List of Oxford Certified Instructors by Country, City, and State. (For international teachers scroll all the way down.)
The following Oxford Instructors offer a variety of private and group lessons. Some offer workshops in their own homes and studios while others travel to the location of your choice. Teaching rates will vary. Please contact the teachers directly to get details about their classes. These instructors are all well trained, friendly, enthusiastic, and excited to teach you punch needle rug hooking. Many of them can provide materials and/or kits for your lesson. New Oxford Instructors are always needed, please contact Amy for more details at email@example.com.
Huntsville, Alabama | firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Valley, Arizona (winter) (607) 656-9795 | Greene, New York (summer) | email@example.com
Christie Beniston is a public artist and has had a thriving art practice for over 25 years. Her public, residential, and commercial commissions include the San Diego Airport, Lucille Packard Childrens Hospital and Los Angeles Metro. Always a student of design and craft, Christie received her certification as an Oxford Instructor and has opened PUNCH!, a studio offering supplies as well as a creative space for teaching the fun and exciting craft of punch needle rug hooking. Please visit www.punchrughooking.com for class schedule and more information!
A Woman on a Speeding Horse Won't See It made by Christie Beniston
Lolly Golden & Ellen Steiger
Ben Lomond, California | Needles in the Nest | Ellen Steiger (831) 818-0287 | Lolly Golden (317) 409-0355 | NeedlesintheNest@gmail.com | Needlesinthenest.com, etsy store
Lolly and Ellen have been interested in fiber arts since they were able to hold a needle as children. Their interests are sewing, knitting, crocheting embroidery, quilt making, machine embroidery, Scandinavian loop rug making, traditional rug hooking and punch needle rug hooking. The two have opened a rug hooking studio called Needles in the Nest in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. They offer supplies and beginning and advanced classes in punch needle and loop rug making. They have a line of hand dyed rug yarn and wool fabric called Wool in the Woods. Visit their Etsy store to view all the gorgeous colors. They are members of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild, Peninsula Rug Hookers Guild and Wine Country Rug Hooking Guild. They enjoy passing on the American tradition of rug hooking and looping so that others can experience the joy of designing and making something beautiful with their own hands. Lolly and Ellen live in the Santa Cruz Mountains under the Redwoods. Come by and hook with us if you are in the area.
Lolly Golden (left) and Ellen Steiger (right)
Made by Lolly Golden
Made by Ellen Steiger
Una is a fiber artist whose fashion and artwork has been exhibited nationally to rave reviews. As a sought after fiber arts teacher, her classes range from beginning to advanced techniques in a variety of mediums. Una grew up in her parents’ craft supply store where she gained experience in a wide range of crafts as both an artist and teacher. An example being her appearance on HGTV’s ‘That’s Clever’ in 2009, making a pair of shoes! She got started punching over a decade ago at a craft show “make and take” where she first worked with the Oxford Punch Needle. Combining unique materials is Una’s most inspiring challenge in her work; she loves “figuring it all out.” From raw wool, to sewing the finishing stitch, she is always looking ahead to new and creative approaches. Una’s latest fiber experiments include explorations in dyeing and seeing how the color and texture bring life to her designs. Una’s work has been exhibited at craft shows across the country where she also sells under her business name of Wooly Walkers.
Una loves teaching both wet feltmaking and rug punching anywhere there is an interest; conferences, guild meetings, group or individual, your place or hers! She teaches with both patience and an attention to detail, that combined with her easy going sense of humor results in a fun and rewarding experience for all. Una thrives on problem solving and she loves working with beginners.
Wilmington, Delaware | (302) 234-1993 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Classes available by appointment
Orlando, Florida | (407) 354-1075 | email@example.com
Homosassa, Florida | (352) 503-6278 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Daytona Beach, Florida (winter) Brighton, Michigan (summer) | (810) 923-4281 | email@example.com
Classes available by appointment.
Dragonfly Purse front (left) and back (right) by Rita Hammock
Porter, Indiana | firstname.lastname@example.org
Des Moines, Iowa | (515) 277-6615 | Honey Lamb Rugs | email@example.com
Rose Marie Toubes has had a lifelong love of punch needle rugs. Rose first studied with Amy Oxford in 1995, at the Fletcher Farm School in Ludlow, Vermont, and more recently at the Oxford Rug Hooking School, earning her teacher certification in 2014, and returning for additional classes. Rose makes her home in Des Moines, Iowa, where she teaches full-time (late August through early May) as a community college English professor. She shares her life with her husband, a former science teacher, who has taken up traditional and punch needle rugmaking in his retirement. He completed the beginners’ course at the Oxford Rug School in July 2016.
