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TitleOsprey NestDesigned byAnne CoxHooked byAnne CoxDimensions36" x 36"Materialswool on linenCut7Start to Finish2022Share

The Osprey Nest

This is based on an osprey nest on the edge of a marsh not far from my house. I watched the parents build the nest in the spring, after a winter storm had toppled the tree that had supported the previous year’s nest. The border is an attempt to reflect the patterning of the osprey feathers.

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Ann creates works to sell.

From the artist’s website

I started hooking in 2006. And now I am eager for the winter months, which is when the gardens are closed up and I spend time working on my rugs.

I like a lot of things about rug hooking. I like the practical aspect of what I do: I am making things that can be used to warm up a floor or be a table runner, for instance. I like how slow the process is: I am forced to slow down as I cut the strips of wool and pull each one through the backing. As a result I think the rugs are very different from the way I might paint or draw the same images. I like the surprises that come when a shape gets smushed and rearranged by the loops next to them, rounding and flattening edges and corners. I like playing with color.