maintained a fruitful relationship with the same family of weavers for many years.
Continuing to explore new ways of executing her designs, Evelyn experimented with the hand-hooking technique in the late 1950s. This led to a new group of designs for area rugs, produced by a facility Jerry located in Osaka, Japan. Soon realizing that the rug market was overcrowded, the Ackermans changed direction, moving to smaller hand-hooked wall hangings that were made with both regular and needlepoint loop sizes. The height of the loop could be varied and the pile could be cut or left uncut, allowing for a great variety of texture and depth. The first designs, Venetian Dusk, Sun and Lion, and Seed Pod, were popular, and ultimately the hookings proved to be the most successful wall hangings ERA sold. Evelyn continued to add new designs over the years, many of which were featured in design shows and publications.