Lisanne first held a hook at the age of fourteen as part of the Bi-Centennial Celebration of America-hooking a simple chair pad from some of her mother's old wool suits. The hook, wool, extra burlap and chair pad traveled with her in her mother's cedar chest until a dear friend one day revealed that she had a new interest she just loved-primitive rug hooking. Lisanne has never looked back or put her hook down since creating and designing whimsical, wonderful pieces of modern day folk art.
Lisanne is the owner of the W. Cushing & Co., previously P is for Primitive and Peace, Love and Wool. Lisanne is the Director of Caraway Rug School, has earned the status of "Fellow" and a Master Craftsmen of the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi-recently named as one of the Top 40 Artists, Vice President of ATHA, and her rugs have appeared in Rug Hooking Magazine, The Wool Street Journal, numerous ATHA publications, books by Jessie Turbayne as well as "Top 40 at 40." Lisanne was nominated for her work and company by Martha Stewart Living as a "Made in America" craft/company.
Lisanne teaches across the United States privately and has taught and/or is teaching at John C. Campbell Folk Art School, Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village, Hooked in the Mountains, Star of Texas, Green Mountain Rug School, ATHA Region 1 School, and Caraway Rug School.