June 3-6, 2021

Join us for a long weekend focused on the art of punch, rug hooking and rug braiding!

Both beginners and experienced fiber arts enthusiasts are welcome. If you are a beginner, you'll want to purchase a kit from one of the teachers (we'll get you in touch with them). For more experienced enthusiasts, bring your works-in-progress and those projects you want to get started but just haven't! We have lovely spaces for everyone to work, task lamps, tables, a variety of spaces to work. And,best of all, we'll take care of the cooking and the dishes.

Pat Finlayson, Gail Becker and Donna McKeever will be resources for you while you are working. Have a question? Need some advice? These masters of their craft will each lead a group focused on their area of expertise.

Come and enjoy the company of other fiber enthusiasts, grow your skills, finish a project or start a new one. And, when you need to stretch, the grounds at Menucha are refreshing and welcoming.


Registration is open

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$565 for 3 nights lodging, 9 meals, and classes. Limited to a maximum of 30 participants.



Most participants will have their own bedroom. There is not a roommate request option on the registration form, but if you and a friend want to attend together and are comfortable sharing a room, after finishing registration, just send Lori an email  (lori@menucha.org) and let her know. There is no price difference for sharing a room, we've discounted the cost of the lodging already.

Housing will be in Wright Hall, Creevey Complex, Ballard Hall, and perhaps Boyd Hall. If you have any mobility concerns, please let us know so we may assign you an appropriate room.

For Everyone's Health and Safety

We encourage all participants to get their COVID shots. All health precautions will be in place following the latest CDC guidelines and Multnomah County requirements. We will take your temperature upon arrival. Masks must be worn inside all Menucha buildings. There is more detailed information on our how we host guest groups during the pandemic webpage.


Menucha's kitchen prepares excellent, plentiful, cooked-from-scratch meals. If you have any dietary restrictions, we'll ask you to fill out a form ahead of time so we may prepare to feed you properly. Due to pandemic health restrictions, meals will likely be served take-out style (in individual boxes on trays). Participants may opt to eat at a dining room table (socially distanced from any other guests), in your room, on the terrace, at a picnic table outside, etc.  As Multnomah County guidelines change, we will update this description.



Punch Needle Teacher: Pat Finlayson

Pat is a certified Oxford punch needle instructor with over 20 years of traditional rug hooking experience.  She loves sharing her knowledge and skills with others and fosters a positive experience for all students in a friendly atmosphere. She first encountered punch needle in 2012, while living in Vermont, and was drawn to the depth, texture and richness of this fiber art.  Punch needle techniques are a great way to embellish your traditional rug hooking.  Pat has developed a passion for hand dying yarns which have become much sought after by rug hookers and continues to this day.

This workshop retreat at Menucha is an opportunity to work on a project of your choice with an experienced instructor available for consultation and guidance.  Pat will answer individual questions, provide tips, finishing techniques covered with written directions, multiple handouts and help with color planning.  Start something new or bring a piece in progress. Punch needle is fun, fast and an easy craft to learn.

A variety of kits, monk’s cloth, hand dyed 100% wool rug yarn and punch needle supplies will be available.  Materials fee will vary depending upon required supplies and project chosen.

No previous punch needle or traditional rug hooking experience is required.  Please contact me for more information or additional details 802-353-2899.

Rug Hooking Teacher: Gail Becker

Hooked rugs are fun to design, plan, and hook.  I have been hooking rugs since 1999 and received my McGown Certification in 2003.  I have been teaching at my home, rug camps, and guilds ever since.  As your teacher and retreat leader, I have some fun surprises in store for you.

This is an open class so you are encouraged to work on any project of your choice.  You can begin a new rug or bring one that you’ve already started.  Come prepared to explore with each other in a relaxed atmosphere.  You may be surprised at what you discover.

I will be bringing wool and a few patterns for you to purchase if you desire.  I will also bring some kits suitable for beginners and some needle felting kits if anyone is interested.  I also have some fun new hooked rug coaster sets that are suitable for beginners as well as experienced hookers.  In addition, my cutter and blades will be available for students to use during class.

I am a crafter with broad experience in needle arts and fiber manipulation.  I’ve written articles for Rug Hooking Magazine and ATHA Art of Rug Hooking.  For examples of my work and some student projects, please go to my website at:  www.gailbeckerrughooking.com.

My email is:  gabecker[at]charter.net.  I am looking forward to the Menucha Retreat and would love to see you in my class.


Rug Braiding Teacher: Donna McKeever

Donna is an experienced rug braider and rug hooker who makes her home in beautiful Gig Harbor, WA. After many years of braiding heirloom quality rugs for her home, family, and friends, she began teaching others and has served as a guest instructor at a variety of events. In her professional career Donna specialized in the development and training of computer courses for business professionals in the corporate world. By combining her love for braiding with her professional experience she has developed structured, easy to learn rug braiding classes, seminars and written instructions. Creating uniquely shaped rugs, one of a kind braiding projects, multi-strand braids and braided borders for hooked rugs are some of her specialties.

Donna's rugs have been featured in multiple publications including: "The Braided Rug Book" by Norma Sturges, Westsound Home and Garden Magazine, and various newspapers in the Washington area.

At Menucha: Both beginner and experienced braiders are welcome at the Menucha Retreat. Beginners will have the options of making either a braided chair pad or a round rug and will be required to purchase a kits that will be available at the retreat.  Chairpad Kits (Wools and braiding tools: $69), Small rug kit (Wools and braiding tools $150)

Experienced braiders can work on a project of their choice and receive guidance/instruction from Donna on a wide variety of braiding techniques.In addition to the beginner kits, a variety of wools and braiding tools will be available for purchase to all attendees.

Provided enough advanced notice is received, request for specific wool color can be emailed to Donna at: Email: Pdmckeever4@aol.com


Basic Schedule

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Afternoon Arrival and check-in

6pm Dinner


Friday, Saturday, June 4-5, 2021

8am Breakfast

Morning session

12 noon Lunch

Afternoon session

6pm Dinner


Sunday, June 6, 2021

8am Breakfast

Morning session

12 noon Lunch

Wrap up session

3-4pm departure