As a mother of five, Linda Bell never had enough to do, so she found several different crafts that appealed to her creative self. Candle-making, refinishing furniture, making candy and jam, decoupage and especially sewing, filled "empty" hours.
In 1980 she discovered traditional rug hooking. It appealed to her love of fiber and changed her life. Lessons, followed by yearly teacher workshops and week-long camps helped Linda refine her skills. She has participated in several national exhibits, earning numerous awards, including Best of Show. Regional exhibits at the Blue Ridge Art Center in Blue Ridge, GA, the Mable House Arts Center, in Mableton, GA, and the Gilmer County Arts and Heritage Association in Ellijay, GA have included Linda's work in recent years. Last summer she participated in Off the Hook, an exhibit sponsored by the Dogwood Chapter of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford, GA. Her work can currently be seen at the Old Clayton Inn in Clayton, GA ,the Holly Hill Gallery at Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris, GA. and at ArtWorks, in Hiawassee, GA.
Teaching others the art of rug hooking has been a passion for Linda since 1985, when she began her career as a McGown certified teacher of traditional rug hooking. She holds a weekly class in her home studio overlooking Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee, GA. She has travelled to teach at workshops in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and is part of the teaching staff at John C. Campbell Folk School, in Brasstown, NC.
Linda's work was recently featured in the book, Hooked Rugs of the Deep South, by Jessie Turbayne, well-known author of several important books on rug hooking. Her wool flower pins, sold at the Craft Center of John C Campbell Folk School, were seen in Western North Carolina magazine. One of her latest pieces, a portrait of her youngest grandson, was recently chosen to be included in the 2013 issue of Celebrations, an annual publication of Rug Hooking magazine that showcases the best of rug hooking,