Posted by: Laura Pierce | February 22, 2012

Fiber Jam Punchin’ and Journalin’

Sara Judith watches Gail Becker start punch hooking

Tuesday was a class day with Sara Judith teaching Punch Hooking. Sara gave us a demonstration of how it works, a break down on all the hooks, and history of how Amy Oxford developed her ergonic punch hooks. Sara has impressed many of us in the Rug hooking world by combining traditional rug hooking with punch hooking. After the demo, many Jammers decided to try their hand at this technique. Sara had many design templates on hand and Jammers used them to make patterns on Monks clothe, bought punch hooks and small balls of yarns and got started.

Sara gives Brigitta Phy a few pointers

Brigitta didn’t need to use any design templates; she just drew a big heart with several little hearts around her canvas and got started.  Always a stellar student, Brigitta finished her punched rug by the end of the day.  perhaps she’ll show it on her website; Green Valley Rug Hooking

Rita Schucker punches a leaf

It was nice to see Rita take a break from her large fine cut Oriental to try her hand at punch hooking.  Rita impressed us all with her beautiful hand-knit sweaters; a different one every day. 

Monterey Fiber Jammers 2012

We took our group photograph on Tuesday, because it was a beautiful day and I had a photographer available; thank you Richard!

from left to right; Susan Bradford, Brigitta Phy, John Hund, Gail Becker, Kay Carmichael, Diane Learmonth, Sunny Runnells, Michele Wise, Sara Judith, Dawn Barbour, Linda Baerthel, Laura Pierce, Martha Whelchel, Andrine Smith, Sarah Province, Rita Schucker, Nancy Winn, Pat Merikallio, China Dusk, Emma Logan and Debbie Clement.   Somehow, Denise Hund missed getting in the photo.

Brigitta and Susan - daughter and mother

  It was wonderful to have my daughter Emma with me at the Fiber Jam; she took care of the vendor table and worked on her geometric hooked coasters.  The other mother and daughter were Susan and Brigitta.  Susan is hooking a rug based on one of her oil paintings from Italy, while Brigitta is working on a Tile rug that will be showing up in her Rugger’s Roundtable. 

After dinner, Michele Wise showed us a million ways to journal, including hooked journals.  She had the tiniest frame i’ve ever seen, that she carries with her on her trips with her husband.  When they stop for the day, she hooks her memories of the day and assembles her journal when she gets home.  Sorry, no photos… I simply enjoyed the discussion and the samples.


  1. Laura – looks like the Jam was a great success!!

    • Yes, Michelle, it was great fun… somehow, i don’t feel like i’m really getting the feeling of how successful it was into these posts. and in spirit, you were with us! the Aesthetic discussion was inspired from your Western class. it was great and your teachings live on!

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