Laura Kenyon and Debra Walland
We are the Seaside Sisters, yes, biologic sisters, who love the art and craft of traditional rug hooking and want to share it. We are the caretakers of Jackye Hansen's rug patterns to keep her traditional art available. We also design contemporary patterns and kits.
We got started by visiting Jacqueline Hansen in her home studio in Maine for a week to take our first rug hooking class. That was in 2006. We have been busy since then.
Laura Kenyon is a two-time finalist in "Celebration of Hand- Hooked Rugs" as well as being published in Rug Hooking Magazine for her wonderful hooking. Most recently she was included in Janet Conner's Magnificent Rugs: She received her teacher certification from the Pearl McGown Guild and is an active board member. Her work has been the cover rug for the Northeastern Teacher's Workshop twice. She teaches regularly in her home state of Rhode Island, and has taught in Hilton Head, as well as the Eastwood School of Fiber Arts in Sebring, Florida. She is a member of ATHA, Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild, and the McGown Guild.
Debra Walland is known as the "Southern Sister" because for the first 15 years of the company she was living in South Carolina. She has recently moved home to Rhode Island. She is still the southern sister. She lives in South Kingstown, and Laura lives in North Kingstown. Her rugs and articles have been published in both the "ATHA magazine" and "Rug Hooking" magazine. She also has contributed to Designed by You: Ideas and Inspiration for Rug Hookers by Tamara Pavich (2018), Hooked on Words by Ellen Banker (2018), and Janet Conner's Magnificent Rugs (2019). She is a member of the American Craft Council, ATHA, and Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild. Her rug designs are contemporary, fresh, and whimsical.
Laura and Debra often travel to rug hooking and fiber arts gatherings. Most recently, they have opened their studio space to the public. The hours are "by chance" for now but they will try to accommodate visitors if contacted ahead of a visit. They are located at the Mill at Shady Lea, Studio 206, in North Kingstown, RI. The mill and surrounding area is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places as a well-preserved mill district from the 19th century.
Our mission is to keep the tradition of hand-hooking rugs alive, fresh, and flourishing. We are keeping Mrs. Hansen's classic rug patterns, Jacqueline Designs, available for the next generations. She is a historian, fine artist, and teacher of rug hooking of the highest eschelon. She continues to teach and custom design and color plan rugs.
The Eastwood School of Fiber Arts
In 2019 Anne Eastwood retired from directing the SCRUB Hooking Camps which she had in Florida since the 1960s. She asked us to continue her work, so we are now co-directors of her "camps". She is our Director Emerita. What an honor that she chose us! The school is in the same location in Sebring, Florida with plans to offer more sessions at various locations.
The only thing that has changed is that we surprised her by renaming it in her honor. The school is now " The Eastwood School of Fiber Arts". The emphasis is on rug hooking, but we are adding other fiber arts.
Contact information is the same as for Seaside. Check the bottom of the page. Also on the Home page menu is all the current details and registration for the next sessions.
Questions, Comments, and Challenges?
We welcome questions and challenges and offer help in searching for something special. Yes, You will talk to a real person. We love to hear from you!
Email us photos of your finished piece. If you wouldn't mind that we put them on the Facebook page or add them to the website, please say so. Otherwise, we will contact you for permission. Try to get us a good quality photo of fairly high resolution for the website. - but it doesn't have to be professional quality, Just try to get it as square as possible and get the whole rug in the photo in good light And please send it as a .jpg attachment.
It is always helpful to other customers when there are reviews on the products. Please add a review on the page. Even a criticism in a comment will help another rug hooker as well as letting us know we have a problem.
Occasionally, life isn't perfect. If you have a problem or would like to return a product please let us know.
To Contact Us:
Feel free to contact us through the form on this page or call to reach us directly. We are also on Facebook and Messenger but it may take a little longer for a response.
Facebook page: Hooked, Line and Sinker Rug Hooking Club group page has lots of interaction with our customers and friends. We also have the Seaside Rug Hooking Co. page with more details about our patterns and a small boutique of our most popular patterns and supplies to buy directly from Facebook. And we are on Instagram Seaside_Rug_ Hooking_Co...
The Eastwood School of Fiber Arts Facebook page is where you can find more information and updates about the school. You are also welcome to use the contact page here to ask about the school.
Mailing address: 133 Old Tower Hill Rd., Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879 (US)
Studio: The Mill at Shady Lea, 215 Shady Lea Rd., North Kingstown, RI
Email: Laura@rughookseaside.com, or email@example.com
Telephone: (401) 932-6994