I’m not quite sure how it happened, but I finished the “2 Horses 6 Birds” punch needle, yesterday. I’ve yet to decide how to complete the piece, however, you can see the punching in the picture below.
In the meantime, while I’m making a decision about “2 Horses 6 Birds”, I think I’ll get started on the Magdalena Horses design pictured in the top photo. I’ve drawn it on my weavers cloth, (forgetting to reverse the design as I often do) and I’m considering the colors in my floss collection.
Perhaps you’d like to join me in a little punching? Below, you will find two sketches of M. Briner’s design. The first is the original version, and the second is reversed.
(I’d like to say a word, here, about copyrights. If (this is a big if) I understand copyright laws correctly, regarding antique rugs and designs, the designs themselves are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. However, the images of the rugs are protected. Therefore, to be inspired by an antique rug and create a rug similar to the original design is ok, but to make photo copies of, say, pages from an antique rug book or to print copies of images from a computer screen, would be a violation of said laws. I hope my understanding is all Ship Shape and Bristol fashion! I do know, that many wonderful primitive rug and punch needle designers today, find inspiration in antique hooked rugs and use that inspiration to create very similar designs of their own which they are then able to sell legally. So, having said all that, I have not and do not make copies of copyrighted images ~ whew! that was a mouthful! As always, please give credit to the original artist of any design you use ~ in this case, Magdalena Briner.)
Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my color choices with you. I’d love it if you were able to punch (or hook!) along with me!
Feel free to reduce or enlarge my drawings as needed for the size of your project. I’m happy to have you share copies of my sketches with others. 🙂