I gave each of them a Cameo Punchneedle and some thread. I started with the Cameo Punchneedle and I found it very easy to learn with. It can easily be adjusted for the length of the loop. I now use the Super Luxo Punchneedles because I like to take the handle off and just use the tip. Any thread that will go through your needle will work!!! You do need a good hoop with a rim that will hold the fabric taunt. It needs to be as tight as a drum. I use a frame (you can see Grandpa is using my frame) . The Round-About Punchneedle Frame has the same type of carding as mine does. It really holds the fabric taunt.
Since the post yesterday, I've had several people inquire about Punchneedle Embroidery. So here is a little bit of information about Punchneedle and Grandpa :)
Rick's parents, Dick and Dolores (Grandpa and Grandma) came to visit last month. I was showing Grandma and Grandpa the Punchneedle piece I was working on. Grandpa asked me to show him how I was doing it and I gave him a little lesson (mind you, I'm no authority on the subject!).
I gave Grandpa this pattern from the M Shaw Collection. Look what he did in just 2 days. Punchneedle goes fairly quickly compared to may other forms of embroidery. If you are ever interested in learning Punchneedle the book I would recommend is Punchneedle, The Complete Guide by Marinda Stewart. It is the best I have found.
Marinda's instructions are very clear with photos and lots of examples of Punchneedle being used in a variety of ways. There are lots of other wonderful Punchneedle books out there as well. Marinda's is just my favorite.
On another note, today is the last day for the Fall into Fall Quilt Bloggers Giveaways. So if you have not clicked on the Scarecrow and hopped around entering some wonderful giveaways....you better get hopping!!!