RUG HOOKING AND THE PUNCH NEEDLE
Punch needle rug hooking is a method of rug-making that dates back to the late 19th century. Up until 1881, hooked rugs were made with a rug hook, a tool similar to a crochet hook. The rug hook pulled strips of cut fabric or yarn up through a backing, such as burlap, to create a pile of loops. The new punch needle revolutionized the craft by punching down loops from the top of the rug instead of pulling them up from the bottom. This method was so efficient that it was often described as “instant gratification with wool,” and over 100 different models of punch needles have been invented developed in the 100 years since its debut.
In our classes, we will be using the most elegant and sought-after punch needle: The Oxford Punch Needle.
This traditional American craft is undergoing a resurgence and your PUNCH!'s founder and lead instructor Christie is the sole certified punch needle instructor in San Diego.
Christie Beniston is an artist and designer based in Southern California and has had a thriving art practice for over 25 years. Her public, residential, and commercial commissions include the San Diego Airport, Lucille Packard Childrens Hospital and Los Angeles Metro.
Always a student of design and craft, Christie studied punch needle rug hooking with Amy Oxford, an internationally known rug hooker and author and founder of the Oxford Rug Hooking School in Vermont. Now as a Certified Oxford Punch Needle Instructor, she is one of a handful of instructors on the West Coast and the only one in San Diego. Christie offers classes and leads workshops out of the PUNCH! studio in Solana Beach, California.
Our studio and yarn boutique is located in the lush backyard of Christie's house in beautiful Solana Beach, which is just north of San Diego, California. We are 4 blocks from the beach-within walking distance to the Amtrak Train Station and the popular Cedros Design District.
The Los Angeles Times reports that "Solana Beach has quietly become one of the more popular towns along the Southern California coast... and the people are relentlessly friendly." Our mild temperatures and sunny climate allows for year round punching not only inside our airy and light-filled studio but also outside under the shade of mature pepper trees.
We carry Oxford Punch Needles, Monk's Cloth, Frames and 100% Wool Rug Yarn in a rainbow of colors. The studio is open most Wednesdays from noon until 5:00 p.m., but please check the calendar for any Wednesdays we may be closed. We are also open by appointment. To set up an appointment, please contact us.
In addition to offering workshops, PUNCH! is also available for collaborations, and commissions.