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.




As many of you know, I have been invited to travel to India this winter to work with SEWA (Self Employed Women's Association) in Ahmedabad, India. I will be working with several groups of women, teaching them how to hook with both traditional and punch needle techniques. This was the first pattern of the ones that Villoo Mirza, the director of SEWA, sent me that I wanted to re-format to a rug and pillow pattern. There are more to come!

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