The Gift: Part 3

By Darlene Sabo
on May 19, 2020

The Gift: Part 3

Working on the background, my favorite part of the project. I made wavy lines in a darker blue, then filled in with a variegated one. (This is the back side).

When I finished punching, I trimmed the weaver's cloth, leaving about an inch all around. Lopped off the corners a bit. Folded and pressed. 

A New Punch Needle Embroidery Project: Part 1

By Darlene Sabo
on May 17, 2020

A New Punch Needle Embroidery Project: Part 1

I started a new punch needle embroidery project. This one I call The Gift. Once I drew the pattern I then traced it onto the weaver's cloth using a light box. My light box is small, so it worked perfectly for this project. But when I have a larger pattern to transfer, I just tape it to my dining room window, tape the fabric over the drawing and trace away. Very easy....it just needs to be daylight.

This project fits nicely in my 8" frame. I left an extra 3" all around so I can stretch the fabric so it grips the teeth of the frame. I made a cover out of fleece so I can punch without pricking my hands or arms. Let me tell you the teeth are very sharp!

New Design in Punch Needle Embroidery

By Darlene Sabo
on October 07, 2019

New Design in Punch Needle Embroidery

I've been busy punching this design. It's the largest piece that I've done so far: 9" x 9". I'm using mostly Valdani variegated floss and some DMC. I'm using one of our 10" frames. The 14" would have been better but I cut my weaver's cloth too small. Live and learn.

I will probably hang this one on the wall for the holidays.

New Rug Hooking & Punch Needle Embroidery Accessories

By Lorenzo Portelli
on July 04, 2019

New Rug Hooking & Punch Needle Embroidery Accessories

Olympic Wool Works has a new line of rug hooking and punch needle embroidery accessories available. We're making a nice lap top rug hooking hoop now available online. We're also making rug hooking and punch needle frames in four sizes: 6.5, 10, 14, and 18 inches.

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Olympic Wool Works at Portland Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival

By Lorenzo Portelli
on March 28, 2019

Olympic Wool Works will be participating at this year's Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival in Portland, OR. The show will be at the Portland Expo Center. Our booth number(s) will be: 718 - 719. Please come see us if you happen to be in, or around, Portland during the show.  

It's been a while since I've posted on this blog, there's been a lot going on since the series on wool dyeing. I'll spare you the details, but I do intend to get back to blogging. There was a pretty good response to the dyeing articles, so I think that some similar entries will be in the making. 

Darlene has been doing some spot dyeing for our friend Sylvia Pippen of Sylvia Pippen Designs (check out her wonderful work in Japanese quilting on her website) ..... So I'm thinking about posting instructions on how to do spot dyeing in the near future. It probably won't be until after we return from the Portland show next month. In the meantime...

The Boss has got me in the shop creating some frames for Punch Needle Embroidery. I made up a dozen of them and we'll have a few for sale at the next show. 

       

I've had some fun buying new tools and figuring out how to put these things together properly, so I look forward to moving on with this project and creating some different frames for rug hooking and also doing them in different styles. If people like them, we'll make more frames for Punch Needle too.

We hope to see you at the Portland Expo in April. And please stay tuned for some more instructional blogs and new crafts from Olympic Wool Works.

 

 

Sew Expo: Mark Your Calendar

By Darlene Sabo
on January 27, 2019

We're getting ready for the Sew Expo (Feb. 28-March 3); our first show of the year. I will be teaching 2 classes this event. Pictured above is the kit and sample for the punch needle embroidery class, where student will create an adorable pin to wear. I offered this same class last fall in Portland and the ladies loved it. It was amazing how different each one looked, thanks to Valdani's beautiful hand dyed variegated floss.                                                       I'm using the Purr-fect punch needle this time which I highly recommend. It's very easy to use, so comfortable and a great price.                                 The class will be held on Thursday, the 28th at 10 am and the space is limited to 12 students, so sign up soon. Hope to see some of you there!                         I will be posting the other class next week.

Upcoming Events

November 19-21, 2020

        Rusty Barn

Quilt, Craft & Sewing

110 9th Avenue SW
Puyallup, WA

This will be our last show. We're retiring from the road trips and focusing on our websites after November.