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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Punching Pansies

 Hi friends! I have not been cross stitching at all since January when I stitched God Bless America. I have been punch needling my three-dimensional miniature pansies for the State Fair this year. I grossly underestimated the HUGE amount of work it would take just to punch these! 

The punch needle itself is much smaller than a normal punch needle. It is only the size of a needle you would see at the doctor's office. I place one strand of embroidery thread inside the needle to punch with at a time. 

The book gave bold, purples, yellows, whites, and burgundy colors. I wanted my pansies to be pinks and lavenders. I chose my own colors. 

I might have enough pansies punched now for the milk glass bowl I plan on using for the Fair. I am not sure. I will not be sure until I have assembled them all. Here are all the parts and pieces punched up. 

I began with leaves. That is why there is a practice outline on the right.

This color green is not showing up accurate. None of the leaves have been trimmed up.

I made two of these, but only took one picture.

The next step in the process is to surround each piece with Fray Check and let dry. Repeat. Then coat the back of each piece with Gem-Tac with a paint brush and let dry. Then remove it from the hoop. Once I have them all done, I will move onto the next step, which is cutting them out, directly next to the stitching, leaving as little base fabric showing as possible. 

That is as far as I am sharing for now. This will keep me busy for a while! What a project! 

This has cured me of punch needle for a while! It is easy, but I miss cross stitch dearly.

I just wanted to share what I have been up to lately. 

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:31-32

Thank you for stopping by today my friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead. 

Punching and praying,


MartinaM said...

The pansies look very pretty, I've never done punch needle before but it seems very interesting.
Continue to enjoy it.

Manuela said...

Hi Vickie,
it looks wonderful. I'm looking forward to your finish.
Have a nice weekend. Manuela

Robin in Virginia said...

Your leaves and pansy parts look fantastic, Vickie. Happy to see your post! Have a fabulous weekend.

butterfly said...

Lovely stitching I have never tried it , but the flowers look so real. have fun hugs June.

Carol said...

Wow! That is quite a project, Vickie. I can't picture what you're going to do with them, but those pansies are so very lovely. I can imagine how much you miss your stitching, though--I'd be the same way! Hope you can finish up soon and get back to it by summertime. Enjoy your weekend ♥

Marilyn said...

Everything looks great Vickie!
I hope your project yields a ribbon!

3millplainrd said...

Those pansies and leaves are gorgeous, I hope you post a completed picture someday. I punch needle too but never that tiny! Thanks for sharing.

diamondc said...

Vickie: Wonderful to see so many leaves and petals done, the pansy colors you chose are beautiful, I hope you win Grand Champion at the Fair.