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Interpreting Life in Wool

The artistry of Doris Eaton

By: Paulette Hackman

Petite Riviere, 38" x 27", wool strips on linen. Designed and hooked by Doris Eaton, Crousetown, Nova Scotia, 2010.

In her golden year of hooking rugs, Doris Eaton is widely regarded as the preeminent wool hooking artist in Nova Scotia and the standard bearer for generations of fiber artists to come. She is considered a cultural treasure of Canada's Maritimes.
Not one to hook in the shadows, Doris has spent the past 50 years promoting the craft and art of rug hooking through teaching, mentoring, and public event demonstrations. She co-founded the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia in 1979, which, in keeping with its mission to provide continuing education to all rug hookers, has since sponsored two popular rug hooking schools a year. More recently, she co-founded Art Hits the Wall, a biannual, theme-based show featuring the most creative quilts and rug hookings in the region. She also participates in the Square Zebras, a creativity group for fiber artists that exhibits frequently.

This article is from the March/April/May 2011 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page.


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Beautiful - and Doris is a treasure! I noticed that there is a typo in the title.... should be artistry, no?


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