I am willing to offer group classes and private lessons and am happy to help students design projects to accommodate their interests and budget.
Rose Marie Toubes
Butter Print Rose. 24” x 36”
Raywick, Kentucky | Breezy Ridge Rugs | www.breezyridgerugs.com | (270) 692-9863 or (615) 498-6662 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Jones and her husband own and operate an exotic animal farm in central Kentucky. She is a farmer, craft person, fiber artist, spinner, and punch needle rug hooker. Angela received her certification as an Oxford instructor in 1997. Some of her rugs are featured in the book, Punch Needle Rug Hooking by Amy Oxford. She is a juried Kentucky Crafted fiber artist and has been teaching punch needle rug hooking locally and in the surrounding states for over 15 years. She brings her enthusiasm and love for the craft, lots of punch needle hooking supplies as well as stories about her life living on an exotic animal farm. Breezy Ridge Rugs offers punch needle hooking supplies, punch needle and fiber art instruction –individual or group, custom design service, and finished goods.
Angela Jones and Bouncy
Big Fish Pillow by Angela Jones
Billie Jo Harlan
Thibodaux, Louisiana | (985) 413-4907 | email@example.com
Billie Jo Harlan has been involved with traditional fiber arts for over 20 years. She began crocheting at an early age and started knitting in 2005. This lead her to expand to spinning her own yarns. Having an abundance of yarn and the desire to be more creative with it, she began punch needle rug hooking. Also a traditional rug hooker, Billie Jo has attended many workshops with nationally known fiber artist. She became a Certified Oxford Instructor in 2011. Billie Jo recently moved to Louisiana and looks forward to offering classes in the traditional fiber arts specializing in punch needle rug hooking. She's available for individual or group punch needle rug hooking instruction. BJ asks, "Won't you consider learning about this wonderfully forgivable fiber art?!"
Billie Jo Harlan
Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler
by Billie Jo Harlan. 24" x 36"
Judith HotchkissDeer Isle, Maine | Judith Hotchkiss Designs and Dyeworks | (207) 348-5671 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.judithhotchkiss.com
Judith Hotchkiss grew up in a hooking household and watched her mother, aunts and older sister punch beautiful rugs. As a young girl, her mother often let her choose colors and practice punching on her big floor frame. Now Judith loves to teach the art to others, and loves combining punch and traditional rug hooking. She is an Oxford Certified Instructor as well as McGown Certified to teach traditional hooking. She produces her own line of hand-dyed wool and yarn, specializing in multi-value swatch dyeing as well as one-of-a-kind spot dyed skeins. She lives in Deer Isle, Maine where she is constantly inspired by the colors and beauty of Downeast Maine.
Judith offers beginner classes in both punch and traditional hooking as well more advanced classes in fine shading, landscape, bag making and combining punch and traditional hooking. She also offers for sale hand dyed yarn and wool as well as supplies for punch and traditional hooking.
E is for Emma by Judith Hotchkiss. 2’x3'
Limerick, Maine | (207) 793-2487 | email@example.com
I converted from quilting to punch needle rug hooking in 2003 and never looked back. Since completing the Oxford Certification Program I have started Holy Hill Hooking which gives me the opportunity to share my love of this wonderful fiber art with the world!
Hollyhocks. Designed and Punched by Pat Lissandrello
Glenwood, Maryland | (410) 531-5011 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Uxbridge, Massachusetts | (508) 278-6974 | email@example.com
I am available to teach private and group lessons.
Lowell, Massachusetts | (978) 937-5459 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning to knit at age 6, Deborah continued to grow to love fiber arts, learning later to spin and weave. She obtained a Master Weaver Certificate from Hill Institute in Florence, Massachusetts where she also studied traditional rug hooking. Deb was certified as an Oxford Instructor in 2011 and her business, Olde Hadley Wool and Yarn Works sells designs, supplies, and kits. She teaches both punch and traditional rug hooking. Her work is a blend of traditional and contemporary styles, with an emphasis on strong colorways using her hand-dyed yarns.
