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Punch needle rugs

I think I have just found something that might keep me happy for a while.  After losing my passion for paper and quilling, a passion that lasted over 20 years.

I have been finding it really difficult to find a creative outlet that I love and enjoy as much as what I did with paper. I do enjoy making things with the miniature punch needle and now have just discovered that you can actually make rugs with a larger type of punch needle.

Looking for sites to do with all this I found Amy Oxford, who seems to be a bit of a genius when it comes to punch needle rug making, her website is in the blog roll it is well worth a look at the gallery.

Well at the top you can see one of the freebies from Primitive Bettys – also in the blog roll.  I had some hessian/burlap, and although I started this a while  ago, the needle I was using had some problems and it never got  finished.  However, a new needle was purchased and some Monks Cloth, from this place in Scotland  Hessian isn’t really very good for punch needle rug making, the threads may snap with the pressure of the needle going in and out so evenweave  is the best bet.  I am in the process of re-drawing the pattern on to my monks cloth and will let you know how it is getting on.This is an owl which I made this morning, he has no claws on this photo, and he is blue and white because in this household we support Sheffield Wednesday, one of our local football / soccer teams, they play in blue and white and their mascot is Ozzy the Owl.

I am going to try and stuff this owl – he is about 11 inches high – and send him to my son Alex who lives in Kazahkstan.  The last time Sheffield Wednesday and our other local team Sheffield United played together I had to tune the radio to the sports station and place it in front of my laptop so he could listen to the match on Skype!  Boys huh!

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