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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A TISKET, A TASKET

A tisket, a tasket, I've been working on my Easter basket. Tonight I want to share with you a fun punchneedle design by "With Thy Needle & Thread" called "Speckled Eggs". It is stitched with variegated Valdani thread and Weeks Dye Works.

I started this on Sunday evening and completed it on the following day, Monday. It was so fun!!! Silly as this may sound, but I enjoy looking at the back of the fabric as much as the front. I have some osnaburg which I will stitch to the back side of the Easter design to form a pocket. I am deciding whether or not I will distress it a bit, what do you think? Then I will attach a wire handle and fill the basket with some moss and a few speckled eggs. Some silk ribbon will adorn the handle for the finishing touch. I can't tell you enough how much I love the way this is turning out....so exciting for me.

I have posted a few pictures to show you some step by step progress on this design.
























What can I say but LOVE it!!!! I want to hurry and finish it off but just had to take a minute and let you know what I have been up to. As always, thanks for visiting, I hope this inspires you to try punchneedle someday, it really is rewarding. When the basket is finished I will show you how beautiful it will become. Until then, the following is a picture of a scrumptious chocolate cupcake pincushion that my friend, Diane, made me for part of my birthday gift. She knows how much I love pincushions!!!! I will cherish it always...Doesn't it look sweet???





31 comments:

Margaret said...

Wow! I love it! And I love seeing the back too. :D I don't need to be tempted by another craft please. lol! I've always been tempted to try punch needle. We'll see! With Thy Needle and Thread's designs are the biggest temptation!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I love punchneedle, Jolene and don't you just love, love, love that valdani floss!? Your pincushion is adorable and I can't wait to see your whole punchneedle design complete.

Angela said...

I love your punchneedle finish, it looks fabulous!

Cole said...

Wow, looks great!! I love the pincushion too :)

Melissa said...

Wow, that's so cute. I've never tried this technique so it was nice to see your photos!

The pincushion is really cute! Hey, one day, you must show us your collection!

stitchinfiend said...

That Easter bunny is really cute and the cupcake looks good enough to eat.

Looking forward to seeing how you finish off the Bunny.

Lois said...

What a cute Easter bunny! The colours are lovely. I have yet to try punchneedle, I think I'm avoiding it because I don't want to start a new addiction!!! The pincushion is sweet too.

Nic said...

Very cute!

Sharlotte said...

I've been thinking about picking up my punch needle again. This would be a great desing to start back with. Easter will be here before we know it!

Jane said...

I love the look of punchneedle but have never tried it. I can see why you're so in love with this design - it's gorgeous! With Thy Needle & Thread have some lovely patterns, both cross stitch and punchneedle. Can't wait to see it in its final finished form. I don't know about the distressing. The background on it looks a bit aged with the different colours you've used. I do love an aged look though. Thanks for showing us an insight to punchneedle.

Gabi said...

Lovely design. Thanks also for showing the back, because for me that was quite interesting. Never did punch needle, but I can see why you're loving it. It's gorgeous. Looking really forward to see how you finish it.

FayeRaye said...

How pretty Joelene!! I dont punchneedle but admire those who do! I just CANT take on another craft!~ I'm just cross stitch crazy and have been for 30 yrs..Yoru work is making me feel springy!~ Faye

Missy Ann said...

Look at you go! This is so cute, I can't wait to see it finished.

Carol said...

Seeing your darling bunny makes me want to take up punchneedle, Jolene!! He is just precious :)

Cari said...

Jolene, your Easter basket is just beautiful and what a quick finish. Another to add to my "I'll Try Someday" list.

Thanks for showing us this beautiful piece.

That little cupcake is the sweetest thing - what a wonderful gift.

Catherine said...

What a fun piece! I love it and am so ready for spring! I have never tried punchneedle, but am tempted to give it a try some day!

Can't wait to see it all finished up!

And that pincusion - yum!

Cari said...

Good job Jolene....I love doing punchneedle and I really, really, really love her designs. In fact, I just ordered up a couple this morning! I like looking at the back as well. It's instant gratification isn't it? Have a great week....HUGS

Karen said...

this piece is just gorgeous! i love the colors!

BeckySC said...

Oh, I just love it :) Great work :)

Deb said...

I just love your punchneedle Jolene. I have yet to try this, but it looks like it's so much fun and you got such pretty results!!! I think it's funny that you like looking at the back as much as the front. I like to do that too with things.

The pincushion from your friend it beautiful. What a wonderful gift.

Vonna said...

So very, very, very pretty Jolene, it is gorgeous!

doris said...

Very, very cute Easter bunny!

staci said...

OMGosh! This is fantastic! You are doing such a beautiful job Jolene! And I can't blame you for liking the backside...there's a certain satisfaction in having a beautiful front side and an equally neat backside ;)

Ranae said...

Fabulous! great job

Pumpkin said...

That is SO adorable Jolene! I've never tried Punch Needle before. That one calls for hand-dyed threads???? Wow! I can't wait to see how you finish it :o)

That is such a cute pin cushion!

Sharlotte said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog today. My sister was mostly done with the turkey last time I seen it. She got busy making jewlry so I don't know for sure if it's done. I sure was looking cute. Thanks for sending it to her, that was so sweet. I have a lot more of SB piece done. I may even have it done when on Monday's post, who knows!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your basket is going to look fantastic!

Kellie said...

Hi Jolene,
That is so adorable! I can't wait to see it in its finished, basket form. I received punchneedle supplies for Christmas, and as of yet, I have not been brave enough to try it. Maybe this will help to get my courage up for it. That pincushion is so pretty! What a sweet gift!

Siobhan said...

Jolene, what a gorgeous finish!! I just love it. I haven't tried punch needle but have all the supplies here for it. I just need the courage now. I absolutely LOVE With Thy Needle & Thread's patterns, though, and plan to do a bunch of them--and the CHS punch needle designs--when I get some confidence.

What a beautiful pincushion! That is just so clever, what a neat idea.

Carolyn NC said...

How adorable - I love it all!

Suzanne said...

Your punchneedle is so beautiful. I love the little cupcake pincushion, it's very cute.