Something that I've become obsessed with this week: the punch needle.
Since I try and stay (mostly) tuned-in to my son when he's awake, rather than plopping him in front of the TV, I need things that keep me busy but also let me keep an eye on him. This is where the punch needle comes in.
I bought a little kit at the craft store, and since I'm a sucker for anything Scandinavian (hence my son's name, Soren), I was sucked in by the simple red and white design.
Essentially, punch needle embroidery is like rug hooking, where you create little loops close together, to form a pattern. It's one continuous thread, so if you pull a loop, you can pull out the entire thread. That's happened a few times to me.
You work on the backside (mine is quite messy, but it's my first time) and when you flip it over, you can see the loops form a pattern. Mr. Geek said it looked like a terry cloth towel (he was being derogatory), but I guess it kind of has that texture. He keeps making fun of me, asking how "relaxed" I am, since when he read the package it kept going on and on about what a relaxing craft it is. Yeah right! My back is hunched and my hand is all tense making sure I stay within the lines. I have good vision but you still need to look carefully when punching.
I need to fill in some of the spare areas, then I'll wrap it over a piece of cardboard, sew it tight across the back, and frame it. Not bad for around $12! It's a great little craft that you can tuck in a bag and bring to soccer practice or a doctor's appointment to work on while you wait.
This website has lots of the kits that you can buy, most of which are under $10. How cute is this chandelier?