Workshops & Presentations - Oxford Reunion 2022

Tuesday Workshop

Reversible Punch Needle Hooking - With Instructor Ingrid Hieronimus

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. 

Supply List

  • 14” x 14” Oxford Gripper Strip Lap Frame. Frames will be available to borrow for those flying in. Details will be sent upon registration.
  • 14” x 14” Oxford Gripper Strip Lap Frame Cover (or any other cover). These will not be available to borrow. Please bring one or order one ahead for purchase at the reunion.
  • #10 fine Oxford Punch Needle. If you have more than one, bring it with you as this will save time in threading the punch with the different colors.
  • Sharp pointed scissors.
  • All other supplies will be provided by the instructor. This includes the pattern on monk's cloth and all the wool yarn needed to complete the trivet. (Note that there is a $60 kit fee but this has been included in your registration fee. No additional payment is required at the reunion.)

Ingrid's wonderful 2-sided class project (below) has a winter design on one side (snowflake) and spring or summer on the other (flower). You could flip it over depending on the season!  

Ingrid Hieronimus

Ingrid Hieronimus is the owner/operator of Ragg Tyme Studio in Mannheim (Kitchener), Ontario, Canada. She is an Ontario Hooking Craft Guild certified teacher, a certified McGown teacher, has her certificate in Fibre Arts – Traditional Rug Hooking from St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, and is a Certified Oxford Instructor (class of 2017). Ingrid has been featured in Rug Hooking magazine's Celebration and is internationally known for her teaching, dyeing and rug hooking. Seminars, workshops and individual lessons are conducted in her own studio as well as in classrooms across Canada, the United States, and England. Ingrid also runs the Ragg Tyme School of Rug Hooking, which is held in May in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. Ingrid is the author of three dye books – Primary Fusion, Multiple Fusion Spots, and Primary Fusion Spots. She has also written Special Effects Using Creative Stitches. Ingrid enjoys creating new and exciting colors in the dye pot using only the three primaries and black. Ingrid has been hooking for 40 years and teaching and dyeing professionally for about 30 years. Her expertise in dyeing and rug hooking is matched only by her skill at infusing the practical requirements of rug hooking and dyeing techniques with the excitement of creating and learning.

Club Room

Amy and Heidi fell in love with our meeting space, the bright and cheerful Lodge Club Room (above). Just imagine it full of friends, rugs, yarn, learning, and laughter! 

Wednesday Workshop

Simple Tools for Mastering Color Planning - With Nancy Jewett

This is a hands-on workshop with a practical approach to color planning your rugs. We will make Nancy's 8” x 10” Funky Leaf pattern. Nancy will teach us to use a couple of color planning tools as we discover the magic of Color Harmonies and other aspects regarding color planning knowledge. Each student will have the same pattern and a choice of a worsted weight yarns in various Tetrad Color Harmonies to work with. 

Funky Leaf - Finished
Funky Leaf will be our workshop project. Designed and traditionally hooked with fabric strips by Nancy Jewett.  8” x 10”. Featured in Rug Hooking magazine in 2016. Note that we will punch our mat with a #14 fine Oxford Punch Needle and worsted weight yarn. 

Supply List

  • #14 fine Oxford Punch Needle.
  • 14” x 14” Oxford Gripper Strip Lap Frame. Frames will be available to borrow for those flying in. Details will be sent upon registration.
  • 14” x 14” Oxford Gripper Strip Lap Frame Cover (or any other cover). These will not be available to borrow. Please bring one or order one ahead for purchase at the reunion.
  • Sharp pointed scissors.
  • 3 -In-1 Color Tool - $19.95 (Nancy will have them available for purchase or one to share if you don’t want to purchase.)
  • Nancy’s Color Harmony Chart - $24.95 (Nancy will have them available for purchase or one to share if you don’t want to purchase.)
  • All other materials needed will be provided by the instructor including the pattern and yarn kit needed for the project. (Note that there is a $60 kit fee but this has been included in your registration fee. No additional payment is required at the reunion.)

Oxford Instructor Judith Hotchkiss from Judith Hotchkiss Designs and Dyeworks is coordinating with Nancy and will be putting kits together based on Tetrad Color Harmonies. Everyone will have the same pattern but there will be different color choices. The kits will consist of six worsted weight yarn colors with multiple values of each color available. For background there will be separate choices for each student to pick out.

Nancy Jewett

Nancy Jewett is a self-taught artist who grew up on a farm in Vermont, surrounded by animals and memorable rugs hooked by her grandmother. She later learned traditional rug hooking from her former mother-in-law and soon began designing her own rugs and dyeing wool. Her designs, which often reflect her fondness for animals and her sense of humor, might include animals having fun, playing musical instruments, or simply being a bit mischievous.

