Peg Laflam (1936 – 2006)
Fiber artist, Designer, Innovator, Teacher

It is her giving spirit and love of life that touched everyone she met.

Peg Laflam, 70, of Sanbomton, NH, passed away on Monday, June 19, 2006 at the CRVNA Hospice House in Concord NH, altogether too soon after a diagnosis and fight with cancer.

Peg was a member of the Society of Marbling since its inception and participated in several of the marbling conferences. She marbled on fabrics, which she then used in her art pieces. Peg was an accomplished artist, designer, innovator, teacher, linguist, loving wife and mother with a wonderful sense of humor and understanding. She studied languages at Cedar Crest College, PA and at the Translators Institute in Heidelberg, Germany, where she met her husband. She received a degree in Graphic and Textile Art from the University of New Hampshire.

In her travels as a military wife and mother, Peg taught English at the Iranian Military Academy in Tehran, Iran. Subsequently, while stationed in Fort Devens, MA, Peg embarked on a journey of discovery beginning with needlework, which later expanded to fiber arts, design and color theory. She received her certification from the National Academy of Needle Arts (NAN) then affiliated with the Valentine Museum of Richmond, VA. Her culminating thesis was on Turkoman Rugs; “A Study of the Rugs Woven by the Turkoman Tribes of Central Asia”. Peg went on to become a member of the staff of NAN and held numerous positions including Director of Teacher Certification and Director of Education, NAN’s highest offices. Peg was selected numerous times to be on the faculty of the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG) National Seminars, the Embroiderers Guild of America (EGA) National Seminar’s, Callaway Gardens School of Needle Art and NAN Assemblies. In 2003, she was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award by the organization. In addition, she taught extensively for regional seminars and art guilds in the United States and Canada.

An avid skier, an accomplished gardener, a voracious reader and incredible cook, her talents and interests were many. She especially enjoyed those days she spent with her husband at their cottage on Lake Winnisquam. She was an active parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Tilton. It is her giving spirit and love of life that touched everyone she met. The warm regard that everyone held for her attests to how much she is loved in return.

Some of Peg Laflam’s work