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She says it's creative, relaxing and social. Beth Anne Smiley of Davenport feels right at home in her rug hooking studio. The studio is located in an 1860 stone barn on her property.

Beth Anne is a rug hooker. It's a time honored craft which dates back to Colonial times. She typically draws the pattern on a linen foundation and then uses one hundred percent wool to make the rug. She uses a wider cut of wool. Part of the thrill, she indicates, is choosing the colors. Rugs are made by pulling loops of fabric through a stiff woven base.

Beth Anne is self taught. She attends a rug hooking camp in Pennsylvania in the summer with a small group of friends. They color plan and hook new rugs. Beth Anne has been hooking rugs for twelve years and has sold some of her creations. She has a business named Wheaten Woolens.

The color and detail of Beth Anne's rugs represent hours and hours of work. She has made about forty rugs. She teaches classes once a month at her studio and has also taught at the Figge Museum in Davenport.

 

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