Punch Needle


Many of you have asked for more information about the punch needles I brought to our last meeting. I really like using punch needles if I’m doing large sections with knitting yarns (and I have a well-defined background area – remember you will be working from the back like you do for prodding).  More information about this system is on Amy Oxford’s site at: http://www.amyoxford.com/punch_needles.html

I think that this is a reasonable alternative technique to make the short looped surface (you can’t use these needles for Waldoboro or other long looped techniques) for those of you who have arthritic hands and find it difficult to work with the traditional hooks. You can also punch with fabric strips – as used in traditional hooking – providing their width will fit into the needle.

If you’d like to see a brief overview of the Punch Needle and how to use it have a look at this tutorial on YouTube. http://youtu.be/rLQMFC8ip_0


Entries open for travelling textile exhibition

Take a look at this textile art exhibition opportunity and consider entering a piece. You might decide to combine hooking with your other textile skills. As long as your piece meets their requirements your piece might be selected!

Call for Entries – A travelling textile art exhibition

Living Colour Textiles   at  http://livingcolourtextiles.com/

Textile artists are invited to submit an entry for a travelling textile art exhibition exploring the title theme – Living Colour! Each work will be in a 40cm x 100cm (W x L) single-sided, vertical banner format and up to 30 works may be selected by the curator, Brenda Gael Smith.

The exhibition will première at the Australasian Quilt Convention, 10-13 April 2014.

  • Entry is open to all textile artists. International entries are welcome. Non-Australian artists must provide completed paperwork and payment (if any) to satisfy customs requirements.
  • Entries may be any kind of textile or fibre art but each work must be sturdy enough to travel without special requirements. Works that have significant 3 dimensional features, require special hanging apparatus, or are delicate or require special handling will not be selected.
  • Entries must measure 100 cm x 40 cm finished (LxW vertical banner format). A 1cm variation in any direction is permitted.
  • Entries must include both a hanging sleeve and Velcro strips in accordance with the curator’s directions.
  • Entries must be submitted via the Living Colour! Online Entry Form by no later than 31 January 2014 (NSW, Australia time). No paper entries or disks will be accepted. (See Image Specifications below.)
  • Selected works must be delivered by 28 February 2014 and available to tour for up to 18 months. The curator is not obliged to release or return any work before 1 October 2015.
  • Only one textile work will be selected per entrant, although artists may enter more than one work.
  • The work must be an original design, not a copy of a traditional design or a variation of the work of another artist. All work must be the result of independent effort and must not be the product of an instructional setting in which another artist has provided guidance or assistance.
  • Artwork that differs from the submitted images will not be accepted.
  • Works must not have been previously exhibited. Entrants may share glimpses of the work online but must not publish an image of the entire work until the première exhibition (currently set for the Australasian Quilt Convention in April 2014).
  • The entrant gives permission for photos of any selected work to be published on the Living Colour! website and used in publicity, reviews or articles.

Artists’ Responsibilities

  • Artists whose work is selected must pay a A$30 administration fee to assist with travel and administration expenses. This fee is payable by no later than 28 February 2014. Pay by direct deposit or by PayPal.
  • Selected artists will also be responsible for the cost of shipping the work to and from the curator. Artists may provide a pre-paid shipping label or send the required amount via PayPal. (The curator may return the work with different packaging at the curator’s discretion.)
  • Insurance cover, if desired, is the responsibility of the artist.
  • The artist warrants that the textile work is their own original design and the curator is indemnified against any claim for breach of copyright.

For more information on how to submit an entry, or to view the Conditions of Entry:  http://livingcolourtextiles.com/conditions/

For photo requirements & the Online Entry Form:  http://livingcolourtextiles.com/entry-form/ .

The closing date for entries is 31 January 2014. International entries are welcome.


  • 1 June 2013:  open call for entries
  • 31 Jan 2014:  closing date for entries
  • 7 Feb 2014: final date for notification of selected entries
  • 28 Feb 2014: final date for delivery to the curator
  • 10-13 Apr 2014: première at the Australian Quilt Convention, Melbourne
  • 1 October 2015: return of textile works to artists

Persian Carpets like you’ve never seen them!

Faig Ahmed is an artist who has reinvented an ancient craft into modern distortions. Ahmed takes traditional textile work of Azerbaijani carpets and transforms it by adding his unique style to create a new pattern. His creativity allows him to change something that is usually constrained in style into free form.

When you first look at these pictures, you’ll think they are digital renditions but they are actually labour intensive handcrafted pieces of art!

Have a look at:    http://faigahmed.com/carpets/

Use TinEye to find photos

If you have ever been frustrated trying to find out where a particular photo came from – whether you downloaded it or have found a photo online and you want to know more about it – TinEye is the tool to use.

TinEye is a reverse image search engine that will find out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version.

All you need to do is to enter the location of the photo (drop and drag, or locate the photo from your own collection) and TinEye will give you the details.  Note: not every single photo will be found but TinEye is constantly updating the database.

Try searching for one of your own photos that you have uploaded to the Web and see what you find!


Lost at E Minor

If you like contemporary art and culture, you might find Lost At E Minor interesting!  Founded by brothers Zolton and Zac Zavos in 2005, and is published by the Australian digital media company, Conversant Media, which also publishes Australian sports opinion site, The Roar.  They have offices in Sydney, Newcastle, and Austin (TX), and spend way too much time looking for things that make you go ‘huh’, just so you don’t have to. If you like the website, you might want to write something for them.

The material here might be considered “low-brow” by some….but hey…high-brow has been done to death by everyone!

Have a look at:   http://www.lostateminor.com/