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Mr. Snowman Punch-Needle

Meet Mr. Snowman!

Mr. Snowman is a fun, little punch-needle design. He’s hitting the slopes of trees and swirls in colors to match the quilt you see in the background.

Image of Mr. Snowman with quilt

This design is fast and easy. It’s slightly less than four inches square. The cute size fits perfectly on a mini art canvas. Add the little easel to display your mini stitched artwork.

Since punch-needle is a compact, hand-held craft, Mr. Snowman is easy to pack for travel. You can even work it while you ride. If you aren’t familiar with punch-needle, check out the many tutorials on Pinterest and Youtube. Click HERE for an introductory tutorial on Pinterest. There are also numerous books and patterns on the subject.

Image of Mr. Snowman

Generally, punch needle requires a good hoop that tightens well. You’ll want your surface tight like a drum at all times. That makes it easy for your needle to punch into the cloth.

Next, when you make a punch-needle stitch, the need head is punched downward through the back side (top) of your hooped cloth. When you pull your needle back up, it leaves a tiny loop on the front (underneath) side of your hoop. The size of the loop depends on the size of your needle punching length and thread.

You’ll work Mr. Snowman punch needle from the back side of your hoop. You can turn the hoop over periodically to see your progress.

You might want to practice getting your punches evenly spaced, but the learning curve for learning punch needle is quite easy to achieve.

See Love Notes Punch Needle

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Textures of Christmas Time

Do you use quilts in your Christmas decor? How about layering some additional textures among the quilts? Here are a couple ways to explore other techniques and textiles to add to your holiday handmade joy:

The background quilt (laser cut kit) was made a number of years ago, when aqua became a Christmas color! (I love aqua and it’s here to stay in parts of my Christmas/winter decorating!) This was such a fun kit and there were lots of added textures, like the skate strings, buttons, and “pearl” necklaces on the birds!

Add in a little punch needle snowman…

Image of Mini Punch Needle

Layered on a snowflake runner (snowflakes cut on Accuquilt)…

…add in a little manger scene made with vinyl and a wool candle wrap for another layer of crafting fun!

Image of Candlelight Wool Wrap and Manger Scene

To make the candle wrap, I just cut strips of muslin on the diagonal and stitched down the middle of them onto a piece of wool. I then threw them in the washer and dryer with a load of towels and they came out nice and fuzzy. I still plan to blanket stitch around the edges of the wool – oh, and it connects in back with a button and a thin hair elastic, sewn to the wool.

I made one several years ago for a friend, using the Accuquilt snowflake:

Image of Bear Quilt

This Christmas bear quilt was made from a McKenna Ryan kit – but I changed his hat and mitten and made them from an old wool sweater that was in my mother-in-law’s stash.

…and of course, JOY made from BOTH sides of a Hoffman California Fabric panel is keeping in the aqua winter theme.

Image of JOY Quilt Hanging
JOY Quilt Pattern

JOY and all her pals (quilt patterns and focus fabric kits) are found in my Etsy shop: Creative Bee Studios (Click HERE).

Wishing you layers of joy this Christmas season!

A Love Note from Johnny to June

One of my favorite love notes was one written by Johnny Cash to June Carter.

Simple, as far as love notes go, theirs stood the test of time. Certainly not without it’s tragedies, the love between Johnny and June eventually prevailed.

Here’s what Johnny penned:

Hey June,

That’s really nice. You’ve got a way with words and a way

with me as well.

The fire and excitement may be gone now that we don’t go out there and sing them anymore, but the ring of fire still burns around you and I, keeping our love hotter than a pepper sprout.

Love John

Image of Love Notes Quilt and Wool

In response to reading Johnny’s words, I came up with the Valentine designs, just for fun.

Wool Applique

This little wool applique features three little hearts on a soft vine music note. (Get it? Hearts, music note.) It’s tiny and made from scraps of beige, taupe, and three pinks. It hangs from heavy metal “key”.

Quilted Wall Hanging

Image of Love Notes quilt and punch needle

This mini heart quilted wall hanging is shown lying on a soft layer of snow with Love Notes Mini Punch Needle.

