One more week…

I’m excited to be sharing space with 38 plus awesome folks at the Early Homestead Show in 8 days. Vendors are coming from Tennessee, Ohio, Wisconsin and New York with antiques and primitives and vintage lighting. Maybe I’ll see you there.

My preparations are almost complete, although I never seem to stop punching on something.  Here are a few pieces I’ve done from Polly Minick’s book ‘American Summer.’ I especially love the whale. I made it into a little candle mat and finished it by just folding the backing over the front and leaving some rough edges. This was done before I discovered Valdani and I got the effect by blending two DMC blues for the water.

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Autumn on Acorn Farm is a pattern by Doreen Frost. This was fun to punch. The white background is definitely not my style, but it works perfectly on this. I love the detail on the old lady.

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I finished the punching on Lori Brechlin’s Folky Bird. It exists as one more item needing that final finish. I will sew a backing on it and crochet a string to use for hanging.

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Quick good morning

Hello Punchneedle Friends. I have been making some progress here preparing for the Early Homestead show. My ‘finished’ group is larger than my ‘need to finish’ group. I’m working now on a freebie from Lori Brechlin at Not Forgotten Farm. Here is a sneak preview. I am still undecided on a background color. What are your thoughts? I’m leaning towards Valdani P4, which is called Aged White, but it is actually an variegated ecru. This was a great project to use up my small bits of color that I’ve accumulated. After working on pastels I realized how much I love these darker color tones.

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Thanks for stopping by.

busy preparing

I had a friend stop over last night for a visit. She is probably my greatest punch needle advocate. Well everything she touched I’d have to say, oh I need to do this or I need to do that.  My living room is filled with various degrees of punch needle ‘unfinishedness’ (Don’t you love inventing new words?) So this morning I sat myself down and had a stern talking-to and I’m determined to actually finish everything in sight. I will be in Holly, Michigan at the Early Homestead Show on March 23 and it would probably be a good idea to present finished items.

The Early Homestead Show is a great destination for those of you who love antiques, primitives and early goods. The hours are 10am to 3pm and admission is $5. This is held at the Karl Richter Centre, 300 East Street, Holly, MI 48442.

I do have a few photos to share, but first let me tell you how wonderful it was to spend a week with my son and family in Hollywood, Florida. It only took my sweet baby Claudia four months to visit Florida while it took her grandma…well, we won’t say how many years to make it there. I was on a mission to capture the best sunrise and lucked out with this moonrise too.

Here are a few punch needle pieces I have been working on. And on that note, I’m off to work.

More conversation on punching plus some new finishes.

Well, I’m determined to stay current in adding posts and since I will be leaving for Hollywood Beach, Florida on Thursday with my son, daughter-in-law and beautiful baby, Claudia Simone, I’d better do a post today. I am so excited to spend 5 days with my 4-month-old grandchild (ok, my kids too) as well as visit Florida for the first time.

In the last post we talked about trying to estimate how much thread you need. Here are two photos of Primitive Betty’s freebie doodle. I had estimated three skeins of ecru for the background. I actually used close to 4 skeins. I tend to lean towards darker muted colors, so the ecru background shown in the first photo was too bright. The second photo shows the same piece with a walnut crystal stain applied.  The pieces look quite different and show you options that you have.

The little crow on a whisk broom is a design by Shawn Williams and comes from Punch Needle Primitive Stitches 2016 Spring issue. I came up with the Ye Olde Tavern to represent a 1700s tavern sign. I decided to just use a piece of jute for hanging these pieces. What do you think?

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The Olde Goat is a Lori Brechlin design that also came from PNPS. I plan to use Alene’s Tacky glue to attach it to the cheese board. The flag and watermelon pillow is a Teresa Miller pattern. The little drummer is from Nancee Ariagno. When I first started punching I found limited resources. Now there are so many talented artists out there.

Keep punching Friends. I’ll be back next week.

