Parris House Wool Works is a studio for all things rug hooking with a mission to perpetuate the craft into the next century through teaching and public outreach. The company also has a line of hooked home decor items available through the Beekman 1802 Mercantile, was a wildcard finalist in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards, and is a member of Maine Made: America’s Best.
If you have a passion for the heritage craft of rug hooking, this is your haven. Parris House Wool Works offers a unique selection of finished hooked pieces and primitive & contemporary patterns for you to hook yourself, as well as both off-the-bolt and hand dyed wools, linen foundation, hooks, accessories, affordable Maine made hooking frames in two sizes, hand crafted soaps, some vintage pieces, and sometimes, interesting offerings from other artisans. We strive to offer everything that you can use to keep this traditional Maine and Canadian Maritime craft alive and vibrant in your own creative life, as well as other products we think like-minded artisans might enjoy.
In addition, we offer classes in rug hooking, dyeing, pattern design, soap making, and other related topics. Owner Beth Miller teaches some of these in the Maine studio and some at other venues, including the Squam Art Workshops, the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Portfiber in Portland, Maine, Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, and other venues. In addition, we also host guest teachers to broaden the scope of our educational offerings.
The art of rug hooking has its roots in the necessities of nineteenth century New England and Canadian Maritime living. Our foremothers (and sometimes forefathers!) often used repurposed burlap sacks and fabric strips cut from worn out clothing and blankets to make practical rugs to warm their toes on in a relatively cold climate. Today we hook on linen and often use specially dyed wools made just for hooking to produce pieces that will last many generations. However, just because hooking started in the American and Canadian northeast, doesn’t mean it stayed there. This is where we come in.
Today there are rug hookers all over the United States and Canada. We want to offer a unique presence in the hooking community that reflects and encourages our customers’ regional creativity, as well as encouraging the next generation to take up this craft which lends itself easily to new forms of expression.