The Oxford Company
Welcome to The Oxford Company, home of The Oxford Punch Needle and The Oxford Rug Hooking School, located in Cornwall, Vermont. We have a large selection of rug yarns, patterns, and punch needle rug hooking supplies for sale.
Our 2018 Schedule of Classes will be posted at the end of October.
Punched Rug Contest Monthly Prize Winner
Congratulations to our September monthly prize winner, Laura Spicka from Steamboat Springs, Colorado! Her winning rug is called Great Blue Heron at Eagle Lake. It measures 22" x 30" and was made with a #10 regular Oxford Punch Needle and 100% wool New Zealand rug yarn and was punched on cotton monk's cloth.
Laura reports, "My great blue heron rug was inspired by a photo that I took back in 2007 while on Eagle Lake in Ontario, Canada, where we are lucky enough to have a family cottage. I started punch needle rug hooking two years ago with guidance (via email!) and hand-dyed yarns from Michele Mueller of the Wild Hare Rug Studio in Elk Rapids, Michigan. This is my fifth rug, and the most complex. I don't do a lot of design planning beforehand, so I tend to punch, then rip out and re-punch a fair amount as I try different shapes and colors as I go along. The most challenging portion of this rug was the feathering effect along the heron's wings and body. I really enjoyed using some of Michele's variegated yarns for parts of the heron, foliage, rocks and background."
Close-up of the feathering in the heron's wing
Laura SpickaSee the other monthly winners and find out how to enter