March 07, 2018
I love how quilts look on walls- they’re a great alternative to a gallery wall, don’t require framing, and can cover a large space with a lot of impact. Read on for my favourite ways to hang a quilt.
Method #1: Bulldog Clips & Hanging Nails (or clear 3M Command Hooks for the commitment-phobic). Attach bulldog clips every 6-8 inches along the top of your quilt and hang them up on finishing nails (I used these pretty clips in gold for a little sparkle). This method is best for hanging smaller quilts, and know that long-term hanging with bulldog clips could leave permanent crimps on your quilt.
Method #2: Hanging Sleeve with Wood Bar. This option requires a bit more work and planning, but will give you a professional gallery-style look. Here's what you'll need:
Step 1: Cut your wood. Most hardware stores are happy to do this for you or DIY it at home with a handsaw. Cut your wood piece so that it’s slightly longer than your hanging sleeve, but doesn’t extend past the edge of your quilt. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper so they don’t snag on your quilt.
Step 2: Screw your eyelet fasteners into the ends of the wood. I did this by hand, but it you’re having trouble, use pliers or insert a pencil into the hole of the eyelet while you turn.
Step 3: Feed your wood bar through the hanging sleeve.
Step 4: Decide on where you want to hang your quilt. Avoid hanging it in a spot where it receives direct sunlight- this could cause your quilt to fade.
Step 5: Hang your quilt. I found it easiest to hang one side first, then mark the hole for the other side after checking that it was level. Remember, quilts aren’t made by robots, so they may not be 100% square. Have a friend help you double check that it’s hanging the way you want it.
Wohoo- you did it! You’re so capable. Pour yourself a cup of tea, and admire your work.
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November 24, 2019
Back in August, an editor at the U.K. magazine Mollie Makes emailed me to ask if I would be interested in designing and making a trio of punch needle animal stuffies for their December 2019 cover. I’ll admit I was intimidated- the deadline was tight considering my kids were still home with me for summer break, and I had more than a bit of performance anxiety (what if they’re just “meh” about the final product?). In the end I said yes, and I’m so thrilled with how this project turned out!
November 03, 2019
November 01, 2019
This month I was featured in an article by Chatelaine Magazine on bringing punch needle into your home décor. The article touches on the current trend of punch needle, its history, and profiles a number of talented punch needle artists selling patterns, supplies, and finished work. Writer Iris Benaroia interviewed me for the article and included a great little write-up of me and my work. I love the quote she included of me describing punch needle as “the least frustrating craft I’ve ever tried”. Perfectly summed up!