Hello Dear Friends! Recently I was given a bag of older, vintage needle punch supplies. The bag was full of brightly~colored, acrylic yarns... that I will probably never use myself, but would be nice to use for a Scout project sometime. Also in the bag was an older catalog from Pretty Punch Shoppettes, inc. and a step by step instruction booklet for the Dial-A-Loop punch needle. I found this instruction book very interesting.
When I first discovered needle punch, it was via the internet. I've never taken a class to learn how to do this... instead, I've read books & websites. Actually, I've never taken a class for rug hooking, cross stitch, doll making... or any of the crafts I CHERISH. I'm totally self~taught... and know because of that, that I am a rule breaker... which is A~OKAY with me. :)
One thing that I had trouble finding were photos or diagrams to show exactly HOW things should be done. Which way should the needle move? What was needle length apart actually suppose to look like? Should the back be as neat as the front, like in cross stitch?
Well, in this older instruction book, mixed among all these vintage supplies, where those diagrams I wished for several years ago. I've scanned them to share with you. Maybe some of you will find them helpful too. (Click on the photos to see them larger if needed.)
Seeing this, I found my direction of punching is "okay". I've tried to slide off the tip like in the preferred method, but sliding down from the point is more comfortable for me.
Uh 'em... well, this is probably where I'm a 'rule breaker'.
I found this one especially helpful... and plan to practice this more.
I'm pretty sure the Cameo instructions (my preferred needle) included a Trouble Shooting Guide as well, but helpful hints are always welcome.
Now I'm itchin' to punch... but still intchin' to stitch, hook, and dress some dollies too!
We have continued to work on the studio. The loose wallpaper is almost all removed. My darling Tony hung sheet rock in the main room last night. I'm hoping by the time the weekend is here, that the walls are ready for mudding & patching. I've truly appreciated all your kind works of encouragement & excitement. My dream is to have you all over for tea, cookies, and crafting!
Wishing you all warm smiles,