When I had organized some of my cross stitch stuff around Thanksgiving time, I unearthed a couple of punch needle pieces that I did years ago. I honestly think I did them back when we lived in the farmhouse and as of January, I’ll have lived here in this house for 8 years. WOW! That’s so hard to believe.
Anyway…it was long past time for me to fully finish these. I set them out on the table and make a resolution to finish them and not stuff them back in a drawer. So one of the days when my grandson Gannon was in the hospital, I had baby brother Anders at my house and he was sleeping, I grabbed the two pieces and decided that I was going to get at least one of them finished.
These are both older patterns and I have no idea if they are still available or not. The star is a Teresa Kogut pattern…sorry I don’t know the name. The snowmen are a With Thy Needle and Thread pattern.
The snowmen weren’t completely done. If you look on the pattern, you can see that they are supposed to have eyes and buttons on them. The maker is supposed to accomplish that by making French knots. That is why I never finished this piece. I didn’t want to screw it up by making terrible French knots.
I can make them…I just don’t enjoy it and every so often one of the ones I make is bad. I decided that I would start by finishing the edges.
For me, that means… trimming and then hemming.
After that, I did the French knots.
Someone told me a long time ago that to finish the edge of punch needle projects, take a sharpie and color the hemmed edge. I did that…then I found something in my thrifted collection to mount it to. I had this little board.
This is what it said on the back. I paid 75 cents for it.
I glued some batting to the middle back of the piece and then hot-glued it all down in place.
I don’t know why I waited so long to finish the piece. Seriously, those French knots were no big deal.
That all was enough for me to get the itch to want to do punch needle projects again. UGH. It’s been so long since I’ve done it that I will for sure have to relearn how to do it.
I have a couple of patterns here, I really should just do it…but I’d have to trade in cross-stitch time for it. Alas…crafter problems. HA!
After that one was done I decided to tackle the other project. This one was much easier as it was already hemmed…and didn’t need French knots.
I dug through my thrifted things that I have purchased in the past for finishing items. I came across this hanger. The front was scuffed but I didn’t think that was going to make a difference. I paid $4 for this at a vintage sale.
I hot glued this in place and that’s all there was to finishing that one. I just want to kick myself for not doing this before. It seriously took only long enough for the glue gun to get hot to finish it.
Down the road I want to get something to stick in the bucket…maybe some dried flowers? I don’t know. Any ideas? Maybe just a bow on the side. For now, it’s way better than it was!!
The two pieces look like they were made for each other.
So, you can check those two off my to-be-finished list. I’m so glad I finally just finished them…and maybe the next time I’m cross-stitching I should watch a Youtube video on punch needle. Hmm. Are there any other punch needle fans out there??