I'm switching gears for the moment...
to work on a project that will be in the upcoming Christmas Issue of
I was asked by friend/publisher Tess Rosch to submit a punch needle pattern project
for the issue's readers
...so here it is in a somewhat obscure sneak-preview:
get those Punch Needles ready folks!!!
|close up of front of project|
... who says Christmas has to be all red & green and sparkly?
I like a more subdued palette and Old World designs
but with my folky twist on things ~
|view of back of project|
the project is
'A Quaker's Stocking'
kind of my take on those beautiful Quaker motifs we find on the antique cross stitch samplers,
but in this case done in thousands of tiny loops of thread instead of x's...
|another view of the back, or working side ~|
I'm having fun working on this ~
I've been cross stitching for months now and to punch is a welcomed diversion :)
|view of front again, love those tiny loops ~ can't wait to fill it all in.|
visit my Youtube channel to watch my punch needle tutorial
by clicking on the little 'youtube' button on my sidebar ~
back view again
|I love those colors ~ soot, moss, bone....certainly not traditional red & green ~|
I will share more snaps when finished.
Look for the Christmas Issue of
on newsstands in another month or so,
or better yet,
gift yourself with a subscription to this beautifully published magazine ~
speaking of Christmas,
here are a few snaps of our Nandina bushes ~
they are bursting with berries this year due to the heavy rains and high temps:
|loverly little berries|
these will turn a brilliant copper-red as the temps cool
and are perfect for decorating the farmhouse when dried...
|hundreds of them ~ can't wait till they turn!|
we have two of these bushes next tot he farmhouse front porch,
where I can watch their progress from my porch swing....
and keep an eye on them so no one eats the berries!!
(danged Guinea Hens!)
Have a beautiful day my friends!