However, this is not my original idea, to use squares to make a heart wall hanging. Since there was no pattern needed, I just determined my size and used fabric I’d precut for another project. Therefore, it was an easy, quick project.

Note: Since making this, I developed a method of how to audition the VALUE of fabrics by using BOTH sides. Consequently, I would now reconsider some of my fabric choices! Click HERE to learn more about auditioning both sides of fabric.

Punch Needle Embroidery

This punch needle is set in a miniature wooden frame. Click HERE to learn more.

Therefore, I think of June and Johnny each year when I decorate with these little joys.

Share your love this Valentine’s Day and know that you are loved.

Image of Love Notes woolie

In conclusions, remember this: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16.

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Love Notes Punch Needle

Love Notes Punch Needle adds a little interest to embroidery!

Love Notes Punch Needle Embroidery
Love Notes Punch Needle


I love to collect tiny picture frames, lockets, and unusual findings for my punch needle projects. For Love Notes, I found a tiny white, wooden frame at Michael’s, traced the inside shape onto my cloth, sketched my design, and started punching. This is a fast project, easily done in one evening.

Find the frame HERE.

If you’ve punched before, you know it helps to outline your objects before adding the fill. I generally sketch my object designs (like the envelope and heart) and “free-hand” the background swirls. Of course, using variegated threads easily adds interest to the design.

Starting small is a good idea. I like to do miniatures for several reasons. Time, of course, is the most obvious. But also, working in small designs gives me a chance for trial and error. I can practice using different sizes and colors of threads without committing myself long-term.

Other findings that I find interesting are shaped metals pendants (I found a cat shape and others), metal bracelets, and flower-shaped picture frames.

Look for designs like Love Notes Punch Needle on Pinterest HERE.

Take a look at Love Notes mini quilt and Love Notes mini wool applique HERE at A Love Note from Johnny to June (I just love the story of Johnny Cash and June Carter.)

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Happy Stitching!

Do ya wanna build a snowman?

Make a cute punch needle snowman today!

Come on, let’s go and play!

Put down your lists and have-tos.

Make a snowman yours today!

Even if you don’t like winter or snow, you can’t deny this guy is pretty cute and no shovel needed!

Grab one 3-inch canvas, your punching supplies and some yummy threads to make yourself a little winter punch-needle snowman.

Mr. Snowman Punch Needle

Mr. Snowman Punch Needle

This little guy works up super-fast and adds some needlework texture to your winter decor. My guy likes to sit in front of my “Winter Blessings” quilt (pattern by Shabby Fabrics) hanging in my dining room but he’d be darling on a window sill!

Go to my “How to Punch Needle” page to learn to do basic punching technique.

Draw your favorite snowman. What’s great about punch needle is the simpler, the better. So think back to how you would draw a snowman as a kid-then punch away!

Winter Blessings Quilt Pattern by Shabby Fabrics

Winter Blessings Quilt
Pattern by Shabby Fabrics

Do ya wanna build a snowman?

A few years ago, my girls dressed as Anna and Elsa and sang for the Salvation Army ringer outside our mall. It was cold, but they had a great time, surprised lots of little ones by being there, and brought in a few more dollars for the Salvation Army.

Do ya wanna build a snowman?It also made for a great Christmas card that year!

Do ya wanna build a snowman?

Remember to be prepared for the winter days ahead and check your emergency supplies, like water, batteries, thread, treadle machine oil (in case you lose electricity), and chocolate!

How about you share your snowman, punched or real, when winter hits? Tell me about your wintery projects!

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Where, oh, where is my little black kitty?

Punch yourself a little black kitty with punch needle embroidery.

Where, oh, where could he be?

It’s Halloween night and our little black kitty is missing. His name is Mungojerrie.

Black Kitty Punch Needle by Karla Kiefner

Black Kitty Punch Needle
by Karla Kiefner

He and his sister, Rumpleteazer (our vet loves us), were named after the notorious couple of cats in the Broadway musical, Cats.

