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Student working on a gripper frame at an Oxford punch needle workshop
gripper frame, oxford punch needle, monks cloth and rug yarn for punch needle workshop

In-person workshop: Introduction to Oxford punch needle

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Learn punch needle with an Oxford Certified Instructor

Come and join me for an introduction to Oxford punch needle.

The punch needle dates back to the 1880's and was traditionally used for making rugs. It was invented as a much speedier alternative to rug hooking. Although the roots of the craft are in rugs, many makers are making amazing modern projects such as cushions, wall hangings and even clothes!

One of the things I love most about punch needle is the ability to make practical objects. There's nothing more satisfying than getting stuck into a big project like a rug knowing it's going to take a few months, but being happy in the knowledge that you can chip away over autumnal evenings and have a beautiful rug to show for it.

Once you have the right materials and a good grounding in the basic techniques, punch needle is a relatively easy craft to pick up. 

This workshop is perfect for complete beginners without any knowledge of punch needle. Working on a small sampler piece attendees will become confident in using the Oxford regular punch needle, explore different fabrics, frames, hoops and yarn. The aim is to teach the foundation techniques so that you feel comfortable to continue your practice after the workshop.

You'll learn about

  • Tools & materials; punch needles, fabric, frames & yarn
  • Getting started; preparing & stretching fabric, tracing patterns, threading & adjusting needles, different stitches
  • How to punch; including useful tips & tricks
  • Finishing; tidying your stitches, steaming, hemming & whipping

You'll use a range of high quality materials during the workshop and have the opportunity to purchase them afterwards. You will use a gripper strip frame, monks cloth, Oxford punch needle and 100% wool rug yarn to work on your sampler.


I am a Certified Oxford Punch Needle Rug Hooking Instructor. I'm one of handful of certified instructors who are based outside of North America. I have been punching since 2017 and teaching since 2018. I love sharing the craft with others and generally just chatting about yarn!

Dates & times

  • Coventry: Saturday 18 November 2023: 09:30 - 13:30
  • Bristol: Saturday 20 January 2024: 09:30 - 13:30


I currently host this workshop in two different venues, my home studio in Coventry or Creative Space in Bristol.

Coventry venue

These workshops are ran from my home in Coventry. You'll have access to all my finished projects and a full range of supplies if you wish to stock up.

My house is accessible by car, bus and train. I'm a short 10 minute walk from Coventry train station, or an even quicker taxi ride. There is free on road parking outside the house.

Refreshments will be provided so please let me know if you have any dietary requirements.

I do share my home with my two friendly cats so please bear this in mind in case you have any allergies.

Bristol venue

Creative Space is a design studio based on vibrant North St in Bristol.

  • Accessible
  • Toilets available
  • On road parking by the meter

North Street is easily accessible from the city centre or from Bristol Temple Meads train station nearby.


Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferable to another date with 10 working days notice. A minimum number of attendees is required to run the workshop, if this number is not reached attendees will be contacted with the option to refund or change to another date.

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
Hannah Lumby
Great session

Nicely run workshop. Well paced and I feel ready to take on my next project myself

Brilliant workshop

This was one of the best workshops I've been too. Sara was a great teacher and I learnt a lot. Sometimes workshops feel really rushed, but this was relaxed, informative and left me wanting get straight into making rugs using the punch needle technique. I'd thoroughly recommend attending Sara's workshops.

E Phillips

Thank you to Sara for a lovely afternoon; well-prepared, clear and fun. The best evidence of how good a workshop it was is that I left confident to have a go on my own - have sinced finished the piece and started a new project!

Deborah Chubb
Great Workshop

Thoroughly enjoyed this class. Sara is lovely and she is very clear with her instructions. I felt it went at the perfect pace for beginners. The class was nice and small so it was easy to ask questions and have Sara’s individual attention at times. I would highly recommend this workshop😃

Excellent course for beginners

Really enjoyed this course, perfect for a complete beginner like me. Sara is a very patient instructor, lots of opportunities to ask questions. I learned so much and can’t recommend this highly enough.