The other day, fellow puncher Nancy contacted me about a Polly Minick design she wanted to punch using Valdani floss. I googled “Polly Minick” and was instantly smitten with her hooked rug patterns. Have you seen them?
(You can click here to visit one of her sites where her pattern books are available.) I found a contact email for her and immediately sent her a message asking if she would allow me to punch her designs and sell the finishes. She was so nice and wrote back giving me permission ~ what a thrill! The only sad part is that she has retired completely from designing and hooking professionally, but ~ hurrah! ~ she has lots of books to be explored! I can’t wait!
I ordered Mrs. Minick’s, “American Summer” and decided to start with the pattern that Nancy had asked me about, “Moby Dick”. One of the things I love about this particular book is that all the patterns are the perfect size for tracing on weavers cloth ~ simple!
It didn’t take me long to punch this fun piece ~ the shapes are so straight-forward, and the colors Mrs. Minick used for her rugs were just right, I didn’t have to think at all, just threaded my needles and went to work.
I used the ticking I’ve become addicted to for the back and edge. I wanted to show you the above pic so you could see how tight I pull my thread when edging. I’ve been asked how I get the scallop edge, and the answer is, I pull my thread so tight that the punched piece curls. Then I give it a good steaming with my Rowenta pressure steamer and….
…has been “helping” me regress Monday~Friday….
As for Lilly, she’s been busy organizing her q~tips.
Otis spends some of his time observing Lilly’s technique…
….part of his time assisting Ellis….