West Newbury, Massachusetts | (978) 462-1390 | email@example.com
Charlevoix, Michigan | (231) 668-3646 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Petoskey, Michigan | (231) 347-6880 | email@example.com
Brighton, Michigan | (810) 225-7689 (summer) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rita can be found in Daytona Beach, Florida in the winter (see Florida)
Harbor Springs, Michigan | (231) 881-1425
Michele has always had an interest in needlework. Whether counted cross stitch, needlepoint, quilting, wool appliqué – she has tried it all! Today, having had the opportunity to train with Amy Oxford to become a certified punch needle rug hooking instructor, Michele is thrilled to be able to offer her skills and expertise to others and inspire them to be creative. She is busy designing patterns and kits that capture the beautiful area she lives in – northern Michigan, near Traverse City. Classes are available at the local college, Northwestern Michigan College, from her studio on her property, and she will also travel to groups and organizations upon request. Please contact Michele for more information.
Conflict Resolution. Designed and punched by Michele Mueller. 2´ x 3´
Sheila Petoskey Shalifoe
Levering, Michigan | (231) 537-2027
Hugo, Minnesota | (316) 218-7339 | email@example.com
I have worked with fiber arts for over twenty-five years mostly in the areas of embroidery, cross-stitch and needlepoint but I have always had a love of punched rugs. Finding no teachers in Minnesota, I learned of Amy’s new rug hooking school and took my first class there shortly after it opened. I have found my passion! I love hooking rugs and would like to be a resource for people in Minnesota and surrounding areas as they learn the fabulous craft of punch needle rug hooking. In 2017 I received my Oxford instructor certification and am teaching classes in various shops and art schools. I am available for private lessons and have a selection of rug hooking supplies at my home studio including patterns, yarn and supplies.
Camp Lonestar. Designed and punched by Kim Scanlan. 2' x 3'
Jefferson City, Missouri | (419) 308 -2204 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Columbus, Nebraska | (402) 564-9895 | email@example.com
Classes by Appointment
I have always loved working with fibers, and punch needle rug hooking is my favorite way to use them. The rug’s design can be as creative and unique as I want it to be, and the process is very meditative. To top this all off, the final result is useful and appreciated! I enjoy sharing this craft with others.
Elizabeth Millard. The rug I'm working on here is a map of my family’s favorite golf course.
Hot Air. By Elizabeth Millard.
New Ipswitch, New Hampshire | (603) 213-8284 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonnie is a creator of artistic crafts by hand and the proud owner of The Bonnie Rose. She creates and designs patterns and kits for punch needle and traditional rug hooking. Bonnie teaches punch needle rug hooking workshops, offers punch needle hooking supplies (frames, monk's cloth, yarn, punch needles), fiber art instruction to individuals or groups, and creates custom designs. Bonnie has taught ages 6 to 96.
Bonnie has always loved to create original works of art for many people. She not only enjoys teaching and sharing her skills of punch needle and traditional rug hooking, but also teaches sewing and quilting. When Bonnie is not producing a work of art, she is completing a special order for someone else. Bonnie’s belief is that people, “should always keep your hands busy and your mind creating." If you are interested in learning about punch needle rug hooking please reach out to Bonnie, she’s waiting to hear from you!
Walpole, New Hampshire | (603) 756-4563
Sea Cliff, Long Island, New York | email@example.com
I became a Certified Oxford Punch Needle Instructor in 2015. I have been punch needle rug hooking since 1981 when I began work at The George Wells Ruggery, originally taught by George Wells. Since 1985 I have been in charge of all DIY customers which includes teaching them punch needle hooking technique, creating patterns, designing kits, dyeing yarn both for kits and custom yarn orders. I still oversee the execution of rugs being made at The Ruggery, today. Having worked in the industry for so many years, In 2015 I was invited to give a key note speech on The Ruggery at the Oxford Instructor's reunion, in Middlebury Vermont. I have been teaching a beginner class and have a weekly “Hooking Bee” for novices to expert hookers. I am currently working on private group classes and will be teaching across Long Island this coming year. I will even teach you one on one. Please feel free to contact me for info.
