Well, tomorrow morning I leave for my sister Carole’s home. Saturday morning we’ll wake the birds and head out to Lowell, Indiana for the Spring Run show. It is always exciting to meet with people and share my love of punch needle. The weather looks to be perfect. I like to have a project started to demonstrate punch needle. This is what I came up with. Enjoy this lovely late summer weekend.
Summer visited with some great sunshine, lazy days, sweet corn, tomatoes, morning coffee on the deck, evening wine on the deck. I blinked my eyes and summer is gone like a melted Frosty Snowman. Reading posts on Facebook this morning I found multiple pictures of youngsters heading of to the first year of school and the last year of middle school. Exciting times for both children and parents.
Preparation here continues for the Spring Run Harvest Fest on Sept 16. Spring Run Farms is in Lowell, Indiana. I’m looking forward to doing the show with my sister, Carole who will have a booth also. Visit Carole’s Picture Trail by clicking here to see her beautiful cross stitch and quilts.
I have a few finishes to share with you. The first is Mr Turkey standing on a pumpkin. This is a Cathy Sowers design, that I hope I did justice to. I used crushed walnut shells to stuff this.
Halloween cat arrives on her little whisk broom, ready for the season. Not all that scary, but full of fun. I sewed on a brown plaid cotton backing. I was able to just tack in onto the broom with a few stitches on each side.
Now I put punch needle aside and prepare for a pre-anniversary get-away with my wonderful husband of 45 years.
I need a day to ‘rest the wrist’ so it is a good time to post a blog entry. I love the fall colors for punching. The oranges and golds and browns… I remember reading once that the change of colors was the tree blushing before dropping leaves for her winter sleep.
So I finished Lori Rippey’s Little Jack. I tried make the background reminiscent of the Magdalena Briner style. Little Jack will become a cupboard hanger and will be available at the Spring Run Farm on September 16. Lori’s patterns are available. Click here.
This is a second version of my Three Witches.
I found the antique cookie cutters at Kathy Makers Primitive Homespuns when we visited Frederick, Maryland. All you punchers know that you need to be careful to reverse your image when punching or else you will end up with a mirror image. I’m happy to say that by pure luck that didn’t happen to me.
My next focus will be finishing Cathy Sower’s Turkey on a Pumpkin make-do. Stay tuned for more pictures.
Thanks for the visit. What are you working on today?
It is difficult coming back from being away and settling into a daily routine. Setting aside my ‘must-do’ list, I’ve started some punching for my fall show at Spring Run Farm.
I purchased two patterns from Lori . The other one is Little Jack, a pumpkin head. I’ll post both finishes when I’m done. If your interested, check out Lori’s Picture Trail here This is all done with Valdani #12 perle cotton. I find these threads so easy to punch with and the colors are so vivid. Now to decide on the finish for this one. Stay tuned.
Royal Oak High School PTSA presents their annual holiday arts and crafts market this Saturday, November 19 from 10am until 4pm. The high school is located at 1500 Lexington Boulevard. Royal Oak 48067. Lexington runs into Crooks Road and is less than a half mile north of 13 Mile Road. Stop in and find me in the cafeteria at Booth 120. Here is a sampling of pieces I have been working on.
I know it has only been a day since my last post, but I’m excited to display these finishes. I drew up a Santa gnome at Christmas time last year and since then I’ve been thinking a Lady Liberty might be fun. Here she stands on her tinker toy pedestal amid her Lady’s Mantle.
I have had this next one punched but still on its frame for months. I finally decided it was time to quit stalling. I used a blue ticking fabric on the back and very carefully turned it right side out. The tail was a bit of a challenge, but he survived the surgery. I suggested to my husband that we might find some driftwood when we become yoopers for the summer. He reminded me that I have a basket of it stuffed above a storage cupboard in the basement. This provided me with the most excellent opportunity to say to him, (repeat after me)….And that’swhy we never throw anything away.
It has been a year since the Punch Needle Primitive Stitcher magazine published its first issue. I found ‘Colonial Tulips’ in the anniversary issue. This pattern is by Doreen Frost at Vermont Harvest Folk Art. This was a fun, quick punch project. I couldn’t wait to order her suggested colors so I improvised with Valdani I already had. The colors are close. Here it is, sitting next to a sewing basket that my dad made about 75 years ago. As I look more closely at the picture, I’m thinking I should perhaps use some walnut crystal stain to further antique the box.
Now I need to get a new project started before I go into punch needle withdrawal. How are you keeping busy during these beautiful summer days?
I challenged myself to two more finishes a week until the Early Homestead Show in Holly. I think I might have fallen behind, but I have three finishes, so that should even it out.
I have really been enjoying making balsam pillows. I incorporated a bunny from a freebie from Melissa Bowman and added my background design. Thank you to Heidi and Anna for the beautiful African violet. I will do my best to keep it flourishing.
The baskets in these pictures were made by my dad for my children. They are grown and gone, but I remain the Keeper of the Baskets.
One of two Gardening Angels.
Well, that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping in.
Thank you to Patti, who read my last blog and pointed out to me that the RO Farmers Market Think Spring show is actually on March 19, the same day as the Early Homestead show. The good news is now I only need to prepare for one show. The bad news is I’m sorry to miss the market show. I must say Robin at the market was ever so gracious and understanding about my predicament.
My sister Carole and I have been keeping the phone busy discussing and making plans for the Early Homestead. It will be our first opportunity to do a show together and definitely make for a great time.
Here is today’s finish. This is a variation of a rug done by Polly Minick. I have filled it with balsam and it will make a sweet bowl filler.
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…
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, the corners can have little ‘ears’ sticking up.
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.