whirligig….

i think antique whirligigs are wonderful!

antique whirligig

so, when i saw this one i thought it would be fun to play around with the design.  not everyone is thrilled by whirligigs, though.  take otis for instance….

“whirligigs make me very, very sleepy.” ~ the oatsy

and lilly, who is usually interested in anything that may move, shimmy or shake, seems, well, less than riveted….

“whirlizzzzzzz…” ~lillykins

when i asked my friends what, exactly, would thrill them, the answer was unanimous…

“crinkly paper!” otis, ellis and lilly

but, i’m sticking to my guns.  i love whirligigs and continue to be inspired by them!

so, i drew up this design….

whirligig design

…which you are welcome to capture and use.

then, i picked out my valdani colors….

gorgeous valdani perle cotton

they are, from left to right:

4 ~ sailors top and hat

5 ~ face, arms and feet

h205 ~ stars

p3 ~ whirligig stand

jp11 ~ background

o578 ~ oars, pants and tie

as it turned out, however, i decided to make one change…

a different blue

i decided to use:

1072 ~ for the oars, pants and tie.

1072 is very, very navy and seemed just right for a sailor.

once i got the whole thing punched it looked like this….

whirli almost finished

i then coffee stained it, backed it with ticking, and stuffed it lightly with sawdust….

whirligig finished!

you can see more of, “whirligig” by visiting my etsy shop here.

 

sail on!

 

~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

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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

 

 

merrie wynter….

Just in time for Spring!

 

Lori wrote and asked me if I would share the colors I used for the Kelley Belfast design, “Merrie Wynter”.  Of course!  I’d love to share!  Then, I started looking for my photos of my “Merrie Wynter” so I could see what colors I had used… ha!  I thought for sure I’d posted my finish here at one time or another, so I did a search on my blog.

What an exercise in frustration my blog search is!  I don’t know if the problem is how I label and tag things, but I do know I can never find what I’m looking for, and it’s my OWN blog!

Anyway, I asked Lori if she had a photo of the piece she was interested in, and, thankfully, she did…..

merrie wynter

merrie wynter

 

Lori also shared the link to Kelley’s blog where she found “Merrie Wynter”.  Click here.  Kelley graciously shares the pattern and gives her permission to use her design in that post, so definitely check it out!
Here are the colors I used:
background ~ 5
“merrie wynter” background ~ p3
“merrie wynter” ~ o510
snowman ~ p4
snowman hat/features ~ h212
snowman nose/scarf, moon and star ~ o154
trees ~ o41
I used two strands of Valdani perle cotton size 12 in my medium Cameo needle on the lowest (#1) setting.
The snow has melted here, and the sun is shining ~
Spring is in the air ~ tra la!
rebecca

love…..

I’ve been thinking about punching a design using just one color.  One very neutral color, of course.  With Valentine’s Day approaching, I decided that a love-themed piece was just the ticket….

love stocking design

love stocking design ~ feel free to grab this photo and use the design for you personal pieces, just no mass marketing, please.

I drew a very simple pattern directly onto my weavers cloth and chose my favorite color….

valdani 5

valdani 5

Valdani’s light ecru (#5) is by far my most used floss.  It’s been a workhorse for me, coloring everything from backgrounds to the tiniest details in almost every piece I’ve punched.  You can find Valdani 5 at Snowflake Memories by clicking here.

