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?
polly minick’s “american summer”
(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!
polly minick’s, “moby dick” with my valdani color choices
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.
finished but not steamed
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….
…voila! This finished piece measures somewhere in the neighborhood of 10″x4″ or 5″. I haven’t listed Moby on etsy yet, but I will. Next up, one of Polly Minick’s bathing beauties….
Love her bathing suit! I have one that’s very similar, but a little longer ~ gotta love those modesty suits. I am so very ready for summer!
Since I’ve been busy playing with my Valdani threads and needles, my friends have had to entertain themselves for the most part….Remember the rug I’ve been weekend-hooking? Well, “somebody”…
“who, me?” ~ ellis, aka “the claw”
…has been “helping” me regress Monday~Friday….
thanks, ellis, i never knew you were such an accomplished reverse hooker
As for Lilly, she’s been busy organizing her q~tips.
“i’ll put them all in the sink ~ perfect!” ~lilly
Otis spends some of his time observing Lilly’s technique…
“way to go miss lou!” ~otis
….part of his time assisting Ellis….
“did you get all rebecca’s wool un-hooked, yet, ellis? ~otis
…and part of his time helping me with my Valdani.The sun is shining here today ~ I hope it’s shining for you, too!