I always awaken alone. My husband has mastered to a level of stealth the art of not making a sound while getting ready for work. The golf course terrorists ruin his efforts with their infernal machines, so it’s an exercise in futility. But depending upon how quickly I am aroused from my sleep, I sometimes lose my dreams and sometimes not.
This morning I awoke slowly and remembered my dreams, and they were about new designs for punch needle; all of them. Or perhaps I never actually got to sleep, and just spent the night thinking about designs. It doesn’t matter because I feel fine this morning.
Maybe I should clarify this here. It’s not necessarily the punch needle activity that’s got me obsessed at the moment, but rather punch needle is the vehicle of the month, or perhaps year. I’m always dreaming up designs. In fact, the other day I found a missing file box of original designs that I drew years ago for needlepoint. My designing is constant; it’s the needlework that changes. And all of those designs can be used for punch needle, which really has me excited.
Last night, before I went to bed, I did some experimenting with the Paternayan wools and my new needles, and my results had me fidgeting before sleep. I kept wanting to get up and draw. I speculated that the larger canvas would go as quickly as the smaller one, and it did. Perhaps even faster because I could punch looser and get the same results with the three-stranded Paternayan wool. I did a two-inch circle in about a minute and with my heart beating fast in anticipation I turned it over and gasped at the sight. The loops were even, they were not too tight and not too loose. The monks cloth is the best cloth I’ve found so far for holding the wool, and these new Amy Oxford needles are to die for. Ergonomic. Lightweight. Easy to turn. Smooth needles. I can thread them without a needle threader – EASILY. I am in heaven.
I’m back to Lowes today for more two-by-fours and those carpet strips. My goal is to make a rug frame large enough to hold the whole rug which is approximately 2′ by 3′. I have visions of pulling out that electric puncher to see if it would be useful for large backgrounds. I also want to look at more yarn, but you don’t have to mention that to my husband, thank you.