Wednesday, September 24, 2008

~*Working Wednesday*~

Hello Prim Folks! Today started out with lots of rain... so much so that Trinity and I waited for the school bus at the end of the driveway ~ in the car. It worked out really well... neither of us got soaked & I had to run errands and visit the eye doctor anyway.

A trip to Walmart was on my errand list. We don't have much for 'craft supply' shopping here in our small town.... so that was as good as I could do for a quick creative shopping binge. I was wanting to pick up some of the 'inexpensive' monk's cloth and some yarn. Why you ask? Well, last weekend my Mom and I visited a quilt show. (It was fabulous, by the way!) While we were there, she bought me an Oxford Punch Needle. (Thank you Mom!) I've heard lots of gals talk about this needle, but hadn't ever seen one in person. I was interested enough to let my Mom buy it.

Since bringing it home, I've been thinking of different ways to use it. I love my Cameo punch... but that is for small projects. This Oxford punch is for rug making. Ultimately, I would like to use wool strips with my punch.... but reading the instruction booklet that came with the needle ~ it suggests starting with yarn on monk's cloth first. Well, I didn't have either. I've got a yard of rug hooking monk's ordered.... but I wanted to start on something NOW! (If you don't already know... I'm a very impatient person... and I don't consider it a flaw!) LOL

Would you like to see some beginner work?

This is a picture of the 'working' side. Just like with needle punch... the actual process is on the backside of the rug.

From the front...

Yarn shopping was very limited today. I really would have LOVED to start with wool yarn, but of course there wasn't any. I thought about using cotton, but wasn't happy with the color selection. So... I just grabbed a few skeins of acrylic. The shininess of this yarn is not appealing to me... however, because I'm a 'packer' puncher, some of the loops have been snagged ~ giving a sort of 'fluffy' look. (Is fluffy prim?.... maybe not)

At any rate, this is a learning process & it will be interesting to see where it takes me.

Before I sign off.... ATTENTION ALL CROSS STITCHERS.... I have started working a design & only need a little tweaking (plus model stitching).... on a winter sampler that I plan to be a continuation of my ~*1836 Spring Tyme*~ theme. Of course, there are many (oodles really!) designs I want to work up & release. So please keep watching.

Happy creative energy to you ALL.... with warm smiles!



  1. I am so impressed! You are such an artist, and pick up new talents like that *snaps fingers* lol I wanted to tell you that your name was mentioned on a forum in a very complimentary way. Your designs are quite well known and admired!


  2. I can't wait to see it completed. It's looking really good alread.

  3. Wow you really picked up on that new hook Betty! I can't wait to see the Winter Sampler!

  4. Hello Betty~ I have an oxford punch and it is really a lot of fun. Cut you some wool strips like you use for rug hooking and give that a try it works well too!
    Pull out some of your rit dye and try some overdying maybe that will help with the acrylic yarns.
    Can't wait to see what all you come up with!

  5. This is really your first attempt? You are TOO talented! It's fabulous! I can't wait to see your new design ...

  6. Betty how grogeous is this lumina pumpkin you are working on. Note to self get an oxford needle this looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing this adventure with us.

    Hugs JoEllen

  7. Wow, you are a busy woman. Looks like you are picking up the rug hooking/needle punching really fast. Great job.


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