A Selection of Classes and Workshops:

The list below is to give you an idea of the variety of classes and workshops that I teach...I'm happy to come to your group or guild, or I occasionally run classes from my home. If you have any questions about them please give me a call or send an email!

~Learn to Make a Rug in a Day~

Full day beginner class

Making hooked rugs with a punch needle has a rich and time honoured history in Canada, developed as a faster alternative to using a rug hook and wool strips.

This fun course is designed for beginners who want to explore the basics of the craft. Students will work on a 10” chair pad or wall hanging and by doing this will learn all the skills necessary to make larger rugs. Create your own pattern using a selection of design templates.  A rich palette of hand dyed 100% wool rug yarns will be available. Time should allow for most people to complete the punching in class and the stages of rug finishing will be discussed and students will leave with easy directions as a reminder.

~Hop to it: make a bunny figure~

One or Two Day Class

Levels: Intermediate/Advanced

These cute bunny figures are fun to make, and each develops

a personality all it's own as you create it. You'll learn about using

a variety of different punch needles and some more advanced

punching techniques, as well as some basic sewing and assembly

tricks to make your bunny making a hopping success!

~The Wonder of Words: Make a Hooked Sign With The  Oxford Mini Punch Needle~

One or Two Day Class

Learn how to add the wonder of words to your hooked pieces! Create small
beautiful primitive hooked signs with the words or motto of your choice from
inspirational to light hearted. Say it in one word or more, keep it simple, or
embellish it. “Laugh," "Love," "Dream," "Joy," "Welcome,” your house number or your name ... these are just a few ideas to get you thinking about your own
sign. Perfect for gift giving, and your own enjoyment, make several small signs
on one rug frame or make one larger piece. The Oxford #14 Mini Punch Needle
will be used along with worsted weight knitting yarn for fast and gorgeous
textures that look similar to needlepoint. This class is a great beginner's
introduction to punch needle rug hooking as well as a more in-depth exploration
for the experienced puncher. 

                                      ~Calendar Hangers: a design for   every season!~                                    

One or Two Day Class                                           
    Levels: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced         

Create a beautiful hanger to go on your door or to hang  

your calendar from. These hangers are gorgeous way to 

display your punch hooking accomplishments!                

There are many patterns to choose from for all seasons 

  holidays, and ones to suit all different skill levels.            

These come together quickly and easily and assembly is

simple. They make wonderful gifts, or make one for each

season to enjoy yourself!                                                 

~Punching Bags: Make a Small Hooked Bag or Purse with the Oxford "Mini" Punch Needle~

Two Day Class
Levels: Beginner/Intermediate

Create a small 4" x 6" bag using the Oxford #14 Punch Needle. This tool, known as the "Mini" creates a handsome, short 1/8" looped pile that looks similar to needle point. Delightfully fast, easy and surprisingly addictive this tool may be used with 4ply worsted weight knitting yarn, sock yarn and other similar sizes.  This is a great way to use up left over knitting yarns! You will have multiple designs to choose from, or design your own. You learn to punch and assemble the bag. If your bag isn't completed in class students will receive complete instructions on how to finish the project at home. No Experience is necessary.

~Fun Fibers: Hooking Rugs with Texture and Pizzazz ~

Levels: Beginners/Intermediates.
Learn to create hooked rugs with flair and texture using unusual, rich, and exciting novelty yarns! To achieve interesting results the Oxford Punch Needle will be used to create fast, even, and beautiful stitches. Students are requested to bring 5 skeins of unique yarns that catch their eye. These yarns will be shared during class in a 'round-robin', giving everyone a chance to try a wide assortment of fibers. If ten people each bring 5 skeins of yarn, there will be 50 different yarns to play with! A list of suitable yarns wil be sent upon registration.

~Hooked on Christmas:  flat Standing Mantle Christmas Figure or free standing cone santa~

1 or 2 day class
Levels: Beginner/ Intermediate

Each person will create their own beautiful,

flat punch hooked rug figure to display on

a table or mantle for Christmas. There are

6 different flat patterns to choose from

including: Primitive Santa, Christmas tree,

Snowman, Reindeer, Sleigh, or Norwegian

Dala Horse.  The cone shaped Santas are

made with hand painted head and roving

beard (included in material costs). We will

use a rich palette of quality 100% wool rug

yarns to complete the projects. Many of

these wools are hand-dyed in beautiful

variegated hues.These sweet, hand crafted

decorations may be treasured for years to

come as a reminder of wonderful Christmas

together! A great parent and child class.

~The Art of Animals: A Realistic Approach~

Levels: Intermediate/ Advanced

Bring those animals to life in your hooked pieces!
In this course you'll learn the secrets, tips and tricks to hooking

realistic looking animals, whether you wish to hook your own four

legged companion, a barnyard friend, or a wild jungle creature.

You'll be amazed at what you can do. Bring your own design or use

one of Red Maple Ruggery's many animal patterns. I can even create

a custom pattern for you from your photographs! We will cover

topics such as pattern principles and design, colour choices,shading

for realistic form, texture, adding that magic 'spark of life', dummy
boards, and complimentary backgrounds for your rug. 

Punch Needle Rug Hooking

fun and easy to learn

Often described as 'painting with wool', punch needle rug hooking is an exciting and easy to learn art that gives almost instant gratification. Not an artist? No worries! With the endless variety of design possibilities Punching is for everyone; you can still have wonderful results and no artistic skills necessary! Like to get creative? Let your imagination soar! I strive to keep classes fun and relaxed for all, and I make sure you go home with the skills needed for satisfaction and success with your rug punching endeavors.  Classes are available near Grand Bend or at your location.

Workshops for your Group

book now

I am currently booking workshops for the remainder of 2014, and into 2015. If you'd like me to come and teach your Group or Guild contact me and I'd be happy to discuss ideas with you! I am willing to travel. Not a part of a group or guild, but just want to get together a group of friends to learn a new craft? That works too!


for beginners to advanced

There is something for everyone!

I like to keep workshop classes small (between 10 and 12 students) to ensure that everyone receives plenty of individual attention.

Beginners: No need to purchase tools! I loan my students the tools needed during class, so they can decided if they like punching before buying. For those that decide they like it, tools are available to purchase at the end of class, if they wish.

Private Lessons

for the individual learner

If you prefer to learn on your own private lessons may be just the ticket. Teaching fee is $25 per hour for private lessons and I usually recommend three hours minimum to get a good start.

Beginner Punch Needle Class:

JJ Ruggers, Paris: 22nd Annual Rug Hooking Weekend at Apps Ridge

. For information please contact Pam Watkins

at pam.watkins@rogers.com or 519-442-7369.

Call Today: +1.5192940440

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