Artist Info

Laurie Lausen is an avid rug-hooker who sees her career as a “fiber journey” that has taken many paths over the years. She began designing and hooking rugs while still in school in the early 1970s. She started her business, L. J. Fibers, in the 1980s, sharing her passion for color and texture with thousands of students teaching spinning, dyeing, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, beadwork and basketry.

“I like that my art is useful,” says Lausen. “I hope that my respect for our ancestors and love of history shine through in all of my work. One of my favorite quotes is from 1880 by William Morris...“Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”.”

In the early 1990s she picked up her hook again and hasn’t put it down since. In 2002 she launched her website, www.ljfibers.com (now www.woolyredrug.com), offering her hand-dyed wool, primitive patterns, and kits. Her blog, The Wooly Red Rug welcomes readers into daily life in her studio.

Lausen is in her Minneapolis studio, The Wooly Red Rug, full-time. Along with offering her finished work for sale, the studio is stocked with everything a rug hooker/wool lover could want! Gorgeous hand-dyed wools, as-is wool, foundations, original design patterns, and more.
Since 2015, she has been an artist/instructor at Minnetonka Center for the Arts, teaching a weekly class, Folk Art Rug Hooking and a variety of workshops. Lausen was a guest artist instructor at From Our Hands Creative in 2017 and at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week in 2018.

Lausen has been selected as one of America’s Best & listed in The Directory of Traditional American Crafts published annually in Early American Life Magazine. She is a member of TAFA, the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists and locally the Hopkins Rug Artists. She has been featured in or written for numerous publications including Wool Works Magazine, Rug Hooking Magazine, Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher, FOLK Magazine, Early Homes, Early American Life, The Wool Street Journal, Create & Decorate, and Hooked Rugs Today.