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« on: August 17, 2009 08:14:24 AM »

I've been doing a lot of punchneedle embroidery lately, and one of the challenges I've set myself is thinking of things to DO with the finished pieces. I've made an embroidered tote and some wall art so far, but I was trying to think of a totally original use. Punchneedle makes such a thick cushioned surface, I thought it might work as a coffee sleeve/cozy and protect your hand from the heat of the cup.



I punched a short wide African sunset design with a tapered shape to fit around a coffee cup - the design wraps all the way around the cup. I backed it with fusible interfacing, and edged it with black bias tape. I used hook-and-eye fasteners to keep the sleeve closed.

(That's an elephant under the tree on the right, btw - it doesn't show up too well at the angle I took this photo!)

It totally works! And it's washable too, in case there's a beverage spillage Cheesy

Hope you like it!
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2009 08:37:59 AM »

these are great! do you use standard embroidery floss for it?  I bought a needle punch  Grin and haven't tried it.  How long did it take you to do one of these and did you have a pattern you followed.  These are really neat Wink How much floss does it take to do something like this?
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2009 08:44:00 AM »

these are great! do you use standard embroidery floss for it?  I bought a needle punch  Grin and haven't tried it.  How long did it take you to do one of these and did you have a pattern you followed.  These are really neat Wink How much floss does it take to do something like this?

Hi, thank you! Yes, standard DMC embroidery floss split into 3-strands. I used 7 colours - 2 skeins of the dark brown and less than 1 skein each of all the other colours. I designed my own pattern Smiley

I'm not sure how long it took to punch - several hours but I can't really be more specific than that. The fiddly bits like the giraffes take a while because they are detailed, but the background colours are really quick to punch because it's just a big block!
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2009 08:44:55 AM »

these are great! do you use standard embroidery floss for it?  I bought a needle punch  Grin and haven't tried it.  How long did it take you to do one of these and did you have a pattern you followed.  These are really neat Wink How much floss does it take to do something like this?

Ditto all of the above! (Really. I have the punch too -- although in my case it was a gift.)

Had to hit 'This Rocks' because I had NO IDEA that punch embroidery could be so completely AWESOME!
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2009 08:46:33 AM »



Do you do the detail stuff before the background? or is it built in rows?

(I was given the needle, but no directions...)
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2009 08:53:45 AM »

Do you do the detail stuff before the background? or is it built in rows?

(I was given the needle, but no directions...)

Definitely not in rows - that would be horribly difficult! Stay inside the lines, work the outline of one colour and then fill it in in spirals toward the middle. Then start on the next colour. I've actually written a little basic tutorial that you may find helpful if you don't have instructions - it's on my blog here: http://www.planetjune.com/blog/tutorials/punchneedle-tutorial/
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2009 09:06:43 AM »

Beautiful work, someday I'm going to have to try my hand at this craft. Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2009 10:50:55 AM »

Looks great!  I love punch needle!  Great use of it too!
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2009 01:47:04 PM »

I want it!!
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2009 02:20:05 PM »

These are beautiful!  The detail is just amazing....great job!
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