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“Bead Stitch for Punch Needle Rug Hooking” Workshop


Amy Oxford

Cornwall, VT  

Dates: Evening – Thursday, August 19, 2021 
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Class Fee: $60.00 / Sauder Village Member $50.00  
Supply Fee: $29.00 - payable to teacher during class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Left
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Oxford-W1Description: The bead stitch, also known as the dotted line technique, is a decorative stitch often used by traditional rug hookers. With traditional hooking, two strips are carried along, pulling up one color with the hook, then the other, to make a dotted line of alternating colors. Black, white, black, white, etc. But how to achieve this with a punch needle? That is the question! You can thread a punch with two colors but how do you control the yarn so the colors come out one at a time in the proper order? All will be revealed! The stem stitch, which creates a tubular row of loops by changing the angle of your punch, will also be taught and is a wonderful compliment to the bead stitch.

In this workshop, we will create a small 4” x 4” square piece, just large enough to learn the technique. If desired, you can enlarge it later by adding extra borders. There will be multiple templates to choose from to trace in class including a paisley, spiral, butterfly, geometric, heart, and other simple motifs appropriate for anyone new to the technique. Choose your motif and then pick your own beautiful colors from a palette of Briggs & Little and hand painted Violet Jane rug yarns. You will finish all the beading during the workshop but might need more time to complete the regularly punched areas after class.

Adding this technique to your punched work is easy once you know how! Beading creates interest and surprise to your work! People will ask, “How did you do that?” You can keep it a mystery or share the fun! 

(Please note: this is a punch needle/punch hooking with yarn workshop, not to be confused with a rug hooking with a hook & wool, or a needle punch with embroidery floss workshop.) 

Oxford-W3Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

Level: Basic – students must have basic punch needle/rug punching with yarn knowledge & experience. Not appropriate for beginners. 

Supply description: One piece of 15” x 15” cotton monk’s cloth and enough wool rug yarn to make a 4” x 4” mat with plenty left over. 

Students Need to Bring: 10” x 10” Gripper strip style hooking/punching frame* (*If you don’t have this size frame, you may borrow a frame from Amy, or purchase one for $69. If you bring a larger frame, bring a piece of monk’s cloth (12-14 holes per inch) large enough to fit your frame.). A #10 regular Oxford Punch Needle (or purchase one for $39 from Amy), & a fine tip black Sharpie® permanent marker. 


Oxford-W4BIO: Amy Oxford has been making punch needle style hooked rugs since 1982 when she worked as a rug puncher for McAdoo Rugs, an esteemed cottage industry in North Bennington, Vermont. An internationally renowned instructor, Oxford has loved teaching the craft since 1986. She has been licensed by the Shelburne Museum to make adaptations of their antique rugs, and has helped catalog the museum’s collection of over 400 hooked rugs. She is the past president of The Vermont Crafts Council and past vice president of The Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild. 

Amy is the inventor and manufacturer of The Oxford Punch Needle. She is a contributor to Rug Hooking Magazine and the author of six books including Punch Needle Rug Hooking and Volumes I-IV of Hooked Rugs Today, which feature rugs from the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild’s exhibitions at Shelburne Museum. Her latest book, Punch Needle Rug Hooking - A Complete Resource to Learn & Love the Craft, was published in 2020. Amy has made everything from dollhouse rugs to a room sized rug and stair runner. Her work has been exhibited throughout New England and in the United Kingdom. 

Oxford-W5When McAdoo Rugs closed in 2010 Oxford purchased all of their rug designs. Over 600 patterns have now been digitally archived and are being added to her website. Amy is the owner of Violet Jane, a yarn dyeing business specializing in hand-painted variegated rug yarns. In 2013, she started The Oxford Rug Hooking School in Cornwall, Vermont where she offers classes for all skill levels including teacher certification. Her interest in the history of punch needle rug making has spurred the collection of over 150 antique punches. She lives in an off-the-grid wind and solar powered home just down the road from her school.


Registration starts at 10 am on November 18th, 2020
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