Here’s Lilly, and when she’s finished playing with a toy she simply falls asleep.
When I finish punching a piece I sometimes take a nap, like Lilly, more often, though, I try to move on to the next step.
Here, I’m all done punching United, a design by Lori Brechlin from her American Folk pattern book.
And, here, United has been soaked in coffee, squeezed and wrung, and now hangs out and dries over night. United will be ready for steaming in the morning.
I’ve had this Rowenta pressure steamer/iron for about five years ~ love it, love it, love it! I use it for hooked rugs, punch needle pieces and for steaming clothes ~ fabulous for getting wrinkles out of dress shirts!
Then, I steam the front. I use a much lighter hand when steaming the front, moving the iron very quickly over the surface. It’s actually not necessary to steam the front ~ I just do it because I do it ~ and, in fact, using too much steam and/or pressure can flatten the loops. My loops are so short to begin with (because I set my Cameo needle to the lowest setting) that there’s little danger of flattening.
Now, I let the piece rest until cool and dry.
Because, I’m planning to mount United on a piece of wood, I’m going to turn the edges of the weavers cloth back. I’ll trim around the whole piece leaving an inch or two or three of excess fabric.
Now, I fold in and press the corners.
Then, I fold and press the edges.
I put some glue under the turned back weavers cloth so that it will lay flat against the punch needle. Now, I want to cover the exposed punched bits with another piece of weavers cloth. By covering the entire back of the piece with fabric, I feel safe. That is, I feel safe that if I should ever want to remove United from its final resting place (the piece of wood I’m planning to mount it on), I will be able to do so without pulling out all my punching. When, in the past, I have adhered an unprotected punch needle back to a piece of wood or other surface, then changed my mind and pulled my punch needle off said surface… *pphhhrrrrttttt* …it’s been like pulling out a row of knitting.
So, I keep it covered.Now, United is dry and ready to get together with a piece of wood. I’ll use the same Elmer’s Craft Bond to adhere the two together, and next time I’ll show you the finished product.
Until then, be well and happy, and thank you for stopping by!