Category Archives: Needlework

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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Silkscreen for Cheapskates

I can’t even remember what show this was on, but it’s been rolling around my mind for weeks.  I see lots of pillows in the antique and design shops with large-lettered words like “MILK” below a cow, or “WOOL” below … Continue reading

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My head, not my hand, is spinning!

Kindness comes in many forms, and without going into detail (and there is much detail) I have been offered the use of a spinning wheel from a stranger.  And not just the wheel, but a tutorial, some roving, and a … Continue reading

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Watercolor: Take the class or buy the DVD?

I’m not an expert, but I love to watercolor.  Mostly I like to design and use my designs in other ways…like taking a watercolor and hooking it into a rug. And I am a DVD aficionado. Each of us will … Continue reading

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Red, White and Maryland Blue Crab Punch Needle Rug

I DID IT!  Even with all that’s going on, I managed to finish my latest rug.  This one is larger than the last, at 30 X 40 inches, but the big difference is the wool.  This was fashioned from cut … Continue reading

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Moving On

I received another “where are you?” email this morning, and I am ashamed.  I have blogged about “going missing;” how to let others know that the absence is planned rather than caused by some illness or catastrophe.  I have an … Continue reading

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