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Well, fall is here – I know because yesterday we had our last, beautiful boat ride and boat is coming out today. Always a sad time of year – I will miss mornings on the dock and afternoons on the lake. I do love fall, however, and always feel more creative when the temperatures drop and I am surrounded by blazing colours on the trees and funky white mushrooms popping out of my lawn! (well maybe not the mushrooms!!!! or the raccoons who have become delinquents and peel back sod every night!!!!). My friend, Diane, was here this past weekend and we even got the boys to be creative. We had them make two antique washboards into cabinets – they worked hard for a day and a morning and created wonderful little cabinets. Diane’s already had a punch needle piece attached but I need to paint my cabinet(not the board) and punch a small piece to go in the top. And another wonderful junkin’ find will be up cycled!. And yes we created! Diane finished Oxford punching a pillow for her grandson for Christmas and worked on her Twin Horses (enlarged to fit a small cupboard she got for 5.00 at the flea market) and I hooked a small piece (cannot show it yet as it is a free pattern in the winter edition of a magazine) and finished punching my Happy Holidays truck (pattern from The Coopers Cottage on etsy). I adapted the pattern and made it round to fit an antique metal plate that I found in the woods this spring – however!!! by the time I finished punching it it was oval! Beautifully oval! a perfect oval!!!! but NOT ROUND. So now the plan is to attach it to something else and use a braided border around it to finish off the edges.

Heather finished her Turkey rug (one of my Shelly Atkiinson patterns) – sooooooo much fun… and her Imari Pansies (from an old issue of Rughooker News and Views personalized with their initials)…

Marg’s first mini punch needle – Karla Gerard 3 Blooms (see my mini punch needle or rughooking patterns) – turned out beautifully…

Louise taught her sister how to do miniature punch needle and this is her first lovely piece – abstract Poppies…

Michelle finished hooking her Chipmunk in Trilliums (a Lisa Ferguson design)…

Helen is working her way through punching Merry Christmas, Eh…

Jill sent pix of her finished hooked rugs and mini punch needle version of Ann Hallett’s Who Called This Meeting…

and a picture of Bev’s punch needle completed and framed…

7 responses »

  1. Julie McDonald

    Wow, the cabinets look great. What a good idea for a medicine cabinet, with a hand towel rack. The pieces are lovely. Too bad you didn’t pick up an oval picture frame for your piece at the market the other weekend. They probably had a few. Julie

    Julie & Tom Sent from my iPad

  2. Get little cupboards! Turns out Gord and Bill can be creative, lol!

  3. These are delightful pieces. But my oh my are those washboard cupboards ever fabulous. love them.

  4. Thanks for another wonderful post – full of ideas (washboard cupboards) and creative hooked and punched pieces.
    Really enjoy seeing the completed works – your talents and the talents of others.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Nancy McFarland

    What a great idea for wash boards. Great hookings


  6. Do you have patterns on monks cloth that would do well with the Oxford size punch needles ? Love receiving you email, and showing all the beautiful rugs. Thank you Jan


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