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Become a Certified Oxford Instructor!

Help to spread the art of punch needle rug hooking! 

When Amy Oxford started teaching punch needle rug hooking in 1986 there were only four places teaching the craft in the entire USA. Rug punching was virtually a dyeing art. Amy has made it her mission to keep the craft alive by teaching as much as she can herself, and also training others to teach. There are now eighty-two Oxford Instructors in the USA, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The goal of the teacher certification program is to pass on the highest possible standards of workmanship and artistry, and to provide the tools necessary for Oxford Instructors to be prepared to teach in a professional, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, confident, and inspiring way. If you find joy and take pride in your work, take a minute to recall how happy you were when you first learned to punch. Then imagine passing this feeling on to others. It's a pretty great thing!

One certification course is being offered in 2018. The dates are June 17-23, 2018. If you're interested please read the details below and email or call with any questions. Please call to register. Only eight people will be included in each class so sign up now to ensure that you get a spot. Thanks! Amy Oxford (802) 462-2011.

 Patricia Finlayson and Louise Paintner

On the fourth day of the teacher certification course students divide into pairs and give each other 3-hour private lessons. This gives them a chance to practice their teaching skills and to reinforce what they've learned. Shown here are Patricia Finlayson (left) and Louise Paintner. When this photo was taken Louise was teaching and Patricia was her student.

Punch Needle Rug Hooking Teacher Certification Program  

This Program is Full. Please contact us if you'd like to be put on the waiting list.

Instructor: Amy Oxford 
Sunday-Saturday, June 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 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, 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, 2018.

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” pre-class sampler 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.

Click here to see more teacher certification homework rugs.

Benefits of Being a Certified Oxford Instructor

  • Instructors will receive ongoing support in all aspects of their rug hooking, teaching, and professional development.
  • Instructors will receive 50% off all Oxford Punch Needles, with no minimum order required.
  • Instructors will receive 25% off all frames, monk's cloth, linen, books, and McAdoo Rugs patterns with no minimum order required.
  • Instructors will be listed on The Oxford Company website (if they choose).
  • Instructors will be invited to an annual teacher's reunion to share experiences, learn new techniques, and stay inspired.
  • 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.

    Christopher Hayden abd Kathleen Knisely.

    Christopher Hayden (left) gets a three-hour private lesson in the morning with his teacher Kathleen Knisely. They'll switch roles in the afternoon. This exercise helps certification students learn to teach beginners. By switching roles each person learns the ropes twice: once as a student, and once as a teacher. 


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