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Monthly Archives: July 2022

CUTTER FOR SALE…

Edie has a wonderful Fraser cutter for sale. It is in perfect working condition and comes with cutter heads 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 – all sharpened and ready to go. Asking 350.00 and pick up in Perth Ontario would be best. You can contact her at ehagarty@sympatico.ca or 613 267 0163. Shipping is available at buyer’s cost. Please contact Edie directly rather than responding to this post.

NEW THREAD COLOURS…

I have been dyeing new thread colours for miniature punch needle using your Ultrapunch medium needle – email me if you are interested (see my previous post for additional colours…)

NEW THREADS FOR MINI PUNCH NEEDLE FOR SALE…

Because of supply issues with Valdani threads, most of my mini punching these days has been done with 100% merino wool fingering yarn which I either buy in large beautiful skeins from a wonderful dyer/supplier or which I spot dye myself in colours that I need or love. These work beautifully in the Ultrapunch medium tip and I am able to dye any colour I want rather than having to wait or make do with something that is not quite right. I have a wonderful supply of colours skeined in approximately 50 yard mini skeins for sale. Skeins are 6.00 Canadian each plus tax and shipping and compared to the balls of number 8 Perle cotton go just as far if not a bit further because the wool yarn fluffs a bit more and fills in better. They punch exactly like the Valdani and can either be mixed with Valdani and DMC embroidery cotton or worked up beautifully on their own.

Here are some of the in stock colours –most labelled skeins I can redo anytime, unlabelled are ones that are one-ofs or which I only have a few of…

ORRRRR…If you would like a specific colour contact me and I should be able to make it up for you.

Here are a few pieces that have been punched either fully with the hand dyed merino yarn or are mixed with Valdani perle cotton…

This one was totally done in the yarn threads…

As was this one…

and this one…

This one is a mix – the tree and sky and snow were done in yarn threads and the rest was done in perle cottons…

OH WHAT FUN…

I had two weeks ago. Friends, Bill and Diane, came for over a week of punching, hooking, boating, playing cards and junking (well we even redid a garden and wired the lights on the lake side of the house). We had a blast!!!! Went to the Crosby Fleamarket and Molly’s antiques one morning. Then on to Deseronto for Karen’s Antiques another day and finally Millers in Rideau Ferry the day before they left and WHAT A HAUL!!!!! Here are pix of some of the things we got… We also pulled out(or rather Bill did) an old whisky barrel that had fallen apart in the woods – saved all the lovely rusty rings and cut the rot off the staves, cleaned them all up and now to make something. Bill did put together one of the rings with a barrel stave that will hold a miniature punch needle piece. Then another day he made us more frames out of an old piece of barn wood. And where was Gord hiding during all of this work – prepping for our Lake Association AGM! Or so he said haha…

Diane got this wonderful old school desk which she is coating with marine varnish and using on her patio as an extra seating area… plus she got the cute little vintage bench and antique key and mini washboard – I think Bill will be making another washboard cabinet!…

I got this wonderful antique oak clock case and have cleaned it up and waxed it. My plan is to punch a piece for the back but to use it as a diorama with a freestanding something in front of it – a sheep or carving or something. Just loved this piece. Plus a vintage magazine rack, a scoop, a teensy tiny oil can for my collection of amazing oil cans and an antique key that I plan to hang a punch needle from…

the piece on the left issssss – a vintage fish scaler!!!! I want to hook a stuffed fish and hang him from the scaler by his tail (under the clamp) and a lovely old zinc oil can which I can use as a watering can and an old drawer which cleaned up beautifully and will house a punch needle piece…

Diane got a few more pieces – I think the cheese box will become 2 pieces – the larger piece will hang on her wall in the bathroom with fun towels in it and the top will become the home to a hooked piece… the funnel will be for a quillie tree and not sure what she will be doing with the other pieces but we need to collect!!!

Also got three amazing cow watering bowls that are solid cast iron with amazing patina (mine has original cobalt paint and lovely rust!). Mine is now hanging on a tree and has a big clump of creeping Jenny hanging out of it – well until the ruminant who is eating my gardens discovers it and crops it to nothing!!!!

Yesterday Gord and I went to visit friend Wendo in Almonte (Wendo is an amazing needle felter who will be a vendor at fibre fest this year and I believe teaching there as well). Because we were a TAD early we decided to hit a few antique stores in Almonte and came away with another haul…

A LITTLE MORE SHOW AND TELL…

Louise designed and hooked this lovely commissioned piece for a young couple as their wedding gift…

and Sallie finished her SHELLY ATKINSON (one of the designs I carry) hockey mat – “We grew up in St Louis so are Blues fans but he lives in Seattle so is now a Kracken fan. Both teams are represented as well as the Minnesota Wild, as I hooked it and live in MN!”…

Diane finished another Oxford punched piece that we designed to put up on her shelf – she is doing a series of seasonal rugs to hang on an amazing shelf made by our friend Vince…

Nancy finished hooking letters for her grand kids …

I just finished punching a small piece based on a design by Margaret Shaw – still to be finished on the edges and attached to one of my “junking” treasures…

and slowwwww but steady progress being made on my mini punched version of Tom Thomson’s Canoe painting… although looking at the picture I see those back hills look a little to fat on one side… must fix that up. Had to put this aside because all those branches hanging over the canoe were giving me a headache and I may have to use some artistic license and thin them out!…get out the chain saw Gord…

Most of my mini punching these days is done not with my usual Valdani Perle cotton threads but rather with 100% merino wool fingering yarn which I either buy in large skeins from a wonderful supplier or which I can dye in colours that I need. These work beautifully in the Ultrapunch medium tip and with the supply issues with Valdani I am able to dye any colour I want rather than having to wait or make do. I have a wonderful supply of colours skeined in 50 yard mini skeins for sale. I will start posting some of the colours – skeins are 6.00 each plus tax and shipping and compared to the balls of number 8 Perle cotton go just as far if not further because the wool yarn fluffs a bit more and fills in better. They punch exactly like the Valdani and can actually be mixed with Valdani and DMC embroidery cotton and look wonderful on their own or mixed together with the other threads. The two pieces above are totally done with the new hand dyed wool threads. If you would like a specific colour contact me and I should be able to make it up for you.

SHOW AND TELL TIME…

Patricia sent pix of her wool appliqué pieces – Still Waters is a Crane Design pattern and the second piece is a design by Karen Yaffe…I am happy to say that many of the wools used in these 2 pieces came from my studio…

Karen sent me a picture of her lovely rug – design by Isabelle Rollin (I carry Isabelle’s mini punch needle patterns but she also sells rughooking patterns which are lovely)…

A different Karen sent me pix of her wonderful Blooming Birches (one of my Karla Gerard designs) using only left over worms and yarns…

Susan’s rug Winter Fox (one of my LISA FERGUSON designs) – perfect setting 🙂 …

Liz shared her almost finished Parcheesi Board and story…

Helen just finished her Sunflowers mini punch needle piece – lovely as always…done in hand dyed fingering yarns (which I carry – email me if you would like to see some of the colours)…

Diane Oxford-punched her flower mat in 2 days!!!! Design by Jill Mayberg..

and Karen’s lovely floral mat…

Amy sent me a picture of her mini punched LISA FERGUSON Fox and Crow…

Leslie sent me a picture of her “covidcows” Ann Hallett pattern (who let the cows out)…