Bringing together the artist’s first and last works alongside preparatory sketches and other ephemera, Hooked on Patty Yoder surveys the 13-year career of American rug hooker Patty Yoder (1943-2005). Best known for her beguiling Alphabet of Sheep (2003), Yoder conceived of her designs as “paintings with wool to be hung and enjoyed as art.” Exacting attention to color, composition, and technique, paired with Patty’s penchant for high visual standards and whimsical designs, truly sets her work as a new standard within the field of American textile arts.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.
Whether or not you go, The Alphabet of Sheep is a of high quality photographs of the author's exquisite hooked rugs. Her sheep rugs, each representing a different letter of the alphabet, were inspired by events in Ms. Yoder's life, combining two Americana traditions: rug hooking, and personal story telling.