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Folk Art Acorn - A Dimensional Punch Needle Project” Workshop 2022

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HookingLori Brechlin  Amherst, Virginia

Dates: 1 Day – Thursday, August 18, 2022 
Time:  9:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $130.00 / Sauder Village Members $120.00
Supply Fee: $48.00 - payable to teacher during class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Right
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Acorn-punch-needle-rug--Lori-Brechlin-Workshop-2022Lori Brechlin has been a designer of primitives for over 20 years. She enjoys creating designs for counted cross-stitch, samplers, stitcheries, rug hooking, needle punch, as well as making dolls and stitching old world bears that are made from mohair and upholstery velvets and adorned with one of a kind vintage accessories. In addition to fiber arts, she is an accomplished painter who designs a unique line of primitive note and holiday cards.

In her old farmhouse in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, she is inspired by her beautiful surroundings with sheep, chickens, ducks, cats, dogs, and donkeys many,of which appear in her needle punch designs along with seasonal, whimsical, antique and folk art inspired themes. Often, her designs include multiple fiber art techniques, dimension, and embellishments.


This workshop focuses on an  Autumn Acorn 4” square needle punch project. Students will start by learning the basics of needle punch techniques, supplies, and equipment, then move on to learn how to add dimension to your work. Lori answers the question of where and when to adjust the pile height on motifs. She will also talk about directional punching in both motifs and background. Creating an antique or primitive look, will be another topic, as Lori shows you how to select and mix thread colors. Finally, she will discuss ideas and tips on how to edge and finish your piece, along with ideas on what to create from punch needle projects.

As a punch needle designer and pattern maker, she has a wealth of knowledge to share. So, whether you are a beginner or looking to add techniques to your needle punch tool box, you will find Lori’s workshop will be insightful, inspiring, creative, and fun!


Teacher will contact students prior to class: Yes

Level:  Everyone welcome, no prior punch needle knowledge or experience required.   

Supply fee description:  7” Morgan hoop, Ultra Punch-punch needle, weavers cloth, paper pattern, & Valdani perle cotton floss. 

Students Need to Bring:  Sharp scissors, sewing needles, brown sewing thread, & a pencil.

Growing up in New England Lori gained her inspiration from her historic surroundings and combined that with her Pennsylvania German & Native American heritage to design her primitive, yet whimsical style of folk art.

Lori's designs have been featured in numerous publications such as the ATHA quarterly newsletter, Country Home magazine, Country Marketplace Magazine, Country Sampler Magazine, Early American Life magazine, Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine, Rug Hooking Magazine, and The Wool Street Journal. Currently, adaptations from Lori's folk art are being offered to rug hookers through Kris Miller’s Spruce Ridge Studios. 

punch-needle-in-action-Lori-Brechlin-Workshop-2022Lori owns & operates her business, Notforgotten Farm, with her husband Peter ~ which is also the name for the beloved place they call home. She has a studio and shop as well as an online Esty shop. She creates and sells art, conducts classes, sells patterns and supplies for all textile addicted folk.


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