Susan L. Feller with Progress in the Mountains 2015

Self-taught artist, creating mixed media work concentrating on rug-making techniques including hooked, punched, needle felted, and dimensional collage; embroidery and applique rug pattern designer Ruckman Mill Farm; business name ArtWools;

BA in Art UMass/Boston
Freelance Writer
Author Design Basics for Rug Hookers, Stackpole Books, 2011;
Design in a Box- Frakturs Ruckman Mill Farm 2011

Studio open by appointment

Invitational Exhibits & Videos

  • 2023-26 Art in Embassies, Uruguay Seneca Rocks #3 and Progress in the Mountains (loaned through WV State Museum)
  • 2023 Voices from West Virginia The Dairy Barn Art Center, Archbold, OH Suzan Morgan curated the exhibit Seasons Along the New River in West Virginia
  • 2021-22 Hooked by Design, Wisconsin Museum Quilts & Fiber Arts Trees in our Forest, Color in our Trees, AT Thru Hike 2020
  • 2021 100 Days of Nature, at Taylor Books Annex Gallery, Charleston, WV
  • 2021 Social Studies, Beckley Art Center, Beckley, WV multiple pieces including 2020 Journal panels
  • 2020-21 Near and Far exhibit with Abbie Chessler at Grasshopper Gallery, Lost River Trading Post, Wardensville, WV
  • 2020 Journeys, solo exhibit Beckley Art Center, Beckley, WV
  • 2019 Susan Feller: Textile artist on Social Art, video Kira Mead, Australia
  • 2019 Featured Artist ‘My Muse: Trees’ The River House, Capon Bridge, WV
  • 2019 Invitational WV Artists Juliet Art Museum @ Clay Center, Charleston, WV 
    Chestnut Leaves, Virginia Creeper, Seneca Rocks #3, and Trees in Our Woods 
  • 2018 Glimpses Inside Appalachia Raleigh Playhouse and Tavern, Beckley, WV solo exhibit opening coincides with the taping of Inside Appalachia NPR
  • 2018 Mountain Muse, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA
    Haying Stages, Night Turbines, Neighbor Barn
  • 2017 Caswell Impressions curator Laura Pierce, traveling collection #36
  • 2015  Plein Air Hooking Group, curator Lori LaBerge exhibit Sauder Village, OH
  • 2013-2014  iView, curator Linda Rae Coughlin “Orioles Returning in Spring Series”
  • 2011-2012 Beyond Rugs!, Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME Iconic Liberty  catalog 
  • 2009 Out of the Loop: Innovations in Hooking, Brookfield Craft Center, CT
  • 2009 Japanese /American Exhibit III -STRIPES “Winter in West Virginia”
    • Tokyo, Japan; Woodbridge, NJ; and New Albany, IN brochure
  • 2008 Fraktur Motifs Explored in Hooked Rugs at the Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, PA
  • 2006-2007 Wild, Wonderful Fibers– selected fiber artists, exhibit traveled within WV
  • 2004-2009 Art Rugs: the ART of Playing Cards  “Five of Spades” catalog
    • traveled to IN, NJ, NYC, OH, PA, VT 

