fancey that! day 5…

Fancey Blackett took her coffee bath on Day 4, and now, on Day 5, I think she needs a bit more stain.

walnut stain

I got out my walnut stain for this second layer of aging.  The jar on the right has a dark mixture of stain, while the jar on the left is a much lighter mix.

dark stain

I brush the dark stain all the way around the edge of the punching.  I want the floss on the outer edges to soak up a good quantity of color, and, since I’m planning to leave the weavers cloth exposed, I want it to get a good dose, too.

light stain

The lighter stain is dripped on the weavers cloth which, when it dries, will appear as nice water-stain-splotches.


While Fancey is drying, I pick out this lovely piece of history to use as the mount.  It’s a piece of wood taken from a very old, very well-loved tool box.  I think the soft edges and heavily textured surface will do nicely for Fancey!I cut the weavers cloth around Fancey, leaving about an inch or so exposed.  However…

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…after gazing at Fancey and her weavers cloth edge for some time, I decide that the extra fabric detracts, for some reason.  So, I fold it back and affix Fancey to her new perch using a non-toxic acid-free adhesive.


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Now, we can move on to more important business.  So, following Ellis’s lead….

quiet please








fancey blackett day 4…

otis, sans floss

Though Otis did not escape with any floss on Day 4, he did wrestle, happily, with Ellis.  You can see evidence of flying fur behind Otis’s whiskers on the right.


Meanwhile, Fancey has undergone a dramatic change.

before ~ love that orange… but



While I loved the orange flowers and the perle tweed blue that Otis chose for the background, I just couldn’t get out from under the uncomfortable feeling that Fancey was Flashy!  Oh heavens!  Goodness knows, I couldn’t let my quiet Fancey shout anything from any rooftops, so I brought her back to a whisper ~ a volume I am much more comfortable with.

quiet, please

I replaced the orange flowers with a combination of Valdani H 205 ~ a soft straw color ~ and O 154 ~ a rich gold color.  I left the patches in place and filled in the background with Valdani’s very simple 5, which is a light ecru.  I used H212 for the date, which is the same floss used for Fancey’s dress.  I added some of Otis’s PT 7, the teal gold combo, as the zig zag around the bottom edge.  However…


…even that little bit of “color” was too much for me!  Out came the PT 7 and in went the O 154.  Whew!  I am DONE punching, reverse-punching, and punching again, at least, for now.

Fancey takes a bath

Into a coffee bath she goes, weavers cloth edges first.  Because, I’m planning to leave the weavers cloth exposed when I finish Fancey, I want it to soak up much of the stain, and because I’ve “neutralized” Fancey to the point where all my flosses are very close in color too much stain on the punching will completely eliminate any contrast and Fancey will be invisible except for her dress!  So, I’ll be careful to watch the progress of the coffee (unless I forget).


Day 4 was a long day and my wrist and hand are quite tired.  However, my Fancey is now the Fancey I fancy Fancey would fancy! (I just couldn’t resist!  My apologies for the excessive alliteration!)

Here’s hoping we can keep Day 5 much simpler!


be well and happy!








fancey blackett day 3…

lilly and her toothbrush

We took a day or two away from Fancey and, some of us, had a good rest.

finishing the flowers

Today, I finished punching the flowers in my favorite orange.

I love the orange, but…  I don’t know, I’m feeling uncertain.  I think it’s the sharp contrast between the orange of the flowers and the stark white of the weavers cloth.

Sometimes, adding the background color helps me feel more settled and content.  The difficulty is, deciding which color…

lovely shades of straw, gold, and blue

I like the way blue sets off orange, so that’s a possibility, but I also like the quiet neutrality of the rich straw colors against the flowers and Fancey’s dress.  I need some assistance making this decision…

WANTED: Otis ~ AKA, The Floss Bandit

Otis makes a choice ~ very nice, I think.  However, he feels, though I strongly disagree, that all floss belongs to him, and he should have the prerogative to play with any and all floss skeins or balls before I get to use them.  I have explained to him, many times, that floss is much more difficult to use after a session with tooth and claw, but my admonitions fall on deaf ears.

crinkly tissue paper is almost as good as Valdani

I’m able to rescue my PT 7, a lovely perle tweed in shades of teal and gold, and I return to work.  Otis gives me, “the look”, and finds something else to do.

until day 4!


fancey blackett day 2…

I’ve made a start on Fancey’s flowers, as you can see.

Orange is a color I use often, especially this time of year. This particular selection is my favorite Valdani orange, O 505. It’s a soft color with streaks of subtle almost-brown which makes for beautiful (in my opinion) pumpkins and other delights.

Having come this far, however, I’m having second thoughts. Though I love this neutral orange, wouldn’t Fancey look nice flanked by creamy ecru flowers? Perhaps Valdani M 49, which is a lovely, and very quiet combination of just that hue. I think and I ponder and I hum and I haw and, at last, ask my friend Ellis what he thinks I should do. His response?

“Sleep on it”. And so, I do.


May all your decisions be simple ones, today!


fancey blackett…

Fancey ~ I love that name, don’t you?

This Pineberry Lane design, Fancey Blackett ~ The Gathering Basket, simply called to me, and so I made a start on it this morning. I’m not doing any color planning, just picking as I go.

So far, I’ve used Valdani perle cotton size 12 in colors H 212 for Fancey’s hat, dress, and boots, and 6 for her face, hand and legs. The way the H 212 punches up in vertical or horizontal stripes, (depending on the direction one punches) means I can use just the one floss for both the body of the dress and the sleeve. I won’t need to outline the sleeve or use a different color for the sleeve, unless I want to!

P 9, my new favorite brown, is Fancey’s choice for her hair, and green perle tweed works nicely for her gathering basket.

The very last of my green tweed ~ time to order more! ~ I used for the four large flower centers.

Now, it’s time to ponder a while, look through my Valdani and decide which color to thread my needle with next!

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Simply enjoy, today!