Pearl McGown

 Born in 1891, Pearl K. McGown, has been credited for the revival of American Rug hooking in North America, beginning in the 1930's.  In 1951, at the age of 60, she launched the McGown Teacher's Workshop Series, to further promote the art, and help instructors improve their skills.  

After selling her initial pattern line to Sturbridge Village, Pearl helped her granddaughter, Jane McGown Flynn, launch Jane McGown Flynn, Inc in 1981, and along with Jane, co-designed more than 700 rug patterns, carried exclusively under Honey Bee Hive's CHARCO pattern line.

Pearl has written four books on the art of rug hooking, including The Lore and Lure of Hooked Rugs and Color in Hooked Rugs, and is credited with training thousands of rug hook instructors globally.


Known mostly for her pattern designs and relentless drive to keep the art of rug hooking alive, Pearl rarely hooked rugs herself.  Below is a photo of what is thought to be the only hooked rug by Pearl.