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TitleSnowy OwlDesigned bySandra GrantHooked bySandra GrantInspirationVINS snowy owlDimensions30" x 12"Materialswool, hand dyed wools--raised and sculptedCuts3, 4, 5Start to Finish2022Share

Snowy Owl and my Owl Series

My favorite birds are the Raptors and I have created all different types of hooked owls and hawks. A lot of my inspiration to create this work comes from my visits to the owl festivals at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) in Quechee, VT. Here I can get up-close photos of my subjects and learn about each type of owl.

I draw and design my own work, then I start my bird by hooking the wool high or raising the wool and sculpting the bird into its shape. I have done many with wonderful backgrounds but decided to try something new. I got the idea to cut them out and liked how they looked without a background and frame. 

It was a process to figure out the easiest way to mount them and I found foamcore worked the best. I cut out an outline of the owl’s shape and then wrap the backing around it and use spray adhesive to glue it securely. I created a nest by hooking a circular shape and raising the wool on the outer edges.

I needed a tree and chose a birch limb to use for the center with a wood base to hold it up. I wanted to show the owls being around a tree and this worked out nicely. We placed or hung the owls around the branch and put up a dark background. 


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Sandy teaches Rug Hooking and creates works to sell.

About the artist

I have been a fiber artist for most of my life. I have an educational background of a BFA and Masters Degree in fine arts and teaching. I have worked in many different mediums over the years, starting with drawing and painting. I continued with weaving and had a business selling my work for many years. My love of color, yarns, textures and fabrics continued over the last 16 years when I stopped weaving and found a new medium in “rug hooking”.

What I came to realize with rug hooking was that I had a more versatile medium allowing me to start by creating my own colors of dyed wool and yarns. I could add other materials, like velvets, metallics, beads, novelty fur yarns, feathers, etc. I could draw my own subjects and I could make them 3/D if I chose that look. I can work on small or very large pieces. The options working with this craft are open to create whatever the artist chooses and that’s what I like the most about rug hooking.  Also, the ease of going back and taking out something you don’t like or adding more embellishments when finished is so helpful when you’re creating.

Most of my recent work in the last few years is of all kinds of birds. Raptors are my favorite but water birds are also high on my list to create.  I live by the water and see so many water birds I can’t help but want to hook them all the time. I also spent time at VINS, watching and photographing owls.

I was chosen as the featured artist in 2022, at the GMRHG exhibit. I am the Education Chair for GMRHG (3rd year) and teach beginner rug hooking in Vermont libraries and other venues. My work can also be seen on the GMRHG Virtual Show 2020 site.

I am a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and show in their annual craft shows. In 2019, my piece, “Bucky the Blue Heron” was chosen as the cover for the show and the featured piece of the show, along with being printed on their annual tee shirts to sell. I have won Best in Show awards at NH League exhibits and at the Deerfield, NH, and Tunbridge,VT, Sheep and Wool Festivals.   My profile and work can be seen on the NH League website.

I have been in Celebration magazine three times and was the subject of an article in Rug Hooking Magazine in 2020, with my Pelican featured on the cover.

I currently sell my work through the NH League craft shops and at Village Art Gallery in Warren, VT. I also create one-of-a-kind custom pieces for customers who come to me.