Completed in February, I am delighted to post my latest, and largest, punch needle project, “The Stargazer and the Whale.”
I took my inspiration from my favorite book, Ahab’s Wife, and since reading this wonderful novel I’ve never looked at the stars, or even the night sky, the same. Those of you who have read the novel will understand. Those of you who have not, should. This is an incredible read.
I emailed the author, Sena Jeter Naslund, and sent her a photo of the rug, thanking her for Una the protagonist and all the inspiration I received from her book. It took her only moments to write back, complimenting my design as “witty and profoundly beautiful,” and was very pleased to be my muse. I’m going to print the email onto fabric and tack it to the back of the rug. I’ve never had an author write to me, especially the author of my favorite book, but then I don’t think I’ve ever written to an author before.
Now that the rug is “in the can” I need to find time to put the pattern up for sale on my website. Please contact me here if you are interested. The design is 24″ x 34″ and is hand-drawn on vellum.
I am happy to report the Amy Oxford Punch Needles were perfect for this project. I haven’t tried using wool strips instead of yarn, but will be shortly. What I can recommend is the ease and comfort of these needles. They thread so easily, stay threaded and the needle tips are perfect for monks cloth. I never tired using them, nor did my wrists hurt in any way.
Amy runs classes to certify teachers in their use, and I am sorry that these classes won’t be offered this year, but I’ll wait until next year and definitely find my way to Vermont to become an instructor. By then I will be even better with them and more able to share this with others. I can’t imagine I could be more passionate about this craft by then, but who knows!
Now I’m on to my next design entitled “Red, White and Maryland Blue Crab.” Hopefully this will be completed before the Fourth of July.