Classes & Events


The Oxford Rug Hooking School

“Your rug hooking home away from home!”

The schoolhouse in summer

Located in a welcoming 1816 Colonial farmhouse in the pastoral Champlain Valley of Vermont.

  • Room and board available at the school
  • Punch needle rug hooking classes and retreats
  • Yarn dyeing classes
  • Oxford Teacher Certification programs
  • Year-round classes for all skill levels
  • Small classes to ensure lots of personal attention 

A group of students punching in the living room

Our Mission

The technique of punching loops is easy and can be learned in a few short hours. The joy of turning these loops into something beautiful can be a lifelong pursuit. The Oxford Rug Hooking School is dedicated to promoting expert craftsmanship and helping students to discover the unlimited artistic possibilities of this medium. We offer a supportive and creative environment where skills and artistry can flourish.

Welcome!

We are excited about our 2017 Schedule of Classes and hope you will be too! Take a peek and call or email if you have any questions. Our class sizes are small (eight students in regular classes, seven in teacher certification, and five in dye classes) so sign up early! Don't wait until "the class is filling up" because two other people registering in the class you want WILL fill it up and we don't want you to be disappointed! All registrations are taken by telephone. We look forward to hearing from you!

What's New in 2017?

  • More choices for retreat projects including a carpet bag and Christmas stockings. (See Retreat Projects). 
  • 10% off tuition for our Canadian students to help with the exchange rate.
  • We've added a second teacher certification class.
  • Monday evening weekly group and evening beginner classes with Oxford Certified Instructor Bob Wertz.
  • New classes including "Jacobean Floral," "Leaf Color Wheel, "and "Punch Yourself a Burger!"  

Retreat Project Collage

Now more optional choices for what to make in your 3-day and 5-day retreats!

Choose from the ones above (and more!) on our new Retreat Projects website page. Clockwise left to right: Oxford Cottage, Christmas stocking, “Wool on Wool” Pillows (fine wool yarn punched on a wool fabric backing), Punched Footstool, and Punched Purse (Carpet Bag). Click here to see the Retreat Projects.

2017 Schedule of Classes

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Weekly Group Classes

Punch what you please. We want you to make what YOU want to make!

Weekly Groups Meet Year-Round (Except for July and August) 
Cost: $50 for four sessions.
Level: Beginner-Advanced
Daytime Group: Thursdays from 10am-1pm 
Instructors: Amy Oxford and Heidi Whipple 

Please note that the daytime group is full. Contact us to be put on the waiting list.

Evening Group: Mondays from 6pm-9pm 
Instructor: Bob Wertz
Space Available

Relax and enjoy the fun of punch needle rug hooking with the help of your instructor(s) and the support, encouragement, and camaraderie of fellow rug hookers. Work on any projects you like. Teaching will be geared towards the interests and skill levels of the individuals in the group. Students who have taken a dye lesson with Heidi are also welcome to use the dye kitchen during class. Come for four sessions only or continue signing up to stay in the group for as long as desired. If you can't come every week it's fine to come when you can. There's no expiration date on your pre-paid classes. A snack, beverage, tea and coffee will be provided.

Materials Fee: Will vary depending upon project chosen. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Weekly Group

A few of our daytime weekly group regulars.

Linda Smyth with her pillows

Weekly group member Linda Smyth from Port Henry, New York has been making some gorgeous pillows. Linda is an artist and painter and draws her designs directly on the monk's cloth (this impresses all of us)! 

April 2017

Punch Needle Rug Hooking for Beginners

This class is full.

Instructor: Amy Oxford
Saturday, April 1. 9am-5pm
Level:
Beginner (May also be taken by intermediates as a refresher)
Tuition: $135 

If you’ve always wanted to learn to make a hooked rug, here’s a chance to try your hand at a small project to see how you like it. You’ll make a beautiful 11” piece that may be used as a trivet, chair pad, wall hanging, or table top decoration. By doing this you’ll learn everything necessary to hook larger rugs. 

