Category Archives: Needlework

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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Bliss Strip Cutter, Ebay, and the Waiting Game

My new project is not turning out as well as I expected.  Actually I expected difficulties, but I also expected to resolve the problems and make this the best rug I could.  I hope my enthusiasm prevails. My strips, cut … Continue reading

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Tea Dyeing and Eternity

Maybe I’m just impatient.  Well, maybe there is no maybe to it:  I am impatient. And consequently tea dyeing is not for me.  I can’t keep my hands out of it.  I keep checking the progress, and by doing so … Continue reading

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How to Remove Interfacing From Reclaimed Wool Clothes

The best colors I’ve found in reclaimed wool were in jackets.  You’d be surprised at how much cloth there is in a jacket, but you run the risk of it being lined with interfacing that has been glued in (ironed-on).  It’s … Continue reading

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Making a Sampler for Punch Needle and Hooking

When I was teaching decorative painting, one of the first things I taught my students was to learn their colors.  We didn’t mix paints in the beginner’s classes, so instead I taught them to do their own color charts with … Continue reading

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