Punch Needle Rugs with Olivia Smith
Location: Portland Studio
Teacher: Olivia Smith
Join us for a 1-day exploration of an early American craft, Punch Needle Rug Hooking, also referred to as "Punch Needle". The American origins of this textile art can be traced back to the late 1800's, evolving from early methods of rug making including shirring, reed stitched rugs, yarn-sewn rugs and traditional rug hooking. In this workshop, Olivia Smith will guide students through the design and construction of a small rug or wall hanging, providing instruction in preparing the frame, using the punch needle tool, trimming and cleaning, and finishing the edges. While learning the fundamentals of the Punch Needle technique, students will experiment with textures, imagery, composition, bringing a contemporary perspective to this early American textile art. Punch Needle can be used to create rugs, wallhangings, pillows and other 3D forms.
No previous experience necessary. Open to students 16 & up.
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