today, i started on miss b’s turkey. i got to use my new, fabulous bee line townsend hooking frame. I’ve been reluctant to get back to hooking (you can click here to see why). and, while it wasn’t entirely paw-free, i enjoyed it thoroughly!
“this looks like the purrfect place to perch.” ~the elly-belly
i finally got a photo of my progress…
miss b’s turkey
as you can see, if you look past the actual hooking, my drawing skills leave lots to be desired. i must have drawn the turkey’s head four times, with a sharpie no less, however, since i draw my patterns on my backing freehand, there are always lots of extra lines and blobs and various marks. that’s simply the way i do things. i know there are far more efficient methods, but i like to be comfortable.
what do you think, lilly?
“it’s a snake!” ~the lilly-lou-hoo
lilly likes to steal the wool strip that i am about to use and pretend that it’s an enemy. once she reduces it to a pulp, she carries it around and mourns over it.
we have many turkeys in our neighborhood and woods. some people think turkeys are ugly and awkward, but i think they’re extraordinary. the females are amazing mothers, and the males are so graceful when they’re courting. i’m proud of my niece for seeing the artistic side of our natural world!
until i can get to my hooking under all these cats…
is it too late to be creating with halloween in mind? what does ellis think?
“halloween? i love pumpkin seeds!” ~ellis
well, whether it’s too late or not, i have been working on two projects. a witch…
notforgotten farm “white witch”
and a jack…
simple quiet jack
surprisingly, i got very little help with lori brechlin’s “white witch” (click here for her blog), and i was able to complete this project quickly….
you can find my “white witch” on my etsy site by clicking here. i mounted my finished piece on a bit of wood salvaged from an antique trunk. i love the tiny plaid original paper attached to the wood and how it’s aged over time.
my jack was a different tale altogether. almost everyone wanted to add their paws worth….
“i’m helping!” ~lilly
“i’m helping!” ~ellis
“i’m staying out-of-the-way!” ~otis
there was more assistance, too, all i had to do was ask….
“rebecca drinks the wine. i’m in charge of the water.” ~lillykins
and, in case i was feeling a chill (in the 80 degree temps), my friends were there to warm me….
“zzzzzzz…” ~ellis and lilly
how would it be, ellis and lilly, if i were to have my lap to myself for a while?….
“what!? No! you couldn’t possibly get on without us!” ~ the elly-belly and the lilly-lou-who
so, i persevered, with the weight of two cats and finally finished jack…..
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:
this is an investment, a big one, and i’m somewhat terrified. why? well, for three reasons:
ellis, otis and lilly on the track of “something” (i don’t even want to know what).
my 3 best friends are also my worst enemies when it comes to hooking. they want to lounge, languish and lie on my rugs… not just the finished ones, which they love to pull apart, but more importantly the ones that i’m working on… while i’m working on them. i’m hoping, hoping, hoping, that now that they’re a little older they’ll allow me to hook without playing with my wool strips, napping on my lap, biting my hook, and generally making themselves PRESENT….
Lori wrote and asked me if I would share the colors I used for the Kelley Belfast design, “Merrie Wynter”. Of course! I’d love to share! Then, I started looking for my photos of my “Merrie Wynter” so I could see what colors I had used… ha! I thought for sure I’d posted my finish here at one time or another, so I did a search on my blog.
What an exercise in frustration my blog search is! I don’t know if the problem is how I label and tag things, but I do know I can never find what I’m looking for, and it’s my OWN blog!
Anyway, I asked Lori if she had a photo of the piece she was interested in, and, thankfully, she did…..
Lori also shared the link to Kelley’s blog where she found “Merrie Wynter”. Click here. Kelley graciously shares the pattern and gives her permission to use her design in that post, so definitely check it out!
Here are the colors I used:
background ~ 5
“merrie wynter” background ~ p3
“merrie wynter” ~ o510
snowman ~ p4
snowman hat/features ~ h212
snowman nose/scarf, moon and star ~ o154
trees ~ o41
I used two strands of Valdani perle cotton size 12 in my medium Cameo needle on the lowest (#1) setting.
The snow has melted here, and the sun is shining ~
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 ~ 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’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
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*
For the letters L, O, V, E, I again used level 4.
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.
I then aged the entire piece with coffee, using a bit more java on the letters so they would “pop”.
No stocking is complete without a few stuffers. The heart in the middle reads, “Love”, just like the stocking.
backed and buttoned
I backed everything with some ticking and added antique bone buttons and my signature pocket.
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.