Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Blessed A Quick Tutorial On Adding An Edge

I love to do needle punch! I just finished up this quick piece that measures about 9 1/2 inches across.  I thought I would share with you a different way to finish the edge.

Here is what I did.....Trim backing of weavers cloth around project and baste to back of punched piece.  Cut out a piece of wool the same size as project and lay on the back.

Blanket stitch with wool thread or embroidery floss....I used wool thread on mine.

Here is the blanket stitching.  I  made sure to go all the way through the wool backing and just a little into the basted back weavers cloth right next to the last punched row.

A little closer look :)

This is what the back of the wool looks like as I blanket stitch all around.

Now for the crochet edge.  I used a D size crochet hook and within every other blanket stitched area I worked one single crochet, one double crochet, and one single crochet creating a little scallop then in the next blanket stitch space I slip stitched then repeated in the next blanket stitch 1 sc, 1 dc, 1 sc, then next blanket stitch space slip stitch, continue to repeat around.  

Next I took a needle and thread and securely stitched around the wool to the punched piece just to make sure everything was right up to the edge of the punched piece. 

Here is the back 
and once again the front!

Just another simple way to finish a punch needle project!

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Happy Trails Camp

I am pleased as can be about the fun and fellowship we all enjoyed at the Happy Trails Oxford Punch Rug camp we held here at the farm.
Friends were made and friendships from the past gathered and we ate, punched, gabbed and laughed!
I am still enjoying all the memories of the last few days.
A big thank you to Frank Bielec and ALL the gals who attended.
I had a LOT of help with the preparing of the food by my sis Jane and my dear Mom.  Ann and Teresa also, were a big help with the meals as well as the wonderful guy of mine....Thanks Danny for doing a lot of grilling for us.
There was 21 of us that attended the camp and the room was constantly filled with lots of giggles.
We even had an indoor sidewalk sale that included lots of wonderful handmade goodies.

Crochet, handmade wool socks, patterns, books, handmade pottery, wool, needle punches, wool applique...and lots more!

Inside the classroom lots of punching and smiles....Pamela, Betty, and Patty!

Jane helping to prepare the enchiladas.

Mom taking a break and punching!

New rug punchers and boy did they get busy!  These sweet gals own a yarn shop in Norman, Oklahoma.....L&B Yarn Co.

Frank telling one of his many stories!


Taking time to discuss locker hooking....these gals all do locker hooking and make wonderful rugs.  Such talent!

Katie from A Nimble Thimble visiting with Frank.

Jan the famous maker of Socks that Rock by Jan with her finished Sheep!  I now own some of her wonderful wool socks :)

Natalie who is 17 years old and a first time rug puncher did a pig with her mom Donna and grandma Pat!  Such a fun family :)
It was such a pleasure to have all of these gals here and I am truly blessed beyond measure to have  had them visit our home!  Thanks so much to all of you for coming and for helping with the clean up :)

Happy Trails......Ginger