Punching tips

Greetings Punch Needle Friends. Wow, it has been awhile since I’ve posted something. But here I am, back again. I see on Facebook many new punchers posting questions about punch needle, so I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned along the way.

One question I see is how do you know how much thread you need for a project. Patterns you purchase should give you that information, but if you come up with your own pattern you might not know. And I guess it is a subjective answer. It depends on what depth loop you make and how close you make your loops. Below is a picture of my latest project. This bunny was a freebie doodle from http://primitivebettys.blogspot.com/ I punch with a Cameo punchneedle set at #1 depth. It is 4×5 inches.  I used one DMC ecru skein for the background on the picture below.  Looking at the progress I’ll estimate using two more skeins of ecru.

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I normally use all six strands and never remove the two paper labels from the DMC floss. Just find the end of the strand and pull out 15-18 inches at a time. Removing the paper makes tangling much more likely.  If you aren’t watching you might run out of thread and result in leaving the end exposed on the front of you piece. Once I reach the point where the end of the thread reaches the top of my needle I start counting. Using the #1 depth with DMC I know I can’t count more than 20 punches before my thread runs out. (I added the green foam you see on my punch needle because my wrist gets sore after punching for a long period of time.)

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Punching guidelines tell you to never punch over an existing row of stiches. When working in small areas you might become tired of snipping your thread to move a half inch to begin again. What I do is draw out a good half inch of thread at my stopping point and then begin punching again in the next area, leaving a loop. You can then return and snip the little loop you formed in that process. The picture below shows the two ends to snip. (Something else I just thought of. I don’t cut my tails close to the fabric until I am finishes punching. When you have multiple colors is a small area it is nice to have that tail to push to the side as you come close with a different color)

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Sometimes as you are punching you might have one loop fail to stay in place. The first photo shows is from the front of the piece and shows the space created. In the second photo I inserted the threader to show where the loop didn’t stay. You can cut the thread at that spot and on your next round of punching fill in that spot. (Hope that makes sense. If you don’t fix it until the whole piece is done it is more difficult to find that gap.)

 

This next photo shows one way your thread might get hung up and prevent your loops from staying in place. I punch by holding my hoop in my lap and letting the thread fall by my side on my chair. I will sometimes get the thread hung up on a button on my cuff also.

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Some of these tips might seem like no-brainers, but I hope I was somewhat helpful. Visit my site while you are here and consider becoming a follower. Happy punching!

Starry starry night

Hello Friends,

It has been a dry spell for posting, so here is a little something. It is so nice to see the thermometer climb up to 60 some degrees. We lost power a week ago today and went without until Tuesday afternoon around 1pm. The house hit a low of 48 degrees and it took three hours for the furnace to get us back to 68. No punching on those days and nights.

Here is something I’ve been wanted to try for some time. I finally got it drawn up and on the weaver’s cloth. It was a great piece to punch. I still need to decide how to finish and frame it. It’s difficult to draw something to fit a standard size frame and this was no exception. I think I’ll either mat it or attach it to a piece of wool. (As soon as I decide on that color.)  So here it is.

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Early Homestead Show March 18

Greetings Friends. Welcome to Yooper Trails Needle Punch. It’s just three days until the primitive show in Holly, MI. I have been punching away on many new projects which will be available on Saturday. I hope you can stop by. Here are a few photos.

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Thank you to Betty Dekat for the sweet freebie pattern
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This design comes from Lori Brechlin of Not Forgotten Farm
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This is my pattern. I’ve always been partial to this little bunny and I’ve punched it three times.
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This is also a Betty pattern.
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I wanted to capture the Warren Kimball style with this one, which is my version.
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A few little Easter egg lollipops along with ‘Little Harry’ bunnies. The basket is adorned with Teresa Kogut’s bunnies.
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My little primitive pup sits on a hornbook I found at Kathy Maker’s shop in Frederick, Maryland
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This Fraktur sits on another hornbook from Kathy’s shop. Her dad makes all of her hornbooks. This is also my design.
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Thank you, Doreen Frost for another lovely design.

