thank you….

antique rug

thank you….

 

thank you, all of you, who have sent me messages, emails, texts and cards.  you are an amazing society of supportive and creative women.

antique rug

everything is fine here. the thing is, i injured my thumb a while ago…. like 18 months ago.  i’ve been hoping that it would heal and that i would be able to get back to punching, but… no…

antique rug

i think it might be arthritis ~ yuck!

antique sampler

so, not being able to punch or hook has put a damper on my blogging.

antique rug

i’m hoping, hoping to get back to it someday soon!

antique rug

in the meantime, enjoy all these gorgeous rugs ~ i want to punch and hook them all!

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

 

antique rug

be well and enjoy life!

 

~rebecca

 

 

 

 

whew!…..

well, i’m glad that’s over!  the presidential election, i mean.  the outcome may or may not have been what i was hoping for, but i did reach my ultimate goal by surviving these past, seemingly interminable, months.  my guess is that much of the country feels the same.  so, congratulations to each and every one of you for persevering and, may four years from now find us in a much less embittered battle!

peace

peace

wishing you peace and healing…..

 

~rebecca

witch, cat, jack…..

i started this piece a year ago…. a YEAR ago.  how embarrassing!  however, i did, finally, finish it and in time for this year’s halloween…..

witch, cat, jack on the mantle

“witch, cat, jack” on the mantle

this little witch is backed with black and white ticking….

ticking, ticking, ticking

ticking, ticking, ticking

lilly, what do you think of ticking?…..

"ticking? is that anything like cat food?" ~lilly

“ticking? is that anything like cat food?” ~lilly

the base, which resembles a rocker but acts more as a stand, is also finished with ticking, as is the handle of the “jack”….

more ticking

more ticking

how about now, lilly, any further thoughts about ticking?….

"oh! ticking! yes, i LOVE ticking!" ~ the lilly-kins

“oh! ticking! yes, i LOVE ticking!” ~ the lilly-kins

now that i finally have lilly’s approval and understanding, here is the finished Witch, Cat, Jack in all it’s glory….

done!

done!

 

you can visit this piece, along with my other offerings, in my etsy shop by clicking here.

may the witching season only cast the most happiest of spells!

 

rebecca

united?……

I’ve been aware, lately, of a slight, ever so slight, feeling of division in our country.  A bisection, a breaking up, a partitioning, if you will.  Have you noticed it?  I mean, it’s ever so subtle, sort of like a rumbling of far off thunder….. hmmmm….

Actually, a better way to describe it is to say that it’s about as subtle as a hurricane, and potentially as destructive.  So, during this season of election, I punched Lori Brechlin’s, “United”…..

united

united

I wanted to remind myself that regardless of how vicious and dangerous the political stage is, right now, we are still a great country, filled with quiet, compassionate and decent human beings.

So, hang in there!  November 9th will, hopefully, find us on the other side of this troubling and desperate time, and on the road to healing our nation and, once again, see us united.

 

You can find Lori’s “united” design in her, “American Folk” pattern book on etsy ~ click here.

 

think happy thoughts!

 

rebecca

marion’s polly’s parade…..

Marion shared her finish of Polly Minick’s “Polly’s Parade” months ago, but I’m only just now getting around to sharing it with you……

marion's polly's parade

marion’s polly’s parade

didn’t it turn out beautifully?  This is a design I’ve been wanting to punch and Marion has inspired me to actually get to work!

You can find the pattern for Polly’s Parade in Polly Minicks, “American Summer” design book, available on etsy ~ click here.

 

enjoy the day!

 

rebecca

my summer vacation….

Well, hello!

I didn’t realize, in June, that I was going to take the rest of the summer off blogging, but that appears to be just what happened.  What did I do while I was away?  Not much, I’m afraid.  At least, not much as far as punching goes.

However, I did go to Ireland….

ireland!

ireland!

…and, I went camping twice, and I spent a lot of time sitting in the shade reading.  That about sums up my summer!

Now, I’m working on some Halloween projects which I’ll be sharing with you asap.

wishing you a delightful September day!

rebecca

patterns….

I’ve been wanting to get all of my patterns ~ the ones I’ve created and the ones I’ve made from antique hooked rugs which are in the public domain ~ in one place so that they’re more easily accessible for those who want them.

You should be able to click and drag these to your desktop for copying (or double-click or right-click or just click ~ I hope!).  If the browser you’re using won’t allow you to access the photos try another browser.  Usually, from Chrome, I’m able to access the photos on my blog, but other times Chrome won’t let me.  So, I try Safari and sometimes Safari cooperates and sometimes not…. then onto Firefox, etc.

You have my permission to use these patterns for your own personal use, for creating limited number of finishes for sale.  Mass marketing of either patterns or finishes is forbidden.

Please give credit to me if you use one of my personal patterns or give credit as inspired by antique original if you use the patterns I’ve provided from antiques.

 

Thank you much and good luck!