Materials Fee: $49. Includes yarn and monk’s cloth. Punch needle with handbook, stitch gauge, and box ($32 unboxed/$39 boxed) and frame ($24) can be borrowed during class and purchased after class if desired. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Please bring a bag lunch.

This class will also be offered in June, August, and November.

Star Mat

This 11” mat is the project we’ll make in our beginner’s class. Choose your own colors or use the ones shown here. This is a great pattern to start with – you’ll learn how to punch straight lines, curves, points, small details, and how to approach filling in a background.

Students holding up their Star Mats

Students holding up their Star Mats. Clockwise starting on the left, Frankie Pillifant, Fritz Ballard, Megan Fisher, Michael O'neile, Patricia Pugliese, and Debi Ballard.

Rug Punching Bee (Hook-In)

To Celebrate Punch Needle Rug Hooking Day 
Saturday, April 8. 10am-5pm
Levels: Beginner-Advanced. Everyone welcome 
Cost: Free Event!

Punch Needle Rug Hooking Day was started in 2010 by Oxford Instructors to share our love of punch needle rug hooking. Bring whatever project you’re working on or start something new. Beginners – please join us and we’ll have a small project for you to give the craft a try (no charge). Heidi will give a Violet Jane dyeing demonstration and we will have cake, cookies, and beverages. Bring a bag lunch. This event is limited to 21 people and we will punch in all three of our classrooms. Lodging available at the school Friday and Saturday nights.

Ram

These rugs are brought to you by our wooly friends... the sheep! What would we do without them?

Jacobean Floral

Instructor: Amy Oxford 
Tuesday-Friday, April 11-14. 9am-5pm
Optional evening class hours: Tuesday and Thursday 7pm-9pm 
Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Tuition: $375

This Jacobean Floral design is 15.5" x 17.5" and was adapted from a pattern by Patricia B. Campbell and Mimi Ayars from the quilting book, The Best of Jacobean Appliqué. The Jacobean era refers to the period in English and Scottish history that coincides with the reign of James VI of Scotland (1603-1625). The mat can be used as a wall hanging, table top decoration, or made into a pillow. We’ll use the #14 fine “Mini” Oxford Punch Needle and fine worsted weight knitting yarn to make the piece. A variety of shaded colors for the flowers and leaves will be available from Oxford Certified Instructor Judith Hotchkiss of Judith Hotchkiss Designs and Dyeworks. You can also choose your own background color from Judith's yarns or provide your own. We suggest the light variegated color shown here or a dark charcoal or dark chestnut brown will also look lovely and make the flowers “pop.” This class teaches both realistic fine shading (on the leaves) and what is called “mock shading” for the flowers.

Materials Fee: Pattern on monk’s cloth ($20), two eight-value bundles of worsted weight yarn, one for leaves and one for flowers ($25 per bundle). Eight ounces of worsted weight background yarn ($36). You will need an 18” x 18” gripper strip frame ($139) and one #14 fine “Mini” Oxford Punch Needle ($32 unboxed/$39 boxed). The instructor will also have seven additional #14’s available so you can work with all eight values without having to rethread your punch needle. (A real plus!) Frame and punch needles can be borrowed during class and purchased after class if desired. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

 Jacobean Floral Mat.

Jacobean Floral close-up detail of shaded flower.

 The flowers are punched using "mock shading" and eight values of yarn. 

Close-up of leaf in Jacobean Floral mat

The leaves are punched using eight values of yarn and more realistic "fine shading." 

Learn to Dye Violet Jane Variegated Rug Yarn

Instructor: Heidi Whipple
Saturday, April 22. 9am-5pm 
Level: Beginner-Advanced
Tuition: $135

Here’s your chance to learn to dye sumptuous variegated yarns using the same techniques and recipes we use to create our own Violet Jane rug yarns here at the school. These deliciously lush yarn colors will make your rugs come to life! Add interest, texture, and depth to your rugs without working any harder when you punch – the yarn will do all the work for you! No dyeing experience necessary.

Materials Fee: $7 for each 4 oz. skein you dye ($6.50 for the natural yarn and 50¢ for the dye materials). Bring a bag lunch and wear old clothes or an apron. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

This class will also be offered in August and September.

