About Us

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, and hopefully soon, Craftwork Somerville in Massachusetts. 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.

About Beth:

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Beth Miller

Beth is a member of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, the Tin Pedlar ATHA Chapter, the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild, the Nova Scotia Rug Hooking Guild, and the Etsy Maine Team.

She teaches this heritage North American craft to many people who, like her, have found its quick learning curve and spontaneously creative nature compelling. She encourages students to be open-minded and playful with techniques and materials, to design their own soul inspired patterns, and to explore the full breadth of expression that this craft so easily accommodates.

Beth teaches hooking workshops at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine, home to the last living community of Shakers, in other local venues and in her studio in Paris.

She is also a Registered Maine Guide.

Beth lives with her husband Bill, her Corgi, Tru, and big orange tabby, Tesla in their 1818 Federal period home, The Parris House, in the village of Paris Hill, Maine. Her four grown sons are the light of her days.

Beth and Bill also spend time at their cottage, Sunset Haven, on Little Sebago Lake in Gray, Maine. In Paris, they keep chickens, keep bees, have a large organic garden, tend to the apple trees, and enjoy the spectacle of the Maine seasons.