So the reason it’s taking me so long to REALLY clean my sewing room is that I end up down some rabbit holes. Today’s rabbit hole….Punch Needle.
I did punch needle some time ago….well actually a long time ago. It was all because of the gals at Country Threads. Here are some pictures of the samples they had in their shop…trust, there were TONS more but here are a few that got me to give punch needle a try. These photos were from back in 2011.
I just love these…
I wish I had them all….
…but I wish they were all finished!!
Country Threads always did an awesome job of finding interesting things to mount the finished pieces on…like above the little dust pan.
The gals were so into punch needle that they even started designing their own patterns. Here are a few…
This next finish is actually mine. I did one punch needle project from start to finish. I don’t even know where it is now. Probably it’s in a box in the basement. I’ll put that on my list to investigate.
Well in my cleaning I found my old punch needle bag….That lead me to wondering why I didn’t finish these projects….yep now I remember. I was too chicken to do the eyes and buttons on the snowman. The star one was the last for me to finish.
That lead me to checking out the piece with the stars. Hey wait. That has to be a Teresa Kogut design. I’m sure of it as I recently saw her version of the same pattern only in cross stitch. Wow….my punch needle life that was, is crossing over into my current cross stitch life. I’m a BIG Teresa Kogut fan now. I love her Floss Tube channel on Youtube. She often talks about both punch needle and cross stitch so my interest in trying punch needle has kind of peaked again. Seeing hers makes me remember that I did like doing it.
I saw my needle. It looked new…Yep, I remember, when my niece Jody was sick with cancer, she wanted to try punch needle. I gifted her mine and later bought a new needle.
I wasn’t sure I even remembered how to use it. Hmm. Well I had supplies…I could try. The instruction book was there.
I found a Morgan Hoop still in the package. Yep I remember ordering one a time ago from Amazon. I had thought at the time I’d start punch needle again, but never did.
..and there was pattern I hadn’t finished.
It was started…and that’s when I really went down the rabbit hole. On the frame went the started project. Out of the bag came the needle. Could I remember how to do this?
Nope. I had to read the directions. Then I had to watch a Youtube video. Then I said a bad word. Then I almost gave up. Then I realized I had the wrong sized needle in. Then I got mad because my thread broke as I had tried to reuse the tread and it was now weak. Then I said another bad word…and then IT WORKED. I WAS SO HAPPY.
Isn’t that the way things go? Of course this all took about 2 hours long. But I figured it out again. I’m thrilled.
Punch needle is kind of weird in that you work on the printed side and the design actually shows up on the backside.
I did learn that I did this a little bit wrong. I’m suppose to stitch the center first and the little pieces then do the background and edge but it will work. I’ll remember that for next time.
Um…did I say a next time. I did. There has to be a next time as in my big long rabbit trail, I ended up ordering this…
Yep a Teresa Kogut design. She has others I’d love to do…you can find her here Teresa Kogut on Etsy
I still can’t believe that I first learned of Teresa Kogut way back at Country Threads…over 10 years ago. This is another picture of one her patterns from the shop.
So now it has me wondering is, when my trip down the rabbit hole started? Was it when I first went to Country Threads and discovered punch needle…or did it start when I started watching floss tube and found Teresa Kogut…or was it when I was cleaning the sewing room and found my old punch needle bag. Hmm.
Regardless…I can’t say for sure if I’ll be punching or not. Cross stitch has such a call to me right now and I don’t want to have too many projects that have me sitting in a chair. We’ll see. I do at least want to do the new Teresa Kogut pattern I ordered….but maybe I need to practice on something else first. That does look a little challenging. Who knows? All I know is I wasted an afternoon and didn’t get anything cleaned in the sewing room…oh well, as I always tell Carver, “It happens.”
…and I am doing punch needle again, I guess. Anyone else do punch needle, curious minds want to know. Anyone else love Teresa Kogut? I am a religious watcher nowadays.