Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ann Willey

 The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s September meeting will present Ann Willey on “Rug Hooking: Tradition Gets Personal” on Wed., Sept. 7, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, with a 6:30pm social hour and 7pm business/program meeting.  

Ann Willey will show her original and unique textiles created with the traditional American craft of rug hooking. Her talk will cover some history of rug hooking and a description of how it is approached today. Samples of her work will be displayed and she will demonstrate the basic techniques. She will also discuss how she dyes and prepares the wool, where she finds inspiration, and her process of working. She will have tools on hand for those who would like to try some rug hooking.

A West Michigan native and Grand Valley State University, Willey also shows her acrylic paintings at YT Galleria on Cherry St. in Grand Rapids. Her rug hookings have been shown in the US and Canada. She maintains a studio in Comstock Park, MI.

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild invites anyone interested in the textile fiber arts to their monthly program meetings held the first Wednesday of each month at the Holland Area Arts Council. Guests may attend a speaker’s meeting for $5. For more information, view the guild’s blog at or email