Dear Sun Spots: In answer to the query about primitive rug hooking, readers should be made aware of the resources at the Oxford Mill End Store. They stock kits hand assembled by Janet Conner of Hiram. Janet also teaches classes at the store. In one four-hour class students learn what they need to know to complete a project. The classes are so informative that some of us retake it periodically.

The store has a huge selection of colorful wools. Although there aren’t many plaids, they do carry tweeds and herringbones. – Harriet Robinson, Otisfield.


Dear Sun Spots: In response to the inquiry for primitive rug hooking, Tina Payton of Payton Primitives is my teacher and operates her business out of her home in the Rumford area. She has extensive primitive rug hooking kits, patterns, wool and rug hooking supplies available.

She also holds classes at all levels. Open drop-in hookings are also being held the fourth Sunday of March and April, and runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. She does not require prior registration or calling in advance. Anyone interested in stopping in and hooking or just dropping in and seeing what it’s all about, she welcomes.

For more information and directions, call 357-8733 or 364-2172, or e-mail [email protected], or visit online at www.paytonprimitives.com. Anyone interested in primitive rug hooking will definitely be impressed! – Patti, Rumford.


Dear Sun Spots: For the woman looking for classes and rug hooking kits, those are both available at the Oxford Mill End Store in Oxford. We carry everything needed for your project. We have classes days and evenings for your convenience. We get great feedback on how fun and enjoyable our classes are.

We offer a variety of great plaid fabrics in wools and cottons. We also offer classes in quilting, punchneedle, felting, rug braiding and a variety of classes on primitive folk art, as well as rug hooking and wool dyeing classes.

We also sell and service the Pfaff and Elna sewing machines, and we have the Rigby and Fraser wool stripping machines for sale. Store hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We may be reached at 539-4451. – The Oxford Mill End Store, Oxford.


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