Last night I finished this little cupboard hanger. I backed it with a piece of black wool, and stuffed it with snippets of wool. The front is lightly aged with walnut ink. I'll be listing this on Ebay on Sunday night. I started punching the other piece, but don't know if I'll finish it by tomorrow evening so that I can list them at the same time.
Today was a trip to the Folk Art and Fiber Fair at the Lake County Fairgrounds. I didn't take any classes, but I did go browse the vendor booths. There were a few booths with items for rug hooking and punch needle. I purchased this cute bird rug pattern. Still simple lines and small enough for more practice. I'm not sure what colors I'll hook it in, but I did buy some neutral beige/off white/oatmeal wool for a background.
Even if it's not used for this rug, I'm sure I'll use it for another one. If I'm using all 4 colors for a variegated background, do I have to "marry" them by simmering them in hot water? Or can I just use them as is? I'm thinking that if they were married, it would give a more blended look. Leaving them as is would offer more contrast.
There was a booth with lots of punch needle patterns and displays that was drawing quite a few questions from shoppers. I guess not too many are acquainted with punch needle, but I can see a growing interest.
I realized I've done a LOT of punching, as part of my Cameo punch needle broke last evening. Luckily, I was able to super glue it back together. I'll have to order another medium size needle in case the super glue doesn't hold. It also might be nice to have a new sharp needle.
~*~ Laura ~*~
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