Punch needle rug hooking--sometimes described as "painting with wool"--is a versatile craft that began in the 1880s and is currently enjoying a surge of interest! In this workshop, you will make a “mug rug” (a.k.a. a fancy coaster!) and in the process learn how to use a punch needle, how to create the correct size stitch with the needle, and how to hem your finished project. By the end of class you will have the basic skills necessary to make larger wall hangings, pillows, and rugs!
Monk’s cloth with pattern and luxurious 100% Alpaca Rug Yarn from A Simpler Time are included in the class fee. An Oxford Punch Needle ($32) and No-Slip Hoop ($12) will be provided and can be purchased after class if desired.
Christie Beniston is an artist and designer based in Southern California and has had a thriving art practice for over 25 years. Christie studied punch needle rug hooking with Amy Oxford, an internationally known rug hooker and author and founder of the Oxford Rug Hooking School in Vermont. As a Certified Oxford Punch Needle Instructor, Christie is one of only a handful of instructors on the West Coast and the only one in San Diego.