Rug Hooking Teacher, Mentor and Fiber Artist

Visit Laura in Petaluma
You can contact me in regards to services, lessons or supplies at (707) 762-2595 or email

Animal Faces!
The Rug Hookers in Grants Pass, Oregon invited me to teach a 3-day Workshop on Animal Faces, back in May 2015!  It was great fun; just like teaching portraits but with fur... and sometimes, tongues!

Puget Sound Rug School in Washington State, in March is a rare treat; Michele Wise and Sara Judith make it intimate and inclusive, challenging and stimulating!  It is convenient to Sea-Tac International Airport with nice accomodations and beautiful views. Check out Puget Sound Rug School to find out about classes and teachers!

Hooker Hill Rug Retreat, each July. This little rug retreat is nestled in the Sierra's! Just south of Yosemite, the ECCO Conference Center is beautifully situated with the main building overlooking a pond with ducks, geese and swans. The Wool Poppies are a small ATHA chapter, but they are mighty!  and organize a great retreat!

Sauder Village Rug Event is the fabulous Rug Event in Archbold, Ohio each August!   They have lots of classes, vendors and rugs to show, plus they show the Celebration Rugs and you often run into many rug artists you've been meaning to talk to. Having taught there twice, curated a rug show once, and made many friends, I have intentions to return again and again!

Prairie Harvest Rug Hooking School in Edmonton, Alberta, each Autumn!   Western Canada's venue for higher learning of Rug Hooking & Fiber Arts!   I've been wanting to attend this school for a while, so being offered to teach 'Light and Reflections' in September 2017, was wonderful! It was great to see many old friends, make new friends and have a successful class. I'm anxious to see who their teachers will be for this coming year!

Laura at Cambria 2007Laura hooked portrait

I'll be teaching at 'Puget Sound Rug School' in March 16 -19, 2023. It's a class on creating 'Light' in your rug.  Light has many variations, many influences and many indicators. And light is life!

'Friends by the Sea' in Rockaway, Oregon, was a wonderful rug camp and ran for over 3 decades! I loved coming up to the Oregon Coast to teach at this beautiful Quaker Camp; family style meals, rooms, cabins and a lodge, a fabulous rug show, the Region 11 ATHA meeting, and lots of rugging friends!  We were all very sad that it came to an end.
Announcing: Rockaway at Aldersgate! a new rug retreat in Turner, Oregon April 23-28, 2023, organized by Gail Becker and Debbie Clement, Co-Directors. They have six teachers: Gail Dufresne, Lynne Howard, Monica Jones, Katie Knoelke, Sharon Saknit, Laurie Wiles and a dedicated beginner's class!  If you've been wanting to learn the art and craft of traditional rug hooking, here is your chance! For information and registration form, see their website Rockaway Rug Retreat

 McGown Western Teachers' Workshop! We get together for the last week of June on the U of O campus; Go Ducks!   Lots of creativity at this teachers' conference; something new everyday.    We take turns practicing the art of teaching rug hooking.    If you want to join us, let me know!

 Little River Inn Rug Camp on the Mendocino Coast!
October 22-27, 2023: we enjoy Ocean views from each room, a rug show on the walls of our classroom all week, 2 talented teachers - Gail Dufresne & Laurie Wiles, plus a few mini-classes and a short slide show. There's more information on my LRI web page; check it out at Little River Inn Rug Camp!