Punch Needle Pattern: Blue Crab Pinkeep

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This is an “intermediate level” punch needle pattern of a very colorful crab pinkeep atop a Frye’s Measure Mill Shaker pincushion box (distributed by Sudberry House). These round boxes are no longer manufactured by Frye’s Measure Mill so my supply is limited. These include the inserts and are new and wrapped in the original plastic enclosures. My inspiration came from the summer I spent on Bailey Island, Maine. As a watercolor artist, I painted lobsters, fish, and crabs which I sold for rent money. Some of my art was featured in Lands End, the go-to gift shop on the island.

The pattern is on weavers cloth, as well as on a paper guide showing color suggestions, instructions, and a page of useful information and tips. I also chat up why I love punch needle so much. The image is 5” in diameter on a 11” x 11” piece of weavers cloth. The instructions presume you know how to punch needle, and have had enough experience to deal with the nuances involved with tiny spots of color instead of large swaths of connected color choices. Still, this is a pattern that will accept just about any choice of color and location of loops as no two blue crabs look exactly alike. The bonus here is that I’ve included six glass eye beads; two for the crab and four to fall out of your hands and go missing on the floor.

You’ll need a punch needle tool, threads, a punch needle frame, and a cup of hot tea.

Please contact me with any questions about this pattern or the Shaker box, or if you are interested in having this design transferred by hand to a 2.5’ x 3.5’ piece of monk’s cloth for a rug project.

Shipping within the continental U.S. is FREE for this pattern and box until May 1, 2018. Outside the U.S., shipping costs will be calculated.

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Very different than what I'm used to doing. I enjoyed the project very much.
Apr 12, 2018 by cindyhugo

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