Jo Ann Hendrix: Class of 2019

(Editor's Note: After a six-year battle with pulmonary arterial hypertension, Jo Ann passed away on July 12, 2019. She loved making rugs and was very talented at doing so. The biography information below is taken from her Celebration 29 winner survey.)

Jo Ann Hendrix

Location: Pasadena, Maryland

How did you get started in rug hooking?
In 1980, I saw my first hooked rug in a gallery in Frog Hollow, Vermont. I purchased the rug by Suzanne Shelly and vowed that someday I would hook my own rug. In 1996, I registered for a hooking class with Roslyn Logsdon. Since then I have been attending workshops and learning from the many talented teachers in this art form.

Why do you enjoy rug hooking?
Rug hooking is creative, challenging, magical, and relaxing, all wrapped up in one art medium. I enjoy the entire process from selecting a pattern, designing, color planning and then the actual pulling of the loops. With the completed piece, one is rewarded with the sense of accomplishment and a beautifully hooked piece of art. But the greatest pleasure comes from forming wonderful friendships that will last a lifetime.

Are you involved in any other artistic media (especially fiber arts)?
Currently I am only involved with rug hooking, but in the past, I tailored my own wardrobe, including my wedding dress.

Do you dye your own wool?
Over the years I have dyed some wool, but I prefer to select beautifully dyed wool from the experts. Finding the perfect color is a real treat.

Do you belong to any rug hooking organizations?
I am presently the secretary for Anne Arundel Rug Hookers and a member of the Mason-Dixon ATHA chapter.

Has your work won any awards?
My rugs have won top awards at the Maryland State Fair, have appeared in Celebration four other times and have been featured in Pictorial Hooked Rugs and Rugs in Bloom by Jane Halliwell Green. Rug Hooking Magazine and Rugs by the Sea rug camp have used my rugs in their advertisements.

What is your profession?
I am retired, but I was a Home Economics teacher and lastly worked as a configuration manager for a defense contractor.

Any other comments about you or your rug?
I have noticed that most rugs I have hooked have animals in the design.

Roger's Run, Celebration XIX

Roger's Run, Celebration XIX

"Life has many roads leading in, out, or away from the main highway. But fiber artist Jo Ann Hendrix's road is one continuous path that represents a person's journey. That journey is shown in Roger's Rug; a design that signifies her husband's early life—from childhood to scouting to..." Read more.

Where's Rudolf?, Celebration XXI

Where's Rudolf?, Celebration XXI

This rug was featured as an honorable mention in Celebration XXI. Read more.

Rugs by the Sea, Celebration XXII

Rugs by the Sea, Celebration XXII

"Jo Ann added several items to this pattern by Beverly Conway, including the rug draped over the porch and the miniature rug show on the lawn. And 'if you look closely, there is a small piece of bright pink yarn held by..." Read more.

Crazy Horse Quilt II, Celebration XXIV

Crazy Horse Quilt II, Celebration XXIV

This rug was featured as an honorable mention in Celebration XXIV. Read more.

Missed by a Hare, Celebration 29

Missed by a Hare, Celebration 29

"I commissioned Melina White to design a smaller version of her nine-foot hand-punched runner. I was attracted to her rug because I enjoy..." Read more.


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