Cyney Passavant Dyeing Yarn.

Cyney Passavant from Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts dyeing wool using the Violet Jane method. She has prepared her skein of undyed wool, put it in a lasagna pan, and is ready to apply the dye from a squirt bottle. Rubber gloves are always a good idea. 

 

May 2017

My First Hooked Rug

Instructor: Bob Wertz
4 Mondays: May 1, 8, 15, 22. 6:00pm-8:30pm
Level: Beginner (May also be taken by intermediates as a refresher)
Tuition: $135

Students will make a 10” piece that can be used as a wall hanging, trivet, or table mat and by doing this will learn all the skills necessary to make larger rugs. We’ll use 100% wool rug yarn, a #9 regular Oxford Punch Needle, and a series of folk art templates for our design (star, heart, flowers, animals, etc.) or design your own if you prefer. If time allows, you can enlarge your mat to 14”.

Materials Fee: $49. Includes yarn and monk’s cloth for the 10” mat. Punch needle with box, handbook and stitch gauge ($39) and frame ($24) can be borrowed during class and purchased after class if desired. A supply list will be provided upon registration. 

This class will also be offered in October.

Bob Wertz's Sheep mat

Bob Wertz designed this Sheep mat especially for his "My First Hooked Rug" workshop. Other designs will also be available to choose from.

 

Oxford Certified Instructors' Biennial Reunion

Reunion Theme: Oxford Teacher Certification - Looking Towards the Future.
Friday-Sunday, May 5-7 
Location: The Oxford Rug Hooking School and The Courtyard Marriott in Middlebury, Vermont.
Lodging: Available at the school on a first come first served basis. A block of rooms has also been reserved at The Courtyard Marriott. To reserve a room at the school please call us. To make a reservation at The Marriott please call them and say that you're with the "Oxford Instructor's Group." They have a special rate for us of $119 plus tax.
Retreat Cost: $135
Size Limit: 25 Instructors

Goody bags and door prizes!

The Oxford teacher certification program has grown tremendously over the last five years. There are now 82 instructors across the USA, Canada, and the UK. Looking towards the future, some questions to think about are: How can we incorporate technology such as Skype and webinars into our program? Do we want to offer long distance teacher certification using these tools? What's the long term goal of the program? How will we keep it alive after Amy retires? Should Oxford Certified Instructors be able to offer certification courses to others? Would you like to learn to teach certification workshops? If so, what should the qualifications and prerequisites be in order to keep the same high standards that are required today?

Several of our Oxford Instructors are also McGown Instructors and can bring a valuable perspective as to how to keep this punch needle certification program successful, self-sustaining, and vibrant in the years ahead. Let's put our heads together and find a way to ensure that the traditional craft of punch needle rug hooking continues!

 Group Photo at Reunion 2015

Group Photo at Reunion 2015. Top row left to right: Paulette Statts, Denise DeRancy (our keynote speaker), Judith Hotchkiss, Jeannie Vereen, and Kathy Donovan. Bottom row left to right: Virginia Meyer, Layne Herschel, Diane Burgess, Ellen Foltz, Amy Oxford, Kris Andrews, Ginger Selman, Heidi Whipple, and Ramona Ndlovu.

Reunion Schedule

Friday

At The Oxford Rug Hooking School, 5pm-9pm: Wine and cheese welcome reception and potluck dinner.

Saturday

8:30am–9:30am: At The Oxford Rug Hooking School: Complimentary pancake breakfast.
10am–1pm: At The Courtyard Marriott: Punch-in, introductions, show and tell, and group discussion based on the theme: Oxford Teacher Certification - Looking towards the future.
1pm-2pm: Lunch provided by Amy at the Marriott.
2pm–6pm: Keynote speech and and mini workshop with Judith Hotchkiss. There will be a break for beverages and a snack.

Judith Hotchkiss of Judith Hotchkiss Designs and Dyeworks is both Oxford Certified for punch needle rug hooking and McGown Certified for traditional rug hooking. Her training in both techniques brings a unique perspective, versatility, and multi-faceted set of skills to our reunion. She will discuss her journey as a student, teacher, entrepreneur, rug designer, and dyer. Judith specializes in fine shading and is one of the only people dyeing and selling eight values of fine yarns for shading.

