santas, santas….

here comes santa claus!

“where?” ~lilly
“where?” ~ellis

well, actually, you have to look indoors…

“where?” ~lilly
“where?” ~ellis
“where?” ~otis

i’ve been working on two santas this fall.  the first one is a traditional red and white…

st. nick

the tiny stocking he carries is fully lined and functional and was a total pain to make. 

what do you think ellis?

“zzzzzzz…..” ~ellis

apparently, ellis isn’t thrilled.  maybe the next santa will be met with more enthusiasm….

santa

personally, i love the muted colors of this santa.  and, again, the stocking he carries is fully lined and functional, and was a total pain to make.

santa doesn’t have to carry his stocking everywhere.

what do you think, lilly?

“i think i’d rather play with a tiny roll of wool than put together a tiny stocking.” ~lilly

i must say, i agree with lilly.

you can see the red st. nick on my etsy shop by clicking here.  the other santa has sold.

now, we just need some snow!

be well, friends!

 

~rebecca

new listings……

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:

bunny stocking

angel pillow

polly minnick design, “St. Nick” pillow

bunny pillow

notforgotten farm design merry wreath

autumn leaves hooked pillow

autumn leaves tiny punched pillow

enjoy the day!

 

~rebecca

phm update and a stocking started….

Is it really the third Thursday of February, already?  My!  How time does fly!  Tonight at 9pm marks the monthly update at Primitive Handmades Mercantile.  I have two Spring inspired pieces to offer.

little rabbit

little rabbit

First is this little rabbit pull toy.  Antique bone buttons and vintage casters make this one fun!

early posy crossroads

early posy crossroads

I love this design from Robin of Bird in the Hand Primitives!  I backed it with ticking and stuffed it tightly with crushed walnut shells.

If you’d like, you can visit my shop, and many others, by clicking here.

I’m working on a new stocking…..

spring stocking

spring stocking

So far, it looks like this.

We’re still buried under snow, but it’s supposed to warm up a bit this weekend.  I’m ready for Spring!

 

wishing you health and happiness….

 

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

welcome snow colors…..

Nancy asked if I could share the colors I used for the Welcome Snow stocking….

welcome snow

welcome snow

The photo above is of the finished and aged stocking.  The photo below is of the embroidery before I aged it with coffee….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…and, here are the colors I used…

valdani 5, h205, jp11, o578, h212

valdani 5, h205, jp11, o578, h212

I used these colors thusly:

5 ~ snowman, snowflakes, “welcome snow”

h205 ~ snowman nose

jp11 ~ background

o578 ~ banner background

h212 ~ hat, eyes, mouth, arms and buttons

I ordered my floss from Snowflake Memories (click here), and the Welcome Snow design is from Kelley Belfast (click here).

I used two strands of each floss in my Cameo medium punch needle, set at the lowest (#1) setting except for the snowflakes which I punched at a hight (#4) setting.

I hope this helps!

 

cheers!

 

rebecca

give thanks and wynter…

Just wanted to show you two more stockings.  :~>

give thanks

give thanks

Give Thanks is from the design by Cathy Sowers ~ four ewe farm.  If you missed that pattern you can click here to find it.

wynter

wynter

Wynter is from the design by Robin of Bird in the Hand Primitives.  You can find links to Robin’s patterns by clicking here.

Give Thanks and Wynter have sold but Christmas Memories (another fabulous design from Robin) is available on my etsy shop (if you’d like to take a look click here).

christmas memories stocking

christmas memories stocking

Have you started any winter projects?  I’m going to try my hand at a mitten shaped “stocking” next!

happy happy autumn days!

 

rebecca

christmas memories and give thanks….

I got a little ahead of myself…. I skipped Thanksgiving for a moment and moved right onto Christmas….

christmas memories stocking

christmas memories stocking

I love this design from Robin of Bird in the Hand Primitives ~ click here for links to her patterns.

back view

back view

I love ticking, can you tell?, and antique bone buttons, and little pockets and stocking stuffers, and Christmas.

I also love Thanksgiving!

give thanks

give thanks

I’m nearly done with Cathy Sowers fabulous Thanksgiving design.  Did you miss the pattern she shared with us?  Click here for the post.

I’m planning to list these two stockings on etsy eventually.

What have you been up to?

 

cheers!

 

rebecca

stockings complete….

halloween

halloween

I’ve finished my Halloween stockings!  So fun!  The White Witch, in the middle, has sold but the other two are available in my etsy shop.

bird in the hand primitives

bird in the hand primitives

Really, my favorite bits are the stocking stuffers!

notforgotten farm

notforgotten farm

Trick or Treat!

 

rebecca

stockings… they’re not just for christmas anymore…. and a pattern from cathy

I love making Christmas stockings, but Christmas only comes once a year ~ so what’s a girl to do?  There’s only one solution… make stockings for every holiday and season.  I have three Halloween/Autumn stockings in the works currently, and I’m having a ball!

trick or treat stocking

trick or treat stocking

The above is a design from Robin of Bird in the Hand Primitives.

nice and neutral

nice and neutral

You can find links to Robin’s designs by visiting one of her blogs here.

white witch

white witch

One of my favorite designs is from Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm.  This White Witch is right up my alley, and it’s the perfect size for a little stocking.

punched and ready for aging

punched and ready for aging

You can find links to Lori’s patterns by visiting her blog here.

autumn stocking

autumn stocking

This is another design from the talented Robin of Bird in the Hand Primitives.  I adapted it a bit for a stocking.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Then I added some stocking stuffers….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I think stocking stuffers are the reason I love stockings so much!  I backed and lined this stocking with ticking…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…which is the same ticking I used to back the stocking stuffers.  Antique bone buttons and a little pocket finish the fun.

I’m excited to try my hand at Thanksgiving stockings next.  Here’s a design from Cathy Sowers of Four Ewe Farm.  She’s the one that does all those fabulous three-dimensional pieces I’ve been showing you, and she generously sent this pattern to me with her permission to share it with you!

cathy's turkey

cathy’s turkey

I think this will make a great stocking!  Thank you Cathy!  If you use Cathy’s design, please giver her credit.

 

Enjoy these autumn days!

 

rebecca