Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I have been having the best time teaching myself Punchneedle Embroidery. It is so much fun and easy to do.
I have had it on my list of things I want to learn for years and I finally bought the supplies and a great book a few weeks ago. I had some time to sit down and read it this weekend, and I was punching away at my design within about an hour.
I would describe it as a cross between embroidery and rug hooking. I am having so much fun.
I got all of my supplies online at http://www.joanns.com/ . I think the supplies and the project book I found on amazon.com cost me about $40 including shipping.
Here is the book, Punchneedle Fun that I highly recommend...
I found the book to have better directions in the introduction about Punchneedle than the instructions included with the kit or the punchneedles themselves. I highly recommend getting it too if you want to try this craft. :)
http://www.joanns.com/ has everything you need to get started and they always seem to have a coupon code on the home page that you can use at checkout. I saved 50% off of the most expensive item when I bought mine.
All you will need to get started is a
- punchneedle kit with your favorite design,
- a set of punchneedles & threader,
- a locking embroidery hoop size 7" or what is indicated by the kit you choose,
- permanent fabric glue and
- sharp pointy embroidery scissors.
I chose a retro flower design kit for my first project. The image was already stamped on the fabric and is only about 3" x 4" . The perfect size to learn and get hooked as the feedback is fast and fun as the little loops fill up the space as you punch.
I think it is so neat that you are working on the back of the piece and the loops form on the front. You actually flip over your project to see what you are creating!
Here is my design inside the locking 7" hoop. I have begun to fill in the light yellow section.
This is what you see when you are working which is the back and...
Here is what is forming on the front. Look at all the cute little loops!
As you can see, I am having fun as I did all of this in just a couple of hours or so.
I am following the chart to see what sections get punched with the thread colors the kit provides.
Here is the front of the project so far and soon it will look like this...
I just bought 2 more kits and some blank weavers cloth to make my own designs and the projects in the book I showed you.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Please feel free to click on the links above to get a more detailed view of the project and how it was created.
Manon Doyle of Hoochie Poochie Studios , blog
I am excited to say that Jill is now hosting a 2009 project called Party Animals. The self published book and auctions for all of the original works will be available in The Fall of 2009.
My contribution is called Party Pugs and the original will also be available in the auction to raise funds for A Place to Bark Animal Rescue.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I had two of these brass lockets and made one for each for Melanie and myself decoupaged with Emmitt and Moe!
I also crocheted some more flowers and put them on my refridgerator with two little magnets I got on Etsy last year. I got the cute felt pug magnet from an etsy shop located in Hong Kong and the Emmitt magnet from my friend Kim in AZ. Don't they look cute together?
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
After putting the numbers through random.org, the winner is... Sue and Roscoe of Roscoe's Round Up. Congratulations! Sue, please just email me your name and address and I will get it in the mail to you right away.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I wanted to show you my new banner I made for my shows this month. Vistaprint.com has new vinyl banners in 3 sizes and indoor and outdoor weights.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Do you remember these bobble squares I made for the Knit-A- Square Charity that makes wonderful blankets for needy children in South Africa?
Well, I sent them off weeks ago with a smile and good wishes for them to arrive safely and to one day keep a small person warm and happy in their part of the world. I often leave the post office hoping that the package will arrive and imagine what squares they will be combined with to make someone happy.
Well this morning I got my wonderful newsletter from Sandy in Australia who put together this whole wonderful project and guess what?!...
The last picture is a blanket made with my bobble squares! They arrived safely and I can see the finished blanket! It brought tears to my eyes like I was seeing old friends!
In other fun crochet news... I finally got to try out my new book on making crocheted flowers!
I give the book 2 thumbs up on originality and great photographs. However, if you are a beginner, I would not choose this as your first book as there is no glossary of stitches or directions on how to make them if you need help or a reminder. I found myself checking my other books on creating some of the stitches or looking them up online.
What projects do you like to make that you feel are fun and fast? Please leave a comment and let me know. I would love to try them too!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
It is a gorgeous book filled with collage and mixed media art and techniques. Click here to see some of what is inside!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Here are 3 new additions to the Customer Photo Gallery...
Friday, May 15, 2009
Black Pug Finger Puppet
8 x 8 "circle in a square" Squares
What fun things do you use to organize your crafts, studio, home or office? I would love to know.