Nancy's passion for color transforms wool into an irresistible palette encircling the color wheel. She is presently working to complete her McGown Teacher Certification and is the owner of Fluff & Peachy Bean Designs in Brandon, Vermont which she founded in 2003. Nancy has a love for teaching color planning, dyeing, and design with an emphasis on borders. She is primarily a traditional rug hooker but also has experience with The Oxford Punch Needle.

Nancy is a frequent contributor to Rug Hooking magazine. She is the current McGown Chairman of Activities and Members-at-Large and also co-hosts the ATHA (Association of Traditional Rug Hooking Artists) Region 1 Hook-In at Westford, Massachusetts, and The Harvest Hook-In in Brewer, Maine. Nancy was the Membership Chair of TIGHR (The International Guild of Hand Hooking Rugmakers) from 2006-2009 and served as ATHA Region 1 Representative from 2009-2015.

Funky Leaf - Finished

The Funky Leaf pattern is an excellent choice for color exploration. Nancy says "There's so much to learn about color!" I'm sure we all agree! It will be wonderful to learn more about it, not only to enhance our own rugs, but to help our students!"

Working Breakfast Instagram Tutorials (Optional)

Wednesday 8 am - 9 am. Part 1: Create an Instagram page
Thursday 8 am - 9 am. Part 2: How to get the most out of Instagram
With Alaina Dickason Roberts and Hannah Harding

Part 1 is designed for anyone who doesn't currently have an Instagram account and would like to create a professional and beautiful page. Please bring your cell phone with 4 photos you would like to use on your page. One of the photos should be of you. The other three could be rugs or anything else punch needle related.

Part 2 will focus on the inner workings of Instagram: How to include “stories;” how to use Instagram TV (IGTV); how to add videos; how to use Instagram Live; as well as how to track your followers and boost the number of followers. Whether you see social media as a chore or something interesting, and inspiring, this tutorial will help take the mystery out of it and help you make the most of it! Oxford Instructors who are currently active on Instagram are encouraged to come share tips and be part of the discussion.

Alaina Roberts

Alaina Dickason Roberts is a trained, professional structural engineer with a penchant for crafting and a love of color. As the daughter of Amy Oxford and the god-daughter of Cynthia McAdoo, Alaina has punch needle rug hooking in her blood. She has been punching since she was three years old and at age five, she invented a successful technique to secure loops that pulled out of her rugs, keeping them in place with Scotch tape. Alaina taught her first class when she was eleven, teaching the children in an adult/child class while her mother taught the grownups. Alaina earned her Oxford Punch Needle Rug Hooking Instructor Certification in 2019 and is looking forward to continuing the family tradition of teaching punch needle rug hooking. Alaina helped her reluctant and skeptical mother join, navigate, and appreciate Instagram and has helped Amy manage her page. Alaina lives in Underhill, Vermont with her husband, two small children, and two dogs.

 Hannah HardingHannah Harding, a native of Cornwall, Vermont, began working at The Oxford Company in 2020 as Amy's Executive Assistant and Director of Digital Marketing. She is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and comes from an artistic and crafting family, making the move to working at The Oxford Company an easy one. She is  enjoying cataloging the McAdoo Rugs collection and adding the patterns to The Oxford Company website. Hannah also spends much of her time keeping Amy in check and on the straight and narrow. Hannah learned to punch with ease and has created multiple projects that she gives as gifts and occasionally keeps for herself. She lives in East Middlebury with her family, neurotic dog, and ferocious cat and can oftentimes be found in the woods around Addison County exploring nature with her feral children, among the books at Otter Creek Used Books, or coaching figure skating at Middlebury College. 

Hooked Rugs in the American Home

A presentation by Celia Oliver
Tuesday 7 pm - 8 pm

Celia's talk "Hooked Rugs in the American Home" will present a visual history and overview of the design and evolution of hooked rug styles and their relationship to historical interior design trends and the various patterns used in wall paper, floor coverings, and bed covers.

Celia Oliver, Textile Historian and former curator at Shelburne Museum, lives in Shelburne, Vermont where she owns and operates her business, Historic Textiles and Interiors. She designs and creates custom textile furnishings for private homes and museums, including window treatments, bed hangings and slipcovers and also repairs antique textiles and rugs. In her free time, she enjoys working on a variety of fiber arts, including punch needle and traditional rug hooking, knitting, wool appliqué, and sewing fanciful critters from wool cloth. 

 Celia Oliver

Celia Oliver is shown here holding one of her hooked pieces. She also made the hooked rug on the wall behind her and the hooked sheep footstool.

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