The thing about using a single color for an entire piece, especially a very vanilla color, is that it can quickly pall, which is why I thought Valentine’s Day would be the perfect foil for this concept.  Valentine’s can be frilly and lacy, and ever so feminine…. and, therefore, so much fun to punch!

texture, texture, texture

texture, texture, texture

Polka dots and scallops are two of my favorite visual textures.  I set my Cameo punch needle at level 4 for the polka dots and level 3 for the scallops and heart.

ah love *sigh*

ah love *sigh*

For the letters L, O, V, E, I again used level 4.

done with raised bits

done with raised bits

Once I finished all the dots, scallops, letters and the heart, it was just a matter of filling in, which I did using level 1 on my needle.

aged

aged

I then aged the entire piece with coffee, using a bit more java on the letters so they would “pop”.

stocking stuffers

stocking stuffers

No stocking is complete without a few stuffers.  The heart in the middle reads, “Love”, just like the stocking.

backed and buttoned

backed and buttoned

I backed everything with some ticking and added antique bone buttons and my signature pocket.

voila

voila

And, there you have it!  A little love!  You can visit my Love stocking in my etsy shop by clicking here, if you’d like.

 

Love is in the air!

 

rebecca

new from notforgotten farm……

The other day, when I posted my last, I visited Lori Brechlin’s etsy shop to create a link for you to her offerings.  I started looking through all Lori’s wonderful punch needle patterns and found that she’d added some new designs since the last time I’d been at her shop…. oh boy, was I excited!

farmhouse chores series

farmhouse chores series

I ordered, and received, this fabulous four entitled, “farmhouse chores series”…..

two little fun ones

two little fun ones

… and I couldn’t resist, “tokens of love” and, “polka dot angel”.  Now, of course, the trouble is, which one to start with?  You can stop by Lori’s Notforgotten Farm etsy shop by clicking here.

I’ll have to check out my other favorite designers to see what they’ve been up to!

What fun!

 

rebecca

summer swimmers patterns….

I’ve had some requests for the Summer Swimmers patterns, so, here they are!

Folks ask me why I don’t simply offer all my patterns on my etsy shop.  Well, I just prefer to give them to you.

I mean, by the time etsy takes its cut ($.20 for each listing plus their commission, and transaction fees) and paypal takes its cut, there’s not a whole lot left.  Then there’s the time it takes to create the listings on etsy, not to mention the photographing and editing.  And, besides, I Like you!  I want to share, and I’m so incredibly flattered that anyone would be interested in my designs in the first place!

When I first started punching, I was completely clueless.  I didn’t know anything about copyright infringements (and I still don’t know much).  I didn’t know what patterns I could use for pieces I wanted to sell or just make for myself, etc. etc., etc…It was stressful, I wanted to punch and sell pieces, but I didn’t want to step on a designers toes….

My designs, such as they are, are here for anyone who wants to use them.  I ask only that you use my designs for your own personal use, for small quantity sales of finishes, that you give credit to the designer, and that you not copy, sell, or in other ways exploit, or mass produce the patterns.

So, all that being said, here are the Summer Swimmer patterns, such as they are:

summer swimmer 1

summer swimmer 1

I think I got the name right on the above.  Summer Swimmer 1:

summer swimmer 1 pattern

summer swimmer 1 pattern

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 2

If he was Summer Swimmer 1, she must be Summer Swimmer 2….

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 2

And now, I come to another reason why I’m reluctant to sell my patterns rather than give them away.  I don’t actually draw “patterns”.  I just draw a design on weavers cloth and start punching.  The fact is, I’m not interested in punching a design more than once, so I seldom create a paper pattern, and I really dislike that process ~ of creating a paper pattern and transferring it to the weavers cloth…. it’s just a waste of time and energy since I’ll never use it again….  “Ah me”, as Grandma H would say.

enjoy!

rebecca

 

 

hearts in hands….

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a heart in hand, but I came across this antique example and fell in love…..

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“nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands” ~ e.e. cummings

Those gloves, worn and used, yet someone loved them, or the wearer, enough to encompass them… to create a work of art.  My version will never compare, of course, but, perhaps you’d like to join me in your own personal opus of these hearts in hands?

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hearts in hands

You should be able to grab the above and adjust it to whatever dimensions you’d like.  I’ve decided to stay very neutral, (whoa…. no way rebecca).  Here are the colors I’m planning to use:

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hearts in hands colors

Reading from left to right, they are:  Valdani 5, 6, o549 and jp4.  I use, as always, two strands of #12 perle cotton in my medium Cameo punch needle, set at the lowest, #1, setting.

