for lots of photos, including the Caswell rugs all put in order!

 In August, Barbara Larsen and I transported 2 bulging suitcases to Detroit and then to Ohio for the Sauder Village Rug Event;   Kathy Wright gave the Caswell Impressions a splendid show-case in her grand Rug Show!   I started sending the rugs home after the Sauder Village Rug Event. There are still quite a few that are going home with other rug hookers, traveling back up to Puget Sound Rug School where it all began.   I put together a book of the Caswell Impressions Rugs; just 1 rug per page and 2 pages per viewing, put together so the rugs complimented each other. This small hard bound book is available for $48 which includes shipping in the USA.      Check my blog (lower right button) to see more about this fun project.

 Contact me at (707) 762-2595 or Lwpierce@comcast.net