Friday, March 20, 2009

Would You Like Some Punch?

Before last night punch needle didn't hold any appeal for me at all. Mentally I likened it to latch hook and I went through my latch hook phase in the 70s, very early 70s. :) But at last month's smocking guild it was decided to give punch needle a try - that's what happens when you get sick and miss a meeting. So I went ahead and bought a needle and brought my supplies, except I walked out of the house without an embroidery hoop and a plastic container to set the hoop on and punch into (thus not accidentally punching yourself). Thanks to Sue and Monica for bringing extras and sharing with me!

Getting the needle threaded properly is probably the most difficult aspect of the process and once that is accomplished, off you go punching into the fabric. Like kumihimo, the process of punching becomes almost trancelike as you move the needle through the design. This was one meeting where you heard less chatter and more sounds of the needle punching the weaver's cloth as we were all intent on the process.

For our very first attempt, I thought we all accomplished quite a bit in one evening. For the April meeting we're supposed to bring this project back all finished into something. I'm not sure what I'll do with it, but I teased that I was going to make it into a coaster. :D

So it just goes to show that crafts and eating strange vegetables are a lot alike. You never know what you'll like until you give it a good honest try.

8 comments:

Heather said...

Hi Von! Long time, no comment (sorry) It is good to see you are doing something new! Punching hasn’t really appealed to me, but I like the look of it a lot.

Annemarie said...

Von, your blog posts should come with a warning to all visitors who really DON'T need a new hobbby but are in grave danger of acquiring one when they visit you. Punch needle? Nice! I like how your heart turned out!

mainely stitching said...

Great job, Von!!

Maren said...

Wow, I've never thought about punching. I remember it from my latchhook days as well, and I seem to have left the interest for it in the eighties. But I really like the look of that!

Carolyn NC said...

Very pretty heart!

Lelia said...

Good job. I have a kit & needle in the closet -- from the sale bin

I never quite got it out to give it a try. You accomplished a lot in one evening

Dianne said...

You did great! I tried this last year, and you are correct, the thread is the hardest and having to constantly rethread is a pain.

Lynn said...

I gave punch needle a try this past year but I'm afraid I wasn't very good at it. I didn't have the punching rhythm down pat. I love the look of punch needle though and there are so many new designs out there now. Perhaps I'll give it another try!