Kelly Kanyok's artwork has been exhibited or featured in:
*Valdani Threads International Facebook- 2019
*ATHA Magazine Cover Association of Traditional Artist Magazine 2018 February/ March issue.
*Rug Hooking Magazine Annual Celebrations 2017 issue an Honorable Mention.
*Sauder Village Celebrations Show - Honorable Mention Rug Hooking Award-2017
*ATHA-Biennial Show 2017 Association of Traditional Hooking Artists - Cleveland Ohio.
My rug hooking and pattern design journey began over 8 years ago. I started as many artists do, by designing my own patterns to hook. While I enjoyed the process of designing and creating rug hooking patterns, I started to become interested in the art of punch needle. I decided to take some of my rug hooking patterns and make them punch needle patterns. I ended up loving them! Then I decided to add the paper and hand-drawn weavers cloth patterns to the Orphaned Wool pattern collection. The combination of the paper rug hooking pattern line and the punch needle patterns offers a unique collection of patterns for many different types of fiber artists.
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 at a wholesale showroom for store buyers in New York City. We distributed to stores throughout the country including the JCPenney stores nationwide.
We worked with companies large and small, from the Mom & Pop stores to large companies like Estée Lauder. I really enjoyed working with small businesses throughout the the United States and Canada, both of which serve as my primary market today.
Eventually, we sold the business due to increased competition stemming from imported goods. Unfortunately we still see this in our marketplace today, but I still believe that there is a great appreciation and desire for beautiful authentic artwork made lovingly by hand in the United States. This is what inspires me to continue to create and share my designs with other artists.
I hope that Orphaned Wool will help provide you with a wonderful pattern resource, whether you enjoy: rug hooking, punch needle, embroidery, Oxford rug punching, needlework, these patterns designs were created just for you!
The beautiful paper rug hooking patterns are formatted to be enlarged. To create a customize design size, feel free to add any size borders to the pattern. I have enclosed enlargement size suggestions and the formula to create those specific size designs. Punch needle paper and hand-drawn weavers cloth patterns are wonderful pattern options for the artist the enjoys: embroidery, needlework and punch needle. Enclosed in all Orphaned Wool patterns is our unique full color placement guide. This guide provides the location of each color used along with the color key and full color pattern.
The creative process involved in designing rug hooking and punch needle artwork is in a continual state of evolution. I never know what patterns or design will come next, which is what feeds my creativity and challenges me. I love the process of creating, it keeps me connected to the world in a very unique way.
Kelly Kanyok-Owner Orphaned Wool