a horse and a snowman….

if you’ve been following me, you know that i’ve been struggling with thumb pain for about a year.  that seems to have subsided (hooray!) so i punched a few things which resulted in an incredible burning pain from my elbow to my wrist.  ah, these things are sent to test us, aren’t they ellis?

“sh! quit complaining! at least your thumb doesn’t hurt anymore.” ~ellis

however, i was able to finish a couple of pieces.  one is an antique rug inspiration.  here’s the original rug….

antique rug

i love the muted background and the unexpected red and black highlights, don’t you ellis?

“what?” ~ellis

regardless of ellis’s opinion, i did actually finish my adaptation…

antique rug inspired

usually, when i finish an antique inspired piece i simply turn back the weavers cloth and use it for the backing.  this time i backed this piece with ticking and edged it with the same fabric….

back of “horse”

and added a pocket, because i love pockets (shouldn’t all clothing have pockets?), and a button to hold an id tag.

the other piece i finished was a little snowman…

“snow” snowman

these pieces are so fun to make, and they’re so happy!  This snowman is also backed with ticking….

ticking, ticking, give me ticking!

and a tiny pocket.


You can see these pieces, and more, at my etsy shop by clicking here.


wishing you some peace in this time of uncertainty.



antique inspired patterns and finishes….

I’ve been having a ball working on antique inspired pieces.  Maybe you’d like to try your hand at these, too?

You can visit my etsy shop to see more photos of these antique inspired mats by clicking here.

I’ve included simple, and not super good quality, patterns in this post.  They are for your personal use, and should not be mass-produced either as patterns or finished pieces.  As these are antique rugs, the designs are in the public domain… I love that!  Unfortunately, as with so many antique rugs, there’s no information about the hooker, so credit cannot be given to any one individual.  However, I like to let others know that the design is not mine by referring to my finishes as “antique inspired”.

"we win" original hooked rug

“we win” original hooked rug

My favorite is the above, “We Win”.  OH!  Just look at all those missing/faded stitches ~ gorgeous!  How, oh how! am I to reproduce those perfect imperfections?  It was a challenge, but so much fun!

"we win" pattern

“we win” pattern

Above, you’ll find the pattern for, “We Win” ~ my apologies for the wrinkles.

"we win" colors

“we win” colors

Above, are the colors I decided upon.

The finish…

my punched "we win"

my punched “we win”

If you’d like to see more pictures of “We Win” you can click here to visit my etsy shop.

Next is “Two Horses”…

"two horses" original antique hooked rug

“two horses” original antique hooked rug

…and, here’s the pattern….

"two horses" pattern

“two horses” pattern

…again, apologies for the wrinkles.  Evidently, I forgot to photograph the colors I used, but here’s the list:  p3, p4, 146, 5, h212, and o510.

Here’s the finish…

my punched "two horses"

my punched “two horses”

You can see more pics of “Two Horses” by clicking here.

The last piece I finished is “Two Chickens One Horse” (aren’t I creative with my titles?).

"two chickens one horse" original hooked rug

“two chickens one horse” original hooked rug

The pattern….

"two chickens one horse" pattern

“two chickens one horse” pattern

The colors….

"two chickens one horse" colors

“two chickens one horse” colors

Unfortunately, the floss without labels are mystery colors.

The finish….

my punched "two chickens one horse"

my punched “two chickens one horse”

You can, of course, see more photos of “Two Chickens One Horse” by clicking here.


There you have it!

enjoy the coming of spring!



horse on a hill colors….

Diana asked me, a while…. quite a while ago, for the colors I used on Lori Brechlin’s Horse On A Hill design.  Here’s my finished piece…

horse on a hill, design by lori brechlin

horse on a hill, design by lori brechlin

What a FUN project this was, way back in 2012.  Here’s Lori’s blog link where you just may be able to find this awesome design… click here.  The above photo shows Horse on a Hill stained and aged.  Below shows it in it’s “virgin”, just punched, state….

no stains here

no stains here

It’s amazing what a little coffee will do!   And, here are the colors I used….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bottom row, left to right:  5, p3, H205, P9, P6

Top row, left to right:  JP11, 100, JP9, O579

Here’s what I used each for:

5 ~ for the lightest bits ~ scallops along edge, barn and fence

P3 ~ barn roof, spots on horse

H205 ~ large sunflower

P9 ~ horse, sunflower centers and a bit of the scalloped edge

P6 ~ small sunflower

JP11 ~ lighter background

100 ~ bluer background

JP9 ~ light green part of the hill

O579 ~ dark green part of the hill

These are all Valdani perle cotton #12 flosses which I used on my Cameo punch needle set at the lowest setting (#1), using two strands of each floss.

