Author Archives: Patsye

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.

Pumpkin Barn Quilt…Voila!

While it didn’t take as long as I thought, I learned much from working through this project.  Number One:  Painting BIG is difficult.  Aside from my short arms (which go with my 5’1” height) 42” X 42” is just a … Continue reading

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Barn Quilts Aren’t Just for Barns

A few weeks ago my friend Robin and I took a class on painting barn quilts.  It was just for fun; something to do on a hot summer day.  But in fact, it turned out to be more than fun. … Continue reading

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Punch Needle and a Very Big Frame (or A Solution to Punching a Large Rug)

Not everyone knows that you can “punch” a rug.  Many punch needle enthusiasts have not looked beyond the  5” x 6,” or thereabouts, patterns for small decorative projects.  I sell them on my Etsy site (PLEASE VISIT), and none are … Continue reading

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How to Hold a Punch Needle Tool

Since I have now been asked this question twice, this would be a good place to start with my “advice” column for punch needle. Just so everyone remembers:  I didn’t invent this craft, and I am no expert. I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Punch Needle Focus

On December 3, 2010 I started this blog with “Whimseytopia:  Ready For Prime Time.”  That seems like eons ago, and yet it also feels like yesterday every time I pull up a fresh page upon which to leave my tidbits … Continue reading

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Punch Needle Prospects Revisited

On January 15, 2012 I wrote a post entitled Punch Needle Prospects. Moments ago, on the auspicious occasion of opening my new Etsy Shop Whimseytopia, I, inexplicably, went back and read what I’d written so long ago.  Really? That I am … Continue reading

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Punch Needle Project: 27 Days to Go

Whimseytopia traffic has dramatically increased since I published my announcement about my new Etsy site.  I’m surprised and thrilled that there’s interest in this art form and my patterns. I have high hopes. But the best part is that I … Continue reading

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Happy Endings

On the heels of two very bad days of broken phones, lost credit cards, and a litany of other mishaps that I will spare you the details, life handed me a little miracle. When I opened my back door this … Continue reading

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Christmas Jewelry Pendant Project

Copper can be either rough and tumble, bright and flashy, or both at once.  That’s what I went for in this piece…both. I chose as many metals as I had could find laying around. Most of the beads are recycled from old … Continue reading

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Annealing Copper

The copper I use is 24 gauge, and it is not-quite-dead-yet soft.  Hobby Lobby sells metal in their model kit department.  With a coupon it is reasonable, and you can get nice rods, planks, and sheets in both copper and … Continue reading

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