This beautiful book features an exciting and wonderfully diverse selection of over 475 rugs created by 270 of today's contemporary rug hooking artists. These meticulously crafted and often evocative rugs all relate to specific themes or series. Some were made by a group of artists joining together to complete a theme-related project, others are part of a series or theme explored by an individual artist. View such impressive collections as "The Alphabet of Sheep" by Patty Yoder, "Art Rugs: The 'Art' of Playing Cards," and "Celebrate Life: An American/Japanese Exhibit." Delight in charming rugs depicting family memories, honoring children's births, and celebrating friendships. Discover groups devoted to portraiture, ancient legends, scenic locations, romance, and more. Showcased are some of today's most noted artists, along with new artists making their debuts. A must-have volume for textile lovers who want to experience the artistry and variety of hooked rugs.