I was digging through the (black hole) basket next to my stitchy chair and found this finished project. It is called Angel Train by Prairie Moon. I bought the specialty threads for the main elements, but I bought DMC black for the background, and probably saved $20!
There is one church, there are 2 houses and hands, 3 angels, 5 train cars, 6 moons and snowmen, 7 trees, and 8 stars. It was sort of fun to make. Last year at the quilt show I got a hoop stand that really helped a lot, almost the equivalent of another hand. One hand holds the punch needle, and the other needs to manipulate the thread, leaving no hands to handle the hoop.
So now it is done. It is big for a punch-needle piece, probably around 6x8; what do I do with it? I don't want to frame it. It would be nice as a box top, if I had a box the right size. That's one of the reasons it made its way into the black hole.
Don't get me wrong, I really like it; it fits my Christmas decor (angels), and I had wanted to learn to do punch-needle since I was in the the first grade. (I know it was in first grade, because we were living in Oklahoma.) I got a kit as a Christmas present from somewhere, and my mom and I could not figure out how to do it. Looking back, I know we were doing it right, but we just had to pile the loops on top of each other. We gave the kit to our (older) baby sitter, who said she knew how to do it. A couple of weeks later she showed us the finished project, violets. I think she made it into a cushion (black velvet?). I never had the chance to learn until my guild sponsored a class a couple of years ago.
I have tons of patterns (I won them as a door prize) but I do not find working on punch-needle very relaxing. Plus using non-DMC colors really adds up the cost. Am I ready to divest from punch-needle?