For 12 plus prolific years, traditional rug hooking offered Kim the medium to combine an early lifetime love of fiber art (clothing/accessory design, paper-making and sewing) with a sophisticated painter’s expression of design and color. Kim graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Printmaking from the University of Tennessee, followed by a Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University in painting and paper-making, experiences which she translated into her unique approach to hooked rugs and footstools.  Click here to view the online collection of Kim's patterns.  

Kim passionately shared her combined artistic and rug hooking expertise including her in-depth color of color and application to camps and workshops nationally. From 2000, she ran her own business as Under the Rug, marketing her unique designs, rugs and stools.

Preferring wide cuts and even hand cuts because they added a mosaic texture to the hooking, Kim balanced simplicity of primitive design with a sophisticated feel for movement created by her unique impressionistic color changes and patterning.

Kim’s work has been published in Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebrations, a juried competition of hand hooked rugs, in 2000 and 2004 as well as, published in hardbound hooking collections by Jessie Turbayne. Her work was chosen as the featured new designs at Rock River Rug Camp in the fall of 2000.

Kim (Wade) Nixon
Artist, Wife, Mother, Business Owner

1956 - 2011

"Iris" shown completed on a cube footstool, designed, hooked and completed by Kim Nixon

Designing for and upholstering footstools is challenging and required three dimensional thinking and problem solving as well as, fiber construction skills learned from a lifetime of sewing and from earlier experiences in clothing design classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology FIT in New York. 

Retail sales include Winterfair ’04 in Columbus, OH. She was also a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the Foothills Craft Build with acceptance into Arrowmont School of Crafts Spotlight Show and the Tennessee Artist and Craftsman Association’s Biennial Show in 2001. Kim regularly exhibited and sold pieces to private collectors through Hanson Art Gallery in Knoxville.

Five of Kim’s hooked pieces are now in the permanent collection of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild museum in Asheville, NC. 

Honey Bee Hive is proud to offer the Kim Nixon Collection - Under the Rug, through an exclusive license from Robert Wade, Kim's husband.  The collection contains more than 150 footstool, rug and stair riser patterns.  In addition to the patterns, Honey Bee Hive plans to offer unfinished footstools that are size matched to the footstool patterns contained in the collection.  If you are interested in purchasing an unfinished footstool, email us at  

View Kim Nixon's entire collection online, or order a printed copy of the pattern catalog



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