After her talk Judith will teach a mini workshop on fine shading and also give tips on how to teach fine shading. 

Fine Shaded Hydrangea Mini-Workshop with Judith Hotchkiss

Hydrangeas are a wonderful flower to punch and the color planning possibilities are endless. In this mini-workshop this floral design will be used to teach fine shading techniques using the #14 fine "Mini" Oxford Punch Needle and worsted weight hand dyed yarns. Think of it as painting with wool. Fine shading of blossoms and leaves will be covered with considerations that apply to any subject matter. Several colorways will be available so each participant will color plan a unique hydrangea. The 8”x8” pattern is printed on a 24”x24” piece of monks cloth so the pattern can be customized and enlarged if desired. 

Materials Fee: $30 covers the 8”x8” pattern printed on monk's cloth and all yarn to complete the piece. If the pattern is enlarged, additional yarn will be required.

Supplies Needed: #14 fine "Mini" Oxford Punch Needle, scissors, and a frame that can accommodate a 24”x24” piece of monk's cloth.

Judith Hotchkiss Hydrangea

Judith's Hydrangea project teaches fine shading and ways to use value and color. Even if you don't want to do a lot of fine shading yourself, your students might so this is an excellent skill to learn. The technique can always be applied to working with rug yarn as well. 

6pm: Dinner at Fire and Ice Restaurant in Middlebury.

Sunday

9am-12:00pm: At The Courtyard Marriott: Punch-in to continue working on Hydrangea or other project. We will have a teacher tip sharing time. This year's teaching tips will be professionally video taped with tapes made available to all Oxford Certified Instructors.
 12:00 pm: Lunch at the Marriott. Bring a bag lunch or we can get take-out from Otter Creek Bakery. 
 1:00pm: Departure.

Louise Kulp sketching geraniums.

Louise Kulp from Lancaster, Pennsylvania sketching on the patio. 

Vermont Open Studio Weekend


Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28. 10am-5pm both days 
Free Event!

Vermont Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and the creative process where Vermont artists and craftspeople invite the public to visit them in their studios. We'll be giving tours of our studio and school and demonstrating punch needle rug hooking and variegated yarn dyeing all weekend. We also have hands-on projects for both adults and children. Please join us, we would love to have you visit! A Vermont Open Studio Map is available at Vermont Information Centers, or email us for a copy. For more details visit www.vermontcrafts.com.

Open Studio Weekend

Vermont Open Studio Weekend Rug Punching Bee and Hook-In 
Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28. 10am-5pm both days 
Free Event!

Please come and punch with us! This is a fun social time with a chance to meet fellow punchers, chat, eat delicious goodies, and maybe even get some punching done! Drop in for a few hours, stay all day, or even all weekend! Bring what you’re working on or start something new when you get here. Lodging is available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Please call or email to register.

June 2017

Punch Needle Rug Hooking for Beginners

Instructor: Amy Oxford 
Saturday, June 3. 9am-5pm 
Level: Beginner (May also be taken by intermediates as a refresher) 
Tuition: $135

For course description, materials fee, and other details, please see the duplicate listing for this class in April. This class will also be offered in August, and November.

Punch Yourself a Burger!

Instructor: Kris Andrews
Saturday, June 10. 9am-5pm. Stay after for a complementary BBQ!
Level: Intermediate
Tuition: $135 

In this fun, one-day class you can punch yourself a set of mug rugs or coasters that stack to form a cheeseburger. If time allows, you will have the option to trace and punch a variety of other burger additions, such as lettuce, onion slice, ketchup and bacon, and mustard and pickles. This allows you to build your burger your way! You can also punch a potato chip to go on the side (see photo), a chocolate chip cookie for dessert, and a fried egg if you want to turn your burger into a breakfast sandwich! This is a perfect class for someone who has the basics of punching, and is ready to explore the technique further because the burger parts use a variety of punch needles, including Oxford Punch Needle sizes #13 and #14 fine, and #10 and #11 regular. We will also use the Craftsman’s Punch Needle. These punch needles may be borrowed during class, so you don’t need to own them all to complete this project. 

