Checkmate Farm, Kathy Donovan

Oxford Punch Needle Hooked Rugs, using our Checkmate Karakul Rug Yarn.

Open by Appointment. Farm Tour, Checkmate Rug School & Studio, Demonstrations upon request, Checkmate Rug Shop for yarns, patterns and kits Please email your request date to confirm a date and time for your visit.

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Loudoun County Artisan Trail (site #15)

Professional Distinction: Commission/Custom Work, Demonstrations, Exhibition, Instruction

Checkmate Farm is a historic farm located on top of a blue ridge mountain in Bluemont, Virginia. We raise heritage Karakul sheep known as Persian lambs. Karakul fleece has been used for centuries to create Persian carpets. We create natural and hand painted yarns in a wide range of stunning colors. Our yarns can be used for weaving, traditional hooking, latch and Oxford punch needle rugs. My artistry comes from color selection, use of mixed fibers and rug patterns. I am an Oxford Company Certified Rug Hooking Instructor. The Checkmate Rug School offers classes every month. I also travel to speak, teach and attend fiber events. The Checkmate Rug Shop has all the supplies needed for making rugs. Patterns, yarns, punch needles, frames and rug products for sale.


Kathy Donovan




18923 Checkmate Ln
Bluemont, VA 20135

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