Deanne Fitzpatrick grew up in Freshwater, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, the youngest of seven children. Her mother and both of her grandmothers hooked rugs as a past time, and as a chore of necessity. She started to hook rugs for use in her home. In 1990, she went to an annual meeting of The Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia, and Marion Kennedy taught her the basics.
Deanne learned to tell stories through her rug hooking There are no two alike, each one is hand hooked by Deanne, inspired by the life and traditions in her community. She uses recycled wool clothing, gathered from real people in real communities. The clothes are washed, dried and torn apart. It is then hooked loop by loop on a backing of burlap or linen.
Deanne Fitzpatrick's rugs are in the permanent collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Nova Scotia Art Bank, and The Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her work was chosen for The Marion McCain Atlantic Canadian Art Exhibit, which opened at The Beaverbrook Gallery and toured internationally. It was also in a solo exhibit at The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, One for Sorrow, Two for Joy, which toured seven galleries throughout Atlantic Canada, and exhibited at The Canadian Museum of Civilization show Hooked on Rugs. She has also written four books - Hook Me a Story, a History and Method of Rug Hooking in Atlantic Canada (1999), The Secrets of Planning and Design published by Stackpole Books, Pennsylvania, East Coast Rug Hooking Designs and Inspired Rug Hooking.


Deanne Fitzpatrick Rug
31" x 80" (approx.)
lightly used
wool rags, burlap