Materials Fee: $49. This includes one piece of 24” x 24” monk’s cloth with the top and bottom bun, burger patty, and cheese slice. Also included is hand-dyed Violet Jane yarn to complete one cheeseburger. The other items, (lettuce, onion, etc.) will be provided as paper patterns and can be transferred onto monk’s cloth in class or when you get home. You will also need an 18" x 18" gripper strip frame ($139), a Craftsman's Punch Needle ($25), and a #10 regular and #14 fine Oxford Punch Needle ($32 unboxed/$39 boxed). Frame and punch needles can be borrowed during class and purchased after class if desired. A supply list will be provided upon registration.  

Punched Cheeseburger on a plate

Punched cheeseburger with lettuce, bacon, ketchup and a potato chip on the side. How would you like to build your burger? Other options include onion slice, mustard and pickles, a chocolate chip cookie for dessert, and a fried egg if you want to turn your burger into a breakfast sandwich! 

 

Punch Needle Rug Hooking Teacher Certification Program

This class is full but there is still room in the September teacher certification program.

Instructor:
 Amy Oxford
Sunday-Saturday, June 18-24 
Hours: Sunday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-12pm (no early departures please)
Evening class hours: Sunday-Friday 7pm-9pm 
Levels: Intermediate/Advanced
Tuition: $995. Includes a welcome dinner, pizza night, and a daily morning and afternoon snack

This seven-day certification program is designed for anyone who is interested in becoming a punch needle rug hooking instructor. There are very few punch needle teachers in the United States or abroad, and this is an excellent opportunity to get a good start in an exciting field. Amy Oxford, veteran rug hooking teacher, author, and inventor of The Oxford Punch Needle, will cover all the topics necessary to give you the skills and confidence needed to be a successful rug hooking teacher. You will go home with a personal teaching plan to help you get started, learn where to teach, where to get supplies, how to write course descriptions, lesson plans, supply lists, contracts, and much more.

Learn potential problems, pitfalls, and “tricks of the trade,” both for doing the craft itself, and passing it on. Students will have the chance to practice new teaching skills by giving each other private lessons and most importantly, will learn how to be the very best rug hookers that they can be so their students can learn by example.

Many different techniques will be taught including the use of The Oxford “Fine Work” Punch Needles, shading, novelty yarns, strips of fabric, yarn blending, basic traditional rug hooking, three-dimensional rug hooking, and sculpting. Students will begin a sampler in class that will illustrate these techniques and serve as an excellent teaching aid.

Participants will also be required to design a 2' x 3' rug ahead of time to be color planned in class. Both the sampler and the 2' x 3' rug will later be finished as homework.

Those who successfully complete this course will be made Certified Oxford Instructors and will be provided with ongoing support and the benefits that come from being accredited by a respected pioneer in the field. Please note that this is a demanding and intensive program where much is given but much is also required. Come ready to work very hard and learn a lot! No former teaching experience required.  

Homework Deadline: November 1, 2017.

Prerequisite: Students need to have completed one beginning and one intermediate class with Amy or with another approved Oxford Certified Instructor. If this is not possible, participants are required to complete at least two small punched pieces such as chair seats or wall hangings. These can be mailed to Amy prior to class for approval. She'll work with you to help you with any improvements in technique that are needed to ensure that you're ready for class. All students must read Amy's book "Punch Needle Rug Hooking" from cover to cover. Upon acceptance into the program, students will be required to complete a specially designed 8” x 8” pattern provided by the school to prepare them for the rug punching portion of the workshop.

Materials Fee: $45 for pre-class sampler and manual. Other materials needed will vary depending upon which supplies you bring yourself and which you purchase in class. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Hooked rug by Lolly Golden

Oxford Certified Instructor Lolly Golden from Ben Lomond, California made this 2' x 3' rug for her certification homework in 2015. Lolly is also a quilter and likes to incorporate quilt designs into her rugs.

