Prairie rug in punchneedle

by brae  

I've been meaning to give punchneedle a try since I bought the fine rug for the Heritage from Katie Arthur of Dollhouse Littles.  I love doing cross-stitch but it does have its drawbacks for absolute realism in mini.  As noted previously, French knot rugs offer the best illusion of rugs in scale, but they are also time consuming.  Punchneedle seems to be a good compromise.  I am still working on the Bees and Trees French knot rug, but it will be finished relatively quickly since it's small.

For the Brownstone, I need two large area rugs.  These will be larger than any of the cross-stitch rugs I've made so far, so I figured they would be a good place to experiment with punchneedle.

I found this beautiful Prairie rug on Mitchell's Interiors and printed it out at 9" x 6" for the living room.  It would be gorgeous in French knots but that would take forever!  :O  Well, it would be in the Navajo rug range or higher, put it that way.  :D

I bought some poly/cotton fabric at Joann Fabrics and the Dee Lite extra small punchneedle from Punchneedle Marketplace.  (Here's the punchneedle.)  Where I have it set, the pile height is approximately 1/16" -- the dark blue guide is adustable, but there's a minimum setting to get the loops to hold without pulling back out.

I also picked up Aunt Martha's Tracing Paper and a Sulky Iron-On transfer pen in black.

The paper wasn't as sheer as it perhaps should be for tracing, so I made a high contrast printout for this part.  If I couldn't produce a good quality contrast print, I'd probably have to use a different paper.

I traced the rug using the transfer pen.  It has a relatively fine tip for details and works well.  Obviously, this was not an intricate design to trace, but I think it would manage well enough to get the basic details drawn in.  I can always stitch in more detail than the drawn pattern.

I did a small test sample first.  I was able to get four transfers, though the last was a little light.

I transferred the pattern to the fabric.  It shifted slightly so some of the lines are thicker...operator error.  Next time, I will tape it in place.

I threaded the needle with one strand of DMC floss.  Now, I'm ready to work!  :D  Actually, I need a slightly larger hoop...but this will get me started.

Now I just need to learn how to punchneedle!  :O  The page reads, "Never punch a row of stitches and give up!"  I completely agree!  I was not at all sold with my first few rows...so I did a box.

Love it!  :D

18 comments

Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]

The suspense is killing me! I want to see a wee row of stitches!

*waits*

05/20/13 @ 18:32
Comment from: April [Visitor]

They really look sparse at first, but they thicken up fast because punchneedle is so quick :D Fabu square!

05/20/13 @ 19:15
Comment from: Helma [Visitor]

I have’n't do this either…it’s on my list ever. Your start is good and the chart of the rug is beautifuls

05/21/13 @ 01:07
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]

I just love this rug design. I am looking forward to seeing how it comes out in punch needle. I’ve never tried punch needle myself (yet) but I’ve often seen punch needle designs I’d love to do.

05/21/13 @ 01:52
Comment from: Marion [Visitor]

Wow, this looks great indeed and very much in scale ! Makes me want to try ! Thanks so much for sharing :).

05/21/13 @ 02:05
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

I had never heard of punchneedle. I just watched a you tube tutorial….it looks neat! I may have to try my hand at that one day, I’ve already got a bunch of embroidery floss that has been in my closet for years because I don’t have the patience for embroidery.

05/21/13 @ 05:04
Comment from: Anna [Visitor]

That’s very realistic! I doupt I would have enough patience for that but it looks really cool.

05/21/13 @ 05:36
Comment from: Natalia Frank [Visitor]  

Hey, Brae, it is weird we both blogged about Punch needle rugs at the same day. Have fun punching! Natalia

05/21/13 @ 08:20
Comment from: Lynn [Visitor]

Ms. Brae, where did you get that stunning chair? Did you make it?

05/21/13 @ 09:20
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you!!! :D

The chair a Bespaq piece - I have another chair and matching sofa. I bought it from Regent Miniatures on eBay: http://stores.ebay.com/Small-World-Minis

05/21/13 @ 09:32
Comment from: Hannah [Visitor]

Nice work! I look forward to see more of it! I actually tried punchneedle when I was a kid, I have to dig in my old boxes for that needle, this looks great =) Hannah

05/21/13 @ 14:55
Comment from: Katherine [Visitor]

Beautiful design! I can’t wait to see it finished. I tried my hand at punchneedle several years ago, but it was not as intricate as this. In fact, I think I still have a rug kit floating around somewhere…

05/21/13 @ 17:45
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]

I love that rug. It’s gorgeous! Good luck with your punch needle project. It looks like fun! I know your rug will be perfect! I’m excited to see the work in progress.

05/21/13 @ 19:13
Comment from: katie arthur [Visitor]  

love it love it! what a wonderful design! thanks for the link back too. Now if my store was just open…(the first part of june hopefully) I am just getting over cancer treatment and have not picked up my needle since diagnosis 9/11 last year! I miss it and it is so great to see you not just punching but designing also! I expect no less from you. Just beautiful! little smoochies. Katie Arthur

05/21/13 @ 21:04
Comment from: Christiane [Visitor]

I’m curious - how long did it take you to do that tiny square? I hear punchneedle moves pretty quickly, but I wonder what that means in real life. =)

05/22/13 @ 09:55
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks so much! :>>

Katie - it’s great to hear from you and I hope you are feeling better and better every day! :yes:

I usually keep track of my time with stitching projects, so there will be time updates as I go. This little square was a lot of punch - then pull the thread back out - punch - pull the thread… :)) So, it took longer than the punching has since then. It does go quickly, moreso when you get the hang of it.

05/22/13 @ 10:36
Comment from: Mona [Visitor]

I was so inspired I have ordered needle, yarn etc! Thanks for the link. I did some pictures in needlepoint for many many years ago, maybe more than 20 :)

05/28/13 @ 12:34
Comment from: brae [Member]

I look forward to seeing what you create. Mona! :D

05/30/13 @ 08:24


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