Lee Williams: Class of 2023

Name: Lee Williams
Location: Stigler, Okahoma

How did you get introduced to rug hooking?
I began hooking in 1970 in Huntington, New York, with Doris Perina. I moved from there to Greenville, South Carolina, in 1972 and continued hooking and taking classes there with Margaret Howell as my teacher. We moved to Oklahoma in 1980, and I put away my hooking to raise a family and work in the family business.

In 2016, I retired and unpacked all of my hooking, including a completed quarter of the Heirloom pattern Baghdad. I finished that pattern but felt the need to be with other hookers. I went to the Green Mountain Rug Camp and the rest is history.  Since then, I have attended many wonderful camps and hook-ins and met amazing people whose friendships I treasure.

Hooking is a very important part of my life. Now my middle daughter, Addie Johnson comes with me to most camps and events. She hooks beautifully.  She and I have had Nancy Blood and Liz Marino to thank for their expert advice and timeless guidance along the way. Hooking is my relaxation and therapy. It always makes me happy and content.

Birds of Sarouk

Birds of Sarouk

Birds of Sarouk, 41” x 60”, #3-cut hand-dyed wool, wool yarn for bindery, on monk’s cloth.
Designed by Jane McGown Flynn and hooked by Lee Williams, Stigler, Oklahoma, 2022.

When I saw Jane McGown Flynn and Vivily Powers at the Maryland Shores Camp in 2020, I told Jane I loved the variety of motifs in her oriental designs and had hooked many of her patterns and Pearl’s. She suggested I might like Birds of Sarouk also. I told her it was already on my list.



Tulay, 44” x 78”, #3-cut hand-dyed wool on monk’s cloth. Designed by Jane McGown Flynn and hooked by Lee Williams, Stigler, Oklahoma, 2020.

Kerman Caravan

Kerman Caravan

Kerman Caravan, 43” x 72”, #3-cut hand-dyed wool on monk’s cloth. Designed by Pearl McGown and hooked by Lee Williams, Stigler, Oklahoma, 2019.


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