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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Punchneedled coffee sleeve/cozy on: August 18, 2009 09:31:41 AM
Grin Completely awesome! I have some punch needle stuff that I haven't gotten around to.....now I know what I'll do with it  Wink

I'm so happy to hear that! I'm on a mission to re-popularize punchneedle - I don't think people realise how much potential it has for modern crafters!
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Punchneedled coffee sleeve/cozy 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/
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Punchneedled coffee sleeve/cozy 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!
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Punchneedled coffee sleeve/cozy 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!
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Octopus - first embroidery on: August 17, 2009 08:00:07 AM
Wow, this is your first embroidery?! That's amazing! I think your octopus looks fantastic! Love the choice of colours too.
26  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy) on: July 24, 2009 09:00:01 AM
Absolutely fantastic!
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: The Moon in punchneedle on: July 22, 2009 07:27:39 AM
Beautiful!  I really like it!  How long did this piece take? 

Hmm, good question! I assume you mean just to punch, and not including the design? I spent most of the weekend punching it, so maybe (very roughly) 10 hours  Huh

But I watched TV and movies, chatted with my husband, etc, the whole time I was punching! That's one of the great things about punchneedle - it really doesn't require much attention  Smiley
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: The Moon in punchneedle on: July 22, 2009 05:12:26 AM
I just gave away several kits for punch needle, but I did save one. It is a manual not the electric. I also saved a bunch of the yarn. I seem to have trouble keeping it from pulling out while I work.

Maybe you're not holding the punchneedle facing the correct direction - that can make the loops pull out. Have you seen my tutorial? It has close up pictures of how to punch. Also make sure the long end of the yarn isn't caught or snagged on anything - that stops the loops from being formed.
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: The Moon in punchneedle on: July 20, 2009 12:55:18 PM
I bought a punch kit, but haven't used it.  LOVE the pattern you used!  Awesomeness! Grin

Thanks! I really don't like any of the kit patterns available - that's why I started designing my own Smiley What's the design in your kit?
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: The Moon in punchneedle on: July 20, 2009 12:47:47 PM
Edited to say: Hmm, that's interesting. Where do you buy the punchneedle itself?

Most craft stores (Michaels, JoAnn, etc) sell them - you can get a basic one for about $3 or one with adjustable depth for around $15. Mine is the expensive one but I don't use the adjustable depth feature, so the basic one would be fine Smiley
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