Well, I am certainly hooked on my latest hobby - punch needle!!!
Learning as I go, and having so much fun …
I mentioned in a previous post that the hardest part was finding a shop that carried the needle punch.
I found a few shops in the U.S.A. but they either didn't ship to Canada or the price of shipping was almost as much as the punch needle.
Determination paid off :-D and I found a shop where I ordered the needle punch and weavers cloth.
Unfortunately, while the punch needle was available but the weavers cloth was not, so I am still (eagerly) waiting on that to arrive (and I can begin some bigger projects).
Wanting to start right away, I looked through my sewing/fabric basket and found some fabric I thought would work … I already had some DMC floss from older sampler projects, and started with a simple heart shape & created a little brown sparrow making up the design as I punched.
A visit to a few fabric shops for more DMC floss, felt for backing my projects, gripper hoops in a couple of sizes and a frame (the fabric has to be drum tight) and I was ready to start more projects!
A heart shaped trivet was next - once again, I just created a heart shape and drew a bird sitting on a nest with eggs and branches and leaves in pencil directly on the fabric.
a sweet little squirrel ornament was next making up the pattern as I went …
my first project using up the (very) random odds and ends of DMC floss that I had on hand :-D
lamb with a house pattern was next...
I hadn't planned on using it as a covering for a chip board box I had, but it happened to fit perfectly.
I will paint the sides of the box, add some pretty trim and tuck a little ornament inside as an Easter gift.
I want to recreate this idea again, but next time have just the lamb as I felt the house and green grass took away from the sweet lamb design …
close up of all the tiny stitches
going to a baby shower in a few weeks &
I'm giving mum to be a play pen, but I always like to add a little handmade treasure
so I made this little bunny & moon hanger for babies room (it's a boy)
*love you to the moon and back*
lambs will be finished this afternoon and I think I'll add it to the front of a wicker basket I have.
I'm thinking the basket will look nice holding napkins for our Easter table...
And then … well, I have lots of ideas floating around … I am pretty sure everyone is getting a punch needle "something" next Christmas :-D