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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, You can download the pattern instantly in any of the 3 shops below. Happy punching!

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