In 2011 I will be holding another Online Course for Punchneedle Enthusiasts. Whilst I don't have an official date set as yet, I am taking "expressions of interest" to help me ascertain when I can hold another. If you have any brand of Punchneedle you may well like to join us to learn more about this fascinating embroidery. If you don't have any punchneedles but would be interested, then you may like to learn as well, so I suggest you visit our website and view the products associated with Punchneedle Embroidery.
1. Draw a circle onto the wrong side of your fabric and make a "smiley face".
2. Punch the eyes and mouth in black and the rest in bright yellow - you may use either the #1 or #3 Punchneedle for this and a medium height pile.
3. Cut the circle out leaving a generous seam allowance around the entire circle of punched embroidery.
4. Make up as a self-covered button (using a kit) or cover a circle of plastic or heavy cardboard with the fabric circle of punched embroidery.
5. Attach a safety pin or brooch back to the back of your new little "Smiley" Badge.
At the show, Kim from The Sewing Revolution showed me her new quilt using her new tool "Create-a-Tilt Ruler" which I introduced in my last Newsletter. If you like things being a little different, this new tool/ruler is for you! I can visualize this as a memory quilt with family photos inserted into the blocks, or machine embroidery designs. It's a lot of fun using her new ruler so do consider it. Create-a-Tilt has an extensive chart of measurements for all sizes of blocks and the mathematics given are simply incredibly easy to follow. No working out maths for you at all! Well done Kim and Ann.