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March 2. Happy Birthday Michael

Wow. Forty years ago today our son was born. It was a terrible ice-covered day with many people losing power.  But we didn’t care. It was an exciting time in the Schmidlin family. With Mike turning 40, I guess I must have been 10 when he was born. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

Two more finishes for the Early Homestead Show.

A Song of Sixpence

This bunny is from a pattern by Betty Dekat.

Happy day to you. May your snow shoveling be minimal

One month until Early Homestead

February 19…I used to think this felt like the longest month of the year. Now, it is zipping by. We are due to see 50+ degrees today. And Lent has begun, so spring cannot be far off.

I have two photos today. The first one is aMagdalena Briner inspired piece. I found the chair back at the flea market. I think it is the perfect background.


This second one shows my primitive collection sitting on my Warren Kimball cow box. I guess you notice my love for horses.


So, what is happening in your world today.  I hope you are enjoying the day and looking forward to the weekend.

Think Spring and Early Homestead

Every day brings me closer to the two spring shows I will be doing. March 12 is the Think Spring show at Royal Oak’s Farmers Market and March 19 is the Early Homestead Antique Show at the Karl Richter Campus in Holly, MI. As it gets closer I will post specific details. The Holly show is  huge with primitive antique dealers from Ohio, Virginia, New York as well as many Michigan dealers. I’ve visited the show as a shopper before, but will be there as a dealer this year. So, I should be posting finishes daily for these two commitments. Keep checking in to keep me on track.

This little pull toy was inspired by a picture of a vintage candy tin. The wooden box they sit on now holds my wool pieces, but was my toy box when I was a child.

Framing Needle Punch

There are many ways to finish a NP project. And there is more than one way to do framing. Today I want to share with you my method of framing. You need: quilt batt, foam board, double-sided acid free tape, point driver, brown wrapping paper, regular Scotch double-sided tape and something to hang it with. I usually use screw eyes and waxed jewelry cord. (I like the feel of it) I have used the saw-toothed hangers also. So, here we go…

Gather your supplies

Cut the foam board to the larger measurement (first picture) When I have my piece on a hoop for punching I center the frame on top of it and draw the inside perimeter around the PN. I usually do one last check  when I have completed the punching. Sometimes you need to add a few more punches in some places.

Glue the batt to the foam board. (Trim the edges to fit the foam board) This gives the finished piece a little body and makes it pop slightly from the frame. I use Tacky glue. Let it sit until the glue dries completely. Place the acid-free tape around the back edges of the foam board, leaving the paper on the top side. Center your PN over the batt , checking the front side of the frame.. This usually takes me several attempts. You want to get the placement exact so there is no weavers cloth showing around the edges. Now you peel off the paper from the tape and lightly tape weavers cloth to the tape. Check the front again. If you aren’t satisfied you can gently peel the weavers cloth from the tape. When you are happy with the placement you want to firmly/gently stretch all the weavers cloth to the tape, pressing as far into the corners as you can.

As you see, you can get little ‘ears’ sticking up in the corners. When I use the point driver to staple the foam into the frame I fold down the ears. If you don’t have a point driver, you can use tiny nails or brads to hold the piece in the frame.( I finally decided it was worth the $50 to me to get the tool since I was doing a lot of framing, which I found at Blicks, an art supply store.)


Next, I use Scotch double-sided tape around the edges of the frame and press brown paper onto the back. Using a blade, carefully cut about a quarter inch on both edges of each corner. Then align with a ruler and cut (carefully) along each side. The little pre-cuts help to remove the excess paper without tearing the finished edges.

Place the screw eyes 1/3 of the distance down from the top. Use a light touch when screwing them in because they can break off. I will start the hole with a hand drill first. Add the jewelry cord, sign and date your work (always giving credit to the pattern creator) and you are set to go.

More finishes!

I challenged myself back in January to see how long before I would have completed projects.  At that time I didn’t know I would be preparing for two shows in March. Now the challenge has a deadline. Well it’s February 12 and I have a few things to show.