I hope this helps you, Diana, and anyone else interested in reenacting this version of Horse on a Hill!


Take care y’all!



p.s. are you ready for Santa???

ticking horse pattern….


ticking horse

Bonnie wrote me earlier this summer and asked if I had a pattern for Ticking Horse.  The answer was, of course, no.  (I don’t know why it is, but I never do draw patterns on paper, at least not until someone writes and asks me to.)  However, I told Bonnie I would get to work on the design and let her know when it was ready……. MONTHS later, here it is, the simplest of simple sketches which you are welcome to use as you’d like, except of course for copying and selling the pattern itself or for mass production.

ticking horse pattern

ticking horse pattern

I think you should be able to grab the above image and drag it to your desktop where you can fiddle with the size and dimensions, if you’d like, before printing.

You may be wondering about the riders head.  “Why”, you may be asking yourself, “does his head look like the Tin Man’s in the Wizard Of Oz?”  Well, I’ve discovered over time that it’s helpful to have something to attach the hat to ~ something more substantial than just the very top of a head.  So, that pointy-funnel-type thing gets punched just like the rest of the head, and when it is stitched to the backing fabric, turned and stuffed it will fit nicely inside the hat giving one something to stitch hat to head.

For the original Ticking Horse I used the following Valdani colors:

left to right:  Valdani 5, blue, and H212

left to right: Valdani 5 ecru, o 575 blue, and brown H212

Here’s a better photo of that blue:

valdani o 575

valdani o 575

I used Valdani 5 for the head, hand and lighter portions of the horse, Valdani O 575 for the blue part of the horse and Valdani H 212 for the rider’s suit and hat.  I also used white for the rider’s collar, shirt front and cuff.

As with most of my punching I used my Cameo needle on the lowest (#1) setting and two strands of #12 Valdani perle cotton.

The fabric I used for the backing looks like this:

vintage-inspired ticking

vintage-inspired ticking

See how it has a thick blue line, a skinny white line, a thick blue line, a thicker white line, a skinny blue line and a thicker white line.  I punched that pattern like this:

Two rows of blue (O 575)

One row of ecru (5)

Two rows of blue (O 575)

Three rows of ecru (5)

One row of blue (O 575)

Three rows of ecru (5)

You can visit this post to see a little bit more about the original Ticking Horse (and some fun kitty pics).

You can visit this post  to see how I make a make-do.

There’s thunder in the air, today.  Some of us hide in bags during storms….





… and some of us need our paws held.

"it's ok rebecca, the storm will soon pass" ~ the oatbran

“it’s ok rebecca, the storm will soon pass” ~ the oatbran

Until next time, enjoy those sunny skies!





Hello, hello, hello!  It’s so nice to see you again!   If you’ve tried to contact me in the past 3 or 4 months and I haven’t responded, please try again!  I’ve been computer-less.

Just after my last post my laptop expired.  I’d been nursing it along for several months, trying in vain to somehow save my photos, contacts, messages, etc.   After my computer drew its last breath I found that I’d lost everything… EVERYTHING!  Oh Woe!  However, there are worse things in life than losing three years of photographs (*sob!*), etc., and I have put my despair behind me and moved on…. sort of….  *sigh*

So, here I am with a healthy (I hope) laptop and an external backup (it’s about time), ready to begin life anew.

Would you like to see some of the things I’ve finished this summer?  Yes?  So would I.  Unfortunately, I haven’t finished one single thing as far as punch needle or rug hooking goes.  What have I been doing?  I’ve been frittering away my time in the garden:  planting, watering, dividing, transplanting, watering and planting some more.  It’s been an absolutely perfect summer to work outdoors!

