I think I now know how my friend Patti in West Virginia feels. She’s always knitting something new. She can’t get on an airplane without her knitting. She’s definitely got the knitting bug, and she’s a master knitter.
But like all viruses, they do morph, and I think my socks obsession has morphed into a punch needle obsession. And I think I know why. Like knitting, there’s a learning curve, but trust me when I say punch needle’s is shorter. Through all the football games I have stayed on track. There’s no wondering where to start when you pick up a punch needle. And with each hour, I think of more designs, more ways to dress these up, and more ways to use the finished product. This lobster is going on a boat bag with yellow straps, but I couldn’t wait to show you my progress.
I’d mentioned that these can be done like little pieces of art, with shading and almost pixilating the images. But what I didn’t realize is that you can punch them backwards by turning it over and seeing from the right side (when usually you are working from the back) where a small new color can go, and then punch upwards – toward you, so that you have brought the needle up in the exact spot you want it to be. Unless and until you try this needleart, you won’t really get the idea, but there are many ways to do this besides the left-to-right or right-to-left or even circular punching.
If you click on the photo to the right, you can enlarge it twice, and you will definitely see holes; places that can use more thread; places I missed. But that’s the best part of this – the tweaking and repairing is such a simple process. There are no OMG’s! involved because you simply add more punched thread to any missing space. And if you don’t like what you see, take the needle, pull out the thread, and do the space again. The weavers cloth is self-repairing, strong and very forgiving.
I plan to finish this by Sunday night, and I will post it attached to the bag hopefully by Monday. Yes, yes, I know. Where’s my Alphabet Book? I have a few pages to post, but I got busy today making my new banner for the holidays. I simply took a picture (I could have scanned it but didn’t want to cut the paper) of a page from a KC & Company’s Christmas pack, and then Photoshopped my message and name. It could not have been simpler, and far easier than finding something unique in the morass of images on the Net.