Susan L. Feller with Progress in the Mountains 2015
Susan L. Feller with Progress in the Mountains 2015

 Susan L. Feller  Self taught artist, creating mixed media work concentrating in rug making techniques including hooked, punched, needle felted, and dimensional collage; embroidery and applique’
rug pattern designer; former business owner Ruckman Mill Farm; current business ArtWools; author
BA in Art & History UMass/Boston

Studio open by appointment, Augusta, WV  304-496-8073
Art for sale,workshops email  
Author Design Basics for Rug Hookers, Stackpole Books, 2011;
Design in a Box- Frakturs Ruckman Mill Farm 2011
Events Coordinator Fiber related symposiums, exhibits, promotions.
                              Art Gallery Owner 1987-2006, Church Door Gallery, Califon, NJ

                             INVITATIONAL EXHIBITS:

Trees in our Woods

2019 Featured Artist ‘My Muse: Trees’ The River House, Capon Bridge, WV
2019 Invitational WV Artists Juliet Art Museum at the Clay Center, Charleston, WV Chestnut Leaves, Virginia Creeper, Seneca Rocks #3 and Trees in our Woods 
2018 Glimpses Inside Appalachia Raleigh Playhouse and Tavern, Beckley, WV solo exhibit opening coincides with taping of Inside Appalachia NPR
2018 Mountain Muse, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA Haying Stages, Night Turbines, Neighbor Barn
2017 Featured Artist at The River House, Capon Bridge, WV September
2017 Caswell Impressions curated by Laura Pierce, traveling collection #36
2016 Barns curated by Lisanne Miller, exhibit Sauder Village, Many Parts, Make One
2015  Plein Air Hooking Group Lori LaBerge exhibited at Sauder Village, OH
2014  Tree-Licious, curated by Lisanne Miller New Zealand, Willow 21st C, Fiddlehead
2013-2014  iView, Curated by Linda Rae Coughlin “Orioles Returning in Spring Series”
 Beyond Rugs!, Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME  catalog
2009 Out of the Loop: Innovations in Hooking, Brookfield Craft Center, CT
2009 Japanese /American Exhibit III -STRIPES “Winter in West Virginia”
           Tokyo, Japan;Woodbridge, New Jersey; and New Albany, Indiana brochure
2008 Fraktur Motifs Explored in Hooked Rugs,
           at the Mennonite Heritage Center,  Harleysville, PA
2006-2007 Wild, Wonderful Fibers– selected fiber artists, exhibit traveled within WV
2004-2009 Art Rugs: the ART of Playing Cards  “Five of Spades” catalog
                      traveled to IN, NJ, NYC, OH, PA, VT
2006 One Loop at a Time, Ice House Gallery, Berkeley Springs, WV 

                           JURIED EXHIBITS/AWARDS:

2019-2020 WV Juried Exhibition, The Culture Center, Charleston WV sponsored by WV Dept Arts,Culture & History Seneca Rocks #3 and Pussycats Pillow Talk #1 catalog

2018-19 Women of Appalachia Project, Morgantown, WV; Athens, OH Iconic ERA, Pussycats Pillow Talk #1 WOAP
2018 Exhibit 280, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV Valley View catalog
2017 20th Biennal West Virginia Juried Exhibition purchase award “Progress in the Mountains”  catalog
2015 “The Best of West Virginia”, Tamarack, Beckley, WV Progress in the Mountains
2014 Hooked Art 2014, Newtown Hooked Art Shows, The Gallery at UCONN, Stamford, CT “Nurturing Friendship”, “Flowers for the McDonald Sisters”, “December Studies”    catalog
2014 Travel Grant to attend Hooked Art 2014 WV Division of Culture and History
2013 Fellowship Tamarack Foundation

"Haying Stages"
‘Haying Stages’, Susan L. Feller 2012

2013 West Virginia Biennial Exhibition ,
Martinsburg, WV “Haying Stages”
2013 “Best of West Virginia” at Tamarack, Beckley, WV Caraway Garden Runner
2013 Summer 7Stitch: Contemporary Textile Art from Kentucky & the Surrounding States, Claypool-Young Art Building, Morehead State University, KY ‘Haying Stages’
Juror Jane Dunnewold
2013 1st Place WVDAR American Heritage Iconic Liberty’
2012 “The Best of West Virginia” Tamarack, Beckley, WV “Vein of Energy-Coal”,
“Fire in the Mountains”

My Mountain State, Susan L. Feller 2011
‘My Mountain State’, Susan L. Feller 2011

 2011 The Best of West Virginia Tamarack, Beckley, WV Merit Award   “My Mountain State”
2011 WV Juried Exhibition: Inspired Historic Places Charleston, WV State Museum  “Winter in West Virginia”
2007 West Virginia Biennial Exhibition “Nurturing Friendship” Merit Award

2007 Newtown Hooked Rug Show Juried Class “Iconic Liberty”, “Fall Homestead”
2001 Textile Center of Minnesota, Hooked in the 21st Century, “Adam and Eve”
           Judge Mary Sheppard Burton
2011 Celebrations XXI, Stackpole Books “Mountain Treeline”
2007 Celebrations XVII  “Iconic Liberty”, 2000 Celebrations X “Blowing Peonies”

Iconic Liberty by Susan L. Feller

 – Board of Directors Tamarack Foundation, Charleston, WV
2014 – Editorial Board Rug Hooking Magazine
2010  – juried fine craft Gallery @ Tamarack, Beckley WV


Oct 21, 2017- March 11, 2018 Face Time: Hooked Portraits and work from the collection of Schwenkfelder Library, co-curator with Candace Perry, Pennsburg, PA
2016McDonald SistersSpecial Exhibit Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week, August 

2015Year Study Special ExhibitSauder Village Rug Hooking Week August

Nov 2014-March 2015 From Garden to Table hooked work and collection material from the Schwenkfelder Museum and Library, Pennsburg, PA  co-curator with Candace Perry Collections Director.

