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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.


My Garden Cat

Just need to bind this one and it's ready to go! It was a fun piece to hook.