I am Annette Shaffer of Annie’s Wool Works and have been rug hooking since 1995. My first project was a primitive feather tree Christmas stocking kit and I used antique buttons in place of the hooked ornament balls. My next project, with my first teacher, was an original design in which I used yarn for the lettering and mounted it in a twig frame, much to the chagrin of my teacher. So I guess I have always been hooking at least a bit “out of the box”.
My niche in the rug hooking world is what I call dimensional hooking. By that I mean designing and prepping rug hooking projects so that after hooking they can be manipulated or constructed into a shaped, cut-out, 3-D or free-standing piece. Many of my pieces are mixed media, incorporating yarns, non-traditional hooking fabrics, twigs and other natural elements, wire, old bed springs and additional fiber techniques such as beading, sewing and embroidery and felting.
Enjoy my website, peruse my Gallery Photos. I hope you find something that sparks your imagination and tweaks your creativity. I would enjoy working with you on your own unique piece or an interpretation of one of mine at a workshop or rug camp. If you would like more information, please use my Contact Page and you will hear back from me shortly.