Saturday, June 25, 2011

Goodies from the Fair

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 ~*~


Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Wonderful goodies from the fair. Glad you had a good time. Love your punched piece.

coinguyslady said...

Thanks for stopping by my booth and my blog.I hope you have fun hooking my bird.I see we follow some of the same blogs.
Please post pics of the the rug when you get it done.

Anonymous said...

Love the bird pattern! You know me (;-D) I would choose more contrast than less! Do you have any nice oranges for the beak? We could meet sometime for coffee and you could pick through my scrap basket...