Though I can’t show you anything I’ve accomplished lately, I do have three FABULOUS finishes to show you from some incredibly talented needle women….



Betsy created this stunningly beautiful “Family Tree” for some friends of hers.  She incorporated all the family members, human and otherwise, and mounted her work on a hornbook using little tacks.  How much do I love this finish?  I love it so much that I want to come inside from the garden and finish my own family tree!



Sharon shared this, almost, finished hooked rug ~ isn’t it gorgeous ~ I just love her colors!  It’s from the Magdelana Horses design I shared with you a while back.  Did you miss that design?  Click here to view that post.



Marion punched this antique-rug-inspired mat from a design she said I’d shared.  (I can’t find it in my archives to link to, but that doesn’t mean a thing… it’s probably there somewhere…. I’m not known for my organization skills or for my adeptness at this whole blog thing.)  This is a pattern I’ve been wanting to punch and I love Marion’s finish!

As far as  Lilly, Ellis and Otis go, it’s been a successful summer…..

"not you, again!" ~lilly, ellis, otis

“not you, again! and with your camera, too.  there’s no peace in this house!” ~lilly, ellis, otis

Next up, I’ll be sharing a very, very, very simple pattern for “Ticking Horse”, which I promised a follower many moons ago.  Until then…

be well and happy!




h is for horse….



“I” started working on this horse the other day.   I’m planning to make a pull toy from the finished embroidery.  I decided to use Valdani H205 for the spots and 4 for the background.  When I say “I” started working, I really mean….

me and oatsy

me and oatsy

…Otis has been doing the work and I’ve been napping.

polka dots galore

polka dots galore

I love polka dots, though I have to admit I’m not a fan of punching them, which is why The Oatbran has been doing the embroidering.

"my thumb is the perfect floss holder." ~ otis

“my thumb is the perfect floss holder.” ~ otis

Once Otis finished the dots I got to work on the background.

two more colors...

two more colors…

And, I added two more neutrals to the mix:  Valdani 3 and 5.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext, this horse will take a coffee bath.  While he dries, I’m going to start another horse project.

h is for horse

h is for horse

Otis isn’t around to help me with the dots so…



…maybe I can persuade Lilly to lend a paw?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADoesn’t she do lovely work?  Now all I have to do is background!


wishing you all the help you’ll ever need!









rocking horse…

I thought to myself, a long time ago, that it would be fun to make a punch needle rocking horse.  So, I drew a simple horse on weavers cloth and adorned it with one of my favorite Bird in the Hand Primitives designs.  This was the easy, dreamy part, whence everything seemed possible!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I started punching with my favorite hues and added a tiny bit of orange and blue for a bit of something-or-other.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I punched horizontally for the head, tail and around the central motif…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…and vertically on the legs and back.  The mane was great fun!  I punched it long and fluffy….

and then I stuck…. and stuck and stuck.  For several weeks I looked at my horse and my horse looked at me.

Suddenly, and I’ve really no clear idea how it happened, all at once, in one fell creative swoop, my horse was finished.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I used a wood strap, salvaged from an antique trunk and some of its decorative hardware to make the rocker.  Inside the legs are wood dowels through which screws anchor the horse to the rocker.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I visited my favorite site for free vintage clip art.  Graphics Fairy is unparalleled for unique and wonderful ephemera.  I used bits and pieces for both the rocker and a paper tag.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe tag on the right is the same type of tag I covered.  The tag on the left has clip art Mod Podged  on both sides and is waiting to be antiqued.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Now, the tag on the left has been rubbed with a Distress Ink ink pad in Walnut Stain.  Once the ink dried, I applied One Step Crackle and rubbed it again with the Distress Ink.  Though you can’t see the crackles in this photo, they are there and add some nice age and softness.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I backed my horse with stained weavers cloth and added a homespun patch.

ta da

ta da

So, there you have it!

On to the next project…. perhaps a rocking sheep, or cat, or….??

Now that winter’s nearly at its end, May all your spring bulbs of creativity bloom beautifully!



You can see Rocking Horse on etsy if you’d like.