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TitleEurasian Blue Tit "Reflections"Designed bySandy DucharmeHooked bySandy DucharmeInspirationnature, water, birdsDimensions20" x 24"Materialswool on linenCuts2, 3, 4Start to Finish2021HonorsCelebration 31 (2021), GMRHG 2022 Show Viewer's ChoiceShare

Eurasian Blue Tit “Reflections”

This rug was a challenge.  I created the background by “painting” the wool with dye.  I wanted it to be out-of-focus suggesting trees and sky.  When it reached the waterline, I created the reflection of the trees and sky.  This technique is a bit time consuming as you must hook each strip in order to keep the images working.   The effect is lovely!

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Sandy is  a Rug Hooking Teacher, she has a Rug Hooking business, and she creates works to sell.

About the artist

I have been a fiber artist for decades. I began working with fiber arts as a child, and have enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing and quilting as a young woman. I combined my love of painting (acrylics and watercolor) with fiber arts to create Vermont Floor Cloths (hand-painted canvas rugs) which I opened in 1990. Approximately 20 years ago I was introduced to the art of rug hooking. I opened Vermont Rug Hooking Studio in 2020.  I offer several workshops throughout the year.

My inspiration comes from nature.  I enjoy hooking animals, birds, and realistic landscapes and flowers.  I love watching my work come to life as I hook each loop!  I find it rewarding to mix textured wools with other dyed wools to create the detail I see in each project. I enjoy sharing my experience with others and have been teaching fine-shading for the past 10 years.  My advice is “Don’t feel intimidated about starting; just start and experiment!”  There are lots of teachers, workshops and rug hooking groups to keep you motivated and learning.  We all started at the beginning!