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

 

cathy shares….

I have some incredible finishes to share with you!  Cathy is a very talented needle woman, as you saw in this post.  Recently, she sent me some photos of her latest pieces and I am simply in awe!000_1209000_1375 000_1109 000_1440 000_1276

Wow!  Aren’t they wonderful?  Cathy does not, currently, offer her patterns for sale, but the second she does I will let you know!  Thank you, Cathy, for allowing me to share your beautiful projects!

I’ve been working on some Halloween themed pieces, too.  It’s going very slowly, however, because my arms hurt.  I have no idea why.  Maybe it’s related to my sciatica which I’ve been spending time with lately?  Lilly’s been trying to make me feel better….

"i can fit into the smallest places on earth" ~ lilly

“i can fit into the smallest places on earth” ~ lilly

One piece that I’d really like to finish is Wytch and Cat pull toy….

wytch

wytch

The little wytch sits in her pumpkin.  She’ll have two arms and I think she’ll hold a jack-o-lantern.

cat

cat

Cat is a little bigger than Wytch.  I’m planning to use autumnal colors…

valdani

valdani

Until next time, enjoy the last slice of August!

 

rebecca

phm update….

af8372eb8ed4ba9b44b99a62ab17ea2bToday is the Primitive Handmades Mercantile October update.  You should see all the fabulous things I have listed this month ~ woohoo!  I’ve got some beauties!  Trouble is, I thought the update was next Friday ~ oh dear oh dear ~ and I haven’t even started all those wonderful things I spoke of, in fact, all those wonderful things exist only in my imagination at this point.  However, you can see all the beautiful, primitive, Autumn/Thanksgiving/Christmas offerings all the other timely PHM artists have this month by clicking here.  Once you get to PHM just click on “Artists” in the upper right corner and you will find a list of all the shops.

Because I thought I had all this time on my hands, I’ve been doing other things….

ellis extends an arm of sympathy

ellis extends an arm of sympathy

I gave blood….

"the other arm, too?  poor you" ~ ellis

“the other arm, too? poor you” ~ ellis

…from both arms.

I took pictures of cats…

"the perfect perch!" ~ ellis

“the perfect perch!” ~ ellis

….who are acrobats, and….

"shhh... don't tell ellis and otis where i am!" ~ lilly

“shhh… don’t tell ellis and otis where i am!” ~ lilly

…I took pictures of cats being cute, and cats who….

zzzzzzzzzz......

zzzzzzzzzz……

zzzzzzzzz.......

zzzzzzzzz…….

….sleep a lot.

I also decorated a few areas of the house to reflect the autumnal loveliness.

front door ~ indian corn wreath topped by status wreath.

front door ~ indian corn wreath topped by status wreath.

little pumpkins

little pumpkins on the front porch

burlap bows on the dinning chairs

burlap bows on the dinning chairs

pots with moss and topiaries

pots with moss and topiaries

mini rusty fence

mini rusty fence

burlap and linen table coverings

burlap and linen to top the table

burlap bunting at the window

burlap bunting at the window

Here’s to (me) being more responsible next month!

What have you been doing with all your “free” time?

 

may your calendar always reflect your obligations on the correct dates!

 

rebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

crow and jack….

ah, autumn...

ah, autumn…

Is there anything lovelier than the brilliant Fall sun cascading over a patch of pumpkins?

notforgotten farm

notforgotten farm

One of my favorite Fall patterns is the above, Crow and Jack, by Lori Brechlin.  This particular design is from her Wytches Stytches booklet, which I don’t think Lori sells anymore.  However, she has many other wonderful Autumnal offerings that you can see if you visit her blog by clicking here.

fall flosses

fall flosses

The colors I’m planning to use are, from left to right:  8112, 8111, H212, PT2, O505, H205 and P5.  These are all Valdani perle cotton size 12 which I use in my Cameo punch needle on the lowest setting.  I purchase almost all my Valdani from Snowflake Memories, which you can visit by clicking here.

one more color!

one more color!

As I punch merrily along, I decide to replace the brown H212 with the ecru 5.  Isn’t that O505 a lovely pumpkin color?  Valdani makes things so easy by creating such gorgeous variegated flosses!

done punching...

done punching…

Time to add a little age…

forever plaid...

forever plaid…

and a bit of wool for backing and edging, and we’re ready for the reveal…

ta da?

ta da?

Voila!…?

ta da!?

ta da!?

ahem….

"tra la la" ~ ellis

“tra la la” ~ ellis

"it's all about me, me, me, meow!" ~ ellis

“it’s all about me, me, me, meow!” ~ ellis

What do you think, Lilly, any chance of getting Ellis to understand that this post is about punch needle embroidery and not about him?

"not a hope" ~ lilly

“not a hope” ~ lilly

One more try…

voila!

voila!

Ta Da!  You can see more photos of Crow and Jack (sans Ellis) by visiting my etsy shop, if you’d like.  Click here.

Wishing you a hearty guffaw, today!

 

rebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

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do you ever feel like just punching something?…

I do, especially at this time of year, for some reason.

just get punching!

Perhaps, it’s because Autumn is such a free spirit, so un-constructed, that I jump outside my self-imposed constraints and just punch!  Or, perhaps, it’s because there are so many wonderful, fabulous primitive patterns for Fall that I cannot decide which one to do first and so I put pencil to weavers cloth and, a quick sketch later, I’m off!

boo!

My favorite things to create, by far, are make dos, and I may have gotten carried away this time.  I have five in the works ~ three jacks, a cat, and a witch ~ and two more in my mind, just waiting for a hoop to free up.  I’ll probably be working on Fall well into Winter and start on Santa and Snowmen around Mother’s Day!

cat ~ looks like a caterpillar, doesn’t it?

It’s so much fun making color choices, especially for a piece with lots of potential for lots of different colors.  However, it’s so very restful and so very simple to make only one or two choices ~ a cat? antique black.  a pumpkin? orange.  a witch? antique black. ~ see what I mean? Simple!  Less brain work, fewer needles to thread with different colors, just one needle, maybe two, and GO!

what is that?

Have you ever watched little children coloring in a coloring book?  ~ Of course you have, in fact, you were probably one of those pint-sized people once. ~ There are all those shapes on the page, neatly defined by lines, highly manufactured and perfect, but little children are interested in one thing ~ putting color on paper ~ me too!  At this time of year, I get to “scribble” as much as I want.  Weary of punching a circle?  punch a square.  This spot getting tiresome? pick up the needle and start a different patch.  Ah, Freedom!

a bunch’a boos

Autumn is such a messy and forgiving season, that I feel like I really can’t do anything wrong, at least within the sphere of fiber art.  So, life feels almost like all play and no work, especially if I turn a blind eye to the amount of dust and kitty fur piling up ~ what’s a little dirt, anyway!

Ignore the dust and play today!

rebecca