Juried Exhibits & Awards

  • 2023-2024 WV Juried Biennial Exhibition, The Culture Center, Charleston, WV – West Virginia Dept. of Arts, Culture & History 
    • Our Mountains – Past, Present, Future? and Jane S. Choice purchase the Governor’s Award catalog
  • 2023 Women of Appalachia, The Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, OH
    • Jane S. Choice, 2020 Journal January – June and July – December
    • Panel discussion with Suzan Ann Morgan and Nancy Herschberger
  • 2022 OH+5 Biennial Regional exhibit, The Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, OH
  • 2021-2022 WV Juried Biennial Exhibition, The Culture Center, Charleston, WV – West Virginia Dept. of Arts, Culture, & History 2020 Journal Jan-June, July-Dec; Fall Along the New River in WV catalog
  • 2020 Symphony of the Mountains, Handweavers Guild Convergence, Knoxville, TN Mountaintop Removal Jewel
  • 2019-2020 WV Juried Exhibition, The Culture Center, Charleston WV – West Virginia Dept. of Arts, Culture & History Seneca Rocks #3 and Pussycats Pillow Talk #1 catalog
  • 2018-19 Women of Appalachia Project, Morgantown, WV; Athens, OH – Iconic ERA, Pussycats Pillow Talk #1 WOAP
  • 2018 Exhibit 280, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV Valley View catalog
  • 2017 20th Bi-ennal West Virginia Juried Exhibition purchase award“Progress in the Mountains” catalog
  • 2015 The Best of West Virginia, Tamarack, Beckley, WV Progress in the Mountains
  • 2014 Hooked Art 2014, Newtown Hooked Art Shows, The Gallery at UCONN, Stamford, CT “Nurturing Friendship”, “Flowers for the McDonald Sisters”, “December Studies”  catalog
  • 2014 Travel Grant to attend Hooked Art 2014 WV Division of Culture and History
  • 2013 Master Fellowship Tamarack Foundation
  • 2013 West Virginia Biennial Juried Exhibition, Martinsburg, WV “Haying Stages”
  • 2013 7Stitch: Contemporary Textile Art from Kentucky & the Surrounding States, Claypool-Young Art Building, Morehead State University, KY ‘Haying Stages’ Juror Jane Dunnewold
  • 2013 1st Place WVDAR American Heritage ‘Iconic Liberty’
  • 2012 “The Best of West Virginia” Tamarack, Beckley, WV “Vein of Energy-Coal”, “Fire in the Mountains” 
  • 2011 The Best of West Virginia Tamarack, Beckley, WV Merit Award “My Mountain State”
  • 2011 WV Juried Exhibition: Inspired Historic Places Charleston, WV State Museum  “Winter in West Virginia”
  • 2011 Celebrations XXI, Stackpole Books “Mountain Treeline”
  • 2007 West Virginia Biennial Juried Exhibition, Parkersburg Art Center, WV
  • “Nurturing Friendship” Merit Award catalog
  • 2007 Newtown Hooked Rug Show, CT Juried Class “Iconic Liberty”, “Fall Homestead”
  • 2007 Celebrations XVII  “Iconic Liberty”, Stackpole Books
  • 2001 Textile Center of Minnesota, Hooked in the 21st Century, “Adam and Eve”
    • Judge Mary Sheppard Burton
  • 2000 Celebrations X “Blowing Peonies”, Stackpole Books

Appointed Member

Curator of Exhibits

  • July 12 – October 7, 2023 Stories are Made Loop by Loop Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg, VA catalog
    • TRAVELING THROUGH 2024 to Juliet Art Museum at Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston, WV; The Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, OH; Schwenkfelder Heritage Library and Museum, Pennsburg, OH catalog
  • Oct 21, 2017- March 11, 2018 Face Time: Hooked Portraits and work from the collection of Schwenkfelder Library, co-curator with Candace Perry, Pennsburg, PA
  • 2016 McDonald SistersSpecial Exhibit Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week, August 
  • 2015 Year Study Special Exhibit Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week August
  • Nov 2014 – March 2015 From Garden to Table hooked work and collection material from the Schwenkfelder Museum and Library, Pennsburg, PA co-curator with Candace Perry Collections Director.
  • 2013 Moods of Color and Value, Sauder Village, Archbold, OH August exhibit of 9 works by fiber artists each representing their interpretation of the color or value assigned. Article in Rug Hooking Magazine S/O 2013 issue.
  • 2012 Zodiac Collection of Hooked Rugs, Sauder Village, Archbold, OH August  exhibit of works in article of same title, Rug Hooking Magazine, J/F 2012
  • 2012 Architecture in Contemporary Hooked Rugs and Traditional Folk ArtSchwenkfelder Museum and Library, Pennsburg, PA
  • 2010 Fraktur Motifs Influence Contemporary Craftsmen Schwenkfelder Museum & Library,    Pennsburg, PA  2009-2010, and Shenandoah Valley Hooked Rugs VMRC Harrisonburg, VA
  • 2008 Fraktur Motifs Explored in Hooked Rugs, Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, PA
  • 2007 The Color Purple, Shelburne Museum, Vt, Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild
  • 2006 Twelve Days of Christmas, Shelburne Museum, GMRHG