2013 Moods of Color and Value, Sauder Village, Archbold, OH August exhibit of 9 works by fiber artists each representing their interpretation of the color or value assigned. Article in Rug Hooking Magazine S/O 2013 issue.

2012 Zodiac Collection of Hooked Rugs, Sauder Village, Archbold, OH August  exhibit of works in article of same title, Rug Hooking Magazine, J/F 2012

2012 Architecture in Contemporary Hooked Rugs and Traditional Folk Art, Schwenkfelder Museum and Library, Pennsburg, PA
2010 Fraktur Motifs Influence Contemporary Craftsmen Schwenkfelder Museum & Library,    Pennsburg, PA  2009-10 and Shenandoah Valley Hooked Rugs VMRC Harrisonburg, VA
2008 Fraktur Motifs Explored in Hooked Rugs, Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, PA
2007 The Color Purple, Shelburne Museum, Vt, Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild
2006 Twelve Days of Christmas, Shelburne Museum, GMRHG

2015 Moderator Panel: Professionalism with Rug Hooking
The Conversation of Fiber as Craft/Art, TIGHR Triennial, Victoria, BC Canada
2012  Folk Art Designing Expo Strathalbyn South Australia
2009  Framing Fiber Tips, TIGHR Tri-Ennial, Louisville, KY

Judge  Maryland State Fair, Hooked Rugs 2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012; Celebrations XXVIII 2018, Celebrations XV – 2006 Rug Hooking Magazine, Hooked Rug Exhibit Sauder Village, Archbold OH 2005

Juror of selection: Lead Juror for Re-Imagined Challenge, Southern Hemisphere textile virtual exhibit, premiered August 2018 at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week, Archbold, OH
ACE Riverfront  2006, Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA , HCAC Juried Show, Romney, WV  2008

Freelance writer  Articles written for Rug Hooking Magazine, Hampshire Review, Romney, WV;  Hunterdon Democrat, NJ; Pieceworks Magazine, ATHA Newsletter; TIGHR Newsletter Hooking Matters, McGown Newsletter


Design Basics for Rug Hookers,
Dec 2011 published by Stackpole Books;
Design in a Box – Frakturs, Ruckman Mill Farm 2011 kit to create pattern using American Decorative motifs

Work published in: “Hooked on Hooking”WV Living Magazine Winter 2016; Early Homes Spring/Summer 2014; “Rug Hooking” by Jo Franco, Textile Magazine summer 2012, Australian publication; Design Basics for Rug Hookers, Stackpole Books, 2011; Best of West Virginia Calendar 2012, Tamarack Foundation; Contemporary Hooked Rugs and Modern Hooked Rugs, Linda Rae Coughlin, Schiffer 2006, 2007 ;  Hooked on Rugs, Jessie Turbayne, Schiffer 2006; Hooked Rugs Today, Amy Oxford, Schiffer  Publishing 2004 and 2006 editions; Hooking on the Hill, by Nancy Butts Thompson, U of Georgia Press 2005; By Hand, Lark Books 2001

Profile and project in Colonial Reproductions and Design, Stackpole  Books 2005

Included in or wrote articles: Trees are My Inspiration, RHM N/D 19; McDonald Sisters of West Virginia, RHM J/F 2017; A Tale of West Virginia , RHM N/D 2015;  Tree-Licious, by Lisanne Miller, RHM S/O 14; Rug Hooking in Australia by Jo Franco, TAFTA Winter 2013; Top 15 Tamarack Artists, WV Living Magazine, Summer 2011;  Floored, by Hildreth York , Surface Design Journal Winter 2006; Nesting Orioles article and pattern, RHM J/J/A 13; Zodiac Collection Rug Hooking Magazine, J/F 2012; Reader’s Gallery: Susan Feller by Linda Rae Coughlin, RHM N/D 11;  Barbara Ebersol Fraktur Flower RHM  S/O 11  The Color Purple, RHM  J/F 08; Patternmakers, RHM, M/A/M 05; ART RUGS,RHM, M/A/M 04; Patriotic Rugs, RHM, M/A/M 02; RHM 20th Anniversary Edition, Dear Beginner, RHM  S/O 02

Affiliations and Offices :
 – The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers
2007- 2015 Web Administrator
2006- 2009 President/ Editor
1997 – present member

Surface Design, member since 2011

Conducts Workshops  at Studio or on location. Prospectus/references on request See Workshops   commissions, hooked rugs/textile art, workshops

CONTACT: PO Box 409, Augusta, WV 26704    304-496-8073