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So it is ok to have the same title for two different artworks, right? Here is the punch needle “Golden Boy” and the watercolor/acrylic “Golden Boy( Ed Brown) which is a painting of a day lily.

golden boy punch needle punchGolden Boy (Ed Brown)


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.

Holly leaf punch needleI’ll be teaching a punch needle embroidery workshop for the Piedmont Quilters Guild on November 3rd. To get everyone started, we’ll be learning how to make a small Christmas decoration (see photo). Please contact the Guild for more info, if you’re interested in attending.

November 3, 2012
9 – 4 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant,
501 Mendenhall Street,
Greensboro, NC  27403

The Woodcutter, needle punchI got this idea from a photo of someone walking through the woods. I roughly sketched it out as a guide for a punch needle piece. As I started to work with the punch needle, it made me think of Hansel and Gretel, and I put in two tiny figures into the landscape. But the figures did not work out, no matter what I did. (I was getting hung up on their shadows. It seemed to me that the shadows were a very important part of the piece.)

Finally I admitted defeat and took out the second figure, and it was then that I realized that the piece was not about Hansel and Gretel, the two little children that were lost in the scary forest. No, it was about the woodcutter — the person who had led them into the forest and then abandoned them (as woodcutters do) to leave them to die.The Woodcutter, sketch

According to the story, the woodcutter protested at the plan to abandon the children, but he did the deed anyway. To my mind, the woodcutter has a lot to answer for. After all, everybody knows that the wicked witch is evil and that she is out to get you. No one warns you about the woodcutter, who puts the children “in harm’s way.”

Here’s what The Lost Chick looked like when I first started working on it. First, I created the artwork (at top of photo), and then I used that as inspiration for the punch needle embroidery piece.


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