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Punch Needle Art

Punch needle art has lately been considered a new craft hobby but it really isn’t new.  It was used in the 60’ as physical therapy in military hospitals.  Glad it’s in vogue again as it is a very simple project.  Found this visual instruction on the Japanese website, Courturier. It is in Japanese but we use Google translate to interpret the instructions.  There are beginners kits on Etsy that you can purchase.  The kit shown on the bottom is from the shop, Yasminhobbykit.

Images:  Courtesy of Courturier and Yasminhobbykit.

Debbie Smyth

Debbie Smyth is textile artist most identifiable by her statement thread drawings.  Her contemporary artwork are created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work encompasses large-scale wall installations and smaller framed pieces for interiors. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has created commissioned work for major companies.  On Barcelona-based magazine, Metal, she says this about her creative process:

“Firstly I do a lot of research, sketches, photos, etc. I then scan all my drawings and begin to piece together compositions to suit the size of the artwork or the shape of the room. With installations, the shape of the space is always the main factor which comes in to play when composing the artwork. I always like to create perspective and create illusions of depth within an artwork. I then go through a thorough planning and plotting process and finally when I am happy with the piece and the planning at a small size, I am ready start pinning/threading. I then begin to upscale the piece from my plans to the wall/backboard. Plotting an outline initially and then filling in places, and building up density, literally drawing with the thread.”

You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Debbie Smyth.

String Art

Found this awesome threaded stars hanging decor on the German blog, 180 Grad Salon.  The author gives you tips on hotels, restaurants, shopping, hiking and other experiences on the beautiful island of Mallorca.  Her gorgeous photographs make me want to visit.  She also has a few DIY projects in her blog that includes complete instructions. Thought we would work on this project and perhaps advance to making mandalas and parabolic designs also pictured above.

180 Grad Salon can be found here, Facebook and Instagram. Full instructions for the hanging decor is here.

Images:  Courtesy of 180 Grad Salon and other sources.
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