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About Gene Shepherd

Although Gene Shepherd did not start rug hooking until 1998, it’s been his only outside interest since that time. Described as a “self taught artist who hooks by ear,” Gene hooks, does commission work for individuals and museums, designs, dyes, develops tools, teaches and writes about rug hooking. His work has been featured many times in Rug Hooking Magazine, ATHA Newsletter and A Celebration of Hand Hooked Rugs, XII, XIV & XV. In 2006, he became the Author/Editor of The Rug Hooker’s Bible, and wrote and appeared in Rug Hooking Magazine’s two volume DVD series, Rug Hooking At Home. He has also produced four other instructional downloads on rug hooking for the Internet Rug Camp, as well as the free tutorial on his web site at www.geneshepherd.com. Gene has been director of the Cambria Pines Rug Camp, Cambria, CA, since 2000. His second book, Prodded Hooking for a Three-Dimensional Effect, will be available in October, 2008. He teaches regularly in Southern California and, on a limited basis as his schedule as Sr. Pastor of Anaheim First Christian Church will permit, at camps and workshops in the US and overseas. He lives in Anaheim, CA, with his wife Marsha and daughter Ann.

This blog reflects his daily encounter with, or reflections on, fiber art and the world of hand hooked rugs.


6 comments to “About Gene Shepherd”

  1. Jo Says:

    Gene, how did “Debbie” get her picture in her
    ‘comments’ box? I had inquired about this awhile back and if I remember correctly was told that one has to do include a pic when signing up for your Blog. Curious….Jo

  2. Gei Says:

    New to rug hooking. Learned a lot from reading your blog. Really like doing your points & corners . Would like to be included in the drawings.


  3. JoAnne Wood Says:

    I love your book & dvd! I read and re-read it. I’ve enjoyed making lots of different rugs, so this was a lot of fun to figure out. By wathing the video I could see how it looked so easy, but took some getting used to. This summer will be doing the original prodding style with many of my leftovers. Have made one seat cover and people are amazed at them. I have been hooking since my first child was expected 51 years ago. It is therapy for me, and it’s all I do, besides wwim and read. Thanks. JoAnne Wood

  4. Gene Shepherd Says:

    Dear JoAnne – Thanks for the note. I look forward to seeing some of your pieces. GRS

  5. ChristineV Says:

    Hi Gene: I really enjoyed your ” Internet camp” videos on Youtube. I am brand new to this craft ( haven’t even started one yet) but I have one question. The Monks cloth you use, is it the same as what a person who does Swedish Weaving use? or is it a Hucks cloth? As I do swedish weaving and you have to prepare your fabric first before weaving ( wash it) yours doesn’t look the same. I also think it wouldn’t hold the rug hooking stitches. I’m so confused?? ( not that that doesnt take much LOL)

  6. chickievickie Says:

    Hi Gene
    Just dropping in to say Hello. And give you a cyber Hug!
    I miss everyone. xoxox Vickie

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