This little guy was done in Russian punch embroidery. I did traditional rug hooking for years (oh, yes, I was a happy hooker!!), so moving on to this miniature technique was sort of a given. There are the same little loops, creating a tufted surface, but unlike the traditional rug hooking where you work from the right side of the surface, punch the needle through the burlap, and pull a loop up to the top----with the Russian punch embroidery you use a special hollow punch needle, work from the back side of the piece, and make your loop blindly underneath.
this is the working side---which ends up being the wrong side when you are finished
this is an igolochkoy hollow punch needle; I have 3 sizes of them to accommodate 1, 3, or 6 strands of embroidery floss. For this project, I used all six strands.
This is an extremely easy craft....if your needle is threaded correctly, and you make your needle "march" with the open scooped part straight ahead, the loops just miraculously appear underneath as you stab. (any deviation, though, and the loops simply won't "take" and you get to try again!)
(the loops appear on the 'wrong side' of the work--which becomes the public side in the end!)
Compared to knitting a sweater both rug hooking and the Russian embroidery work take a fraction of the time. Big results---fast. Unless....
like me, you take 4 years to finish a little 5" x 8" piece.
Threads that Bind by Shawn Williams. It was a kit called Prize Pumpkin. The prize has been in the finishing...