Mungojerrie is known to be on “WalkAbout” for several days at a time, but I always like to keep him near on Halloween night. There’s just something about black cats. He is small with a bobbed tail (he was born that way and it seems to affect his balance when he’s circling around to lay down).

The black cat in this punch needle is looking at the full, harvest moon.

Deep into the darkness peering,

long I stood there, wondering


Doubting, dreaming dreams

no moral ever dared to dream before.       Edgar Allan Poe

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It’s a Bear Out There!

Learn about our bear visit and the quilt  and punch needle embroidery it inspired!

Ever wonder why you can see a certain quilt or pattern over and over and it just does nothing for you? Then, all of a sudden, something happens and you’re thinking, “I’ve got to make that quilt!”.

Our neighborhood has suddenly become a flurry of excitement. We don’t live in the country, really. We certainly don’t live in bear country! I didn’t think so, anyway. But after pondering a these odd markings on our cedar play set, we aren’t so sure anymore.

Bear markings?

Now the neighbors and I are sharing our experiences and findings each day, visiting each other’s yards to look at “evidence”, learning the lingo (did not know what “scat” was before this) and getting to know each other a little better through the clues left by our new guest. The experts won’t say for certain it’s a black bear but they did say it’s either a black bear or a large dog, but they “wouldn’t know why a dog would make these markings”.  So my husband commandeered a GameCam from deer camp and we are just waiting for our friend to return so we can snap his or her picture. The markings are near our crabapple tree so we “experts” are waiting for the fruit to ripen and our bear to be caught–well, red-pawed?


More scratches!

I’ve always wanted to paint a barn quilt. What does this have to do with a possible bear in our yard? Well, my neighbor across the street, Merle, is a quilter, too. After visiting with her, we looked out from her porch and I remarked that a barn quilt would go real well out there on our old shed (which my husband thought we were going to tear down). She agreed. Sometimes it takes my brain a while to fully wrap around an idea. By the next morning, I got it: I should paint a Bear Paw quilt pattern for that shed! Of course, that has me thumbing through my quilt books (which was a task because I had to get past my 7 currents projects to get to the bookshelf). So now, in addition to painting a barn quilt, I MUST make a bear paw quilt, I’ve admired the pattern before-all the rustic, cabin styles with pine trees and all, but I’ve never related to them before. I rarely make a quilt that doesn’t have some special meaning for me or the person getting it.

So here is my first partial block. Of course, my bear likes Kaffe!

Bear Paw by the Pool

While I’m at it, I might as well make a little punch needle bear paw.

Bear Paw Mini Punch Needle

It’s going to take me a bit longer to make that barn quilt—maybe we should get a picture of the guy to make sure he’s not a giant raccoon or something!

You know it makes sense, really. Creative Bee…quilting bee…bees make honey…in a Kevin Bacon kind of way, we really should have a bear living here!

Want a great treat recipe called Bear Droppings? Find it here:  One Sweet Retreat

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How to Put a Little Punch in Your Summer

Here’s a beachy punch needle design:

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A Bit of Summer

Punch, in this case, is not a drink generally served at wedding and baby showers. I’m talking about sweet little punch needle-ette (new word)–tiny punch needle you can wear.

Small projects like this can be punched in one warm summer’s evening. Sit on the deck, the front porch swing, or in the coolest seat in your home and punch yourself a sweet little treat.

I wear my punched design as a necklace but you can also make key fobs or rings–even earrings. I have found various hardware at Hobby Lobby and Michael’s in the jewelry-making sections. There are even greater hardware options online.


Re-purposing Hardware for Punch Needle

The most important tip I have is to measure the inside diameter of your holder carefully and be sure your weaver’s cloth is secure and taut before you draw the outer perimeter onto your cloth.


The stretched diameter was larger than the pattern. Always hoop first, then draw on your design.


See this little bee? I drew the outer circle the correct size to fit its holder, but when I tightened my cloth in my hoop, the circle grew. I didn’t realize my mistake until I had completed the punch and realized it was too large for my holder. This little bee is now waiting for a new hive to come along.


For general instructions and a punch needle supply list, see my Punch Needle page.

Happy summer punching!


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