There’s something to be said for a warm friend on a winter’s day, like today. Ellis and I (and Lilly and Otis) are snug inside, watching the snow swirling and dancing in the wind, and keeping an eye on the birds, through the window, who are enjoying the peanuts and suet “we” put out this morning.
Last week, I worked on a punch needle adaptation of an antique rug. Here’s the original rug…
I’ve been wanting to hook this design for a while, but hooking, in my house, involves so many helpers “organizing” my wooly worms and supervising my progress, that it will be some time before I get to this one. So, I decided to punch it for now. Here’s the tracing I made ~ feel free to print it for yourself, if you’d like!I love doing these antique adaptations! However, I always experience moments of despair in the beginning ~ does that happen to you, too?
At this point, I’m thinking that I should just quit while I’m ahead. I mean, it all feels so messy and not the least bit cohesive and I’m sure I’m a failure and there’s no way this will ever resemble the original in any particular.
But, I persevere…
Even at this point, when I have the dog and cat done, it all feels disjointed ~ the dog looks emaciated and the peppermint pink background coupled with the black is almost too much for me.
It isn’t until I’m completely done, when the piece is totally punched, stained, and mounted, that I think, “hey, it’s not so bad, after all.”!
I recently dismantled an antique trunk and have some lovely bits and pieces to work with.
I think this piece, in the above picture, will work splendidly as a backdrop for Cat and Dog.The blues, pinks and antique whites of the punch needle are reflected in the plaid paper ~ serendipity!I guess, the moral is that being a puncher is a lot like being a shark. One has to keep moving forward, and just punch through the doubt to survive!
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May you always be more confident than I!