Had I not changed the design twenty times, along with the colors, I might have finished this sooner. But finished it is, and it’s the last of the designs I am going to put up on this blog. Instead, I’m going to start another blog, or website, under a different name. I have had enough letters and comments saying that these would adapt well to needlepoint, punch needle, cross stitch, felting, and even beading with peyote stitch, so I will leave that up to the crafter to decide what to do with my patterns. I’ve ordered a bolt of weavers cloth for stamped punch needle designs, and familiarized myself with pixelizing them on paper for other needlework methods. Now I just have to finish (start, really) the website, get the patterns printed, and yada, yada, yada.
Who knew I had a hundred designs just waiting to be sketched, and I think of new ones daily. I’d start one, get another idea, jot it down, and before I knew it I was sketching four or five a night. You can’t imagine how fun this is, or how addictive. But the best part of punch needle is how fast it is. The hard part is getting the right colors. The innovative part is finding applications: purses, coasters, hot pads, cup surrounds, decoration for hats, cuffs, jumpers, check covers, wallets, eyeglass cases, and inserts for just about anything. My favorite so far, jewelry! THIS is what I love about punch needle: LATITUDE.
Once the link is open, I hope that anyone visiting here will visit there. And if you know of someone who might be interested in trying this art form, please send them my way. I’ve worked through this skill, and have incorporated many ideas and helpful hints in my patterns that will make it a fun experience for all who want to learn.
Now it’s back to those Alphabet Textile Pages… My website will open in April.