Click here to see more teacher certification homework rugs.

Benefits of Being a Certified Oxford Instructor

  1. Instructors will receive ongoing support in all aspects of their rug hooking, teaching, and professional development.
  2. Instructors will receive 50% off all Oxford Punch Needles, with no minimum order required.
  3. Instructors will receive 20% off all frames, monk's cloth, linen, books, and McAdoo Rugs patterns with no minimum order required.
  4. Instructors will be listed on The Oxford Company website (if they choose).
  5. Instructors will be invited to a biennial teacher's reunion to share experiences, learn new techniques, and stay inspired.
  6. Instructors will be offered the opportunity to teach during “Punch Needle Rug Hooking Day.” This event is organized by Oxford instructors and takes place once a year in April.

“Your certification class is unbelievable. I didn't realize how much I had learned until I had to present myself and the art of Oxford Punch to a store owner. [...] I felt so prepared and comfortable presenting it. I felt like I could have just walked in and taught the class today. [...] I can see where this can really take off. I just have to remember that I have a full time job for at least another 4 1/2 years. Thank you for preparing me so well.”  --M.B. from North Berwick, Maine

Lolly Golden rug detail

July 2017

July Three-Day Rug Hooking Retreat #1

Open Workshop (Work on the project of your choice) 
Instructors: Amy Oxford and Heidi Whipple 
Friday-Sunday, July 7-9 Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-3pm 
Optional evening class hours: Friday and Saturday 7pm-9pm
Levels: Beginner-Advanced
Tuition: $310

This getaway is a chance to completely immerse yourself in the craft without the everyday distractions of the world. Imagine no work, no chores, no cooking, just time to relax and take a deep breath away from your busy schedule. Students who have taken a retreat here leave refreshed and often wistfully ask if they can stay forever! Heidi will help beginners to learn the basics on Friday and then all students will join together with Amy for ongoing teaching in a relaxing learning environment that allows us all to learn from each other. Improve your confidence in choosing and blending yarn colors, creating beautiful stitches, moving your rug on the frame, and much more.

Wondering what to make in your retreat? Click here for some project ideas. You can start something new or bring a work in progress for us to help you with. Amy will consult with you before class to find out what you'd like to make so we can be ready for you when you arrive.

Materials Fee: Will vary depending upon project chosen. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Class photo.

"I'm very thankful for the loyalty, encouragement, creativity, and friendship of my students who return to take classes with me every year! Some have been coming for over fifteen-twenty years!" - Amy Oxford

Photo above, left to right: Longtime students Judy Seymour, Ann Densmore, Pamela Tyndall, Sherry Lowe, Amy Oxford, Sioban McLaughlin, Sarah Shanahan, Becky Densmore, and Cyney Passavant.

Photo below, back row left to right: Ann Herrick, Kathy Sherwin, Barbara Rosenthal, Cynthia Houlihan. Front row left to right: Ginger Selman, Phyllis Gagnon, and Amy Oxford.

Class photo.

July Five-Day Rug Hooking Retreat & Dye Day #1 

This retreat is full.

Open Workshop (Work on the project of your choice)
Instructors: Amy Oxford and Heidi Whipple 
Monday-Friday, July 10-14; Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday 10-3pm
Optional evening class hours: Monday-Thursday 7pm-9pm 
Level: Beginner-Advanced 
Tuition: $435

Treat yourself to a relaxed and inspiring five-day retreat while studying the creative art of punch needle rug hooking. Work on any project you choose with experienced instructors available for consultation and guidance. Your rug hooking skills will flourish with lots of individual attention.

Wondering what to make in your retreat? Click here for some project ideas. You can start something new or bring a work in progress for us to help you with. Amy will consult with you before class to find out what you'd like to make so we can be ready for you when you arrive. 

This retreat includes an optional day with Heidi to learn to dye variegated Violet Jane rug yarns. You can try your hand at one skein and if you enjoy it you can continue dyeing all day. Some students love dyeing so much that they keep doing it the next day too, and that's just fine! Warning: dyeing is addictive - students who think they will hate dyeing are often the ones that can’t stop! 