In like a lion or like a lamb

We have enjoyed a few lovely days of warm sunny weather here in Michigan. Tomorrow is March 1 and we all know better than to lower our weather guard. However, spring is coming. I have been dabbling in a bit of spring cleaning and de-cluttering. Like New Years Day or the first day of school, spring is a motivating time for me.

Allow me to share some thoughts on aging. I’m really ok with the process, but I wish I could have 20-year old eyes. I wear glasses, but historically only away from home. I just feel better without them…like shoes I take them off as soon as I get in the house. (Added bonus, this gives me one more item to search for later) Well, the other day I was trying to thread the pointy part of a needle. After several attempts and a bit of grumbling I put on the darn glasses and it was like a miracle. The thread went through that little hole like it was magnetized. I don’t have any deep earth-shaking realization from all this. Just wanted to share the story.

I am getting excited for the Early Homestead Show at Holly, Michigan on March 24. This is a great place to find those prims we all love. You can find details at the Holly Hills Primitives by clicking here. I will have a booth there with my punch needle creations. Stop on by.

These two bunnies are from Betty Dekat at Primitive Betty’s, click here. The hornbook bunnies was a freebie and the little guy posed on the doorknob was a pattern.

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I drew up Rabbit and Flowers. It is one of my favorites and I’ve punched it three times. I used Valdani variegated threads and punched in circles randomly throughout the rabbit’s body and the background. This is a technique suggested by Doreen Frost. It creates a nice finish. It also breaks up the repetitive action of the finishing the background.

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Just so you know, I can punch other things than rabbits. This one I drew to reflect the Warren Kimball style. I painted the frame with my favorite burgundy. This great frame reminds me of a barn wall.

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Here’s one last photo and I’m off to start my day. Thanks so much for stopping by.

January punching

Hello Friends. I hope you are filling your winter days with warm and cozy activity. Now that the holidays have passed I’ve been doing a bit of punching myself. It won’t be long until spring arrives and with spring comes the Early Homestead Show in Holly, MI. On March 24 look for Yooper Trails at the spring show. Dick and Dawn do a spring and fall primitive show filled with wonderful primitives and great vendors. Mark your calendar.

Following the primitive theme, which I love, here are a few new pieces. Bird and Tulip are reminiscent of the Fraktur style. I punched Little Dog to recall the hooked rugs of the 1800s.

The hornbooks are from Primitive Homespuns in Frederick, MD.  I have tried different methods of attaching my pieces. In the past I’ve sewn a backing onto the punched piece and then glued that to the wood. While that works all right, it sometimes doesn’t fit as flat against the wood as I would like. This time I cut the weavers cloth about 3/4 inch around the piece and then folded it back and sewed it leaving the back of the piece exposed. Fold back the corners first and then the sides. This gives you a nice crisp corner. I use Allene’s Tacky Glue.

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Olde New England Garden is yet another awesome creation from Doreen Frost from Vermont Harvest Folk Art. This little pouch just needs some rose hips or dried flowers.

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Thanks for stopping by today. Keep warm.

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello from Yooper Trails.  The days don’t pass any slower, do they? Here we are on the back side of November. I’m sure you are all busy preparing for Thanksgiving. May your day be filled with family and friends. Here’s my first step.

I have been tackling the finishing of a lot of projects for the Elf Shelf at the Troy High School this Saturday, November 25. It is so easy to get things punched, but the finishing seems to pile up. I did this Santa and reindeer from a pattern from The Simple Quiet. You can visit Rebecca’s website by clicking on the name above. I mounted the piece on a chair back, using Tinker Toys for balance.

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These little pouches are from Doreen Frost.

Aren’t they lovely? She is such a talented artist.

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These cookie cutters from an Indiana antique store found new life.

Reduce, reuse and recycle.

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This little guy, a freebie doodle from Ginger Jackson, Prairie Moon Primitives, will be the project for my next class at the end of the month. I think he will be well received.

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Thank you for stopping by. Come again.