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The Artist

Orphaned Wool
Kelly Kanyok- Artist & Owner

Featured / Exhibited In:

Punch Needle Primitive Stitcher Magazine -

  •   Spring Issue- 2022 Front Cover
  • , Holiday Issue 2020-2021
  •   Spring Issue 2021

ATHA Magazine - Association of Traditional Hooking Artist Magazine-

  •  February/ March issue 2018- Front Cover

Rug Hooking Magazine 

  • Annual Celebrations - Honorable Mention - 2017

Sauder Village Celebrations Show 

  • Honorable Mention Rug Hooking Award - 2017       

ATHA-Biennial Show -

  •  Association of Traditional Hooking Artists Exhibit  - Cleveland Ohio 2017  
Kelly Kanyok & Orphaned Wool 

Artist and Owner of Orphaned Wool - A pattern design company that specializes in textile patterns for Rug Hooking and Punch Needle Art, located in Independence, Ohio.

From a young age, I was continually creating in different mediums from sewing, cross-stitch, glass blowing, pottery, and jewelry designing. Then, in 2014, I found rug hooking! That was it, I finally found my passion.

Rug hooking encompassed everything I loved - drawing the patterns, creating the color palette with all the beautiful wool fabrics, the wonderful texture of the fibers, the zen you feel when you are gently pulling through each wool strip, and finally the amazing sense of accomplishment when you have created something beautiful. I was Hooked!

In 2017, I decided after much encouragement from friends, family, and guild members to start Orphaned Wool. Just the name alone tells a story... I started acquiring wool fabric from the resale stores in the beginning - they were old clothing just given away, so essentially "Orphaned". Thus, Orphaned Wool seemed a fitting name for my business.

I began by designing and creating the rug hooking patterns first. Then, in 2018, I purchased an Ultra Punch Needle and knew after completing my first pattern that I found another creative passion. Punch needle and rug hooking complement each other in so many ways, they both have such rhythmic working processes along with similar working methods. It's no surprise that so many other fiber artists enjoy the versatility of rug hooking and punch needle.

In 2019, I started teaching punch needle classes, to help share the joy of this wonderful art form. I continue to expand my knowledge and grow my creativity in this very old art form. I look forward to sharing my passion and knowledge of the art known as punch needle.

Artistic Background  

My fiber art and design background goes back to my childhood and being a young teenager, creating and designing various arts and decorative craft items to be sold locally at small shops throughout Northeast Ohio. This eventually lead to a business that grew into a permanent display showroom at New York City wholesale buyers mart. Products were distributed throughout the country including the nationwide JCPenney stores, Estee Lauder, and many small locally owned stores & boutiques.

Eventually, the business was sold due to increased competition stemming from imported goods. Unfortunately, we still continue to see this in our marketplace today.  I believe that there is still a great appreciation and desire for beautiful authentic artwork made lovingly by hand. This passion is what inspired me to create my business Orphaned Wool.

My hope is that Orphaned Wool patterns will provide you with a wonderful design resource to further your creativity, whether you enjoy: rug hooking, punch needle, embroidery, Oxford rug punching, or needlework, these patterns were created for you!

My creative process of designing rug hooking and punch needle patterns along with finished artwork is in a continual state of evolution. I never know what new pattern or design will come next, which feeds my creativity and continually challenges the inner artist in me. I love the process of creating, it keeps me connected to the world in a very unique way.

Thank you for reading! 


Kelly Kanyok- Artist & Owner of Orphaned Wool