Our professional masseuse, Terrie Davis, will offer massages mid-week for anyone who's interested. Terrie gets rave reviews from everyone here at the school! Cost $1 per minute. Sign up when you arrive for 15 -60 minutes. It's heavenly...

Materials Fee For The Retreat: Will vary depending on project chosen. 
Materials Fee For Dye Day: $7 for each 4 oz. skein you dye ($6.50 for the natural yarn and 50¢ for the dye materials). A supply list will be provided upon registration.

July Three-Day Rug Hooking Retreat #2

Open Workshop (Work on the project of your choice) 
Instructors: Amy Oxford and Heidi Whipple
Friday-Sunday, July 21-23; Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10-3pm
Optional evening class hours: Friday and Saturday 7pm-9pm 
Levels: Beginner-Advanced 
Tuition: $310

This three-day retreat has the same description as the one above (July Three-Day Rug Hooking Retreat #1). 

Valerie with her first rug.

Valerie Lebensohn from Vergennes, Vermont with her first project. 

July Five-Day Rug Hooking Retreat & Dye Day #2

Open Workshop (Work on the project of your choice)
Instructors: Amy Oxford and Heidi Whipple
Monday-Friday, July 24-28; Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday 10-3pm
Optional evening class hours: Monday-Thursday 7pm-9pm 
Level: Beginner-Advanced 
Tuition: $435

This five-day retreat has the same description as the one above (July Five-Day Rug Hooking Retreat #1).

This class is full.

August 2017

Learn to Dye Violet Jane Variegated Rug Yarn

Instructor: Heidi Whipple
Saturday, August 5. 9am-5pm 
Level: Beginner-Advanced 
Tuition: $135 

For course description, materials fee, and other details, please see the duplicate listing for this class in April. This course will also be offered in September.

Violet Jane yarn and a heart made from a strand of yarn.

Punch Needle Rug Hooking for Beginners

Instructor: Amy Oxford
Saturday, August 5. 9am-5pm 
Level: Beginner (May also be taken by intermediates as a refresher) 
Tuition: $135 

For course description, materials fee, and other details, please see the duplicate listing for this class in April. This class will also be offered in June, and November

Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week

August 14-19 

Amy Oxford and Heidi Whipple will be traveling to Archbold, Ohio to attend the 21st annual Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village. We'll have a booth for vending and Amy will be teaching an evening "Wool on Wool" workshop. If you've never been to Rug Week, it's an exciting event! Thousands of artists and visitors flock to view a gallery style exhibit which has featured 450 to over 700 pieces, plus more than 200 pieces displayed by vendors. This year they are offering over 30 classes in a wide variety of topics, techniques, and skill levels. The event takes place in the beautiful setting of a historic village. If you come to Rug Week please stop at our booth to say hello!

Poster for Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week.

August 12 - 20: The Oxford Company will be closed while we're at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week.

August 28 - September 4: The Oxford Company will be closed for summer vacation. 

Summer is short in Vermont and we work very hard. Thanks for your understanding while we recharge our batteries!

Detail of a deer in a hooked rug.

September 2017

Learn to Dye Violet Jane Variegated Rug Yarn

Instructor: Heidi Whipple
Saturday, September 9.  9am-5pm 
Level: Beginner-Advanced 
Tuition: $135 

For course description, materials fee, and other details, please see the duplicate listing for this class in April. This course will also be offered in August.

Skein of undyed yarn.

Students will start with the finest 100% wool natural undyed yarn and wind up with...  yarn candy!

Skeins of dyed Violet Jane Yarn.

Thank ewe sheep!

Flock of sheep.

Punch Needle Rug Hooking Teacher Certification Program

Instructor: Amy Oxford
Sunday-Saturday, September 17-23
Hours: Sunday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-12pm (no early departures please)
Evening class hours: Sunday-Friday 7pm-9pm 
Levels: Intermediate/Advanced 
Tuition: $995. Includes a welcome dinner, pizza night, and a daily morning and afternoon snack

For course description, materials fee, and other details, please see the duplicate listing for this class in June.

