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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Punch Needle Henry

Hi friends! I have a punch needle finish. Little Henry.
I wanted to do this right after I did Mabel many months ago, last year, but Brian told me he wanted to do Henry. Finally, he agreed, he did not have the time to it with his two jobs. Yay me!😉

I punched this on weaver's cloth using DMC and GA Lambswool. The perfect color match for Henry's coat color. Madeleine drew the pattern of Henry.
I saw The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton on another cross stitcher's IG account, and I thought the book looked intriguing, so I ordered it from my library and listened to it. It was definitely not what I thought it was going to be. It was very interesting though. I don't want to say more, for fear of wrecking the story for someone.
Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam—a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion—a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery, in the tradition of Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters, and Sarah Dunant. ”There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . .“ On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office—leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin. But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist—an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . . Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand—and fear—the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction? Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.
We are having frigid weather here and are getting 7 to 13 inches of snow tonight!!😒 How is your weather?

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:5

Thank you for stopping by today my friends! I hope you have a wonderful week! Stay warm!! I will be inside and stitching.😉

Stitching and praying,


Stasi said...

Henry is so sweet!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I hope you don't get as much snow as they are predicting. We've had it very cold recently and tomorrow morning we will get up to a frosty start once more. Scraping ice from the car before work is not my favourite thing to do!

Mary said...

Henry and Mable look just adorable in your shadow box with your vintage poodle cards!! Snow flurries here tonight but the end of the week we are back to sub zero...I'm ready for Spring!

Linda said...

Congrats on the super cute finish Vickie.


Manuela said...

Henry looks great. Nice work.
It is cold and rainy weather here in North Germany.
Have a nice new week.
Hugs, Manuela

Marilyn said...

Henry turned out so sweet!
Stay warm and dry!

Margaret said...

Henry's punch needle is perfect! I loved The Miniaturist. Did you know they made it into a miniseries that showed on PBS? It didn't translate perfectly, but it was pretty good. It helped that I watched it long enough after reading the book that I didn't remember all the details.

Robin in Virginia said...

Henry looked darling all punched up. Way to go, Vickie and of course, Madeleine for drawing him!

No snow here; just cold and some sunshine! Stay warm!

Astrids dragon said...

Little Henry is precious, he's perfect with Mabel.
Another interesting book, maybe when I have time?
Wow, 7-13" of snow, lucky you! Perfect to stay home to stitch and enjoy looking out the window.

Jenny said...

Hi Vickie....

Henry is just so sweet and adorable! He looks great with Mabel and your vintage valentines! Love it❤️❤️❤️

Brrrr it is very cold where you are! Our weather is freezing at night but warms up during the day. Should I tell you that Emily actually wore shorts on Saturday? Speaking of this weather stuff it reminds me of when Scott and I came home from Ft. Wayne one Christmas. It had been freezing cold in Ft. Wayne with bunches of know all about When we arrived at LAX here is my family all bundled up in coats and scarves and the weather was in the 60’s. Scott and I were shedding our coats and scarves and Scott actually put on shorts when we got to my parents house because it was so “ warm” lol! Everyone in California thought we were crazy but we just kept telling them that they didn’t know what cold was....grins!

Sending hugs and love your way! Happy Monday ❤️❤️

butterfly said...

Stay warm Vickie, hope you don't get too much snow.

Love your new stitch like look great altogether in the frame .

Lili said...

She did a great job designing Henry! Little Henry is so adorable!
Beautiful finish on that frame, Vickie!!!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a cute Henry! He looks great with Mabel too.
I read The Miniaturist a while back, it was our Book of the Month. I enjoyed it, especially the plot twists - did not see them coming. But I was disappointed the Miniaturist themself did not play a larger role.

Clare-Aimetu said...

Henry is so cute. Stay warm, we're expecting a cold few days but not as cold as you. I enjoyed the Miniaturist book and TV drama but I thought the actual miniaturist could have been reveals little more. It was one of our reading challenges on Needlecraft Haven and a few other members thought this too.

Barb said...

Henry is adorable. I have not tried punch needle. I read that book a few years ago for a book club I was in. None of us really liked it. I am not sure why. Stay warm. I think we are the only part of the country that is having a milder than usual winter. Today was sunny and about 50. That is delightful for a Seattle winter.

MartinaM said...

Hi Vickie,
Little Henry is so cute, I would like to stroke it.
The weather with us? Very changeable - on the weekend rain, yesterday snow, thaw, frozen this morning - I want to finally have spring, sunshine and birdsong.
Have a nice week my friend, Hugs, Martina

Mary's Thread said...

Oh Vickie, your punch needle poodles are DARLING! What a perfect method for doing a poodle! I need to learn punch needle!

Vicki said...

Henry is so cute! And I love the menu at the bottom of your blog. Our temps are in the low 70s, but we have rain and back to the 60s coming this weekend.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Aww he's just too, too sweet. :)

RJ said...

Little Henry is adorable. Oh my it is cold by you. As I write it is 57 degrees here at midnight. I think it might get up to 65 tomorrow. But, I would actually love to see snow as I have not seen it in many years. RJ

Meg said...

Your punch needle is really neat! I especially like how the loopy thread resembles the tight curls of the real thing. I have never tried punch needle before.

Holy moly, you are getting a lot of snow. Please be safe and stay warm! My heart goes out to everyone facing this dreaded winter "polar vortex."


Carol said...

Henry is adorable in punch needle, Vickie! I think the way you're displaying them is so cute, too :) Hope things are warming up for you--Happy February tomorrow ♥

diamondc said...

Vickie: Henry is adorable, I love that it is punch needle, it looks like dog fur, oh so sweet.
We had -31 degrees yesterday when we left for Mass, it was colder over night.
It will be warmer tomorrow and this weekend.


Julie said...

Awww he's a sweet finish
I've read the Miniaturist and seen the TV programme too, enjoyed both.

rosey175 said...

Henry is awesome! And looks so fluffy. Is the color more like the first or second picture? Good for Brian for realizing he might not get around to it. I think that's a big problem for me concerning things I want to do but cannot make the time!

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