This house with trees was based on a rug that was hooked by my brother-in-law, Hank. Hence the name ‘Hank’s House.’ I planned beforehand to use the Lincoln logs as a frame. The punched piece was supposed to fit on top of the side logs, but it somehow wound up being smaller than I planned. So this is also an example of not giving up and finding Plan B. The needle punch hangs freely inside the logs. Looking at the back you can see it is simply attached to carpet tacks. A crocheted floss string becomes the hanger.

Pineapple: the symbol of welcome.  Along with the punching, I also did the framing on this myself. In the next day or so I will post pictures on that process.


 Now, a sneak preview of the pull toy I am working on….


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Lori’s Horse Pull Toy

Ok, let me just begin by saying I think I’m losing my mind. I want to post a picture of my completed horse pn, but I’m thinking I already did so. When I look I don’t see it either in my blog or in Facebook, so here it is. This was a great pattern to punch and I’m pretty happy with the results. I backed it in a brown homespun check and added a sleeve. I think it would look good if I shorten the dowel so it is hidden. So, here it is.


Class II

We met last night for our second of a two class session. A week ago we came together for the first time and left last night as great friends, with plans for stitching nights in the future.

Thank you to Jan, Patti and Sharon for a successful first teaching endeavor. I might just need to do this again! Just like first children they were my ‘experimental’ group and I learned right along the way. I’m happy to say all three arrived with enthusiasm and left the same way, supplied with a second project drawn up on weavers cloth.  Patti, one week can be a short time frame to finish a project when a work schedule interferes with pleasurable punching, but you are almost there. Make sure I see your finish.


Flea Market Finds

Well, I made my Sunday trip to the local flea market.  I mostly walk around and look at everything and buy nothing. But today I scored a few thing.


The frames I can always use.  I was thinking perhaps the faucet handle might work as a base. The horse is some heavy metal. The woman thought it was lead, but a magnet sticks to it. I have no idea what I’ll do with it, but I had to take it home. He has a cute face and maybe I can draw him. The clincher was the chair back. Hopefully that will become a rocker for a new punch needle creation.

I  just got a pattern from Lori at Homespun Prims. I ordered my Valdani and I’m just waiting for that to arrive.  Click here to visit Lori’s site.

Welcome 2016

Hello. Thanks you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy my post and photos and please feel free to make a comment.

Here it is, January 6. My Christmas tree and decorations are all stored away for another year and the house is back to normal (or as normal is it ever gets.)  As I was packing things up I wanted to share a photo with you. I bought this little bobble-headed Santa at the Beaumont gift shop the first year I moved to the city from Yooper Land.  The box is dated 1969 which means it is 46 years old and I have been living here for 46 years.  How can that be? I get a little sentimental and reminiscent at Christmas. Many years and many memories all brought to the surface with my sweet little bobble head…


In the world of punch needle, my mind wanders in many directions. I have rediscovered Magdalena. She did so many beautiful rugs and I’d like to recreate every one. I have been working on Dog and Two Crows.  Also, I’ve been poring over my book on frakturs. So many pieces to punch. Let us see how many months into 2016 we travel before I have finishes to share.

Here is a potential backing for Dog and Two Crows. I still need to decide.

I have one more finish to share. This one is truly finished. I did this little cupboard tuck from a pattern by Teresa Kogut of Creative Whims. Teresa does some lovely patterns.  This one is called Springtime Bunnies.  I filled it with balsam needles.


So, what are you doing to celebrate this new year ahead of us?



Dog and Two Crows

It is Monday morning four days before Christmas and I hear the gentle patter of rain outside. Today is the shortest day of the year and tomorrow we begin to see daylight longer.

I have been working on a prim reproduction from Magdalena Briner. I do love her work. This one is called Dog and Two Crows. I haven’t decided yet if I will add any walnut crystal aging to my version. I used a few bright yellows that I’m not certain I’m happy with. Also I don’t know if I’ll add a hanging sleeve to the back or put it on a hornbook. (Cold weather might play into that decision since any wood cutting is done in the garage.)


Let me take this time to wish you all blessings of the season as we celebrate Christmas and look forward to another new beginning in 2016.