 

Susan Barry's Garden Lions rug.

Susan Barry from Dover, Massachusetts designed and punched "Garden Lions" for her teacher certification homework. The rug is 2' x 3' and includes multiple techniques including shading, sculpting, and novelty yarns.

Click here to see more teacher certification homework rugs.

 

October 2017

Fall Foliage Five-Day Rug Hooking Retreat & Dye Day

Open Workshop (Work on the project of your choice) 
Instructors: Amy Oxford and Heidi Whipple 
Monday-Friday, October 2-6; Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday 10am-3pm
Optional evening class hours: Monday-Thursday 7pm-9pm 
Level: Beginner-Advanced 
Tuition: $435

Enjoy a delightful and artistic getaway in Vermont during our most glorious season – fall foliage. You can punch to your heart’s content and we'll also take time to explore some of the back roads with the best mountain views and fall colors. (Leaf peeping is optional – we know some of you won’t want to stop punching!) For course description, materials fee, and other details, please see the duplicate listing for the July Five-Day Rug Hooking Retreat and Dye Day in July.

Fall Foliage Photo by Anne Majusiak

Visitors come from all over the world to see the fall colors in Vermont!

Fall Foliage photo by Anne Majusiak

 

My First Hooked Rug

Instructor: Bob Wertz
4 Tuesdays: October 10, 17, 24, and 31. 6:00pm-8:30pm
Level: Beginner (May also be taken by intermediates as a refresher)
Tuition: $135

For course description, materials fee, and other details, please see the duplicate listing for this class in April.

 

"My First Hooked Rug" instructor Bob Wertz with two of his pieces. The pillow design was adapted from a quilt pattern called "broken dishes." The alpaca piece was "hot off the frame." Bob raises his own sheep and alpacas and the yarns he uses often come from animals he knows by name. He's invented an ingenious way to make a pillow and would love to show you how.  

 

November 2017

Punch Needle Rug Hooking for Beginners 

Instructor: Amy Oxford 
Saturday, November 4. 9am-5pm 
Level:
Beginner (May also be taken by intermediates as a refresher)
Tuition:
$135

For course description, materials fee, and other details, please see the duplicate listing for this class in April. This class will also be offered in June and August.

 Trudi Aprile holding a McAdoo Rugs Rooster design.

Trudi Aprile from Stouffville, Ontario, Canada shows the back side of her first punched piece, a McAdoo Rugs Rooster design. The front side looked just as lovely!

A Few Last Things

Dye Classroom Studio Hours

Many of you have asked if you could come and dye here (dye yarn that is)! Our fully equipped dye classroom is now available to anyone who has taken a dye class with us before. Take advantage of our ovens, dye pots and baking pans, all of our equipment, and dyes. The studio is available by the half day ($35) and for the day ($65). Use our yarns or bring your own. Our natural Violet Jane 3-ply wool rug yarn is $6.50 per 4 oz. skein. There is a 50¢ dye charge for each skein dyed.

Free Patterns!

Did you know that The Oxford Rug Hooking School is the home of all the McAdoo Rugs patterns? Students are welcome to trace one pattern of any size in class (you provide the monk’s cloth). Each pattern comes with a color photo and a list of yarn amounts needed. We have albums with beautiful color photographs of hundreds of patterns to choose from. If you want to make a smaller project, we also have lots of patterns for chair pads, pillows, and wall hangings. The only hard part is figuring out what to make! We do sell these patterns all drawn up if you don't want to trace your own.

McAdoo Rugs Spry Jack Russell hooked rug.

McAdoo Rugs Spry Jack design is 25" x 36" and one of over 600 McAdoo patterns to choose from.  

McAdoo Rugs rolls of paper patterns in their cubbies.

You can choose a McAdoo Rugs design from our photo albums and we'll find it for you in our alphabetized pattern cubbies. There are one or two to choose from... 

Thank you for looking at our 2017 Classes and Retreats. If you've made it this far you must be really interested! (Or really bored!) We hope you have found something tempting and that we will see you in 2017!

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Cornwall, Vermont 05753
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