Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Grout Work

I'm going to try to get a lot better at doing posts more often. Sometimes I get very involved in my punch needle patterns, and forget about everything else. I usually do a post on my patterns from beginning to end, after the pattern is completely finished. I thought I would try something a little different this time. So, I'll be posting as I go along! Here's my grout work on my next pattern. It's a lot funner to do it this way, instead of the real thing, It's always so much fun to get a new one started, so I'm off to get some more done. I'll post more pictures later!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Blessings From Beginning to End

Well, I don't know if you can tell I'm ready for fall, right? A very hot and humid East Texas is not fun in the summer, I'm ready for some cool weather and a fire pit.  So, this is Blessings, my newest punch needle pattern, from the beginning to end.
 I always start with the small bits, my sunflower, then on to the bittersweet. 
 Then I moved onto leaves, pumpkins, and then their vines. The vines spell out Family, Friends, and Traditions.
 Time to fill in the pumpkins. I used a lot of highlight colors in this pattern. When I'm highlighting, I leave some room when I'm using my fill in color. I do that so I can add another color in, to add different little pops of color here and there. Fill that color in to your liking. You can make all of your pumpkins look different in color, like they are naturally. 
 Now on to the big letters, on the inside, I used my favorite Weeks Dye Works color, I use it in something every year, I sell it in my Etsy shop. The rest of the pattern is done in DMC floss.

 As you can see, Tuna really loves loves this pattern.
 Now to the background, I used 2 colors. I use them like variegated thread, like Valdani threads, but without the price.
 I outlined the whole pattern in 3 rows in the darker background color.
 Here it is out of the gripper frame. I cut around the whole pattern, leaving about an inch of weavers cloth, that I then stitch under the finished piece.
I added it to a piece of hornbook wood, I painted to look like a pumpkin. I cut some of my scrap weavers cloth in a leaf shape, then painted and stained it. I wrapped the handle with rusty wire, using that to connect the leaf to the hornbook wood. I purchased the hornbook wood at The Perfect Prim Punch on Etsy.
You can download Blessings instantly in my Etsy shop and The Pattern Cupboard, the links are below. Have a great week, and thanks for dropping by!


Monday, May 16, 2016

The Hive Sampler, Newsletter Gift

 I've had bee's on the brain all summer, I like to think it is because my name means honey bee. It is really because I know how important they are to our environment, and I love them. I usually post the beginning of a pattern to the end of it, but this one was quick and easy.

I think it took longer to get my wool to stick to the back piece on my frame, it did turn out like I hoped. I put a lot of my patterns on hornbook wood, but this one was calling for a frame.
Now on to my 2 pattern winner's, Patricia Stewart and Holly Jones, congrats ladies!!! I've sent you emails. Now I like to give all of my newsletter subscribers a little gift. So newsletter subscribers, check the email I sent you today. If you would like to subscribe, here's the link: NEWSLETTER 
I'll be having another pattern giveaway soon, have a great week!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Queen of Honey Punch Needle Pattern From Beginning to End

Hello everyone, I've just added a new punch needle pattern, Queen of Honey! Here are the pictures from beginning to end.
I usually start with the smallest details first, but I couldn't wait to tackle the beehive.
On outlines, I usually punch two lines on top of each other to make it thick, but I wanted to keep these simple.
Do your lines first, then fill them in.
Now on to the bees. 
The bees were so fun to watch come alive.
Now, I did the flowers first, the moved on to the greenery.
Now, time to tackle the honeycomb. Once again, I started with the outline, then filled them in. Just make sure you do your lettering before you finish your fill in.
Now to your outline, you can save it for last, I punched it in earlier because I wanted to see it before I picked my background color.
On to your background.
There you go, from beginning to end. You can download the pattern instantly in any of my 3 shops below. Thanks for dropping by, and happy punching!

Friday, March 25, 2016

New Pattern and 2 From Beginnings to Ends

I didn't realize I didn't post America's Uncle until now, so I'm going to show beginning to end on him, and Liberty below. I always punch using 3 strands. I always start with the face, using 3 strands can get you smaller details, and I do those first.
Here he is on the back.
I started out with my reds after the face is done.
I couldn't help starting my border first, plus I wanted to see that before I picked a background color. I usually do the border last.
I had been thinking this background color all along, I just wanted to see everything else first.
Then all done, he was a quick easy pattern to do!
  Now on to my newest pattern Liberty, It only took 3 days to do her, but things kept coming up, let me just say, it was one of those weeks.
I started the words first, then moved on to the bunting, and then its background.
Just a little left, then all done! She's 8" long and 2 !/2" tall. I glued her to a piece of wood, and painted the stars on, and they are in the pattern too. The wood is 12" long and 3" tall, and 1/2" thick.
You can download my patterns instantly in any of the 3 shops below. Thanks for dropping by, have a great weekend!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Special Delivery Punch Needle Pattern From Beginning To End

Every now and then I'll post pictures of a pattern from beginning to end. I do it so you can kinda pick my brain. See how I tackle my own patterns as I'm punching them. 
So, I started with the basket, what is Easter without that basket. I do the top layer first, then I do the lines. Then I fill them in.
He's a long one. I have a big gripper frame, and had to do the back feet later. When I have to put a finished section over the side on my frame, because the pattern is to long, I lay craft foam sheets over the metal grippers on that one side. It works great, and doesn't ruin your hard work. 
I did the basket strap next. When I started my rabbit, I used 2 colors. I use it like variegated thread, I do one row with the first color, then the next with the second color, just keep switching back and forth. I used 2 colors when I did the white part of my rabbit too.
When I made it to his head I started with his eye. I do the center first, color around it next, then add that final layer next, That final outline really makes the eye stand out. I did the nose and ear middle next.
Where both of the front legs meet, where the white overlaps, I always add a slightly darker color under the top leg to make it look like a shade. I do the same thing where the dark colors meet on the back leg too and between the ears. Do that first.
I didn't design this one alone, Emmie had a big say in this one.

Do the grass in the basket, before you start your eggs.
Sorry, had to add this one, Fizz wasn't getting Dr. Phil this day.
I know it's hard to get those small areas of your weavers cloth folded under and stitched because the weavers cloth unravels easily. Here's my secret, I get heat and bond and iron on the back of your rabbit before you start stitching your wool backing in place. I let it cool, then pull the paper off the back. DO NOT, iron your wool onto the back, I use it ONLY to keep the weavers cloth from unraveling. You are going to stuff the rabbit, in between it and your wool backing.  
When I cut a piece of wool, I cut it a little over the size. It can move around a bit as you stitching it around. Plus it gives you some stuffing room. Just trim it as you go around.
You don't need much stuffing, just enough to keep it from looking so flat. I add one piece of floral wire on the inside. That way I can move it around, plus it keeps it from flopping around.
Now on this one, I did the background color first, then the half circles. I worked from the inside out. You don't have to stitch some wool on the back like I did, I wanted it to stand on its own. You can add it to some hornbook wood, a basket, or anything else. 
If you want yours to stand on it's own, stitch the wool backing on. Make sure you leave a hole, to stuff it, then sew that hole closed. You don't need a lot of stuffing in this one either, just enough to stand it on its own.
 I had this little basket, so I added some picks. I mounted my rabbit on an old bed spring, then added it to the middle of my basket. then added some eggs I punched and lightly stuffed. The rabbit with the background can be set anywhere, I set mine on an old bobbin. Done!

 If you have any questions, or want to share a tip, just leave it in the comments, or feel free to email me anytime, PrimInTheCountry@aol.com You can download the pattern instantly in any of the 3 shops below. Happy punching!