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“Your rug hooking home away from home!”

Registration Now Open!
Phone registration and online registration is available. 

Classes 2023

April 15 Cup Cozey Make-and-Take with Cotey Gallagher
May 12-14 

Introduction to Fine Shading - With Guest Instructor Diane Moore

May 25-26

Hydrangea In Bloom Shading Workshop - With Guest Instructor Judith Hotchkiss

June 3

Learn to Hook a Rug in a Day with Heidi Whipple

June 8-9 After the Punching Comes the Braiding - With Guest Instructor Kris McDermet
June 25-July 1

Teacher Certification

July 12-14

Summer Three-Day Retreat #1

July 19-21

Summer Three-Day Retreat #2

July 26-28 Summer Three Day Retreat #3
Sept. 9 Learn to Hook a Rug in a Day with Heidi Whipple
Sept. 15 NEW: Intro to Punch Needle
Sept. 19-22

Advanced Teacher Certification

Oct. 2-6

Autumn Five-Day Retreat

Oct. 13 NEW: Intro to Punch Needle
Oct. 18-20 Autumn Three-Day Retreat
Oct. 28

Learn to Hook a Rug in a Day with Heidi Whipple

Nov. 4 Holiday Baubles Make-and-Take with Cotey Gallagher
Nov. 10 NEW: Intro to Punch Needle

Weekly Groups


Events 2023

April 1

International Punch Needle Rug Hooking Day
Punching Bee

Sunday, May 14th, 2:00 pm
Exhibition Opening — Lift Every Voice
At Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, Vermont
Exhibition on display in the Jane Williamson Gallery from May 13–June 10, 2023

Guest curated by Maddie Fraioli, Lift Every Voice, is an exhibition of 15 hooked rugs reproduced from the “I Am a Black Woman” series by Elizabeth Catlett (1947). Participating artists include Benita Raleigh, Liz Marino, Marty Liptak, Laura Ponkos, Mary Austin, Gwen Hess, Robin Venters, Dorye Jackson, Maddy Fraioli, Lauren Salisbury, Annette Dixie, Tish Murphy, Deidra Pinnock, Lisa Meecham. Sponsored by the Northern McGown Teachers Workshop.


Private Lessons & Retreats

Private lessons and retreats are offered year-round and are available for all skill levels from beginner to advanced and will be taught by expert Oxford Certified Instructors Heidi Whipple and Cotey Gallagher. Come on your own or bring your posse! Click here for more information.

Covid Precautions: Proof of vaccination is required. Masking is optional. 

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

  • Punch needle rug hooking classes and retreats
  • Yarn dyeing classes
  • Oxford Teacher Certification programs
  • Classes for all skill levels
  • Small classes to ensure lots of personal attention
  • Gorgeous hand dyed yarns and McAdoo patterns
  • A fun and creative learning vacation
  • Scholarships

Rebecca Osborne, Valerie Bagg, Deborah Carlson

Free Patterns!

Students are welcome to trace one McAdoo Rugs 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. 

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.