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Sometimes plans change especially when you have a very persuasive three year and eleven month old grand daughter who wants a ” pillow” doll for Christmas.
She discovered some fabric scraps left over from the silk collage “The Map is not the Territory” and picked out her favorite colors . She was very insistent about having buttons for the eyes.


I don’t know if you have noticed, but magazine articles that feature artists in their studio, tend to show the artist in a magnificent work space, huge and spacious, with massive picture windows overlooking the Grand Canyon or overlooking possibly, a pristine beach on a small remote island in the South Seas that can only be reached by trained dolphins.
A glance around this work space reveals art materials and tools immaculately stored and displayed, and completed artwork the size of the floor plan of the Sistine chapel, are hung under vaulted ceilings.

As you can imagine, this kind of article can be very discouraging for those of us whose work space is not quite as palatial or picturesque, and whose artwork is measured in inches, not football fields.
So, in the interest of balance, I am showing one little part of my studio, the part that is relatively tidy and not completely covered with books, fibers, paints, frames, unfinished paintings, drawings, fabrics, bags with more materials, threads, yarns, knitting needles..and so on.
My sole purpose is to emphasize that as long as you can get a space to work in, no matter how small, as long as you can make it your own, you are in business.


Tell yourself a picture window would only be a distraction.

On Saturday, November 3rd, the ladies of the Piedmont Quilters Guild met at the Friendship Hall at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Greensboro for the workshop on punch needle. It was a crisp and sunny morning outside and cool inside the Friendship Hall, where the sun was pouring in through huge windows. Tables and chairs were arranged in front of the windows and it was n’t long before the warmth from the sun made it positively toasty!
This workshop focused on design considerations based on personal artwork and/ or inspirational materials and punch needle technique. The ladies are accomplished quilters and very knowledgable about fabrics, pattern and color and immediately started on some sample work.

Here are a few of their samples:

Michelle used a punch needle that could make different loop sizes. She worked the details of her design in a bigger loop length and the ground design in loops that were half the size. It gave a very nice contrast between the foreground and background.She used 3 strands of the cotton embroidery floss.


Judi used a needle that I had never seen before- wish I had taken a photo of it!
It was a punch needle that was attached to what looked like a tiny paint roller, and the yarn was wound around a tube, that fitted on to the roller. The yarn was an acrylic, not cotton embroidery
floss and had a “hairy” surface, giving a completely different look to her punch needle piece, almost like a carpet.


Donna used a basic punch needle which could only do one loop size. However, she used some lovely cotton that was pearlized (ie the thread was spun in the opposite direction and had a high luster) which gave a heavier loop, almost like a tapestry look.


It was very exciting for me to have the opportunity to work with such talented and dedicated ladies. I came away from this workshop with an even greater appreciation of the skills involved involved in quilting, and how these skills can seamlessly (pun intended!) transfer to punch needle.

Bad Company, punch needle embroidery

This punch needle came from a collage I did first — painted in acrylics and painted over strips of silk scarves and hankies that I got from thrift stores and from friends who know my obsession with fabrics. The painting is very heavily textured, and for the longest time I had no idea where it was going. Eventually, a face appeared and then another one, peeping over the shoulder of the first face.

Bad Company, acrylic and fabric collage

I immediately knew that this second little figure was not good news.


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