"Baby Duncan #1" approximately 8"x10" Koigu sock yarn and a variety of Valdani cotton embroidery floss in size 8, 6-strand DMC scavenged from second-hand shops. Created with the Ultra-Punch medium needle set on a number 2 height. 2023. By permission of WCushing & Co (they have the copyright on the pattern, a Pearl K. McGown design).
I worked on these three punch needle embroideries between April and July this year, since I was unable to hook rugs during that time due to a temporary medical situation (now happily resolved). I used the Ultra Punch medium needle on a #2 height and mixed sock yarns and cotton floss in all of them. After getting permission from W Cushing & Co <wcushing.com> I made these 3 to show possible variations to the basic pattern.
At W. Cushing & Co's request, I made a copy of the hand-drawn pattern for them--they are now making it available on their website. If you want to try your own hand at making a "Baby Duncan," you can buy the pattern. Much easier than drawing it yourself.
One word of caution: If you haven't ever done punchneedle EMBROIDERY before, I would not begin with this pattern. Do something simple first, like embroidering a few random circles and squares, to be sure you get the technique. Once you've done that, go ahead and try this. And here's a hint: begin punching in one of the corners. That way, if you can test out your colors and alter them before you get too far into your punching. Enjoy.
Below is a quick side-by-side view of The Triplets:
I had to laugh when I put them together--up until then I thought I'd made them all the same size! Um, NO. Because I had to hand-draw each pattern (Cushing hadn't printed my pattern at that point, so I was free-handing it every time), they all came out slightly different sizes.
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society