Punch needle rug hooking, also called "New England Style," is easy to learn and fun to do. Create an 8" x 8" square or circular wool hooked project (a mat or pillow top) of your own design. With a punch needle threaded with yarn, the rug is worked from the back to form the loops, instead of from the front, as in traditional rug hooking.
Simple, graphic designs work best for this method. Time will be spent introducing and practicing technique, creating a design (perhaps inspired by the museum collection), choosing colors of available 100% wool rug yarn, hooking, and finishing off the project. Participants will have use of Oxford punch needles, hoops and frames during class time as well as all necessary supplies and equipment to complete their project.
Instructor Holly Berry lives in Waldoboro, Maine. She is a children's book illustrator and block printer. She has taught punch needle rug hooking to children and adults for the past ten years.
Class size: open to 10 students
Cost: $80 members, $100 nonmembers (a $35 materials fee for wool and backing cloth is payable to instructor on the first day of class)
Location: Gamble Education Center
Materials: provided by the instructor; please bring your own bagged lunch