I have had the most fun today working with my new punchneedle and design kit I received for Christmas from my sweet friend and cousin, Donna. Donna understands my need to be involved in multiple arts and crafts projects at once and she doesn’t think I’m crazy when I get the urge to try something new although I already have 5 other projects going. She understands cos she’s the same kind of different as me. 🙂
I love primitive, folk art pieces and punchneedle work is at the core of many of those pieces. Punchneedle likely began with the Egyptians who used hollow bird bones as needles to punch elaborate designs on garments. Early Europeans also used punchneedle work in the Middle Ages to decorate garments, particularly ecclesiastical panels. This ancient craft is kept alive in modern times by Russian immigrants who identify with a sect called The Old Believers. Isn’t that interesting? As you can see, I finished the design portion on my piece and just am beginning the deep red background.
Not sure yet how I’ll complete my first punchneedle project. Maybe I’ll mount it on some over-dyed wool and make a wallhanging or put it in a neat frame. I’m already researching other projects and haven’t even finished this one. Will be another good car project for trips back and forth to MS. Oh, and I finished the Berroco Sox socks I was working on! The ones I talked about here and here. They’ve been to MS quite a few times. I’ll have to post photos after I get them washed and blocked. Really pleased with how they came out.