One of my favorite BERNINA “toys” is the Needle Punch Accessory Set; perhaps because using it is so much like coloring with crayons, or maybe because it provides nearly instant creative gratification. Just imagine: pull a boring old sweater from the back of your closet (or the $2 rack at the local thrift store), add a handful of yarn/fiber/fabric scraps, play for 30 minutes, and end up with a one-of-a-kind designer sweater!
I had this red sweater and leftover yarn in my office for several weeks before I decided what to do with them. Every afternoon I’d place the yarn in different positions until one day – after seeing someone wearing a coat with large felt dots – I started moving it into tight swirls. The yarn tail reminded me of a stem, and so these roses were born.
Working with the Needle Punch is really just as simple as placing the yarn on the fabric and running it under the needles. After planning my design I “punch” it here and there to baste it in place, then go over the whole thing slowly to make sure I don’t miss any spots. Then I turn it over, punch from the other side, and do one final run-through from the right side. By this point the yarn fibers are so entangled that they’ve become part of the fabric – no worries about whether the “stitching” will hold! (For a short video demonstration of needle punching by Nina McVeigh, visit www.thequiltshow.com and click on BERNINA Videos.)
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