More Needle; More Punch

Twenty Years Old and Still Beautiful

The punch needles have arrived and now I’m anxious to get a rug going.  I am only a little disappointed that the smallest needle is too big for a small project like jewelry, patches, cozies, etc.   Rather all these needles are for rugs.  However…

I’ve done small rugs before, and the rug posted here brought me back to the craft. I found it at a fair in Pennsylvania about 20 years ago.  I wish I knew who made it.  I fell in love with it the moment I saw it, and remember hooking a small pillow shortly thereafter.   This is still in excellent condition even though it’s in a very high-traffic area of our house.  That’s the difference between handmade and “Made in China.”  Those China rugs are not normally wool, and if they are they still seem to flatten out quite quickly and lose their bright colors.  If you’re going to hook or punch your own, you’re going to use good wool, have tight stitches, and as I have over the years, spot cleaned it to make it last forever.

Colors Still Bright

I’ve got the frame; I have the wool, and now all I need is to increase one of my patterns to fit a small rug.  Since the needles are bigger, and I’m using more yarn, perhaps it won’t take much longer than the smaller projects.  I just can’t wait to try out these needles.


About Patsye

I am an older woman and artist. I love to craft. I love to sew and knit and crochet and needlepoint. I love to paint and draw and make art with my hands. Being creative is what gets me up in the morning. Art is my tea, my fresh air, my good book, and my cats all rolled into one. I have much to share and hope you'll visit often.
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5 Responses to More Needle; More Punch

  1. cubbyholes says:

    Ya know I was thinking about your projects today (ok yes I know but I do think about things and people all the time. lol) Anyway… I don’t know if you like doing craft fairs or not, but if you picked up old ottomans, stools, wooden chairs, etc, at yard sales and estate sales, you could make matching sets by replacing the seats or tops with needle punch. People used to use tapestry type materials or handmade tapestry pieces, but you could do the same thing. Imagine an antique dining room set with that pattern on each seat? Replace old busted up braided seats with punch needle seats. They would be gorgeous (and very profitable since you can usually find chairs and stools for a few bucks at yard sales).
    Well, just a few thoughts that crossed my mind. Jeanie

    • Been there, done that..with the craft fairs. When I was younger I could take the work. It wasn’t just the work of making my product, but of doing the show. Up early, packing the cars, unloading, working, loading, ugh. But yes, I made money. That money went to my husband’s grad school tuition and my son’s computers and camps. My nursing money went to everything else.

      But you are spot on about the idea of chair covers and seats, and I would like to do patterns for just such a thing – work them up for myself. You have given me yet another idea that I’ve put in my idea book. Jeanie the genius! I’m soooooooooooooooo glad I met you here.

      And speaking of “braided,” I am reminded of braided rugs. Have you ever made one of those? Don’t throw any woolens away. Wool, like silk, lasts practically forever, and is such a strong fiber you can walk on it with little damage. That’s another thing I would like to do someday – braid a rug. We had a big one in our formal living room (hahaha – formal!), growing up, and it was braided – not by my mom, but she bought it. They were very popular in the fifties.

      Thanks for writing, and reading, my blog. patsye

      • cubbyholes says:

        Well, we don’t wear woolens. Most of them make me itch, however, this summer I plan to watch out for old wool clothing and tshirts to try both a rug and the tshirt rug. I suspect finding the tshirts will be way easier. I was also thinking of trying the salvation army stores. They get tons of clothes and blankets. I may be able to get them pretty cheap there and tear them apart for use.
        And I totally understand about the shows. We did it two years and took this year off since the sweetie had knee surgery. I didn’t mind the break. We may try staying at one place and just parking our tent camper up there. Then we just have to set up and stay the weekend and make little mini-vacations out of it. Plus we can leave everything up there not have to trudge it all back home again all the time.

  2. Northern Narratives says:

    That is a beautiful rug and the colors are so nice. There’s nothing like the quality of handmade.

    • I met the woman, who is from West Virginia, who made the rug. She was the sweetest gal. And she really has a handle on these rugs. I don’t know if she’s even around anymore, and I don’t know her name, but she was younger than me so it’s possible she’s still making them. I can’t even remember the name of the fair. There are so many of them in Pa. The back of the rug is finished perfectly and a good teaching tool for rug hooking. The technique is all visible from underneath.

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