arounna khounnoraj

Punch Needle & Mindful Design

December 15-16, 2019



The Visionary Projects is delighted to be hosting the "Refining Punch Needle & Mindful Design" travel workshop with international artist Arounna Khounnoraj (aka BookHou) in Miami, Florida.

Join Arounna in this unique workshop, explore landscape elements and use it as inspiration for your punch needle art. Arounna will take you through her design process starting with creating your own watercolour paintings and collages which you will use as a reference to begin your punch needle piece. In addition to wall art pieces you will also be shown how to create other pieces like pillows and bags.

- About the Artist -

Arounna Khounnoraj is a Canadian artist and maker working in Toronto where she immigrated with her family from Laos at the age of four. While her education includes a master’s degree in fine arts in sculpture and ceramics, it was through subsequent residencies that she found her current focus in fibre arts. In 2002 she started Bookhou, a multi-disciplinary studio with her husband John Booth, where Arounna explores screen printing and a variety of textile techniques such as embroidery and punch needle. She creates objects such as bags, home goods and textile art.

In addition, Arounna’s passion for creating and belief in the importance of the handmade has allowed her to become one of Canada’s most sought-after mentors and educators working with colleges, workshops and social media projects.  

Currently, Arounna’s work using the punch needle has created a social media sensation. From wall art to cushions and bags, her punch needle pieces highlight her botanical and abstract designs and her sense of colour have brought a modern, new life to an old technique.




Please arrive in Miami on Friday, December 14th, 2018
and depart on Monday, December 17th, 2018.

Each day there is a full breakfast at the studio.
High Quality lunch each day (also for vegetarians + vegans)

* ALL supplies will be provided!
Only required to bring your own punch needle.

Day 1: Saturday, December 15
Curating Powerful Designs for your own work

  • Morning: 10:00am Personal Introduction & Group Breakfast

  • Objective: To start your punch needle experience we will first explore a variety of multimedia techniques and materials working towards establishing a design for our punch needle piece which we will work on throughout the three days we are in the studio. In a friendly and communal atmosphere we will discover ways to find inspiration through the materials at hand, our surroundings and our own creative experiences.

  • Working to find & create powerful designs for your work

  • Learn all the tools and techniques for working with yarn and other fabrics

  • Create samples showing the range of stitches, textures and possibilities in composing with fabric

Day 2: Sunday, December 16
The Abstract Expressive Process
Technique & Presentation

  • Morning: 10:00am Personal Introduction & Group Breakfast

  • We will continue working on our projects today and bring everything we’ve discovered over the course of the workshop together in our finished work.

  • Developing creative ways to adapt our design explorations into a final punch needle piece.

  • Punch Needling Demo & Talks

  • Guided instruction & guidance

Design, Create & Finish your one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays


14-17 December, 2018

2 FULL Workshop Days
+ 3 Hotel Nights


Starting at


All workshop tuition and fee's
Art supplies available in studio
Private studio location
All private car transfers during the workshop
All admission into museums + art galleries
All Breakfasts & Lunches during workshop days

Friday, December 14th - Arrival to Miami
Saturday, December 15th - Workshop Day 1
Sunday, December 16th - Workshop Day 2
Monday, December 17th - Departing


airfare, dinners, airport transfer

EXTRA - Please read!

Once the workshop is filled, you will be invited into a private Facebook Group to meet everyone participating beforehand. This is where a lot of information about the workshop will be shared and we can coordinate what will be happening throughout your time in Miami.

Private Studio location is announced through a private email to you after sign up.

If you have any specific questions, Please inquire in the Booking Form.

We answer all inquiries within 24 hours.
Spaces are first come, first serve.

We do review each submission individually - this workshop is for beginners to professionals.
After review, you will be sent a formal Deposit Invoice (by email) to secure a payment for your space.

You do not have to be a professional artist - just come in with the right mindset, be ready to learn and meet people from all over the world. You will finish this workshop with a new tribe!


package 1

Workshop fee’s only
No AccoMmOdation

Includes: workshop fee’s, all supplies +
all food during workshop hours!

$800 / Per person

package 2

- Wynwood Design Hotel -

Hotel includes: King Size Room, Gym, Breakfast
+ close walking distance to our studio location.

$1,425 / Per person

the studio+ Hotel

The Visionary Projects is taking this event to Miami, Florida.

Wynwood / Studio Address: 250 NW 23rd Street Loft 310

We have a large private studio space in the center of the vibrant, colorful neighborhood of Wynwood.  Everything is set up for you to work: tables, art supplies, fabrics, the list goes on. All you have to do is show up with your notebook and a camera!

During this workshop, we create individual workstations for all participants, as well as a demonstration & lecture space for the instructor. Aside from a gourmet breakfast and lunch - endless coffee, wine and snacks will be provided throughout each day of the workshop.

We typically take professional photographic images & short video footage throughout the duration of the course. These are private images, for you to keep as well whether for personal or professional use.

We like to document you creating your effortlessly beautiful work. To see images from our previous workshops, please click here!

Below are reference images of the closest hotel to our studio space: Hampton Suites Miami Midtown -



  • You may read our complete list of Terms & Policies here.

  • A full refund will be made if for any unexpected reason the workshop is canceled.

  • If you withdraw from the trip after making your initial deposit (in the full or half amount), you will receive a 50% refund of your deposit up until 90 days to the event.

  • You may purchase traveler's insurance in the event of an unexpected circumstance (death in the family, accident, illness) that would require you cancel your trip.