tomorrow is thanksgiving day, but my mind is on christmas…
i like to draw my patterns directly onto weavers cloth rather than creating a paper pattern. it’s less work and it ensures that almost every piece i make from my own designs is one-of-a-kind. ellis likes to help me with this process….
“i’m a tremendous assistant” ~ellis
i kept santa claus simple, using mostly red and white valdani floss.
lilly is awaiting santa’s advent….
“santa? i’m watching the birds!” ~lilly
i like adding tags to my pieces, for some reasons. maybe because they’re fun to make?
the other piece i’ve been working on is a snowman. snowmen are so cheerful!
of course, with snowmen comes cold weather, but otis knows how to stay toasty…
“purrrr…” ~the oatsy
and, lilly has a few how-to-stay-warm-on-a-cold-day pointers…
“first, find a comfy cushion, add a kitty heating pad, top with a blanket and crawl under.” ~lilly-kins
sounds good to me!
the santa claus has sold but you can visit snowman on my etsy shop by clicking here.
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…..
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….
i love the muted background and the unexpected red and black highlights, don’t you 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…
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.
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:
I am sooooo excited! Not because of my own Primitive Handmades Mercantile offerings this month, which are my typical sheep…..
(… you can click here to see my items…) But, because Four Ewe Farm is a member of PHM! You probably already knew that Cathy was participating in Primitive Handmades, but just in case you missed it, here’s her link! (click here)
I’ve shared Cathy’s work on the blog before (click here for the Thanksgiving pattern she shared. Click here and here to see some of her fabulous creations), and she continues to AMAZE me with her talent! She is super, and all her creativity is poured into people she loves. She’s an inspiration to me!
wishing you a happy weekend filled with blue skies!
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…
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 usually a lover of Polly Minick designs…..
“did you say polly minick?” ~lilly
Ah ha! I knew Lilly’d come out for Polly! Of course, sometimes Lilly needs a wakeup call…
Ellis is the busy-lizzie here-abouts.
In addition to Polly’s Moby Dick, I also put together a few others…
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
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
After all, it is only March and this is what March on the beach looks like ’round here….
my sister, her children and randy
I altered this Polly Minick pattern a bit, but love it just the same…. here’s the 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!
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?
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 ~