Saturday’s Workshop: Punch Hooking 101
Are you curious about the dynamic art of punch needle? This beginner’s class is the starting point for launching your personal journey with this versatile craft, which builds on the traditions of rug hooking, embroidery and traditional rug making. This hands-on 101 workshop will teach you the fundamental techniques of punch needle embroidery, using an Amy Oxford punch needle to create an illustration or patterns using loops of yarn or thread on fabric.You will learn: About punch needles and the different sizes How to select the right backing fabric and yarn for your needle Proper technique for using your needle and tips All material included, punch needle and hoops provided for workshop only.
Participants from the beginner’s class can sign up and continue their project next day at the:
Sunday Intermediate punch needle workshop & artist talk.
Spend the day punching, sparking creative conversations, and enjoying an artist-led talk about Betty’s journey into fibre art through mindfulness. She’ll be talking about developing her sense of style, choosing subject matter and her ‘slow’ approach to creating. If you’ve mastered the basics of punch needle and want to add more dynamism to your projects, this session is for you. We’ll explore using different Oxford punch needles to create relief and pile heights, developing your own visual aesthetic, and using different finishing techniques. Basic punch needle experience required, please bring your project and the supplies you need. Students from Saturday’s beginner’s class can continue their project at this collaborative workshop. More informal than the initial session, students can work independently with the tutor on hand to answer questions, make suggestions and offer demonstrations.
Betty Wood (she/her) is a queer Toronto-based fibre artist who works at the intersection of folk craft and fine art. Her ’yarn paintings’ explore the domestic, using plants and furniture to enliven interior spaces recreated in unexpected scales and colours. She works exclusively with hand tools, blending punching, hooking and embroidery techniques and using natural and recycled materials.
About this Workshop
Join us in the Studio Loft at Chetwyn Farms - our newly converted 1800s barn, where this small intimate group will work in an open, airy space. Workshop includes coffee/tea and a light vegetarian lunch. Watch alpacas in the nearby pastures from the floor to ceiling windows in the studio space. There is no refund or reduction in the fee for missed classes or cancellations.You are welcome to pass along your paid workshop space to a friend.
Participants will receive e-mail notification closer to date of workshop confirming final details including parking, suitable clothing, footwear etc