Oxford Punch Needle Instructors Guild


The Oxford Punch Needle Instructors Guild (OPNIG) was founded in 2017 by Oxford Punch Needle Rug Hooking Instructors to support, encourage, inspire, and offer ongoing educational opportunities for Oxford Instructors. 

OPNIG hosts quarterly Frame-Side Chat Zoom webinars on a variety of topics of interest to Oxford Instructors. Our presenters are predominantly Oxford Instructors and we enjoy having the opportunity to learn from one another. We are also excited to learn from other punch needle artists and fiber artists. Recent Frame-Side Chat topics include "how to teach remotely," "the healing power of punching," and "all about rug yarn." Oxford Instructors have also discussed their work, presented their projects, and shown us their classrooms and studios. Each Frame-Side Chat allows time for us to go into breakout rooms to get to know each other better and talk about our work in smaller groups.

OPNIG sponsors International Punch Needle Rug Hooking Day (IPNRHD), a day when Oxford Certified Instructors and other punch needle teachers can celebrate the day by offering workshops, get-togethers, hook-ins, and presentations. Experienced punchers are encouraged to work on a project and beginners are encouraged to give it a go! We offer a new specially designed IPNRHD punch needle pattern each year that is available for free download, as a pattern on monk's cloth, or a full kit including all the materials needed to complete the project. In 2021, hundreds of punchers completed the IPNRHD pattern and the pieces were featured on social media. We also partnered with Rug Hooking magazine to offer an online presentation hosted by Oxford Certified Instructor Rebecca Martin showing how to make the pattern. Over 900 people attended from across the globe.

Oxford Instructor Reunion 2018

Oxford Instructor Reunion 2018 at the Brandon Inn, Brandon, Vermont

OPNIG also puts out an online newsletter for members, organizes the Biennial Oxford Certified Instructors Reunion, and helps to make Oxford Rug Hooking School scholarships available for beginning punch needle students and those attending Oxford Teacher Certification and Advanced Oxford Teacher Certification.

Crocus Pattern

Our 2021 IPNRHD pattern, Crocus, was designed by Oxford Instructor and IPNRHD Ambassador Rebecca Martin of StoryTeller Wool.


If you would like to become a member of OPNIG please submit your dues by check or PayPal. Please mail checks to:

Kim Scanlan
OPNIG Treasurer
4767 Dahlia Way N
Hugo, MN 55038

To pay with Paypal use the email address OPNIGTreasurer@gmail.com.
The Funds should be in US dollars.

2022 Dues are $35.00 (January - December)
Lifetime dues are $175.00

OPNIG Board of Directors

Chair: Judith Hotchkiss
Vice-Chair: Micah Clasper Torch
Treasurer: Kim Scanlan
Secretary: Kelly Wright
Alternate: Louise Kulp  
Historian: Amy Oxford
Chair Emeritus: Margaret Mitchell
Newsletter Editor: Kim Scanlan
Thank you to our founding board members who helped get OPNIG up and running. We wouldn't be here without them:

Susan Barry
Hildegard Edling
Marianne Benedict

OPNIG Mission Statement

To promote the art and craft of punch needle rug hooking through the education of certified Oxford instructors, who pledge to maintain the highest standards of craftsmanship and foster originality and creativity in their students.

To preserve and elevate the craft by educating ourselves, our students, future teachers and the public.

The Oxford Punch Needle Instructors Guild is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.