I have mastered my fear of the punch needle (maybe). A few years ago we did a class project at Absolutely Needlepoint on the Needlepoint Queen and I dutifully did my homework UNTIL it came to the punch needle coat. I'll bet you can guess what happened...I stabbed myself! And when you stab yourself with a punch needle it is bloody and you do not forget about it and try again. It is NOT like getting back on a horse! It is more along the lines of a young child putting his hand on the stove (is that orange glow really hot?) - yes I did that too.
I was working on the pompom on Santa's hat and the stitch guide called for turkey work. I got out my Amy dvd to review and did you know there are several kinds of turkey work depending on the look you want? I wanted the pompom to stand straight up so I opted for "jump through the loop" turkey work, but when I put it in it was just too thin. So I studied Amy doing the punch needle and of course she made it look so easy! That's what it's actually called...Oh Sew Easy! I practiced on the doodle canvas - yes that's necessary- and I managed to get it in to the canvas and then when I was trimming and feeling Oh So Good and Proud, I stabbed myself with the curved task scissors.
|Santa with punch needle pompom|
|Santa and his bear|