Punch Needle in Brooklyn, NY

An In Person Workshop with Rose Pearlman

Enjoy the plush and tactile craft of punch needle rug hooking with Rose Pearlman at Tatter. During the class, learn the fundamentals with the highest quality materials and heirloom tools to create meditative loops of luxurious wool that fit snugly together, creating unique shapes and textures which have limitless opportunities for design. With Rose, you’ll learn all the necessary techniques to ensure success and add beauty to the experience of making your first hooked piece of many. From wall hangings, soft goods and even accessories, rug hooking can create a large variety of art and functional objects using the same foundational materials and knowledge.  

In addition to using high quality yarn, this class will explore alternative materials that can be used with a punch needle and how to turn unwanted clothing and fabric into rugs. The soothing and rhythmic art of rug hooking  is simple to learn, limitless in possibilities, suitable for all skill levels, and absolutely addictive!

Date + Time
Saturday, April 27th, 2024, 12 – 4 pm ET

Tatter Textile Library: 505 Carroll Street, #2B, Brooklyn, NY 11215


Class Materials

All materials are included with ticket purchase. Students will leave with their own #10 Regular Oxford Punch Needle and 18 x 18” gripper strip reusable frame.

Additional Materials include:

Foundational monks cloth

Illustrated instruction booklet and resource guide

12 oz of hand dyed professional rug yarn and other alternative hooking fibers

Notions such as darning needles, fabric pen, scissors and ruler will be provided for class

Introduction of punch needle rug hooking

  • History of rug hooking
  • What is a rug (two sides; rug hook vs punch needle)
  • Materials and supplies and alternative material options
  • What a “rug” can be 

How to hook with a punch needle

  • How to thread a punch needle
  • Basics of punching
  • How to change colors/ fix mistakes
  • Filling in a rug

Alternative materials

  • Hardware store fibers
  • Stash yarn alternatives
  • Upcycling options and how to strip a garment (t-shirt) to make continuous yarn

Finishing a rug to make an object

  • Trimming, poking and pressing a finished rug
  • Whip stitching edges to make a rug reversible
  • Sewing a rug into a cushion or bag
  • Rugs as wall art 


Rose Pearlman

Rose Pearlman is an artist, teacher, and textile designer. With a background in fine arts and a love of well-designed, functional objects, her creations blur the lines between art and craft and push the boundaries of both with non-traditional techniques and materials. Rose’s hooked rugs and craft tutorials have been featured in magazines, galleries and numerous online design sites. Her first book, Modern Rug Hooking, was published by Roost Books in 2019, and second book ‘Making Things” will be published by Hardie Grant in Spring, 2024.

You can find Rose’s work here





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