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“Autumn's Bountiful Harvest” Punch Needle Workshop


Robin Leuschen  Erie, Pennsylvania      

Dates:  1 day – Wednesday, August 14, 2024
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..
Class Fee: : $130.00 / Sauder Village Members $120.00
Supply Fee: $50.00 - payable to teacher during class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Right
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This primitive autumn punch needle design was inspired by one of Robin’s watercolor paintings. It’s done in warm earthy tones for the season, and adapted for punch needle.

In this workshop, Robin will share hints and tips on how she gets the soft, antique, and vintage looks in her punch needle work. She will discuss her threads of choice and the color palettes within those brands. She will also talk about simple ways to improve your techniques to enhance your results.

The Bountiful Harvest design is 4” x 5.25” and will be punched on Weavers cloth with Valdani 3-strand threads and #8 perle cotton for the background. Robin will show you how to finish the piece with a Ric Rac edging and then mount it onto a charming pre-painted, distressed and antiqued off-white hexagon paper mâché box.

Besides honing your punch needle skills and learning to mount your project onto a dimensional box, you will have a beautiful autumn punch needle project that makes a wonderful gift or home décor.

Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

Level:  Basic to Intermediate - Students must have basic punch needle knowledge & experience.

Supply description:  11” x 11” square of Weavers cloth printed with the 4” x 5.25” Bountiful Harvest design, 8 balls of 3-strand Valdani thread, 1 ball Valdani #8 perle cotton thread, 1 - 7” pre-painted and distressed hexagon paper mâché box, Ric Rac for edging (in several color choices), glue (for mounting finished piece to box), & printed paper pattern of design.

Students Need to Bring:  Sewing needle, punch needle of choice, scissors, hoop or frame (to fit the 11” x 11” Weavers cloth) & a joyful heart!

Bio: Robin is a wife, mother of 6, grandmother of 14, and great grandmother of 4.

She started her primitive folk art journey 20 something years ago as a primitive doll maker and moved on to designing and selling her patterns through online websites such as PrimMart and PatternMart. From there her interests turned to some of the other fiber mediums such as stitching, punch needle, rug hooking and wool applique. Robin is self-taught and credits everything she has learned to YouTube videos, tutorials and determination, always saying” trial and error are most often the best teachers”. She developed a love for all things primitive and folk art.

Soon, she was designing and selling patterns for her fiber art creations. One of her rug hooking designs was published in the popular Wool Street Journal in the Summer/July 2013 issue.

Robin recently discovered watercolor painting and has enjoyed taking her creativity to this new artistic arena, converting her folk art watercolor images into the various fiber arts.

She currently has an Etsy shop where she sells digital patterns of her designs, as punch needle, wool applique, embroidery, and rug hooking, as well as Doodle Booklets. Robin also has some designs/art available as fabric for sale on Spoonflower.

Being self-taught, she likes to admit that most of her art is not considered “fine art” but more organic, naive and always a little whimsical.


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