New toys

Monday evening I spent a joyful hour wandering around our local craft store, A. C. Moore shopping for new toys thanks to some graduation gifts.  I love that store!  

For sometime I have been eyeing a stitch craft called Punch Needle Embroidery.  Apparently it is an old technique used by Russians to decorate their clothing.  The design is worked from the back of the fabric with a special hollow needle that has been threaded with floss.  It is a bit complicated for me to explain since this is a new style of needlework for me.  

I purchased a  little kit and a punch needle so I could experiment.  I am thinking about using this technique to embroider a Russian design on the white cloth we use at the parish for the shroud we drape over the cross Pascha through Ascension.  I purchased a pattern book called Russian Punchneedle Embroidery by Gail Bird.  If I am not pleased with the results of my little experiment, no harm done.  I will find a suitable design to crosstitch on the shroud.  I may call upon Mrs. Mutton for pattern ideas.

Another little ‘toy’ I purchased was a tapestry crochet hook case to store  all of my hooks in.  That’s better than rubberbanding them together!

I spent a good bit of time in the yarn aisle but did not come away with anything new.  I am currently working on baby blanket number 3 which I hope to get done in the next 30 to 45 days.  I am doing a popcorn stitch on an open weave.  Five popcorn rows of pastel baby green.  Ten popcorn rows of soft white. Repeat five times for the green and three for the white.  Then I’ll do a simple border stitch to finish it off.

Of course, what is a trip to the craft store without pawing through the discount shelves?!  There I came away with a very simple and small crosstitch for “new baby”; one of those little kits that came with a pink heart shaped frame for $1.00.  Also another crosstitch kit of bird houses for $5.00.

I was excited!  Heck, I still am!  Wish I didn’t have to go to work so I could stay home and play with my new toys all day!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kristina
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 00:28:26

    the baby blanket sounds wonderful! please keep us posted on your crafting. glad you found me the other week!

  2. Suzanne
    Jun 11, 2009 @ 11:25:44

    Russian punchneedle embroidery is called “igolochkoy,” Philippa. You and Mrs. Mutton might be interested in this website:
    http://www.gailbird.com/ . Enjoy this new form of embroidery. It’s wonderful for religious items and vestments.

  3. Laura
    Jun 11, 2009 @ 10:32:55

    That sounds like a great trip to AC Moore! I need to get over there…have some craft projects planned.

    Post pictures of the punch embroidery when you have it finished. I would love to see what it looks like…

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