Kelly Wright – Punch Needle Rug Hooking Spring 2020

Photo courtesy of Kelly Wright

I am so happy that Kelly will be joining us to teach Punch Needle Rug Hooking techniques. I have long been fascinated with rug hooking, since helping my Grandma make a very long church kneeler many years ago. About 10 years ago I made a braided rug for my daughter, just like those beautiful American rugs that sit on the floors of beautiful log cabins we would all like to stay in.

Punch needle rug hooking is enjoying a resurgence thanks to Pinterest and people like Kelly (@d.k.wright) and Arounna Khounnoraj (@bookhou) who make the most beautiful rugs, cushions, wall hangings, bags and other accessories. It’s a technique that is so simple and quick to pick up and projects can be finished quickly too. I love the freedom  it offers and for me it feels very close to painting with wool.  It’s a win win kind of making!

Photo courtesy of Kelly Wright

I took a class with Kelly earlier this year and was impressed with her skill at teaching. She knows her stuff and passes the information on so effortlessly. I was so happy with the circular mat I started in the class and quickly finished at home. Maybe at the expense of some of my household chores but hey ho!

For the workshop, in Kelly’s words:

“In this workshop I will get you off to a perfect start by giving you the lowdown on tools, materials and basic stitches. You will have the opportunity to try out different needles and yarns, stretch different types of cloth and try your hand at designing a successful pattern (ready-made patterns will also be available), by the end of the workshop you will have hooked your own simple 20cm x 20cm hemmed piece. You can use available designs or draft your own. 

There will be a small extra charge of £15 paid direct to me in the workshop.  This will cover  materials needed in this workshop including Monk’s cloth and hand-dyed yarns, rug wool and notions for you to use in class and take home with you. You will also have the use of a frame, hoop and Oxford punch needle for during the class. If desired, these larger items are available to purchase from me online after the retreat. After we practice Oxford stitching methods for beautiful and durable punch needle furnishings, we will get to work hooking up a small piece. There will be time to demonstrate and practice finishing methods as well to give your work polish.”

I don’t know about you, but I am so looking forward to this workshop!

Photo courtesy of Kelly Wright

Kelly Wright grew up in northern New Jersey and on a farm in western Missouri, where she learned how to hook and braid rugs (not to mention shear a sheep!) at an early age.  After earning her B.A. from NYU in 1990, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Berlin, Germany, where she completed an M.A. and an M.B.A.

In 2012 she started her company, D.K. Wright Construction, to offer rug-making instruction, supplies and patterns to the European market. She likes to think of her company as a way to combine technical skills with artistic expression, to establish punchneedle rug hooking, traditional rug hooking, rug braiding and wool applique as an accepted part of European needlework and to make people happy by giving them a chance to fill their homes and hearts with warmth, colour and wool!

She is known for her illustrative style and her ability to combine multiple techniques.   She has written several instructional pamphlets and her first book “Punch Needle: 20 Coole Project Fur Die Stanznadel” was published by Stiebner in 2019. We look forward to the English Language version! Kelly runs a studio and online store outside of Munich, Germany specialising in wool, wool fabric and rug making supplies.  Interest in punch needle has increased so much that she became a certified Oxford Punch Needle Rug Hooking instructor in 2018 and also has a line of hand-dyed rug wool which she dyes in her studio.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Wright

Kelly lives with her family (and collie dogs) in view of the alps south of Munich.

Follow Kelly on her Instagram @d.k.wright


Photo Courtesy of Kelly Wright
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