CABOT, Vt. (WCAX) – Cabot’s Sandy Ducharme has loved fiber art since she was a little girl.
“Learn to sew, knit, crochet,” she says.
With a family full of fiber artists, that’s no surprise. But it wasn’t until 2004, through her sister-in-law, that she found her favorite fiber craft – rug hooking.
“She said, ‘I know you’re going to like this.’ And I said, ‘I don’t need another hobby.’ And of course she got me started and I was so excited after the first rug,” laughed Ducharme.
Fast forward to 2022, and Ducharme is the proud owner of Vermont Rug Hooking Studio.
Inside, the walls are adorned with her countless, award-winning works and the shelves are lined with wool she has dyed herself.
“They are handmade, all the colors are original, the designs are original. You won’t find these anywhere else,” she explained.
Today, Ducharme strives to teach others this relaxing, meditative craft, as she has been doing since 2010.
“This is truly my passion, sharing my love of nature and color and the gift I was given to paint wool on canvas,” Ducharme said. “And it’s wonderful.”
When she’s not teaching, she’s working to hook herself, either on personal projects or commissioned work.
They are priced at $250 per square foot as these rugs take months, sometimes even more than a year, to finish.
That may sound boring to some. But Ducharme tells us that this is an asset to her and that she loves creating art with fabric.
“The feel of the fiber is wonderful,” she said. “It was exciting to create a flower out of a piece of wool.”
While maintaining a creative outlet, her customers receive stunning, one-of-a-kind rugs that will last a lifetime if well cared for – decorated with flowers, animals or scenes from across Vermont, hung by hand in the mountains.
“It’s just amazing what you can do with a piece of wool,” said Ducharme.
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