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Amy Oxford

Amy OxfordAmy is an internationally known punch needle rug hooking instructor who has been teaching since 1986. She is the inventor of The Oxford Punch Needle and the author of five books: Punch Needle Rug Hooking and Volumes I-IV of Hooked Rugs Today. Amy worked as a licensee for the Shelburne Museum to make adaptations of their antique rugs and helped catalog the museum's collection of over 400 hooked rugs. She is the past president of The Vermont Crafts Council and past vice president of The Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild. Oxford learned to rug punch in 1982 while working for McAdoo Rugs in North Bennington, Vermont. When McAdoo closed in 2010 Amy purchased their collection of over 1,000 rug designs. Six hundred of these are available for students at her new school, and many McAdoo patterns are available for purchase online. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and at Vermont's Bennington Museum. She is the owner of The Oxford Company and founder of The Oxford Rug Hooking School.

Heidi Whipple

Heidi WhippleHeidi started working at The Oxford Company in 2009 by assembling Oxford Punch Needles. She took a lesson from Amy in 2010 to learn about punch needle rug hooking and fell in love with the craft. Heidi punched many rugs and wall hangings over the next three years and received her Oxford Teacher Certification in 2013. Heidi learned to dye yarn under the guidance of Sara Burghoff, the founder of Violet Jane. When The Oxford Company purchased Violet Jane in 2014, Heidi began dyeing Violet Jane for our many customers and students. 1n 2015 Heidi took a four-day intensive dye workshop at The Pro Chemical & Dye Company to further her dyeing knowledge. In addition to teaching punch needle rug hooking and yarn dyeing, she is the manager of the The Oxford Company. Her desire to help others in all aspects of life makes teaching a special joy for her, especially to see others enjoy and feel proud of their accomplishments.

Cotey Gallagher

Cotey GallagherCotey Gallagher received her BFA in illustration in 2000, and since then has illustrated a number of children’s books and worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer as her side hustle. She came to The Oxford Company in 2018 and quickly learned the art of punch needle rug hooking, becoming an Oxford Certified Instructor in 2019. Chances are, if you have recently called or emailed us you’ve talked to Cotey, since she handles the majority of all of the customer service calls and emails! Don’t let the number of years fool you, Cotey was a quick study and absorbed all of the information and history about punch needle rug hooking that she could within the short time she has been here. Cotey helps us design new patterns and kits for our loyal customers! She also designed the featured projects in Amy Oxford's book, Punch Needle Rug Hooking, Your complete Resource to Learn & Love the Craft.

Diane Moore

Diane is a third-generation rug hooker. Fine shaded techniques are her specialty using swatches and dip dyed fabrics. She is a McGown certified teacher and enjoys dyeing and hooking. Diane’s hooked pieces and articles have been in Rug Hooking magazine's Celebration of Hand Hooked Rugs, The Association of Traditional Hooking's Art of Rug Hooking magazine, and McGown Newsletters. Her work is featured on the front and back cover of Rug Hooking magazine’s book, A Rug Hooker’s Garden. Her rugs have won viewer’s choice awards at The Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild's Hooked in the Mountains Rug shows. Diane has taught at schools in the USA and Canada. 

Judith Hotchkiss

Judith grew up in a hooking household and watched her mother 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 is an Oxford Certified Instructor, as well as McGown certified to teach traditional rug hooking, and she loves to teach the art to others. 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 recently completed a new home studio where she is able to hold classes and retail rug hooking supplies. She lives in Deer Isle, Maine where she is constantly inspired by the colors and beauty of Downeast Maine. You can visit Judith's website at

Kris McDermet

Kris has been braiding for 38 years and fell in love with braiding on hooking during her first braiding class when her teacher, Isabel Clough, mentioned that she had seen a few hooked rugs with a row of braid on the outside creating a frame. Kris began hooking and soon her rugs had rows of braid to compliment the hooking. She developed her technique of sewing and lacing the braiding inside and outside of hooking and going back and forth between the two art forms to create pieces for the floor and wall. Rather than only being used as a border, the braids share the rug space equally with the Hooking. She travels to teaches internationally and is a member of The Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild, The Association of Traditional Rug Hooking Artists (ATHA), and The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers (TIGHR). She participates in several rug braiding guilds in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Kris is a co-author of Combining Rug Hooking and Braiding-Basics, Borders, and Beyond with friends Christine Manges, and Dianne Tobias, is a chapter author in Finishing Hooked Rugs, and author of Welcome to Combining Rug Hooking and Rug Braiding. She has received several Viewer’s Choice ribbons at Vermont's Hooked in the Mountains shows, several Sauder Village Mixed Media ribbons, and had a rug in the 2014 and 2015 issues of Rug Hooking Magazine's Celebration of Hand Hooked Rugs. Kris was a featured artist at the 2018 Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild’s Hooked in the Mountains Rug Show in Essex, Vermont in 2018.


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