Harbors Breeze. Designed and punched by Denise DeRancy. 24" x 36"
Tivoli, New York | (845) 757-5135 | firstname.lastname@example.org
At the tender age of ten a friend of my mother’s kindly taught me how to knit and so began a life long love for yarn and anything wool. I am a traditional rug hooker who has fallen in love with punch and the fun of mixing yarns and loop lengths to achieve that certain “look” which can make a project pop. I am available for private lessons and small group workshops.
Greene, New York |(summer)
Pat can be found in Green Valley, Arizona in winter. (See Arizona).
email@example.com | (607) 656-9795]
East Amherst, New York | (716) 432-0438 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rochester, New York | (585) 271-3143 | email@example.com
East Aurora, New York | (716) 560-1718 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Painting with yarn with all the beautiful colors to choose from has been so much fun. This outlet for creativity never stops!
Asheville, North Carolina | (828) 231 2061 | email@example.com
Santa's by Ellen Foltz
I teach a variety of classes including how to make these punch needle Santa's with needle felted faces.
849 Buttonwood Drive | Winston-Salem, NC 27104 | (336) 269-3674 | Hookinrugs@gmail.com
I will teach classes if there is an interest.
Lima, Ohio | (419) 222-2119 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Roseville, Ohio | Rosehill Design Studio | (740) 697 0027 | email@example.com
Classes available by appointment. Maddy Fraioli lives and works in her farm studio in Roseville Ohio. She received her Oxford certification 25 years after first meeting Amy and being introduced to the marvelous Oxford Punch Needle tool. She is also a McGown Certified traditional rug hooker and teaches classes in both of these treasured textile traditions.
Maddy says, "I have had my wooden 'Knitting Nancy' since I was a child and I have to give her credit for all of my textile aspirations. 'Knitting Nancy' is a tool to make knit cording and was made in Germany. Newer versions are known as 'Strick Susel' or 'Strick Hannah.' ('Strick' means 'knitting' in Germanic languages.) I have honored her by hooking a version of her, and I have it hanging in my studio. The rug is bound with knit cording. Cording is coming out of the bottom of her and she is holding it in her hands (which are knit to wrap around it) and it turns into a flower."
My Good Friend Nancy. Designed and punched by Maddy Fraioli.
Cheshire, Oregon | Red Clover Rugs | (541) 998-1347 | firstname.lastname@example.org
I offer punch needle and traditional rug hooking classes, hand dyed wool, supplies, kits, patterns and special/custom order rugs.
Barbara Benner's Red Clover Rugs studio
Ginger Jackson is the owner of Prairie Moon Primitives and Retreats located on a 160 acre working farm. She hosts retreats and workshops in her Red Barn that can accommodate up to 20 retreaters. Enjoy the peaceful country setting while enjoying a workshop or just a girlfriend getaway. Workshops featuring Oxford rug punch, traditional rug hooking, quilting, basketry, locker hooked rugs, wool applique, circular sock knitting machines, and scrapbooking, are just a few of the many programs available.
Her store is filled with hand-dyed yarns and wools, hooking and punching tools, patterns, frames, sewing notions, Valdani threads, hand-made pottery, stained glass, and much more.
Louise KulpLancaster, Pennsylvania | email@example.com
Louise teaches private lessons and small-group classes for two to four students in her home studio.
Annville, Pennsylvania | Sage Heart Studio | (717) 449-0934 | firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2011 Ramona became a certified Oxford Instructor and began Sage Heart Studio, the business structure that allows her to pursue her interest in the intersection of spiritual growth, art, and psychology. She has been teaching various arts and crafts to everyone from 8 to 80 for more than 18 years and encourages her students to increase their awareness, discover ways to express their innate creativity, and enjoy the process. She is a lifelong learner who also relishes cultivating her spiritual direction practice and crafting beautifully functional fiber art pieces. Ramona is available to teach individuals and groups by appointment.
Holding the Crumbs. Designed and punched by Ramona Ndlovu. 24" x 42"
York, Pennsylvania | (717) 764-5121 | email@example.com
Sherry A. Kelley
Surfside Beach, South Carolina | (803) 470-2056 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Our South Carolina group, the Waccamaw Woolies, meet weekly, and are in our 10th year. We welcome both punch needle and traditional hookers and have members from the US and Canada. Lessons are also available for both small groups and individuals at my home. Frames, needles, patterns and monk's cloth are all available. Beginners start out with a trivet from my selection of original patterns, either from a kit or their choice of yarns. I have also designed tote bags using the #14 fine “Mini” Oxford Punch Needle that are available for sale in shops in Vermont and South Carolina. Please contact me via e-mail or phone for more information. Vermont is home for the summer months, and South Carolina from September-April.
