2 cats 2 birds pattern and colors….

original 2 cats 2 birds

original 2 cats 2 birds

2 cats 2 birds pattern

2 cats 2 birds pattern


Here’s the pattern I drew, it measures about 8″x4″, but you can make any size you want.  Feel free to grab it and use it for your own personal project!  (of course, as usual, please no mass production of pattern or finishes.)  Now to transfer the pattern to the weavers cloth….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…and I’m ready to begin punching.  Oh, I did alter the birds a little bit so that they more closely resemble the original.


I’ll be using Valdani #12 perle cotton, two strands each, in my medium Cameo needle set at #1:

5 ~ cat outline and features

146 ~ border

p4 ~ birds and border

196 ~ lighter background

0505 ~ cats

h212 ~ darker background

I purchase my Valdani from Snowflake Memories.  You can visit their shop by clicking here.  Note:  Snowflake Memories is on vacation until April 16, 2015.

I’ll start punching with my two favorite colors….

5, p4

5, p4

Will you join me in 2 Cats 2 Birds?



waiting for inspiration….

Whenever I have that empty, uninspired feeling, I turn to the amazing google and execute a search for antique hooked rugs…..732_20007 I love, no, LOVE antique hooked rugs….aac9eff8badb80dfa85b7b3c8fbbf2fb

There is so much scope for the imagination!H0043-L69138459

And, all these designs are in the public domain…23199596_1_l

…we can play to our hearts content.-House+and+Home-+Hooked+Rug

So, which one am I going to work on?  This one, I think…


Look how tiny that picture is.  I can’t find it anywhere on the web any bigger than this.  When I try to enlarge it, it becomes a pixellated puzzle of shapes and colors.  This is going to be a real challenge…


what are you working on?



antique cat and dog….

ticking horse done at last...

ticking horse done at last…

the above photo is not a picture of an antique cat and dog, but is a picture of the  finally finished Ticking Horse ~ thank you to everyone for your suggestions to keep things simple!  i ended up using an antique tack, like the ones i used on the rocker ends, for the riders eye.  the reins are floss.  you can visit Ticking Horse on etsy by clicking here, if you’d like.

after Ticking Horse was done, i felt at loose ends… do you ever feel like that?  it’s almost a feeling of anxiety when i don’t have the next project ready to go before i finish the first project.  so, i sought out my creative friends for fresh ideas…

lilly?..... hellooo...

lilly?….. hellooo…

since lilly is indisposed i turn to my stash of antique rug photos and am inspired by this one…

antique cat and dog hooked rug original

antique cat and dog hooked rug original

i love everything about this rug… the way the original artist used lots of rippling around the hissing cat ~ it conveys such energy, and how she made the dog appear so alert.  such a simple design, but there is so much emotion expressed in its simplicity.

time to draw up my pattern.  to do this i used a paper napkin placed over my computer screen and traced the outlines of the design onto the napkin.  then, i taped the napkin to the back of my weavers cloth so that i could see the design from the napkin through the cloth (no easy task as i didn’t use a light box or window) and drew over the lines i could see.  here’s the result…

pattern on cloth

pattern on cloth

although the above photo looks blue, the weavers cloth i used was my usual white.

now, what colors to punch with?  where are ellis and otis, my color coordinators, when i need them?

"we're busy ~ what do you want now?!"

“we’re busy ~ what do you want now?!”

how about a little color suggestion, ellis? otis?

"nope, we're busy, busy, busy and we have a lot to do!"

“nope, we’re busy, busy, busy and we have a lot to do!”

fortunately, i have a rainbow of Valdani floss to choose from and i’m able to come up with the following:

oh! the glory of valdani perle!

oh! the glory of valdani perle!

from left to right, i’m using: 5, jp6, h206, jp5, p8 and p9.  i like using Valdani’s 12 perle cotton in a medium Cameo needle on a #1 setting.  i usually get my Valdani from Snowflake Memories, click here, or from the Valdani website, click here.

i get started on the cat and dog…

a beginning...

a beginning…

and then work the flowers and background…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthese antique rug inspired pieces take me a loooong time.  i like my finished embroideries to look as close to the original rugs as possible, so there’s a lot of studying of the original and then color placing on the embroidery.  i can see that this may be tedious for some people (like quilting is for me), but i find it engrossing and rewarding (like quilting is for people who love quilting!).

whilst i’m punching i think about things.  things like my upcoming visit to Ireland with my husband, and things like my family and friends (lilly, ellis and otis)… simple things, quiet things.  things to look forward to and things that have been….


until next time, may all your thoughts be pleasant ones!