May 9 - 10 (Thurs & Fri)
This class is an introduction to the Oxford Punch Needle and the variety of ways it can be used to hook a rug. Punch needle rug hooking dates back to 1881, when Ebenezer Ross in Toledo, Ohio invented the first punch needle. The Oxford Punch Needle, which we will use in this class, was designed and patented by Amy Oxford in Cornwall, VT. In this class we will discuss the tools of the trade and the variety of materials that can be used for punch needle rug hooking. It will cover rug design, pattern transfer, punching techniques, and finishing methods. We will make a 13"x13" sampler, using one of the specialty yarns spun here, at Harrisville Designs, in a variety of colors, and using both the regular and fine Oxford Punch Needle. Costs of the materials for the project are included in the class fee. The use of the needles and the frame is included as well, with the option to purchase them at their retail price at the conclusion of the class.
Open to beginners.
About the Instructor
Bob Wertz is a fiber artist. For decades he has expressed his creativity in numerous genres--e.g. knitting, needlepoint, quilting, spinning, and weaving. Over the past few years he has gone back to basics, raising his own alpacas and sheep and incorporating his home-grown fibers in his art. Four years ago he was introduced to punch needle rug hooking as another way of artistic expression. He has pursued that, hooking numerous rugs and other hooked projects, and has become a certified Oxford Punch Needle Rug Hooking Instructor and is on the teaching staff at The Oxford Rug Hooking School. Bob is a member of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild. He looks forward to any and all opportunities to share this craft with students and other artists.
Please call 1(603) 827-3996 for more information or to sign up for the class.
We highly recommend staying in our Cheshire Mills Boarding house while taking a class. The Cheshire Mills Boarding House is inexpensive, and only a quick walk to the studio and shop! Learn more.