i was asked by one or two readers, what size i’m cutting my wool for miss b’s turkey. my guess is, i’m using about a size 8. the fact is, i’m simply tearing my wool as i go. sometimes, i tear a piece that’s too wide, but then i just cut it in half. in any case, i’m making some progress…
miss b’s turkey
i’ll be starting on the background, soon, but in the meantime, i have tremendous support, right lilly?
“what are you doing? why aren’t you playing with me?” ~lilly
well, some of us are more supportive than others. in fact, ellis is so, “i’m right there with you” that he’s moved into my hooking chair…
“snore….” ~the elly~belly
“ahhhh, this is purrfect…z…z..z.zzzzzzz” ~ellis
however, tomorrow is a new day, and i may just get to the chair first!
if you’d like to find miss b’s turkey pattern, or any of my others, you can click here.
today, i started on miss b’s turkey. i got to use my new, fabulous bee line townsend hooking frame. I’ve been reluctant to get back to hooking (you can click here to see why). and, while it wasn’t entirely paw-free, i enjoyed it thoroughly!
“this looks like the purrfect place to perch.” ~the elly-belly
i finally got a photo of my progress…
miss b’s turkey
as you can see, if you look past the actual hooking, my drawing skills leave lots to be desired. i must have drawn the turkey’s head four times, with a sharpie no less, however, since i draw my patterns on my backing freehand, there are always lots of extra lines and blobs and various marks. that’s simply the way i do things. i know there are far more efficient methods, but i like to be comfortable.
what do you think, lilly?
“it’s a snake!” ~the lilly-lou-hoo
lilly likes to steal the wool strip that i am about to use and pretend that it’s an enemy. once she reduces it to a pulp, she carries it around and mourns over it.
we have many turkeys in our neighborhood and woods. some people think turkeys are ugly and awkward, but i think they’re extraordinary. the females are amazing mothers, and the males are so graceful when they’re courting. i’m proud of my niece for seeing the artistic side of our natural world!
until i can get to my hooking under all these cats…
i have a new pattern available in my etsy shop. it’s my favorite, by far!
miss b’s turkey
my niece, miss b, created this fabulous artwork in school this year, and it was featured in an art show recently. i asked her if i could create a pattern from it and she said yes! so, now i get to pass it on to you. it’s only $2 for an instant download and you can find it by clicking here. all proceeds go to miss b.
miss b’s artist statement for this piece reads, “i was making a realistic drawing. i thought that brown is a plain color so i mixed brown with some silver. my art teacher helped me with my drawing. she is amazing!”
one of the, many, things i love so much about her drawing is the turkey tracks.
what do you think about the turkey, lilly?
“i loooove turkey!” ~the lillykins
how about you boys?
“is that a turkey on the deck? i could catch that turkey!” ~otis “i’m fairly confident that’s not a turkey, otis.” ~ellis
i think i’m going to start by making a rug from miss b’s design. i’ll keep you posted on my progress!
tomorrow is thanksgiving day, but my mind is on christmas…
i like to draw my patterns directly onto weavers cloth rather than creating a paper pattern. it’s less work and it ensures that almost every piece i make from my own designs is one-of-a-kind. ellis likes to help me with this process….
“i’m a tremendous assistant” ~ellis
i kept santa claus simple, using mostly red and white valdani floss.
lilly is awaiting santa’s advent….
“santa? i’m watching the birds!” ~lilly
i like adding tags to my pieces, for some reasons. maybe because they’re fun to make?
the other piece i’ve been working on is a snowman. snowmen are so cheerful!
of course, with snowmen comes cold weather, but otis knows how to stay toasty…
“purrrr…” ~the oatsy
and, lilly has a few how-to-stay-warm-on-a-cold-day pointers…
“first, find a comfy cushion, add a kitty heating pad, top with a blanket and crawl under.” ~lilly-kins
sounds good to me!
the santa claus has sold but you can visit snowman on my etsy shop by clicking here.
is it too late to be creating with halloween in mind? what does ellis think?
“halloween? i love pumpkin seeds!” ~ellis
well, whether it’s too late or not, i have been working on two projects. a witch…
notforgotten farm “white witch”
and a jack…
simple quiet jack
surprisingly, i got very little help with lori brechlin’s “white witch” (click here for her blog), and i was able to complete this project quickly….
you can find my “white witch” on my etsy site by clicking here. i mounted my finished piece on a bit of wood salvaged from an antique trunk. i love the tiny plaid original paper attached to the wood and how it’s aged over time.
my jack was a different tale altogether. almost everyone wanted to add their paws worth….
“i’m helping!” ~lilly
“i’m helping!” ~ellis
“i’m staying out-of-the-way!” ~otis
there was more assistance, too, all i had to do was ask….
“rebecca drinks the wine. i’m in charge of the water.” ~lillykins
and, in case i was feeling a chill (in the 80 degree temps), my friends were there to warm me….
“zzzzzzz…” ~ellis and lilly
how would it be, ellis and lilly, if i were to have my lap to myself for a while?….
“what!? No! you couldn’t possibly get on without us!” ~ the elly-belly and the lilly-lou-who
so, i persevered, with the weight of two cats and finally finished jack…..
if you’ve been following me, you know that i’ve been struggling with thumb pain for about a year. that seems to have subsided (hooray!) so i punched a few things which resulted in an incredible burning pain from my elbow to my wrist. ah, these things are sent to test us, aren’t they ellis?
“sh! quit complaining! at least your thumb doesn’t hurt anymore.” ~ellis
however, i was able to finish a couple of pieces. one is an antique rug inspiration. here’s the original rug….
i love the muted background and the unexpected red and black highlights, don’t you ellis?
regardless of ellis’s opinion, i did actually finish my adaptation…
antique rug inspired
usually, when i finish an antique inspired piece i simply turn back the weavers cloth and use it for the backing. this time i backed this piece with ticking and edged it with the same fabric….
back of “horse”
and added a pocket, because i love pockets (shouldn’t all clothing have pockets?), and a button to hold an id tag.
the other piece i finished was a little snowman…
these pieces are so fun to make, and they’re so happy! This snowman is also backed with ticking….
ticking, ticking, give me ticking!
and a tiny pocket.
You can see these pieces, and more, at my etsy shop by clicking here.
wishing you some peace in this time of uncertainty.
i have, amazingly, just added several “new” punch needle pieces to my etsy shop. These are all pieces that i punched and finished last year, before my thumb started bothering me. i’d forgotten all about them until recently. you can find these items and several more by visiting my etsy shop (click here). here’s a sampling of my new listings: