About Rita de Maintenon

  • Heirloom Treasures
  • Designer Fiber Arts
  • Member Southern Highland Guild
  • Member HandMade in America
  • Blue Ridge National Heritage Artist
  • Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructor

Artist Statement

My work is inspired by old German and European patterns, stitches and techniques learned from a very demanding and precise German grandmother and I design and create from the memory of these inspirations. I produce heirloom lace crocheted wearable art in a wide range of materials but prefer natural fibers such as cotton, silk, angora, bamboo, mohair etc. I practice classic European broomstick and hairpin techniques, Irish crochet and vintage German thread patterns and love to combine these techniques in my own designs. As an artist , writer, and teacher my primary goal is to preserve the heritage of crocheted lace  and move it into the future. 

Artist Bio

Rita is a retired educator with over 40 years of classroom experience.

Growing up in Europe, she studied and trained all aspects of fiber work and has taught Heritage fiber classes and workshops for UNCA, the Center for Creative Retirement, the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in TN, fiber weekend retreats and local classes. Rita is a certified Craft Yarn Council Crochet Instructor and has many video classes featured at Undemy.com. In addition to teaching, Rita loves restoration work on antique pieces and is well known for her designer creations, especially Christening gowns.

She regularly demonstrates at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, with highlight events of Fiber Day and Heritage Weekend. Rita has been the educational demonstrator at the Southern Highland Guild Craft Fairs in the Asheville Cellular Center and has served on the Guild's Educational Committee.

Her first book, "Heritage Crochet in a new Light" was published in July 2017. Her second book, Crochet for Knitters: The Marriage of Hook and Needles" was published in October 2017. Both are available on Amazon.

Rita is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and a Blue Ridge National Heritage Artist.