Sherry A. Kelley
Dragonfly Tote by Sherry Kelly
Certification rug Dancing Emus 26” x 36” and Phancy Phish 25" x 35".
Hinesburg, Vermont | (802) 482-3517 | email@example.com
I teach punch needle rug hooking, mini punch needle, traditional rug hooking, and wool dyeing classes for the Access to CVU adult evening program at CVU High School in Hinesburg, Vermont. I am a member of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild and began teaching in 1998. In November, 2013 I became a Certified Oxford Punch Needle Rug Hooking Instructor. For the past eight years I have been the “Learning to Hook Rugs” teacher for the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild at their rug show held in October at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vermont.
Underhill, Vermont | Violet Jane | (802) 899-3909 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Jane Burghoff
Bridport, Vermont | (802) 758-2473 | email@example.com
Barre, Vermont | (802) 622-0589 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chester, Vermont | (802) 886-2643 | email@example.com
Layne Herschel's rugs
Sherry A. Kelley
Tinmouth, Vermont (summer only; see South Carolina for details) | (802) 446-2278 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Barre, Vermont | (802) 272-5436 | email@example.com
Braintree, Vermont | (802) 728-4771 | firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2003 I began Paulette's Punchettes which meets regularly in the Central Vermont area. We are a group of fiber artists who get together to share and support each other in whatever creative endeavor we are involved in. Although most of us punch we also love to learn about and do other fiber arts like knitting, sewing and felting. Contact me for more information.
Cornwall, Vermont | (802) 462-2294 | email@example.com
Kathy DonovanBluemont, Virginia | Checkmate Farm LLC | www.checkmatefarm.com |
(540) 454-4898 | firstname.lastname@example.org
I love teaching punch needle rug hooking! I am willing to travel and teach! I also teach on Checkmate Farm in northern Virginia. I have classes for half-day, one or two days for all levels. Rug guilds are invited to the farm but I also enjoy being a vendor at your hook-in or teaching your guild a class. Group and individual instruction is available by appointment. I raise heritage Karakul sheep known for their long coarse carpet fiber for centuries. From their fleece I developed rug yarn to meet the Oxford Punch Needle method. The Checkmate Farm Rug Shop is open by appointment. Look for me this year at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair festival (SAFF ) as a vendor to purchase yarns, punch needles, patterns and supplies.
Kathy Donovan and her Karakul sheep at Checkmate Farm in Virginia.
PO Box 374 | Port Haywood, VA 23138 | (757) 439-3121 | email@example.com
Sunflower Chair Pad by Gretchen Kellas
Pat Finlayson has always been a fiber arts enthusiast. She started teaching needlepoint classes at home parties and loved to share projects, ideas, and inspiration with her students. Beginning in 1996 Pat was introduced to traditional rug hooking, preferring primitive and folk styles. Following a move to Vermont, she was able to attend guild meetings and become acquainted with Oxford punch needle rug hooking. This brought a new dynamic to her craft and since her first class she’s never stopped. Pat’s technique, color planning, and yarn dying have developed since then, culminating in her teacher certification. Pat’s home is now in the Pacific Northwest where sharing this wonderful creative expression has become an important personal goal.
Private and group class options. Oxford punch needle supplies, wool rug yarn, kits and patterns are available. Please call or email for details.
Little Suamico, Wisconsin (Green Bay area) | www.menotriggergrip.com |
(920) 826-2880 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit my website to learn more.
The Rocking Horse. Designed and hooked by Peggy Mineau.
Lone Rock, Wisconsin | (608) 583-2670 | email@example.com
Appleton, Wisconsin | (920) 428-7241 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nelson, British Columbia, Canada V1L 3B3 | (250) 352-5218 | email@example.com
I love color, texture and fiber and the unlimited possibilities of hooking and punch hooking. My rugs combining the two techniques have appeared three times in the book, Celebrations, twice in Rug Hooking magazine and most recently in Susan Feller's Design Basics for Rug Hookers. I have developed a signature use of the combined techniques, employing a multitude of yarns and cloth strips in a vibrant array of color. I have attended over 40 workshops across North America and become accredited as a teacher by Amy Oxford, McGown and the Western Canadian Rug Hooking Education Association. I have taught classes and workshops from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia in the east to Vancouver Island and Portland, Oregon in the west. My sessions focus on punch hooking, its possibilities and combinations with traditional hooking, as well as workshops on improvisation and creative possibilities. I love to teach anywhere and anytime!
