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

polly minick designs….

You probably know by now that I love Polly Minick’s patterns…. especially her American Summer designs (click here).  I’ve punched her Moby Dick pattern before…

big whale

big whale

This is one of my favorites.  I just love the simplicity of it… don’t you, Lilly?…

lilly?  is that you under there?

lilly? is that you under there?

Lilly is usually a lover of Polly Minick designs…..

"did you say polly minick?" ~lilly

“did you say polly minick?” ~lilly

Ah ha!  I knew Lilly’d come out for Polly!  Of course, sometimes Lilly needs a wakeup call…

"lilly???" ~ellis

“lilly???” ~ellis

Ellis is the busy-lizzie here-abouts.

In addition to Polly’s Moby Dick, I also put together a few others…

"up north"

“up north”

This, “Up North” pillow is stuffed with lavender.  I don’t know about anywhere else in the USA, but in Michigan, if you’re going on vacation May~October, you’re goin’, “up north”!

to the beach

to the beach

Randy and I used to have a place, “up north” and we had a sign just like this, pointing friends in the direction of, “the beach”.  This piece was inspired by Polly’s designs and by my own….what do you guys think?  should we go to the beach?….

"are you kidding?" lilly, ellis, otis

“are you kidding?” lilly, ellis, otis

After all, it is only March and this is what March on the beach looks like ’round here….

my sister, her children and randy

my sister, her children and randy

lighthouse

lighthouse

I altered this Polly Minick pattern a bit, but love it just the same….  here’s the back…

lighthouse back

lighthouse back

I mounted the finished embroidery on a piece of found wood and added a tiny pocket to the back.  Here’s what the lighthouse down the road from our house actually looks like in March…

lake michigan at her gentlest in march.  she can be MUCH fiercer!

lake michigan at her gentlest in march. she can be MUCH fiercer!

 

You can see these pieces on my etsy shop by clicking here, if you’d like.

It may be only March, but I am ready for summer!  How about you?

 

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

in the meadow….

Thank you one and all for your Merry Christmas wishes!  I hope you, too, had the type of day you look forward to all year!

Thank you, also, for all your kind comments about the piece I posted!  It’s a fabulous design from Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm entitled, “In the Meadow”.  It’s available in her etsy shop (click here), or you can visit her blog which is wonderful! (click here)

I punched, “In the Meadow” while I was house sitting for my sister in November….

"i think these are good!" ~miss mudge

“i think these are good!” ~miss mudge

Little Miss Mudge helped me choose my palette.

lovely valdani

lovely valdani

I used all of the above colors, except for the two blues pictured to the right of the red floss.  Here’s how I used them from left to right:

h212 ~ date, snowman hat, eye, arms and buttons, children’s boots

o510 ~ date outline, children’s coats and hats

h205 ~ snowman nose

p3 ~ trees, children’s mittens

jp4 ~ children’s faces

5 ~ background, except around date

3 ~ snow, snowman, date background, children’s hat trim, and a little squiggle of background

punched

punched

This is how it looked before I aged the embroidery with coffee.  I get almost all my Valdani from Snowflake Memories (click here), which is a wonderful online resource for floss!

As is usual for me, I used two strands of size #12 perle cotton in my Cameo Punch Needle, set at the lowest loop height #1.

backing

backing

I backed the finished embroidery with ticking and stuffed it with sawdust from Notforgotten Farm.  Then, I added a little pocket with an antique bone button, and a paper tag.

done!

done!

Though this pillow has sold, I am working on another version which should be finished soon….

in the meadow 2

in the meadow 2

I used exactly the same Valdani colors for this one, except that instead of using the jp4 for the children’s faces I used the p3, and instead of the red o510 I used the light blue jp11, which is shown in the photo of flosses near the top of this post.

We’re still waiting for snow, here in West Michigan.  In fact, we’re still waiting for cold temps.  It was 60 degrees last Wednesday!

Wishing you a little bit of bliss today, and every day!

 

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

 

a santa for all seasons….

I finished punching this santa quite some time ago, but couldn’t decide exactly how I wanted to complete it.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I finally decided to make it into a pull toy instead of a rocker.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I found these fabulous vintage wheels and thought they’d be perfect for Santa.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A little sheep replaces my traditional reindeer.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

An American flag joins my usual Christmas tree.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ticking acts as backing.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A tiny gingham check covers the base.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The tree and the flag can be removed or they can change positions.
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So, this Santa can be displayed throughout the year!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

You can visit A Santa For All Seasons at my etsy shop by clicking here.

Let it snow!

 

rebecca

cathy continued…

I just had to come back and share this one from Cathy which didn’t get into my last post….

cathy's "oliveah"

cathy’s “oliveah”

Is she not the sweetest thing?  Swoon!

I forgot, yesterday, to let you know that Cathy sells her finishes on ebay under the name, “fourewe”.  Click here to visit her shop.

embrace the day!

 

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

summer swimmers patterns….

I’ve had some requests for the Summer Swimmers patterns, so, here they are!

Folks ask me why I don’t simply offer all my patterns on my etsy shop.  Well, I just prefer to give them to you.

I mean, by the time etsy takes its cut ($.20 for each listing plus their commission, and transaction fees) and paypal takes its cut, there’s not a whole lot left.  Then there’s the time it takes to create the listings on etsy, not to mention the photographing and editing.  And, besides, I Like you!  I want to share, and I’m so incredibly flattered that anyone would be interested in my designs in the first place!

When I first started punching, I was completely clueless.  I didn’t know anything about copyright infringements (and I still don’t know much).  I didn’t know what patterns I could use for pieces I wanted to sell or just make for myself, etc. etc., etc…It was stressful, I wanted to punch and sell pieces, but I didn’t want to step on a designers toes….

My designs, such as they are, are here for anyone who wants to use them.  I ask only that you use my designs for your own personal use, for small quantity sales of finishes, that you give credit to the designer, and that you not copy, sell, or in other ways exploit, or mass produce the patterns.

So, all that being said, here are the Summer Swimmer patterns, such as they are:

summer swimmer 1

summer swimmer 1

I think I got the name right on the above.  Summer Swimmer 1:

summer swimmer 1 pattern

summer swimmer 1 pattern

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 2

If he was Summer Swimmer 1, she must be Summer Swimmer 2….

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 2

And now, I come to another reason why I’m reluctant to sell my patterns rather than give them away.  I don’t actually draw “patterns”.  I just draw a design on weavers cloth and start punching.  The fact is, I’m not interested in punching a design more than once, so I seldom create a paper pattern, and I really dislike that process ~ of creating a paper pattern and transferring it to the weavers cloth…. it’s just a waste of time and energy since I’ll never use it again….  “Ah me”, as Grandma H would say.

enjoy!

rebecca