from Rebekah's workroom

a blog about creativity, design, and wool appliqué

Patterns Reworked: Punchneedle with Yarn

Punching with yarn, as opposed to the classic thread, is becoming very popular. It’s got a delightful texture and weight to it. I have to say, I love doing it. I was very inspired by a book from a Canadian artist, Arounna Khounnoraj, called Punch Needle. She uses the “right” and “wrong” sides of punch needle to create beautifully textured pieces. I highly recommend it if you are learning to punch with yarn. There are no instructions for this type of punching in Exploring Folk Art with Wool Appliqué and More. If we had had more time I would have loved to include this, but I highly recommend the book above if you are looking for instructions and techniques. I am still learning, and did both of

Layered Cotton Projects: Making a Cowl

Rebekah just started carrying an amazing fabric we call the layered cotton. I was inspired to make myself some wearable art out of this beautiful, soft cotton. It works in fall and into winter as a cowl, which is a super easy project to create with a half yard of this amazing fabric. All you need is a half yard of the layered cotton, a fat half of a flannel cotton, a sewing machine, needles, scissors, and some corresponding threads. If you want to make the pin, you’ll need some wool scraps in colors you like, felt, and a pin back. Instructions Cut 1 piece of layered cotton to a rectangle that measures 33” by 11” (you can easily get this out of a 1/2 yard as we sell it on the site). I suggest


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