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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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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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Stargazing Rabbit, Copper Art Jewelry

This piece posed one of my biggest challenges.  But my friend Beth had the solution which, simply put, was to punch two holes instead of one.  Wire wrapping dominated the project, and I wound up making two sets of these … Continue reading

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Two Easy Pieces: Copper Art Jewelry

  Putting a square on a square is one of the basics in making art jewelry.  And while it would sound incredibly simple, it’s not as easy as you think. There are logistics involved, and I have found that making … 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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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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Mosaic Mirror Frame: Finishing An Old Project

A friend of mine who is all things great, (I’ll call her Cubbyholes) put up a post about a beautiful mosaic tray she made, and I fairly jumped out of my seat to find my own unfinished mosaic mirror frame. … Continue reading

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Tiny Little Halloween Needlework Project

A scissors keeper is actually useful.  I can attest to this because I’m always losing my bird scissors when curled up on the couch doing needlework. They slip so easily between the cushions.  Then I have to get up to … Continue reading

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