 

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 1

summer swimmer 1

summer swimmer 1 pattern

summer swimmer 1 pattern

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hearts in hands pattern

Group 03a 96 px

hearts in hands antique original

2 chickens pattern

2 chickens pattern

antique hooked rug

2 chickens antique original hooked rug

my punched "two chickens one horse"

two chickens one horse finish

"two chickens one horse" pattern

“two chickens one horse” pattern

"two horses" pattern

“two horses” pattern

"two horses" original antique hooked rug

“two horses” original antique hooked rug

my punched "we win"

we win finish

"we win" pattern

“we win” pattern

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2 cats 2 birds finish

2 cats 2 birds pattern

2 cats 2 birds pattern

rabbit and sheep greetings

rabbit and sheep greetings

rabbit and sheep greetings reversed

rabbit and sheep greetings reversed

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rabbit and sheep greetings finish

santa pattern

santa pattern

santa finish

santa finish

ticking horse pattern

ticking horse pattern

ticking horse finish

ticking horse finish

family tree pattern

family tree pattern

family tree ~ punched but not aged

family tree ~ punched but not aged

2 horses 6 birds

2 horses 6 birds

2 horses 6 birds, reversed

2 horses 6 birds, reversed

2 horses 6 birds original antique rug

2 horses 6 birds original antique rug

antique cat and dog pattern

antique cat and dog pattern

original antique cat and dog rug

original antique cat and dog rug

 

Magdalena Horses

Magdalena Horses

Magdalena Horses reversed

Magdalena Horses reversed

 

magdelena horses original antique rug

magdelena horses original antique rug

 

enjoy!

 

rebecca

 

 

merrie’s swimmer…..

merrie's swimmer

merrie’s swimmer

Merrie, of Maggies Farm 1846, sent me this photo of her hooked rug from my pattern, “summer swimmer”.  I love her wool version ~ all that movement in the water ~ just gorgeous!  Merrie graciously gave me permission to share her finish with you… thank you, Merrie!

You can see more of Merrie’s beautiful work on her etsy shop ~ click here, and on her ebay shop ~ click here.

As you know, I am TERRIBLE at getting my patterns drawn on paper, but here, for what they are worth, are the patterns for my summer swimmers…

summer swimmer 1 pattern

summer swimmer 1 pattern

The above is sometimes called “summer swimmer 1”, and sometimes called, “summer swimmer 2”.  You can title it any way you’d like!

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 2

And, the above also goes by, “summer swimmer 2” or “summer swimmer 1”!  Again, you can call it what you like!

I believe you should be able to right-click, or double-click, or click and drag, to get these patterns to your desktop so that you can print them to your desired size.  I know! it can be an exercise in frustration trying to get photos to the desktop, sometimes!

If you’d like to see my punch needle finishes from my original post where I share the patterns and the Valdani colors I used, click here.

It’s raining here today, so I’m not doing much swimming, but maybe I’ll pick up my punch needle and create a new Summer Swimmer….

 

enjoy!

 

rebecca

 

 

spring seeds…..

My dear friend, Diane, sent me some sunflower seeds from her garden in Minnesota…

diane's seeds

diane’s seeds

Aren’t they sweet?

Now, I am not much of a “start from scratch” kind of person, but these seeds are special.

So, I decided to make some little bitty newspaper pots and plant them right away.  I gathered my supplies….

all set

all set

Newspaper, water, soil, seeds, scissors (which are around someplace), a scoop and a bottle.  I have to show you the little jar that I put the seeds in….

just a wee little jar

just a wee little jar

I love this vessel!  I’ve had it for a few years and haven’t figured out what to do with it, so it’s been sitting in a drawer, waiting.  Thanks to Diane it finally serves a purpose.

My foreman checks my supplies…

"looks like you've got things under control."  ~ lilly

“looks like you’ve got things under control.” ~ lilly

I get started by cutting the newspaper into quarters…

all cut up

all cut up

Fold a long edge twice…

two times is the charm

twice is the charm

Find the bottle that I’m using….

rhubarb hops

rhubarb hops

This little bottle was filled with Rhubarb Hops ~ oh yum!  If you ever make it to Grand Rapids, Michigan, stop in at the Downtown Market.  It’s full of food shops and restaurants.  There is a distillery that carries all kinds of Michigan liquors and also a variety of hops syrups!

On to the newspaper pots…

all wrapped up

all wrapped up

I wrapped the newspaper around the bottle with the folded edge toward the bottom of the bottle.

ready to fold

ready to fold

You can see that the newspaper hangs off the bottom of the bottle a good ways.  That’s so the paper can be folded to make the bottom of the pot….

ready

ready

Now I’m ready to remove the bottle upon which, the paper pot immediately unfurls and is useless.  That’s okay!

I just fold it back up and hold it together with one hand while scooping in some soil with the other….

soil scooped safely

soil scooped safely

Now, I can add a wee seed….

black on black ~ not easy to photograph

black on black ~ not easy to photograph

…cover the seed with a bit of soil and just add water!

just a splash, please

just a splash, please

I go through the process a few more times and….

planted perfectly in paper

planted perfectly in paper

I soon have 4 little seeds planted somewhat neatly.

I need to keep the seeds warm and moist (and also out of paws reach), so I cover them with a cloche….

voila

voila

…and I’m done!  Now, I wait patiently for a few days, whiling away the time picking daffodils….

daffys

daffys

…which, Otis believes, mistakenly, are for him….

"the only thing prettier than a flower is me" ~ the oatbran

“the only thing prettier than a flower is me” ~ the oatbran

These daffodils immediately relocate to the mantel, out of nibbling reach.

It’s a thrilling morning when I come into the kitchen to find….

hello

hello

…a sprout!

 

wishing all the things you plant grow into beautiful possibilities!

 

rebecca

phm and cathy update!….

I am sooooo excited!  Not because of my own Primitive Handmades Mercantile offerings this month, which are my typical sheep…..

ewe

ewe

(… you can click here to see my items…)  But, because Four Ewe Farm is a member of PHM!  You probably already knew that Cathy was participating in Primitive Handmades, but just in case you missed it, here’s her link! (click here)

I’ve shared Cathy’s work on the blog before (click here for the Thanksgiving pattern she shared. Click here and here to see some of her fabulous creations), and she continues to AMAZE me with her talent!  She is super, and all her creativity is poured into people she loves.  She’s an inspiration to me!

 

wishing you a happy weekend filled with blue skies!

 

rebecca