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Taking the mystery out of punchneedle rugs
I love making punchneedle rugs so much, I just wanted to share a few things about the process in case anyone is thinking it's too hard or complicated. It's not. It's easy and fun and the rugs look so great in miniature. So, the point of this post is to share some supplies needed and steps, trouble shooting, etc to help take any mystery out of the process.
First, supplies. You need :
-pattern book, iron on transfers or your own design
-punchneedle tool and threader in sizes extra small and small (the small sz is optional, some people only use the extra small)
-embroidery floss, choice of colors or colors suggested in pattern (use 1 strand of 6 strand floss in extra small needle) (use up to 3 in the small needle)
-small scissors (I like small curved)
-locking lip embroidery hoops in several sizes or embroidery frame
* supplies for miniature punchneedle have to be tracked down, like so many other supplies for our hobby. Notice the blank look on your local Joann's employee's face when you ask for weavers cloth. The extra small needle will probably have to be sent for also, but I do see the small size needle sets in stores sometimes. The pattern books are available thru eBay or Amazon. Everything else should be readily available
- fabric isn't tight enough in hoop (must be tight as a drum)
-thread isn't running smoothly through punchneedle tool, maybe a small knot is catching the floss
- lengthen the stitch. Shorter stitches are more difficult to keep latched in fabric
- direction of needle is facing the wrong way. Directions for how to place the needle will come with the needle but there is a specific way it must face.
Ok so I'm just going to add some pictures because that's the easiest way to understand. I'll do some of them in the comment section so I can keep them separated in sections. And add supply links there too. Here's the supplies needed photo, close up of two different sizes of punchneedle, books available and the threaders. The threaders come with the punchneedles whenever I've purchased them but they are different sizes lengthwise for the different size punchneedles
Half scale siding/clapboard
The measurements on clapboard/siding are doing my head in! I've look and got the old trusty tape measure out but I'm just as confused as ever. LOL I read a topic on here about 6 months ago regarding this same issues but now I can't find it. : - (
SOS half scale peeps!
Can anyone advise the sizing for half scale chapboard/siding and where you bought it from? Also - I'm going to need so finishes to hide the corners where my outside walls meet and where my roof joins. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers : - )
I wanted a bookshelf for the top floor tower of my Fairfield, but the low height of the ceiling in this area made it a bit complicated. Then while visiting family during holidays I saw this lovelly rotating bookshelf that doubles as a sidetable and I decided I must have one. As a book lover I'm always running out of space to store books (and room on the walls to add more shelves...), these are so space efficient and practical! On top of that it looks really good anywhere
I've decided to make one of these in miniature, this is accurate 1:24 size and fully functional. The shelf section rotates 360 degrees to make it easy to pick your read, and the wheels also work so it can be moved around! None of those features are very useful in a miniature house, but it adds to the fun and looks ;) I did not take pictures before assembling, but it's probably easy to figure out how this works: the moving portion is connected to the base with a screw and the wheels are miniature working brass casters (many thanks to the folks here on the forum who helped me find them!).