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Hi, nice to see you all again. Since my last post lots of things have changed including losing my mum. Not really sure why we say we have lost them, we know exactly where they are, still in our hearts, still hugging and loving us just the way they always did.  I have learnt that when someone close dies it all takes a great deal of time to get back to what could be a normal state of affairs. It’s just over a year since my mum went, and sometimes it’s still very difficult especially when I do something that I did with her.

I’m still crafting which now that we have moved to a smaller house has caused a few challenges like where am I going to put things?  Everything is in a small second bedroom and sometimes walking in here is quite tricky in case I move the wrong way and everything comes crashing down like a house of cards!

I made the Union Jack punch needle heart yesterday, it’s filled with lavender and smells delicious.

It’s nice to be back !

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  http://www.ragartstudios.com.  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!

Punch Needle

This is what I have been working on, before my looms arrived – more on those later .  This little lady is about 8 inches tall and 4 inches at the widest point.  For those who don’t know, she is done in punch needle embroidery.  At the moment she is still flat, but I will attach her to a piece of material for her back and then stuff her with toy filler and lavender.

Punch needle embroidery is a lovely craft, it can be quite … mindless,  which is something I can certainly do with sometimes.  Actually perhaps I should call it relaxing, but I am sure you know what I mean.  The little pop pop pop as the needle goes into the cloth is soothing.This is the punch needle that I use, it’s a Cameo Ultra Punch, it comes with 3 sizes of needles small, medium and large, and you can use 6, 3 or 2 strands of embroidery thread, or even different kinds of thread, which will give you many different looks.This was one of the first pieces that I did a couple of years ago, I copied the picture off a set of coasters that we use during the holiday season.  To mount this one I glued it to a wooden box that I had painted and distressed and just to finish it off glued some cord around the punching.I do love making these little dolls, this was the first one that I made, and as usual made a few mistakes during the process.  This one is flat too, mainly because I cut the weavers cloth too close to the punching and although I did manage to put a back on it, I could not turn it to the right side as the weavers cloth started to fray.  So it was immediately cut off and I will use this one as a decoration for a notebook or another box.

It’s a rotten day weather wise here in my part of the UK and I think that punch needle will be on the menu for this afternoon.  I need to do some Christmas designs of my own.  I will let you know what I come up with.

Have a great day everyone.

Rosie

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