Oxford Certified Instructor Biennial Reunion

May 23 - 26, 2022
Reunion Cost: 
$159: Oxford Punch Needle Instructors Guild (OPNIG) members. 
$199: Non-members
(To learn more about OPNIG and to become a member Click Here.)

Meals and Lodging Packet:
$667 single
$532 double (per person)
(18% service fee and 9% meals and rooms tax not included.)

This includes your room Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights, a welcome dinner on Monday; breakfast lunch and dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday; and breakfast on Thursday. 

Location: The Oxford Rug Hooking School and Basin Harbor, located on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain in Vergennes, Vermont. (Basin Harbor is a 45 minute drive northwest from the rug school.)

View of Basin Harbor
Basin Harbor is an oasis offering charming guest rooms and private cottages,
resort dining featuring local producers, and a bright and spacious meeting room for our workshops and fun times rug punching together. You might want to bring a spouse or partner along to enjoy golf and the other amenities. Basin Harbor is even pet friendly. For a brochure click here.

How to Register

To register, please send a check for $159 (OPNIG member) or $199 (non member) to:
Kim Scanlan
OPNIG Treasurer
4767 Dahlia Way N
Hugo, MN 55038

Or you can pay by credit card with PayPal. To pay with PayPal use the email address OPNIGTreasurer@gmail.com.
The Funds should be in US dollars.

To book your room, call Basin Harbor toll free at (800) 622-4000 and tell them that you are with the Oxford Instructors Reunion. They have reserved a block of rooms for us. If you are not staying at Basin Harbor and would like to reserve meals please call Basin Harbor.

There are no free rooms available Sunday night before the reunion but they do have openings on Thursday night at their regular room rates. These rooms are limited so please make your reservation early. 

If you are flying in: The closest airport is Burlington, VT. We're working with two local taxi services for transportation to and from the airport so let us know if you need a ride and we can put you in touch with the drivers or with other instructors who might like to share a taxi or rent a car. The taxi cost is $100   each way (it's a 31 mile ride). Uber are in short supply. We recommend making car rental reservations now.

Deadline to register and book your room: April 23, 2022. 

Come Join Us - It's Been Ages!

It's hard to believe that our last reunion was four years ago - we've been trying to make this happen since 2020! The safety of our instructors has always been our main concern and that will continue this year with the requirement that all participants be double vaccinated and boosted and that everyone take a covid test before arriving. Now that that's out of the way let's discuss the fun stuff! 

A Wealth of Talent 

This year’s inspiring keynote speaker is internationally renowned Canadian Oxford Certified Instructor and McGown teacher Ingrid Hieronimus. Some of you will know Ingrid from her terrific dye books, including "Primary Fusion." In addition to her presentation, Ingrid will lead a workshop on how to use a technique she calls "reversible punch needle hooking" to make a two-sided mat that has a different design on each side (very cool)! We will also have a workshop with rug hooking color expert Nancy Jewett from Fluff and Peachy Bean Designs and a presentation on the history of rug hooking by the former Textile curator at Shelburne Museum, Celia Oliver. An informal rug show will allow us to share all of our talent and won't it be grand to be able to see each other again?

Reunion Workshops

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Reversible Punch Needle Hooking 
Instructor: Ingrid Hieronimus 
Materials Fee: $60. This includes the pattern on monk's cloth and all the wool yarn needed to complete the trivet.

Please pay materials fee directly to Ingrid at the workshop.

In this workshop students will learn how to accomplish reversible punch needle hooking, making a small 8 ½ inch trivet or pot holder. This technique is called the corduroy stitch and is one of the creative stitches used in traditional rug hooking. This technique may be used together with traditional rug hooking and punch needle hooking. Finishing will also be discussed.