I have begun to map out the patterns that Villoo has sent me on red dot tracer, so that they will be easy to fold up into my suitcase. SUITCASE! I do not own one yet for this trip! I have determined that I do not want a backpack, even though my children think that I am an old hippy. I would like a duffle on wheels, something that I can “pack it in” to, but something that will not break my back lugging around.

Back to the patterns. I have scaled them to a 40 cm. square pillow, (16 x 16) and 80 cm. pillow (32 x 32) which is used as a floor mat, often stuffed with coir. The rugs I have sized to roughly 2 ft. by 3 ft. sizes. I am looking forward to the additional patterns that Villoo has promised. I have also made smaller pieces for the Russian Punch needle, and the Oxford Mini and Standard Punch Needles.



I have received the hooks from Dave Hildebrand, my acquaintance with the spindle lathe. He gave me instructions on how to get to his house out in the county, and as he was away for the weekend, I found them taped to his front door. I left two small wrapped packages of my pottery in thanks for his generosity. The hooks are beautiful, and are based on the design of one of my old favorite pencil hooks. They are made of three different rare and exotic woods: padauk, cocobolo, and purpleheart. Thanks Dave!




Amy Oxford, the Punch Needle Queen graciously offered to donate 12 mini and 12 regular needles for me to use and leave with the women that I will be working with in India. They arrived today, and went into my big basket of materials that I am gathering for the trip. Additionally, a local wood worker with a spindle lathe is making me 12 traditional hooks to use with wool strips. He has offered to donate the wood. I am so fortunate to have both friends and strangers (I have never personally met Dave, the woodworker) lend their support for this venture.

Villoo, in her e mail today, let me know that the women use cobbler hooks to make their chain stitch embroidery designs. The punch needle tool I think will help bring about an instrumental change in the way the women are working with their yarns. She liked the formatting of the Birds of a Feather and will be sending me additional patterns. I am working with Sarah at Staples, on their big printer, re-sizing the patterns to 2 x 3 . When I hear back from Villoo, I will also have an indication of the sizes of the pillows she would like me to format.