Category Archives: Posts and Pictures

Good morning on this March 2, our son Michael’s birthday.

It has been a couple years since I first held that beautiful baby boy. I’d be hard pressed to try it now, him being 6 feet tall and all.

I continue to work at my posting goal. Today I have a piece by Lori Rippey, called American Whaler. It is another ‘finish’ that has been long in coming. I thought I’d post a picture and see what you think. I haven’t attached it to the hornbook. I’m still not sure. I debated over paint or stain. What do you think?

Sneak preview

Keeping in mind my goal of posting more often, here’s a little preview of what I’m working on, plus a little tip. I finally got a gripper frame and I love it. The problem is when working on smaller pieces you waste your weaver’s cloth. So this picture shows two projects in process. It delays the end time, but saves cloth. A tip I remember from Rebecca at A Simple Quiet: keep your weavers cloth scraps and use them to stuff 3D pieces. Happy Friday to all of you still punching in every day.

Finishes, finishes

It is such an accomplishment to put the final touches to the pieces patiently waiting. I still have a number of pieces to get to. Also I’m managing two posts in two days.

These little bunnies are racing to Mr. Magregor’s garden. Better protect those carrots! Thank you to Cathy Sower for the sketch she so generously gave me.

Hello and welcome to Yooper Trails

Well, Ground Hog Day has come and gone and we find ourselves with six more weeks of covid, I mean winter. Back in the day growing up in the far north county of Keweenaw we were always happy that it was only six more weeks of winter. I hope you are all doing well and making it through these times. My husband, a veteran has been vaccinated at the VA hospital. Being in that over-65 category, I’m lucky to have one scheduled for March 5. I’m counting the days like its a vacation coming up. With age comes some perks, I guess. You need to balance all that time you spend looking for your glasses or trying to remember why you just came into the kitchen.

On to happier conversation. I continue to love my punching and have a few things to share with you. It looks pretty white and snowy outside, so I did some flower bowl fillers. They are stuffed with balsam, one of my favorite scents’

These little doorknob hangers and patriotic sheep are on their way to Spring Run Farm in Lowell, Indiana. These are my drawings as well as the bowl fillers above.

I really enjoyed working on The Patriot, a pattern from Colleen King Colaizzi. I learned a new method of finishing and for my first attempt, I think it worked out pretty well. In the background you see Lori RIppey’s horse with jingle bells. Guess you can tell I like horses.

I have another little spring chicken almost completed. I hope to have new pictures in a couple days. Enjoy your week. I’m about to visit the Sunday morning flea market at our local Farmers Market. I hope I find some goodies.

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.