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More finishes (Subtitle: And that’s why we never throw anything away!)

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.

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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’s why we never throw anything away.

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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.

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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?

The challenge continues

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.

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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.

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One of two Gardening Angels.

Well, that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping in.

How did I do that?

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.

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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…

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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.)

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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.

Enjoyable Evening Class

I was so pleased to host a mini punch needle class at our home last night for three lovely ladies; Jan, Patti and Sharon. We began with a candle mat about 4×7 with a heart in the center since Valentine’s Day is so close in the future. Three hours passed so quickly that I had to hurry to serve my Sleepy Time Tea and pumpkin bar.  My friends left with homework assigned: finish your punching and next week we will assemble the backing and finish your first project.

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We used DMC floss with numbers 814, 420 and 3032.

 

 

To my Yooper Trails Friends

I have been noodling over some blog changes over the past few days. I created some test posts as well as prematurely published some posts I wasn’t ready to post. I apologize for unnecessary email notifications that were sent out. I think I am on a first-name basis with most of the Word Press Happiness Engineers.

So, today I am ready to open Shop Yooper Trails. If you refer to the menu bar you can click on “Shop Yooper Trails” and that will take you to the listing of several Halloween and Thanksgiving needle punch goodies.

To return to the blog postings just click on ‘Posts and Pictures’ on the menu bar.