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Rebecca Martin Retreat

Punch Needle — Friendship Padula


PunchRebecca Martin
Longmont, Colorado

“Punch Needle — Friendship Padula”

4 Day Retreat: 

Tuesday – Friday, August 17 – 20, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$400.00 / Sauder Village Members $380.00
Heritage Inn – Heritage Rm



In this retreat students will learn punch needle rug hooking. Punch needle rug hooking is the same running loop stitch as traditional rug hooking, just on the other side of the cloth, using a punch, rather
than a hook. Come learn complementary techniques to broaden your rug hooking skill set by adding an Oxford punch to your tool bag.

This class is perfect for a beginner, but engaging enough for an experienced punch needle rug hooker. Rebecca will be leading you through the lovely Friendship Padula pattern that graced the cover of the Spring issue of Rug Hooking Magazine this year. Many punch needle techniques are covered in this pattern, including flipping the work and using the flat back stitches as background stitches, creating a dynamic sculpted effect.

If you are unsure about punch, but want to try it on a small scale, the main elements can be hooked and Rebecca will lead you through punching the background.


Martin---R3-for-webLEVEL: Beginner to Intermediate punch needle or rug hooker.

KIT/SUPPLIES: The Retreat project, Friendship Padula, is packaged as a kit. The $89 kit includes the 16” x 16” pattern on 24” x 23” Monks Cloth & beautiful hand-dyed wool yarn.

STUDENTS NEED TO BRING: A rug hooking frame. (Punch frames do not have bases/stands, which is handy for flipping at looking at your work. However, a traditional rug hooking frame can be used. Punch needle frames will be available for purchase through Amy Oxford in her booth, if so desired before, during, or after class.) Please bring a small pair of scissors and a #10 regular Oxford Punch needle. (Punch Needles will be available for purchase in class if needed.)


A native of the east coast, Rebecca was called west for university and made Colorado her home. She lives there with her husband and two children. 

Rebecca is passionate about all things rug - hooked, punched, and every possible combination of the two techniques. As a certified Oxford Punch Needle Instructor and almost completed McGown teacher, she loves to teach punch needle and traditional rug hooking both in person and over the internet.

Rebecca has been published in both Rug Hooking Magazine and ATHA's newsletter. Her work also appears in Amy Oxford's latest book. Rebecca really enjoyed her role as the International Punch Needle ambassador for 2021, and looks forward to championing it again in 2022.

She is a member of the Oxford Instructor Punch Needle Guild, ATHA, and National Guild of Pearl McGown Hookrafters. When Rebecca isn't punching or hooking, she is hovering over her dye pots, dyeing rug yarn for her company, StoryTeller Wool.

Registration starts at 10 am on November 18, 2020
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