List of Oxford Certified Instructors by Country, City, and State
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huntsville, Alabama | email@example.com
Green Valley, Arizona (winter) (607) 656-9795 | Greene, New York (summer) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lolly Golden & Ellen Steiger
Ben Lomond, CA | 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
Claremont, California | (909) 625-7646 | email@example.com
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 reverse (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"
North Berwick, Maine | firstname.lastname@example.org
Judith HotchkissDeer Isle, Maine | Judith Hotchkiss Designs and Dyeworks | (207) 348-5671 | email@example.com | 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 & hooked by Pat Lissandrello
Glenwood, Maryland | (410) 531-5011 | email@example.com
Uxbridge, Massachusetts | (508) 278-6974 | firstname.lastname@example.org
I am available to teach private and group lessons.
Lowell, Massachusetts | (978) 937-5459 | email@example.com
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 | Ginger.firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlevoix, Michigan | (231) 668-3646 | email@example.com
Petoskey, Michigan | (231) 347-6880 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Brighton, Michigan | (810) 225-7689 (summer) | email@example.com
(see also Daytona Beach, Florida [winter])
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
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.
Walpole, New Hampshire | (603) 756-4563
Sea Cliff, Long Island, New York | firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 24" x 36" by Denise DeRancy
Tivoli, New York | (845) 757-5135 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org (summer)
[see also Green Valley, Arizona (winter) (607) 656-9795]
East Amherst, New York | (716) 432-0438 | email@example.com
Rochester, New York | (585) 271-3143 | firstname.lastname@example.org
East Aurora, New York | (716) 560-1718 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa's by Ellen Foltz
I teach a variety of classes including how to make these punch needle Santa's with needle felted faces.
333 Hambrick Court | Winston-Salem, NC 26106 | (802) 446-2230 | Hookinrugs@gmail.com
I will teach classes if there is an interest.
Lima, Ohio | (419) 222-2119 | email@example.com
Roseville, Ohio | Rosehill Design Studio | (740) 697 0027 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherry A. Kelley
Surfside Beach, South Carolina | (803) 470-2056 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
Sara Jane Burghoff
Bridport, Vermont | (802) 758-2473 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Barre, Vermont | (802) 622-0589 | email@example.com
Chester, Vermont | (802) 886-2643 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Layne Herschel's rugs
Sherry A. Kelley
Tinmouth, Vermont (summer only; see South Carolina for details) | (802) 446-2278 | email@example.com
Barre, Vermont | (802) 272-5436 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.red-clover-rugs.com
Braintree, Vermont | (802) 728-4771 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bluemont, Virginia Checkmate Farm LLC | www.checkmatefarm.com | (540) 454-4898 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
Londesborough, Ontario, Canada | (519) 523-4846 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto, Ontario, Canada | (416) 696-7485 | email@example.com
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 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.
Nelson, British Columbia, Canada V1L 3B3 | (250) 352-5218 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Childhoodby 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"
I offer a range of Punch hooking classes from beginner through to experienced listed on my website, www.ragrugsuk.co.uk