A Shadow Box

By Darlene Sabo
on January 04, 2021

A Shadow Box

Kicking around a idea for a new shadow box. Right now I'm in the collecting stage...beads, threads, colors. I've purchased the paper I will cover the boxes with...has sweet little birds all over. I've made the taffeta hearts. This was the time I used the Clover yo-yo heart maker and it does work. I will stamp a word, to be determined, onto the twill tape, but I think I'll tea dye it first. The background fabric is a primitive white which has little flecks of darkness in it. I want the piece to look old.

Hearts Part 3

By Darlene Sabo
on January 01, 2021

Hearts Part 3

The Six of Hearts punch needle pattern is now completed and is available here

 

Needle-Book Completed

By Darlene Sabo
on December 09, 2020

Needle-Book Completed

I completed this vintage looking needle-book which is now available as a kit. This is a limited edition. You can find one here:

olympicwoolworks.com/products/vintage-needle-book-4-a-wool-applique-kit

PRIMROSES

By Darlene Sabo
on April 22, 2020
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PRIMROSES

I thought I was finished but I decided that this piece needed a border.  I used Clay, which is also used for the flower centers. I added a wool backing and blanket stitched all around. Now it is complete!

I will be adding it online as a pattern, a kit and our latest category; digital patterns.

New Design in Punch Needle Embroidery

By Darlene Sabo
on October 07, 2019

New Design in Punch Needle Embroidery

I've been busy punching this design. It's the largest piece that I've done so far: 9" x 9". I'm using mostly Valdani variegated floss and some DMC. I'm using one of our 10" frames. The 14" would have been better but I cut my weaver's cloth too small. Live and learn.

I will probably hang this one on the wall for the holidays.

WHISKERS, Wool Applique Pattern

By Darlene Sabo
on January 02, 2019

WHISKERS, Wool Applique Pattern

WHISKERS is now available in our shop; as a pattern and as a kit with our beautiful hand dyed wool.

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Folk Flowers Applique Pattern Completed

By Darlene Sabo
on December 10, 2018

Folk Flowers Applique Pattern Completed

Well, I was able to finish up my latest wool applique pattern. I did indeed quilt the entire background with Moire wool thread! I used basic embroidery stitches throughout; nothing too complicated. I will use a piece of driftwood to hang this one.                                                          The next step is the publication, which is our list of things to do this week. So look for this new release shortly along with The Garden Dove.

Folk Flowers, A Wool Applique Pattern

By Darlene Sabo
on December 02, 2018

Folk Flowers, A Wool Applique Pattern

                     Here is a closeup view of one of the main flowers. I chain stitched around the perimeter, added sprigs of lazy-daisy stitches and colonial knots. All with Moire Rustic wool thread.

FOLK FLOWERS, A WOOL APPLIQUE WALL HANGING

By Darlene Sabo
on November 25, 2018

FOLK FLOWERS, A WOOL APPLIQUE WALL HANGING

I thought I'd show you details of some of the stitches I'm using on this wool applique wall hanging. These are all very basic stitches, so don't feel intimidated. In the first picture; on the leaf I embroidered colonial knots wrapping the thread 2 times for each knot. I back-stitched down the center using silk gima thread.  Along the side of the stems, I used the chain stitch. On the large leaf in the second picture, I used the fly stitch and the long and short blanket stitch. On the narrow leaf I couch down a piece of  silk gima and used cross stitches to hold it down.  I'm using Moire Rustic wool thread throughout for the embroidery. I discovered that since this thread is a bit coarse I needed to use a needle with a larger eye as well as a threader.

FOLK FLOWERS; A Wool Appliqué Pattern

By Darlene Sabo
on November 20, 2018

FOLK FLOWERS; A Wool Appliqué Pattern

I'm working on a remake of an older pattern of mine. There are a few changes: the background is done with our hand dyed wool and I added cone flowers to replace the daisies. My plan is to stitch it all with Moire Rustic Wool thread. So far I'm enjoying working with this thread. I have not had any trouble with breakage which I feared would happen since it's 100% wool. I may even hand quilt the background.