May 16-19, 2022

Join us for a few blissful days 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.



Shared Room $585  (shared means 2-3 people in a room, you can specify a roommate or we will assign one)

Single Room (5 available) $685

Couples $719  (participant and a spouse/partner who is not taking a class. If you and your spouse/partner are both coming to take the class, please register separately for a shared room and request each other as roommates)

These prices are all-inclusive:  8 meals, 3 nights' lodging, instruction for individuals; the couple price is for 8 meals for each person, 3 nights lodging, and instruction for one.



Participants may choose a single or shared bedroom. If you and a friend want to attend together and share a room, please note a roommate request on the registration form (or email Lori before May). We also welcome your non-participating spouse/partner.

Housing will be in Wright Hall (shared rooms) and Beam House (single rooms, will have a shared bathroom) If you have any mobility concerns, please let us know so we may assign you an appropriate room.


Punch Needle & Rug Hooking 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:

My email is:  gabecker[at]  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:


Schedule for Monday, May 16 - Thursday, May 19, 2022

Monday, May 16, 2022

2:00 - 3:00 pm Arrival and check-in

3:30 pm Welcome and Orientation

6:00 pm Dinner


Tuesday & Wednesday, May 17-18, 2022

8:00 am Breakfast

Morning session

12:00 noon Lunch

Afternoon session

6:00 pm Dinner


Thursday, May 19, 2022

8:00 am Breakfast

Morning session

Wrap up session



Attending an In-Person Workshop during Pandemic Times: Please Care for One Another

As you consider whether to attend this workshop, please keep the following in mind.

  1. ALL participants of in-person events at Menucha must submit proof of vaccination (including boosters) in order to attend.
  2. We will give a full refund, even up to the day of arrival, to anyone who feels ill or learns they may have been exposed to Covid-19. Thank you for staying home.
  3. The indoor mask mandate has been lifted, you may choose to wear a mask or not depending on your comfort level.