Yorkshire Childhood by Sara Judith. 26"x 42"
Port Au Port, Newfoundland, Canada | morrisprice62gmail.com
Available to teach May-October. Traditional rug hooking and punch needle rug hooking supplies and classes.
Poppies by Liz Young. 24" x 36"
Nova ScotiaDiann McDonald
Waverley, Nova Scotia, Canada | (902) 861-4749 | www.underyourfeetpunchedrugs.simdif.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
I am an accomplished fibre artist who has had a life long journey along the fibre art trail. This art form allows me to create and express the myriad ideas that fill my head. It was this love for rug punching and the desire to share this wonderful art form that led me to becoming a Certified Oxford Instructor.
I would love to guide you on your rug making journey and watch your images come to life beneath your punch needle. I offer group workshops or private lessons in my studio or at a specified location with in the community. I am also willing to teach in your home if that is more convenient for you. Please remember that the Canadian Maritimes is a large area so travel details would have to be considered. Please contact me for details. I look forward to connecting with you.
Carol (Cass) Gaylor
Lindsay, Ontario, Canada | (705) 878-7728 | www.underyourfeetpunchedrugs.simdif.com | email@example.com
Cass is a kind, gentle and patient teacher. Her passion for punch needle rug hooking has led her to eagerly teach and share her knowledge with others who are interested in learning more about the craft. She describes rug hooking as a means of creating heritage gifts to pass on and has a desire to instill in others that “We are all creative beings.” Cass offers beginner classes and intermediate workshops with novelty items to further expand upon the skills of punch needle rug hooking.
Carol (Cass) Gaylor
Londesborough, Ontario, Canada | (519) 523-4846 | firstname.lastname@example.org
I teach punch needle and traditional rug hooking either in my own home or will happily travel to "you." I love the idea of "painting" with yarn or wool. Supplies are available.
Duzier Family Est 1964. Designed and made by Marjorie Duizer. This piece incorporates both punching with yarn and hooking with a rug hook and strips of fabric.
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada | (519) 743-9374 | email@example.com
Classes by Appointment
Paisley by Liz Krist. Note that the paisley shapes were punched with yarn and the background was traditionally hooked with fabric strips.
Toronto/Niagara, Canada | (416) 619-0754 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra has been working in fiber arts for over 30 years, as a quilter, rug hooker, spinner and knitter. Her punch needle rugs use both hand spun yarns and hand dyed yarns. Sandra is known for her use of recycled yarns that are over dyed and transformed into rug and felted wool projects and she particularly likes to use deep, rich colour in her self-designed rug projects.
Sandra's hand dyed these yarns for her Pomegranates rug.
Hensall, Ontario | (519) 263-2825 | email@example.com
Toronto, Ontario, Canada | (416) 696-7485 | firstname.lastname@example.org
I teach mainly at workshops and schools but can offer lessons in my home. I like to combine punch needle with traditional rug hooking and use a wide variety of wools, yarns and ribbons.
Iris Simpson and her loon rug.
Cosmic Chaos. Designed and punched by Iris Simpson. 24" x 36".
When a library book on rug hooking caught her attention, Simone gave punch needle rug hooking a try and fell immediately in love with making punch hooked rugs. An artist, her paintings and rugs have featured in exhibits in Canada and the U.S. Simone's punch needle rugs have won awards and were also selected three times to feature in Celebration of Hand Hooked Rugs volumes XXI, XXIII, and XXVI. Certified as an Oxford Instructor in 2011, Simone loves to share her passion for punching by teaching workshops, private lessons and demonstrations. She is willing to travel to teach, and is open to requests. Her shop, Red Maple Ruggery, sells original rug hooking patterns, hand dyed rug yarns, wools, and supplies both on-line and from the studio.
Simone offers private lessons and group workshops for all levels from beginner to advanced at her studio. She is also willing to travel to teach groups or guilds at their own locations.
I offer a range of Punch hooking classes from beginner through to experienced listed on my website, www.ragrugsuk.co.uk.