Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Decorating and Wool Punchneedle

I have been experimenting with wool yarn and punch needle and love the look.
I used lopi lite and some vintage yarn I had to make this piece. I used a 7 height on the design and a 6 for the background.
This is a design by Kelly Belfast that she made for our group to use and it was fun to punch up.

I used a cameo large needle on jo anns weavers. Their weavers has more stretch to it, so great for the thicker yarns.
You do have to be careful with the lopi yarns, they can tear as you pull the strands apart, so it is more time consuming, but well worth the look.



I have been doing a little decorating as I go and this is how I fixed up my bench this week. The feather tree was made by my friend Joanne. She even hooked the tree skirt to go with it. The candy canes I made by using pipe cleaners and spraying them with walnut spray, then sprinkling cinnamon on them. I dried them in my front loader, but you can dry them in the oven on low too. I found the wire basket at the home store for 4 dollars and then I made new rag balls with christmas colors. I just took my pumpkin balls and left the orange fabric on and put the new color over it. It saved on having to use more fabric and made the balls a bit bigger. Then I added my new/old firkin and kitty.

13 comments:

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Debbie, your punch needle is just fabulous! You amaze me. Love your bench the way you decorated it too. Very sweet.

Laurie sowthacres said...

DEBBIE - LOVE THE PUNCH NEEDLE - WHAT ARE YOU USING FOR BACKGROUND FABRIC WITH THE YARN??

moosecraft said...

Lookin' good Debbie!!! Ho-Ho-Ho! :-) ~Sharon

A Quilter Awakens said...

Everything is so cozy and inviting. Great ideas. And I need holiday decorating ideas. Thanks! Karmen

Lori said...

Debbie, your snowman turned out so great! It looks so soft too.

Have fun decorating.

Joanne said...

Debbie your punch needle is great - I don't usually care for the yarn/oxford punch look - like the rug hooked better - but this size is great. I saw in a prim store the other day little rag ball hung on a feather trees - they wanted $2 a ball! Oi Vey! If anyone could make them - you could!

WoolenSails said...

For the punch I use the large cameo needle and the jo anns weavers. Their weavers has a little more stretch and give to it.

Debbie

Kim D. said...

Debbie, Your snowman is delightful, love the punch needle work. That little tree your friend made with the tree skirt is adorable also. Nice display on your bench.

kjquilts said...

Love the hooked pillow. When I make my rag balls I start with a styrofoam ball and wrap them with the fabric strips. Your Christmas decorating is wonderful.

WoolenSails said...

I do use a styrofoam ball to start, need to remember to mention those things;) By keeping the old cloth on, it gets covered by the new color and I only have to use a little for that.

Debbie

Alma Allen said...

Debbie your punch needle design is just wonderful. Love the cute snowman face! Great ideas for the holidays. I haven't started decorating yet. You make me want to get up from this chair and get busy!

Penny @ Miss Pootsie's Primitives said...

Hi Debbie!
Love your Snowman! Our Christmas decorating has begun as well, only it needs a lot of tweaking. Jordan, my 13 yr old granddaughter decided to drag everything out.. and I mean EVERYTHING. It looks like a jumbled, glittery, twinkling mess right now. She had fun though. Love your decorating.. really nice!

Carrie P. said...

I love your punchneedle. I really want to try some rug hooking but with yarn instead. I just ordered a rug hooking magazine. Hope to get it today.
Love your decorations.