contact name: L. J. Fibers/The Wooly Red Rug
4630 Wentworth Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55419
open to public: yes
hours: The Wooly Red Rug is open by appointment OR weekdays from 11 to 5 by chance. It's always a good idea to call ahead!
Pseudonym: L. J. Fibers/The Wooly Red Rug
Textile Center of Minnesota
Hopkins Hooking Artists
ATHA-Association of Traditional Hooking Artists
Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild
The National Guild of Pearl K. McGowan Hookcrafters
Laurie Lausen is an avid rug-hooker who sees her career as a “fiber journey” that has taken many paths over the years. She began designing and hooking rugs while still in school in the early 1970s. She started her business, L. J. Fibers, in the 1980s, sharing her passion for color and texture with thousands of students teaching spinning, dyeing, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, beadwork and basketry.
“I like that my art is useful,” says Lausen. “I hope that my respect for our ancestors and love of history shine through in all of my work.”
In the mid-1990s she picked up her hook again and hasn’t put it down since. In 2002 she launched her website, www.ljfibers.com (now www.woolyredrug.com), offering her hand-dyed wool, primitive patterns, and kits. Her blog, The Wooly Red Rug welcomes readers into daily life in her studio.
Lausen is in her Minneapolis studio, The Wooly Red Rug, full-time. Along with offering her finished work for sale, the studio is stocked with everything a rug hooker/wool lover could want! Gorgeous hand-dyed wools, as-is wool, foundations, original design patterns, and more. Lausen welcomes monthly hooking groups in her studio and offers a wide range of classes. She exhibits at 3 local events each year, The Hopkins Rug Artist’s Spring Hook-In, Shepherd’s Harvest Wool and Sheep Festival, and the Autumn Valley Hook-In.
Lausen has been selected as one of America’s Best & listed in The Directory of Traditional American Crafts published annually in Early American Life Magazine.
She is a member of Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, The Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild, The National Guild of Pearl K. McGowan Hookcrafters and locally the Hopkins Rug Artists. She has been featured in or written for numerous publications including The Wool Street Journal. Create & Decorate, and Hooked Rugs Today.
Other places to find me on the web...
Etsy shop: http://www.woolyredrug.etsy.com
Early American Life Magazine, Directory of Traditional American Crafts, 2011 Holiday
Early American Life Magazine, Directory of Traditional American Crafts, 2011
Early American Life Magazine, Directory of Traditional American Crafts, 2010
Early American Life Magazine, Directory of Traditional American Crafts, 2009 Holiday
Hooked in the Mountains XI Rug Show, March 2006, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont
Edina Sun Current, March 9, 1994
Southwest Journal, October 1994
Southwest Journal, September 6, 2004
Star Tribune, December 3, 2004
The Wool Street Journal, April 2003
Hooked Rugs Today 2006, Volume 1 & 2, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Create & Decorate, June 2008
Early American Life Magazine, Christmas 2009
The Wool Street Journal, October 2009
Early American Life Magazine, August 2010
Early American Life Magazine, August 2011
Early American Life Magazine,Christmas 2011
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