Presenter, Instructor, & Judge

  • 2024 The McDonald Sisters Making-Do Penn Dry Goods Lecture, Schwenkfelder Library and Museum, Pennsburg, PA
  • 2022 Convener and Panelist Appalachian Studies Association Conference, WVU, Morgantown, WV Craftivism: Art Speaking by Makers and Communities
  • 2015 Moderator Panel: Professionalism with Rug Hooking
  • Panelist: The Conversation of Fiber as Craft/ArtTIGHR Triennial, Victoria, BC
  • 2012  Folk Art Designing Expo Strathalbyn South Australia
  • 2009  Framing Fiber Tips, TIGHR Tri-Ennial, Louisville, KY
  • 2000- present and conduct workshops and lectures for fiber-focused guilds, groups, and events in Canada, the US, and AU on topics of interest: Fraktur Design, Mixed Media with Rug Hooking, Abstract Impressionism, Elements and Principles of Design, Telling our Story using Digital MediaJudging Hooked RugsMentoring
  • Judge Maryland State Fair, Hooked Rugs 2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012; Celebration XXVIII 2018, Celebration XV – 2006 Rug Hooking Magazine, Hooked Rug Exhibit Sauder Village, Archbold OH 2005
  • Juror of selectionLead Juror for Collaboration: Ordinary -Extraordinary 2021 and Re-Imagined Challenge2018 virtual exhibitions coordinated by Global Textile Hub, Australia, both premiered at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week, Archbold, OH ACE Riverfront  2006, Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA

Design Basics for Rug Hookers, Dec 2011
published by Stackpole Books;
Design in a Box – Frakturs, Ruckman Mill Farm 2011
kit to create patterns using American Decorative motifs

Work published in Eyes Open to the World, Karen D. Miller, Rug Hooking, 2019; Rug Hooking Journeys, Tamara Pavich, Rug Hooking, 2019; Rug Hooking Through the Year, “Star Flower and Fraktur Deer“, Rug Hooking, 2018; Coils, Folds, Twists and Turns, Tracy Jamar, Stackpole Books, 2017 “Hooked on Hooking”WV Living Magazine Winter 2016; Early Homes Spring/Summer 2014; “Rug Hooking” by Jo Franco, Textile Magazine summer 2012, Australian publication; Design Basics for Rug Hookers, Susan L. Feller Stackpole Books, 2011; Best of West Virginia Calendar 2012, Tamarack Foundation; Contemporary Hooked Rugs and Modern Hooked Rugs, Linda Rae Coughlin, Schiffer 2006, 2007;  Hooked on Rugs, Jessie Turbayne, Schiffer 2006; Hooked Rugs Today, Amy Oxford, Schiffer Publishing 2004 and 2006 editions; Hooking on the Hill, by Nancy Butts Thompson, U of Georgia Press 2005; Profile and project in Colonial Reproductions and Design, Stackpole  Books 2005; By Hand, Lark Books 2001

Included in or wrote articles: Trees are My Inspiration, RHM N/D 19; McDonald Sisters of West Virginia, RHM J/F 2017; A Tale of West Virginia, RHM N/D 2015;  RHM S/O 14; Rug Hooking in Australia by Jo Franco, TAFTA Winter 2013; Top 15 Tamarack Artists, WV Living Magazine, Summer 2011; Nesting Orioles article and pattern, RHM J/J/A 13; Zodiac Collection Rug Hooking Magazine, J/F 2012; Reader’s Gallery: Susan Feller by Linda Rae Coughlin, RHM N/D 11;  Barbara Ebersol Fraktur Flower RHM  S/O 11  The Color Purple, RHM  J/F 08; Floored, by Hildreth York, Surface Design Journal Winter 2006; Patternmakers, RHM, M/A/M 05; ART RUGS, RHM, M/A/M 04; Patriotic Rugs, RHM, M/A/M 02; RHM 20th Anniversary Edition, Dear Beginner, RHM  S/O 0

Freelance writer  Articles written for Rug Hooking Magazine, Hampshire Review, Romney, WV;  Hunterdon Democrat, NJ; Pieceworks Magazine, ATHA Newsletter; TIGHR Newsletter Hooking Matters, McGown Newsletter


Surface Design, member since 2011
TIGHR – The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers