User Profile

Ania Knap
40 Estate ln
I am a McGown-certified rug hooking teacher and a recovering scientist. My love of color and eye catching combinations of patterns inspire and drive my passion for artistic creativity. My PhD in chemistry and artist’s viewpoint have combined to forge a unique way of looking at symmetry, contrast and color; and my teaching draws upon this background to offer students a new perspective on design and execution. Early classes I taught in stained glass rug methods inspired my reinterpretation of Tiffany methods for stained glass, from the turn of the last century, to new wool dyeing methods. I invented shimmer and metallic wools as new materials for the rug hooking enthusiast to achieve dichroic and holographic effects in their creations. With these “shiny wools” rug hookers can evoke visions of stained glass, glistening rivers and reflected sun, feathers of beautiful birds or just the right shiny bit that inspires the viewer to take a second (and maybe a third) look.

My rug hooking work is the culmination of more than three decades of creative expression across a range of colorful media, including quilting, jewelry design with semiprecious metals and gemstones. Other interests include photography and gardening – also inspired by color and symmetry.