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From Wall Art and Pillows to Rugs and Kitchen Accessories—Everything Is Better with Punch Needle
Welcome to Melissa Lowry’s colorful world of punch needle. In this all-inclusive beginner’s guide, you’ll learn how quick and easy it is to dive into creating your own one-of-a-kind, vibrant fiber art décor for your whole home. Punch needle is perfect for beginners and experienced fiber artists alike because it takes the stress out of stitching and is easy on the hands. All you need is a punch needle, some cloth, a frame and your fiber, and you’re ready to start punching Melissa’s gorgeous designs. Featuring full-size templates, this book makes it simple for anyone to make a professional-quality piece right at home!
Inspired by Mexican textiles, these patterns will fill your rooms with unexpected charm and pops of color. Ranging from simple projects that work up quickly like the Flor Hanging Hoop and the Fiesta Rectangle Pillow to small touches like the Carpeta Coasters and Primorosa Table Napkins and even big-impact pieces like the Otomí Storage Cushion and Sarape Rug, you’re sure to find the perfect unique statement pieces for your home. Full of soothing geometric patterns and exciting floral designs, this book has all the inspiration and instruction you need to make your life more beautiful.
Graphic designer Lowry (Handmade Animal Dolls) draws on her cultural roots in this nifty assemblage of punch needle designs inspired by her upbringing in Monterrey, Mexico. Punch needle, she explains, "allows you to pierce through fabric, making a loop on the underside effortlessly." It involves no complicated stitches, allows for mistakes to be easily fixed, and requires only a few tools: the needle, foundation cloth (usually either linen or "monk's cloth"), a frame for stretching out the cloth, and fiber, from embroidery floss to yarn. She provides full-size templates for 20 projects; the simplest is the "Monarca" wall hanging, named for the monarch butterflies that migrate from Canada to Mexico. She also offers a pillow with the beautiful blue and white of the Talavera pottery style, associated with the cities of Atlixco, Cholula, Puebla, and Tecali de Herrera; and a rug, made from leftover yarn, that mimics the multicolored stripes of sarapes. Meanwhile, her "blooming" apron uses the floral designs of Mexico's classic embroidered blouses. Smaller projects include coasters, patterned after carpetas, or straw table place mats; and a "margarita," or daisy, lampshade. Crafters will enjoy this imaginative design compilation that doubles as an educational sampling of traditional Mexican motifs and designs.