Kathy Donovan passed the Teacher Certification Program for The Oxford Company. She has successfully completed all the requirements and is excited about sharing her training with her students. If you wish to be notified about class dates and times, please email us. If you wish to create a class with friends in your location, contact Kathy to discuss possible dates. Have fiber will travel!
Guilds and groups are invited to reserve a class date to meet your needs!
Just contact me to reserve a class date week day or weekend of your choice.
Announcing Checkmate Farm Open Studio 2017
June Wednesdays: 7, 14, 21, 28
Saturdays: 17 & 24
July Tuesdays: 11, 18
Wednesdays: 12, 19
Thursdays: 6, 13
Saturdays: 8 & 15
August Tuesdays: 8, 15, 22
Wednesdays: 2, 9, 23
Thursdays: 3, 10, 24
Saturdays: 12 & 26
Definition of Open Studio:
This offers you flexibility. You may start the class of your choice on any Open Studio date. You need to reserve the date via email or phone. Accepting 4 students per date. Open Studio is in Manor House of Checkmate Farm. Second floor living room.
Want to learn how to punch? I have 3 half day projects for you to select from. The class fee is $80 for 3 hours. Class starts at 9:00 am to Noon or 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Classes include materials, loan of frame and punch needle. Great way to try punching to see if you enjoy it!
Need support on your current project? Color selection? Special punching techniques? More practice? Bring your project and frame and I am available to help you. Access to the store to select new colors, patterns and frames. An opportunity to try another frame. Social time with other punches is fun, builds confidence and provides dedicated time to work on your project. Half day fee is $15.00. Full day is $30.00 (includes lunch). You are welcome to come anytime during the 9 to 4 pm Open Studio time.
Start a new project! Here are some new classes for expanding your punching skills!
I Have My Original Design - Now What? You will be introduced to the various ways to place your design on the foundation cloth. I will demonstrate the options and help you put your design on monk cloth. This is a half day class ($75.00).
Wool on Wool Class: Learn to punch with #14 Mini using thin yarn. The pattern is on wool fabric. You punch the pattern only NOT the background. Bring your frame, #14 Oxford punch needle and yarn stash. Or I will loan you a frame and punch needle. I have a variety of thin yarns for you to select from. I will offer this class at your choice of Open Studio dates.
Small project is good for framing. You will complete small 6 X 6 inch project in one day. Class fee is $125.00. Includes lunch.
Larger projects (12 X 12) make great pillows. Class fee ($150.00) includes two Open Studio days, materials, instruction and lunch. I have patterns for you to select from: Santa, Cardinal Bird, Blue Bird with Heart.
Wooden or Metal Tray Class: Whether you love primitive or contemporary you have a choice of patterns to punch with rug yarn. Class fee is $175.00. Includes tray, rug yarn, pattern, lunch and two Open Studio dates.
Become a Shady Lady! Learn how to shade with #10 punch needle and rug yarn. We will work on small project to give you the opportunity to use several shades of yarn to achieve the Pearl McGown shading technique. We can also focus on using #14 Mini and fine yarns. This is a half day class. Class fee is $100.00.
Introduction to Oxford Punch Needle
This three hour class will introduce you to how to make a 6 X 6 punch needle rug. You will learn the skills to punch, poke and hem your lame rug. Great for children age 8 and up, anyone with no prior hooking experience. This class can be scheduled weekdays or weekends on the farm or at your requested location. Contact me with two dates that work for your group, guild or association.
Homeschooling? This is a great class for you. Email if you are interested in this class. I will arrange a date to accommodate both our schedules week day or week end.
Two Day Class
Many patterns to select from. Guidance will be on pattern design, color, punch needle instruction and finishing your rug. This is a two day class. This class can be planned a few weeks apart. Many patterns to select from for a 14 X 14 wall hanging, pillow top or chair pad. Chair pads are 13 X 13. This class is ideal for guilds interested in learning how to transfer patterns to foundation cloth. Frames, yarn and punch needles are provided with the option to purchase after class. Materials fee and Instruction fee are determined by the class time and project selected. Students will learn all the skills necessary to complete a punch needle rug of any size.
Dyeing to Punch Rug Yarn
You may have a project in mind and want to dye yarns for your project. This can be done individually or as a small group. Instruction on dyeing solid color and spot dyeing yarns will truly make your project unique! All instruction is on Checkmate Farm during warm weather! One day class. Two students only.
Introduction to Rug Braiding
One day class will teach you design, color selection, braiding and sewing your rug. Karakul roving makes beautiful strong rugs. I can work with you anytime on the farm.
NEW! I can introduce you to braiding with wool fabric. A chair pad will give you all the skills needed to make any size wool braided rug. Email me if you are interested so we can arrange a class time for you.