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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Starry Night Punch Needle Pattern

I've just added Starry Night punch needle pattern to my Etsy shop! You can find the metal tins I added mine to in my Etsy shop too, while supplies last. They're 3 1/2 inches in diameter, the perfect size for ornaments as gifts for family and friends. 

I glued my finished pieces in place using Mod Podge. I have another ornament set coming out soon.
Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Give Thanks Punch Needle Pattern & Frames

 I just added Give Thanks to my Etsy shop, and The Pattern Cupboard. Here are the pictures beginning to end.  I've also added where I got the 'frames' I put them in below.

 I love fall colors, so it was so hard picking and choosing. Next year I plan on using them all.

 Now believe it or not, here are my 'frames'. Actually they're wood buttons I picked up hanging in the unfinished wood section at Hobby Lobby. They're 5 1/2" in size, the design fits perfectly in the indention of the button.
That was it, fun and easy, I added the paint colors in the pattern also. As always, if you have any questions, you can email me anytime. Happy Punching!!!

Friday, June 30, 2017

American Eagle Punch Needle Pattern

I've got a new pattern, and here it is from beginning to end.
 I always start with the small bits.

 You can also find the hornbook wood I mounted mine on, in my Etsy shop too. I list what brand paint I used, and the color names and numbers.
You can instantly download American Eagle Punch Needle Pattern in my Etsy shop and The Pattern Cupboard, links below. Have a safe happy holiday weekend!!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine

 I was lucky enough to get to add another pattern to the 2017 summer issue of the Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine! I'm just one of the many designers in the issue. Thanks so much Deb Jochim!!! Go check out all the artists in this edition, on the slide show here. 

You can subscribe yearly or just order a single issue, and now you can order the digital version. Either way, she always puts together a beautiful magazine. 

I did Cupid's Key for this issue, go check it out, you'll be happy you did. Until later!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wool & Feather Punch Needle Pattern From Beginning to End

 I'm so excited to get my newest pattern out, Wool & Feather. I seem to spend so much time on seasonal patterns, that it's really fun to do an everyday pattern. Here are the pictures from the beginning to end. You will also find a tutorial in the tutorial section on how I framed my finished piece too.
 Here's the pattern traced on my weavers cloth, and on the gripper frame, ready to punch.
 I always start on the small details first, so I started with my sheep's eyes. I just did two punches for my eye centers. I then outlined the nose, lip line, and ear centers. Then moved on to the crows eyes, and wing lines.
 Then I filled in the rest of the sheep's head and legs, then finished the crow.
 Then I started on my sheep's body outline, and the lines inside. I really want the outline and body lines to stick out, so I punched them once, then went over the lines again, doubling them up. You can do them side by side, but I like the way this looks better, for me.
 You can see really well how the double lines stick out.
 Now you can see why the lines being doubled is really important, it makes your sheep look very wooley. 

 Now all finished with my sheep and crow.
 I did my flower centers first, then moved on to my grass and plants.
 Now my flower petals.
 I did a really thin line around my sheep's body only, to make him really pop, before doing my background.
 All finished up, now time to start my outer borders.

 All finished up, and ready to take off the frame.
 I found the frame on Etsy at The Rusty Roof.
 Now I cut my wool to the size of my frame backing. I took my punched piece, set it in the center of my wool piece, then traced around it with a white pencil. 
 I cut that square out of my wool.
 Lay the wool over your punched piece, then start stitching your wool in place.
 Now stitched in place. I used double sided tape to stick my finished piece to my frame backing. Then just put the frame together, all done!
I want to say thanks to everyone who suggested framing it, I don't think it would look the same any other way. The patterns are ready for instant download in my Etsy shop and The Pattern Cupboard, the links are below. Thanks for dropping by, and Happy Punching!!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tissue Tutorial You've Got To Try

I've had several questions about the little peat pots that are in my header pictures, so I thought I would post a tutorial on how I made them.
 First off, I found a great tutorial on how to print on tissue paper. That's right, tissue paper. I basically taped a piece of tissue paper to the top of a piece of card stock, then cut the tissue paper the same size of my piece of card stock. Then I just printed on it, like a normal piece of paper, it was that easy. Just feed the taped side of your card stock in first. It is so much thinner than paper or card stock, and it prints on beautifully. If you want to see the tutorial on how to print on card stock, it's here:
 I painted all of my peat pots white, not covering the whole pot. Instead of cutting my pictures out, I ripped around them, I love the way it looks.
 I just used a sponge paint brush. After they were completely dry, I just painted on a little Mod Podge. Put my piece of tissue paper on it, then painted over the piece of tissue paper with my Mod Podge too.
Then I just added a little floral foam, stuck floral wire in the bottom of my wax beeswax chicks, then added a little Easter grass. That's it, it was that easy!
 I also added some tissue paper to these paper mache boxes. I painted them first. I always use one solid color as a base coat, then another one for the top. I never completely cover with the top coat of paint, so you can see the bottom coat peeking thru. 
 I sand them down really good, then stain them. I let them dry overnight, then used the same technique I used above to glue my tissue paper to my paper mache boxes. 
 You can see the lid above, I ripped it a little to much, but I didn't redo it, I liked the way it looked.
The picture above shows the neat wrinkled effect you get with the tissue paper.
 Then all done and ready to display on my shelves.
It was really fun to do, and I've got tons of ideas floating around in my head right now. You've got to give it a try, it was really fun. until next time!