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Monday, May 8, 2017

Rug Punching Continued

On Sunday afternoon we had a reunion with some of the gals from the rug punching class we attended last month. Here are 2 of the finished works by Judy and Debbie...very nice job!
I worked on a small piece...I'll show you all soon.
We will meet again next month at Cabled Fiber and Yarn.
These patterns are available at Needles In The Nest

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Stitching Away

Greetings to you all!
Connie's candle mat

Sandy's Flower Garden Quilt
Here's a few pictures from our last woolly group at Karen's....and a few oldies as well.
Karen's Velvet Flowers
Sylvia's sashiko
Sylvia's Sashiko
KD's pin cushion

Front of  Connie's Sewing Book

Inside of Sewing Book


Monday, April 17, 2017

Folk Bell Flowers

This is one of my wool appliqué wall hangings; Folk Bell Flowers that was just published in Primitive Quilts and Projects Summer issue! So cool.  I made this piece last year and have taught a class for it in our area. Sometime in the near future I plan to make a hooked rug pattern from it. I think it lends itself well for that. I'm slowly getting back into the groove of hooking.  But it's hard to find the time to do all the things I love to do.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Three Little Posies; Hooked and Appliqued

Just finished up these 2 projects. The first one is in wool applique with very simple stitches: running, chain and cross. I added some sari ribbon and beads. I especially like the metal tin. I'm planning to make kits, providing I can find more of these tins at a good price.

















With the same pattern I hooked a small wall hanging. Here I used a variety of yarns and ribbons as well as the wool strips. It kind of looks like an impressionist painting.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Thoughtful Hill Designs

I recently have become acquainted with a new wool applique designer: Anne Hardy owner of Thoughtful Hill Designs. Anne has created some really sweet designs for us. One in fact, has been published in Primitive Quilts and Projects, maybe you have seen it. I'm certain there will be many more! Her designs are indeed thoughtful and so darn cute. Which one should I do first?
Find more patterns and notions at her Etsy shop and here.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Little Punching


I took a class this weekend on needle punching a rug with Lolly and Ellen from Needles in the Nest in California. They are both certified Amy Oxford teachers and were very thorough and oh so patient. They kept us entertained as well!
The selection of yarns were absolutely gorgeous!
As you know I typically do the traditional method of hooking but I was anxious to try this one and compare the two. It was a great day!   


                                            
I did the chicken pattern...love my feathered friends!


 The bee hive was a popular choice.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tree of Life, Published

I'm so proud to have this pattern published in the Spring issue of Simply Vintage magazine. This is a wonderful "crafty" magazine with international entries. It has projects in punch needle, embroidery, rug hooking, wool applique, quilting and more.
I was inspired to stitch this wall hanging from a Swedish embroidery pattern from the 50's. I chose a light grey background for a Pacific Northwest sky; quite fitting.
Pattern and kit are available in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Complete!

I finished off by hand quilting all over the background wool with seed stitches in #8 perle cotton. I had added a thin piece of wool on the back first, to add more  substance when I quilted it. I made my stitches rather tight to give it a puckered look.
Pattern is available in my Etsy shop.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The stitches I used on this flower: backstitch, buttonhole and colonial knots. I used Cosmo Seasons thread for the center knots. It's a very nice hand dyed floss from Japan. Try it!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Close up

Closing in on finishing "sweet bouquet". On the large circle flower I couched some silk ribbon I had in my little box of wonders. I did some random seed stitching and added some beads. On the leaves I used this wonderful perle cotton from the Thread Gatherer. On the violets I did long and short buttonhole stitches which I like. I get bored using the same stitches, don't you.


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Where Does the Time Go?

A Sweet Bouquet
It's hard to believe it's been nearly a month since my last post. We've been so busy with Olympic Wool Works. We've had 2 shows during this time and are now working on new orders. The weather here has been chilly so I don't  mind being in doors. Actually there's talk of some snow tonight. Brrr. But at least the days are getting longer.
I have squeezed in a little stitchery. This is a wall hanging which is nearly complete. A few more leaves and a bit more embellishing.


Monday, February 13, 2017

A New Pattern: A Notebook Cover

Just finished this notebook (journal) cover pattern. It was a bit tricky making it fit nicely over the book I chose, but I finally succeeded. But writing the instructions is the most difficult part for me. Trying to put myself in someone else shoes when reading it. How detailed do I need to be? And recently I've been adding thread to some of the kits, so that can be challenging keeping track of much I use, especially when I have interruptions, as we all do. But I admit, it does get easier the more I do it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hello Everyone

Just a quick shot of another one of my favorite scrappy rugs. I do enjoy making these hit or misses...using up scraps and worms and cleaning out the scrap baskets. I do have some which I am no longer fond of for whatever reason....poor judgement, wrong colors, etc. Do you?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Greetings!

This is one of my favorite hit or miss rugs. The background is done with lots of browns and dark reds. The crosses are in golds, tans, and lighter tones. It needs a mall repair where my kitty snagged a loop....one of these days.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Keepsake Box

I just finished this keepsake box which could be used for one's special mementos; letters, pictures, treasures from a walk or it could be used as a container for laces or jewelry. Lots of possibilities.
I used chalk paint over a paper mache box, oh so easy even for this non-painter. I hesitantly applied fabric glue to adhere the wool and trim to the box, but it worked just fine.
Stitches: Chain, fly, colonial knots, buttonhole, buttonhole bar, long and short buttonhole stitch,and running stitch.
Pattern and kit are available in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ironstone

My daughter sent me an Etsy gift certificate for Christmas and I  purchased these sturdy ironstone vessels. They're very versatile . But  I  am using one for flowers.  Even though they're artificial! Wool ones are on my agenda. I love how they are slightly chipped and I wonder what their histories are?  Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could see this?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Here is my completed and newest  design: A Sampler Pillow. What a fun one this was! All 9 squares have different stitches but none of them are too difficult to master. It's amazing how different each little block looks. As you can see I used a very bright pallet but it would look marvelous with muted colors, like an old fashioned penny rug. I also applied running stitches to add a quilted look.
Stitches used: whip, seed, buttonhole, buttonhole wheel, chain, straight, stem, lazy daisy, running, long and short buttonhole, fly and colonial knots.
Pattern available in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Good Morning Eveyone!


I've been experimenting some with marbleizing wool. I followed the instructions as shown on Primitive Spirit's web site and the results have been interesting. I bought the perfect pot to do this project in; the KettlePot. Three 1/4 yards fit perfectly. If I find a piece that I don't like the results of, I do it again with 2 other color combinations or I do a quick-set method of over dyeing it. So nothing is lost.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy Day!

It's been nice having some quality time off these last couple months. My husband and I have been enjoying ourselves ..... with a lot of cooking, baking and eating! My "to do" list has gone by the wayside. Oh well...I'll blame it on the weather, which has been sooo very cold here.
But I am looking forward to our up coming shows next month.  One of which I'll be selling more hand made items rather than the wool. I've made a bunch of cases for glasses. It will be fun seeing old friends again and seeing what's new.
Pattern is available in my Etsy shop.


Rug Punching Continued

On Sunday afternoon we had a reunion with some of the gals from the rug punching class we attended last month. Here are 2 of the finished ...