 

I would LOVE to see your version!

 

be well, and if you can’t be well, be HAPPY!

 

rebecca

new favorite….

I have a new color combination ~ I can’t get enough….

valdani 6, p4, h206

valdani 6, p4, h206

cream, grey, and quiet coral.  I can’t take credit for this tripling, I was inspired by this antique rug:

antique hooked rug

antique hooked rug

Valdani h206, the pretty coral, has been in my stash for several years, but I never really noticed it.  It came in a collection I bought and has sat neglected ever since.  Not any more.  I see myself using this palette often in the future.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s practically perfect as the background for this piece, and I have visions of using it, and the rest of the colors, for an aged, weather-beaten Santa.

2 chickens

2 chickens

I’m calling the piece I’m working on, “2 Chickens”, because, well, it features two chickens.  I am so clever.  Perhaps you’d like to try one of your own?

2 chickens pattern

2 chickens pattern

Above is the pattern.  I didn’t draw it on paper, but hopefully you’ll be able to use this sketch.  As always, please, no mass production of pattern or finishes, and please do not sell the pattern.  Feel free to share it among your friends, though!

Perhaps you’d like to find the Valdani h206?  Here’s the link at Snowflake Memories (or you can find it at valdani.com), just click here.

I’m listening to the gentle patter of rain today.  It’s so soft and soothing and makes me laugh at the same time ~ the weather report says 0% chance of rain today.  Sometimes life is fabulous!

embrace someone you love ~ human or otherwise!

 

rebecca

 

antique inspired patterns and finishes….

I’ve been having a ball working on antique inspired pieces.  Maybe you’d like to try your hand at these, too?

You can visit my etsy shop to see more photos of these antique inspired mats by clicking here.

I’ve included simple, and not super good quality, patterns in this post.  They are for your personal use, and should not be mass-produced either as patterns or finished pieces.  As these are antique rugs, the designs are in the public domain… I love that!  Unfortunately, as with so many antique rugs, there’s no information about the hooker, so credit cannot be given to any one individual.  However, I like to let others know that the design is not mine by referring to my finishes as “antique inspired”.

"we win" original hooked rug

“we win” original hooked rug

My favorite is the above, “We Win”.  OH!  Just look at all those missing/faded stitches ~ gorgeous!  How, oh how! am I to reproduce those perfect imperfections?  It was a challenge, but so much fun!

"we win" pattern

“we win” pattern

Above, you’ll find the pattern for, “We Win” ~ my apologies for the wrinkles.

"we win" colors

“we win” colors

Above, are the colors I decided upon.

The finish…

my punched "we win"

my punched “we win”

If you’d like to see more pictures of “We Win” you can click here to visit my etsy shop.

Next is “Two Horses”…

"two horses" original antique hooked rug

“two horses” original antique hooked rug

…and, here’s the pattern….

"two horses" pattern

“two horses” pattern

…again, apologies for the wrinkles.  Evidently, I forgot to photograph the colors I used, but here’s the list:  p3, p4, 146, 5, h212, and o510.

Here’s the finish…

my punched "two horses"

my punched “two horses”

You can see more pics of “Two Horses” by clicking here.

The last piece I finished is “Two Chickens One Horse” (aren’t I creative with my titles?).

"two chickens one horse" original hooked rug

“two chickens one horse” original hooked rug

The pattern….

"two chickens one horse" pattern

“two chickens one horse” pattern

The colors….

"two chickens one horse" colors

“two chickens one horse” colors

Unfortunately, the floss without labels are mystery colors.

The finish….

my punched "two chickens one horse"

my punched “two chickens one horse”

You can, of course, see more photos of “Two Chickens One Horse” by clicking here.

 

There you have it!

enjoy the coming of spring!

 

rebecca