rabbit and sheep colors and coffee….

rabbit and sheep greetings...

rabbit and sheep greetings…

I’ve had some requests for the colors I used for Rabbit and Sheep Greetings.  Here they are….

valdani

valdani

These are all Valdani size 12 perle cotton.  I used two strands of each in my Cameo medium sized needle on the lowest (#1) setting.

jp11 ~ rabbit suit

p3 ~ sheep body

o196 ~ rabbit foot, hand, and head

h212 ~ sheep face and ear

pt2 ~ letters on “greetings” banner

5 ~ rabbit shirt, cuff, banner background

I purchase my Valdani from Snowflake Memories.  You can find their website by clicking here.

I’ve also had some requests for how I use coffee as an aging agent.  It’s really simple!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Take a bowl and add coffee.  It’s nice if the coffee is room temp rather than piping hot as you’ll be putting your hands in it.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Get your punched piece wet.  (“Humble” is a fabulous design from Lori Brechlin! You can visit her site and find her awesome patterns by clicking here.)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Squeeze out the excess water.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Place the piece in the coffee and push it down so that the coffee covers most of it.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Let it sit until you remember to do something about it. The longer you leave it in the coffee the darker it will be and the color will tend toward a greyish/brown. I prefer to have a brown-er and more water damaged look, so I try to remember to take my piece out after just a minute or two.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Put the bowl in the sink and squeeze/wring the piece firmly, removing most of the coffee.  I use two hands for the squeezing, but needed one hand here to take the photo.  :~>OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

If you want that water stained look ~ that is, patches of brown and patches of not so brown ~ keep the piece wadded up, like in the picture above and let it dry most or all of the way.  If the piece looks too variegated for your taste, rinse it, wring it and let it dry again.  If you want to start over, use a little gentle dish soap or laundry detergent to, almost, free the piece of coffee and then begin the staining process again.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

See how the above has stripes and blotches of stain?  That’s from the wadding/drying part of the process.

ewe and ewe two...

ewe and ewe two…

The above ewes show that strong mottling achieved by wadding/drying.

If you don’t like that heavily aged look and want a more uniform “glaze” of coffee stain, try swishing the piece around in the coffee.  Then, after squeezing out the coffee, un-wad and hang the piece up to dry, rather than leaving it in it’s wadded condition.

I hope this helps!  If you have your own favorite aging process, I’d love to hear about it!

Next time I’ll try to show you how I put the bowl slice together with the rabbit/sheep to make a rocker.

Until then, think warm and happy thoughts!

rebecca

catching up and a freebie…

I’ve had a delightful couple of weeks traveling hither and thither ~ staying at my sister’s with Duke, spending time in San Diego with my beloved Randy ~ now, I get to come home to roost and find joy in some simple tasks.

While away, I’ve been able to punch a few things and I’m ready to catch up on some finishing. I’ll be working on some little strawberries and a sheep make do for the approaching Primitive Handmades Mercantile update the third Friday of this month. I also have a special order to complete and Lori Brechlin’s, “Horse on the Hill” to finish. I’ve done the stitching in preparation for the strawberries to become ornaments and the sheep to become a make do…

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Now for the aging. A little coffee for staining and because it’s only 90 degrees outdoors, I’ll turn the oven on briefly and let things bake for a bit.

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Out of the oven, dry and ready to transform. I’ll be sharing the finishes as they evolve.

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FREEBIE!

This freebie design is “Wytch One?”. Because we are experiencing technical difficulties at our house, this pattern is in the form of a simple sketch, which I’m hopeful you can drag from my blog onto your desktop and subsequently print. Let me know if you are unable to drag the design onto your desktop and I will attempt something else, like a link….Please feel free to enlarge or reduce this design as desired, and sell your finished projects, up to 10 pieces. Please, no copying or mass production of the pattern or finished projects. Please give me credit for the design, and I would LOVE to see pictures of your work!

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until next time….

rebecca