Punch a Hooked Chair pad or Pillow
If you’ve always admired hooked rugs or wondered about the difference between punching and hooking, then this class is for you! In this two-part workshop, you will make a 13” punch hooked chair pad or pillow with a lupine design. A kit is provided that includes your pattern on monks cloth and sufficient yarn to complete the pattern, but you get to pick from a rainbow selection of hand-dyed yarns to personalize your project. This form of rug making is so fast and easy it is often described as “instant gratification with wool”. All finishing stages will be taught before you leave on the second day and veteran instructor, Judith Hotchkiss, will cover everything you need to know to confidently complete your project on your own if it is not finished by the end of class. Be forewarned, students are usually contemplating their next project before they have even completed the first!! Your pattern is on monks cloth. A frame and #9 Oxford punches are available for loan during class and may be purchased if desired.
Judith Hotchkiss grew up in a hooking household and watched her mother, aunt and older sister punch beautiful rugs. As a young girl, her mother often let her choose colors and practice punching on her big floor frame. Now Judith loves to teach the art to others, and likes to combine punch and traditional rug hooking as well as use lighter weight yarns for fine shading. She is an Oxford Certified Punch Needle Instructor as well as McGown certified to teach traditional hooking. She produces her own line of hand-dyed wool and yarn, specializing in multi-value swatch dyeing as well as one of a kind spot dyed skeins. She lives in Deer Isle, ME where she is constantly inspired by the colors and beauty of Downeast Maine.