A resident of Germantown, Md., Burton is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities and lecturers on the art of rug-hooking. For Burton, rug-hooking is more than simply an artistic medium, it is a treasured family heirloom; one pioneered by her grandmother and great-grandmother.
Burton has authored three books, the first two – “Judging by Merit” and “Educational Standards” – used extensively by home economists as guides when judging county and state fair rug-hooking competitions. Her third book, “A Passion for the Creative Life: Textiles to Lift the Spirit,” has been lauded for capturing the joy and beauty of not only her own work but also of the art of rug-hooking. She has taught numerous classes and workshops throughout North America and has a long list of awards and accolades, including winning Best of Show in the Crafts Collection presented by the Creative Crafts Council of Greater Washington D.C.
In March 2006, the American Folklife Center acquired Burton’s collection, including a set of 12 rugs that comprise a series titled “Tell Me ‘Bout,” which relates a personal narrative about her family. Accompanying each image of the rugs is commentary by the artist, explaining the story behind the scenes depicted. The carpets, which are as large as 45" by 69", may be viewed as complete images (in two sizes) or interactively using the "zoom" view.