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I hate to 'blow my own horn' as they say, but every once in a while I get the nicest emails from customers or from folks that I helped who emailed looking for information. I will share some of their comments here. It may be helpful to those of you who are reluctant to buy from someone you don't know or those of you who don't always trust buying from sellers online. If I have provided you with outstanding service or helped you in some way and you'd like to share your experience or comments with my visitors, just  just email me. I appreciate hearing from you!

"I just wanted to say Thank you for the how to video. I have wanted to learn how to rug hook forever, have struggled and given up many times. After watching the video and trying it again I actually hooked a row that looks fantastic!!!! I am so happy, words cannot describe how happy I am. I look forward to hooking in the future now, instead of just wanting to."


Folk ‘n’ Fiber (former known as Amherst Folk Art & Rug Hooking) has offered hand painted folk art and rug hooking patterns since 1999. The business originally showcased Sally’s painting and antiques, and as her rug hooking patterns and kits grew in popularity, the business incorporated those as well.

After moving the business from Amherst to Lorain, OH., the name change seemed appropriate. Folk ‘n’ Fiber is a home-based fiber art business; Sally’s retail offerings appear on this web site, and also have a place at She conducts classes in rug hooking and punch needle embroidery in her home studio.

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“You are the best. I would much rather spend a few bucks at Walmart  (for measuring spoons) and save my cash for wool! By the way, I want to thank you so much. You have answered so many questions for me over the years and I literally taught myself to rug hook reading your site. I am soooo happy to be back in PA where wool and the prim look are more readily accessible. Spending 10 years in CO was good in one way though–since prim decor was very scarce, it forced me to make my own, and I fell in love with rug hooking. I am going to try to get to a class at some point, since I am sure there are things I am doing wrong, but until then it is such a fun hobby. And of course, they make wonderful gifts. . . OK, I have taken up enough of your time. Again, thanks for always being so nice.


IOhio artist, Sally Van Nuys from Folk 'n' Fiber have a medical background, working as a med tech and medical technical writer/editor for half of my career, I turned my art-filled hobbies into this little business on the web in 1995. My  first serious affair with art began in 1984 when I started painting in acrylics. Tomorrow’s Heirlooms was my small, hometown antique shop where I also taught Early American painting, stenciling, and theorem. And then, along came my last two children and that’s when I sold the shop; too little time to be with the kids. After learning to build web sites, I soon had my own site to complement the Ebay shop where I sold my paintings. In 1999, I discovered rug hooking and my life took a big turn. I have been designing and creating hooked rugs ever since. The natural incorporation of my rug hooking designs and my love of antiques became the focus of my business. With my life-long love of antiques and the stories they tell, I remain focused on keeping the past alive for others to enjoy.

 My rug hooking and needle punch embroidery designs reflect my preference for primitive and Early American colors & design; I hope you'll find them pleasing, as well.