Punch Needle / Rug Making with Cynthia

March 28th 9.30am – 5.30pm

Learn to Hook a Rug in a Day with Oxford Punch Needle Certified Instructor Cynthia Popnoe-Hoad.

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If you’ve always wanted to learn to make a hooked rug, here’s a chance to try your hand at a small project to see how you like it.  This course is designed for beginners who want to explore the basics of punch needle rug hooking.  It is a fast and easy craft to learn.  You’ll make a beautiful 8” Star or Heart Mat that may be used as a trivet, wall hanging, or table top decoration. By doing this you’ll learn everything necessary to hook larger rugs.  No previous experience with the punch needle is necessary.

Skills you will learn:

  • Stretching monk’s cloth onto gripper frame or non-slip hoop.
  • Threading a Punch Needle
  • Understanding the different size punch needles and their uses
  • The “Three Tricks”
  • Stitch Gage (number of stitches for outlining and filling)
  • Row spacing
  • Bricking Stitches
  • How to do dots
  • How to fix mistakes.
  • Finishing Techniques.

Please bring along some small scissors such as embroidery scissors and a large needle for hemming.
Teas provided. Delicous cakes and lunches are available to purchase from the café should you wish.

The Oxford Punch Needle can be described as the “gold standard” in punch needle rug hooking. It was designed in 1995, by Amy Oxford, a well known rug hooker from Vermont, USA.  Because of the design and functionality, the loops are created more evenly than using a traditional rug hook.  It was also designed to be ergonomically friendly which means it is easier on your hands.

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