Maria taught herself to hook in 1992 and has not looked back. Since 1992, she has hooked more than 200 rugs. She has been recognized by Early American Life magazine in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2012 as one of the top artisans in the country for her hooked rugs.

In 2011, Maria served as a "Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs" judge for
Rug Hooking Magazine. Her hooked rugs have been featured in the ATHA newsletter, and magazines such as Country Almanac, Phyllis Hoffman's Celebrate, Early American Life, Rug Hooking Magazine, and The Wool Street Journal.

In addition to working on her own designs, Maria enjoys sharing her ideas and techniques. She has written articles for both
Rug Hooking Magazine and The Wool Street Journal. She teaches workshops and at camps throughout the country including Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Arizona, Washington and Alabama.

Occasionally, Maria sells her finished work at Yellow Creek Antiques in Peninsula, Ohio.
About Maria Barton
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