Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Snowman Punch Needle

When it comes to crafts, I have a very curious, adventurous spirit.
I enjoy creating things with my hands and I really enjoy a new and challenging project.
I saw a "punch needle" class being offered at a local
Frame and Fiber Shop
and I was excited to sign up and attend.
I have never done punch needle work before and was not familiar with the technique.
It is actually quite easy once you get the hang of it,
threading the needle, is without a doubt, the most challenging and time consuming part.

This cute snowman Christmas Ornament was our project.

We each received a cute paper bag with all of the supplies we needed.
During the 2 hour class, 
I completed the red stripe on the snowman's scarf.
I get distracted...and the tip of my tool was defective.
Once I got home, with a nice sharp needle, I have made a little more progress.

I took this close up picture of my work,
and I noticed my nose is probably too big, but it is too late to fix it.

It does look better from a distance.
And I think it will look even better when it is all done.

I really enjoyed the class, it was nice to get out and meet some new girls.
I do think I see more needle punch projects in my future!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Mute Swans

There is a large population of Mute Swans at 
Lake of the Lilies.
They are a common sight in the Northeast, even on ornamental and urban ponds. 
The sexes looks similar, 
the female's bill basal knob is smaller.
Mute Swans can be very aggressive in defensive of their nest
and are highly protective of their offspring and mate.
It is one of the heaviest flying birds in the world.

I find them to be very beautiful and easy to photograph.