Another week of almost finished but I want to take the time to decide how I want to finish my new projects. I needed something to do and one of those weeks where I didn't have a lot of energy to get up and look through my books or work in my sewing room so I went with my old standby, needle punching.
I love doing needle punches when I have down days, I have all my supplies at hand, hidden in my tv cabinet, so I just got out some backing and drew up some designs to do. I also wanted to do something practical and with the holidays coming up, I went with something I could give as gifts.
I was going to go with a snowflake design, but way too many edges to sew it into an ornament so I took the main design and made it into a six pointed star which also gave me more room to add a design.
The first one I made using a design by Sandy Gervais of Pieces From My Heart. It is called fat cat and I thought it was a cute design but not sure if it shows well on a star, but still cute. I am planning on making it into a hanging ornament and antiquing it, after I stuff it. The red on his neck was my attempt at a scarf.
The second star is done with a design by Renee Mullins of Plum Purdy Designs. She also has free designs on her website. I like this one the best, the simplicity and design fit nicely into the star. I really had fun making these, so I am sure I will do more with other designs. The colors were lightened so you could see them better. The backgrounds were done with dmc variegated yellow/golds, they work nicely as fill in a star.
The first star was punched by going around the design and filling in, till I reached the middle, as you can see by the shape. The second was done by hooking in smaller areas in random directions, so you can see how different you can make your backgrounds by moving around the piece in different ways.