A Magical Early Homestead Christmas

I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving with family and friends and I hope the weather has been gentle with you. I just did a quick check at pasty.com and I see that the Yoopers already had 59.1 inches of snow to date. Dreaming of a white Christmas is not often necessary in northern Michigan

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Santa’s little helper came early. Our baby is growing and changing every day.

Despite my great intentions of posting daily, I keep getting thwarted by life events. I have been preparing for the Magical Early Homestead Christmas, which will happen this coming Saturday. This is at the Old School on 111 College Street in Holly, Mi. That is December 7 from 10 am until 3 pm.  Holly is also celebrating their Dickens Festival this week through Saturday. St Dominic’s choir will be performing at the show. Carriage rides through Holly will also be available. I hope you can join us in picturesque Holly.

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Vintage ornies
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Balsam-filled bowl stuffers
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Mitsy is intrigued by a new ‘thing’ in her personal space.
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Wynter was made from a freebie pattern I’ve had for many years. I like to identify artists, but just can’t remember whose this was.
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This rug/wall hanging if from Two Old Crows. The piece is about 10×14 inches. Parts are punched at deeper depth which gives it greater dimension.
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I had fun with these glamour girls from Polly Minick. Let’s forget for a minute that it is wynter tyme. Sorry, for some reason I can’t fix the blurriness. 

This will probably be my last post until next week. Thank you for visiting Yooper Trails.

Wynter has hit Royal Oak

Last Tuesday was the scheduled day for the city to pick up leaves from our street, but Mother Nature had other ideas. I can’t remember the last time we got snow before the leaves were gone. Now we have a messy mix of snow and leaves and some temperatures that I’m not quite ready for. I guess it is a reminder of what we can control and what we cannot. Speaking of control, let’s talk about what I saw when I opened my blinds on Thursday morning. It was the beginning of a lovely weekend of celebration.

I am happy to be joining ‘A Magical Early Homestead Christmas’ in Holly, Michigan on December 7, part of Holly’s yearly Dickens festival.  Busy days!

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I finally found something to make for this toy iron I’ve had for years.
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Some vintage cookie cutters and toy tins.
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These little guys stand on quilting thread spools.
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Santa’s Midnight Ride done in browns and tans is 9×14 inches. It is a pattern from Two Old Crows.
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Still not completely finished. I need to add the ribbon for hanging Wynter and also need to hand stitch the bottom of the little bowl fillers which I’ve stuffed with balsam needles.

Back to work for me. Thanks for stopping by.

PUNCH NEEDLE OPEN HOUSE

If my site were a physical entity, I’d need to dust if off before using. Wow, where did the summer go? I hope it was a relaxing enjoyable season for you. I had the opportunity to do some travelling to the UP three times, to Las Vegas and also to Atlantic City.

I am celebrating the beginning of the autumn with an open house this Saturday, the nineteenth from one until four pm. I’ll have many new punch needle pieces on display and for sale. Stop in for a visit and a ‘cuppa cider’ and sign in for a chance to win a whimsical Halloween piece.  It would be great to see you. The address is 1117 Lawndale Drive, Royal Oak, MI 48067.

Thanks to the wonderful designers Lori Rippey, Donna Munson, Betty Dekat, Rose Clay and Julie Thomas for these lovely patterns.

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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!