an intermission…

i finished miss b’s turkey ~ hooray!  however, i’m taking this opportunity to share with you another rug i finished recently.

wytch one?

“wytch one?” is a pattern i created many years ago, and it’s always a fun one to punch or hook.  i’ve just listed this finished rug on my etsy site which you can find by clicking here.

if you’re interested in the simple pattern for “wytch one?”, you can find it on my etsy design site by clicking here.

 

i’ll be back soon to show you the turkey finish!

 

~rebecca

turkey progress…

our heat wave broke, at last, so i was able to get back to miss b’s turkey.  here’s a picture of how far i’ve come…

“hello!” ~the oatsy

well, i can say, without reservation, that otis looks lovely, but how about miss b’s turkey?…

“i think it looks swell!” ~elly belly

ellis looks every bit as handsome as otis, but the rug?  the rug?…

“what? you want to see what? the rug? sheesh, these people. they don’t know a good thing when they see a cat or two.” ~otis

well, here, at last, it is…

miss b’s turkey progress

for some reason, the tree is my favorite part, so far.

well, time to sign off… oh wait… i hear a faint caterwauling…

“i’m not ready to go. i’m staying right here!” ~the oatbran

until i find a feline-free field…

be well and happy!

 

~rebecca

miss b’s turkey, day 2…

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.

enjoy!

 

~rebecca

 

miss b’s turkey…

well, hello!  it’s been awhile.

 

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!

 

enjoy whatever you find yourself doing today!

 

~rebecca

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