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.
Punched Rug Contest
Punched Rug Contest Monthly Prize Winners
We had two winners in March. It was a tie between Cindy Gjers and Sioban McLaughlin. Congratulations to both of them!
Cindy and Sioban will each receive a $100 gift certificate that can be used for supplies or classes and will be entered with the other monthly prize winners to win the grand prize in February, 2018.
The grand prize is a three-day class or retreat of your choice at the Oxford Rug Hooking School including four nights of lodging at the school and a Complete Set of Oxford Punch Needles. Grand Prize retail value: over $900.
The grand prize winner will be voted on by you so stay tuned!
"Octopus's Garden." Designed and punched by Cindy Gjers, Scott's Valley, California. 29" x 40". Made with a #9 regular Oxford Punch Needle. Wool yarn on cotton monk's cloth backing.
In describing her rug Cindy says, "This is my very first rug. I live near the ocean and am enamored with anything having to do with it! I learned punch rugging last summer from Ellen Steiger and Lolly Burt Hansen Golden and have been crazy about it ever since. I wanted to try something whimsical and without a pattern so I could practice all the techniques I had learned so far. I overcame fears and learned a lot from my rug. Each week at hooking group I shared "Things I've learned from my rug." It sort of became a theme for me. A few things I learned from my rug are: Don't rush; leave room for the rug to be what it is to become not what I want it to be; there's always room to learn something new, it's okay to ask for help, and sometimes the best solution is to stop, turn it over, and revisit later."
"Stained Glass, Virgil Road" Designed and punched by Sioban McLaughlin, Dedham, Massachusetts. 29" x 41". Made with a #10 regular Oxford Punch Needle. Wool yarn on cotton monk's cloth backing.
The stained glass window from Sioban's childhood home.
Sioban reports, "This is my own design. The rug was commissioned by my sister Eileen, who wanted a remembrance of our childhood home. In order to make the rug symmetrical, I put in a shortened version of the second window in our home that was beside the front door. I dyed all of the yarns used (some for earlier projects) and had fun trying to match the colors in the window. The background of the actual window was a clear, rippled glass, but I wanted to add more interest than a white background, so I used her favorite colors, green and purple (my favorites, too) where clear glass would have been."