turkey and tallowberries colors…

In case you’d like to use some, or all, of the colors I used for Lori Brechlin’s Turkey and Tallowberries design (click here for her etsy shop), here they are in all their glory. From left to right and how I used them:

h212 ~ turkey legs and pupil

p9 ~ turkey tail and wing

p3 ~ tallowberry vine

h206 ~ tallowberries and turkey wattle

jp2 ~ turkey body, beak, and wing/tail detail

jp11 ~ turkey head

5 ~ background and turkey eye

What do you think of my color choices, Ellis?

“i’m cuddling with the lilly-kins, i can’t be bothered with colors.” ~the elly-belly

So, Ellis and Lilly-lou-hoo are busy. Otis? Do you have any thoughts you’d like to share?

“zzzzz…..” ~ the oatbran

Well, since my feline fellows are MIA, it’s up to you, gently reader, to tell me what you think.

Until then!


turkey and tallowberries…

Is it really november? The middle of november? Then, it’s time for turkeys.

I love this pattern from lori brechlin of notforgotten farm.

This is the first time i’ve punched this design, but lori’s patterns are some of my favorites. You can find her things here. I traced this notforgotten farm design on weavers cloth and thought about my color choices. I decided on my background color right away.

Valdani 5 is one of my favorites. It works well with almost all the valdani colors i use and is easily aged with coffee or tea. the other colors i decided on were somewhat serendipitous. I didn’t plan them beforehand so i can tear them out and start again if i choose.

So far i’m happy but i need a little help from my friends. Usually i ask lilly, ellis and otis, but they’re busy today, so i’m turning to my canine friends.

Josie, what do you think of my turkey? Is she realistic?

“zzzzzzz……..” ~josie-jo

Josie lives with four young kitties, and is kept busy keeping them in line all day long. I know she’d approve if she could keep her eyes open, so i’ll keep punching…

I’ve filled in the tallowberry vines and decided to use valdani h205 for the berries themselves. This is such a great orange; very soft for orange and it easily mixes with golds, browns, blues and greens, like i’m using here, but also works with reds, and every neutral. What do you think Duke?

“look at my bowtie. i love every color under the sun! orange blends with my grey beard perfectly!” ~the dukester

(i swear, dogs are the enablers of the world. while i have every personality trait of the loner, shy, “leave me alone” feline, i definitely embody the enabling canine.)

Duke likes the orange, so i’m going with it.

So, now to fill in the background.

More to come!

Keep creating!


almost done…

whew!  it’s hot here!  so, not a lot of hooking, but i am almost done with miss b’s turkey.

“yep, she’s almost done.” ~the oatsy

otis is my project manager.  thank you, otis, for keeping on top of things!  as i said, i’m almost done with miss b’s turkey.

“this part looks ok.” ~elly-belly

ellis is in charge of quality control.  thank you for checking my loops, ellis.  so, anyway, the rug…

“hey! where are my workers?” ~lilly-kins

lilly is in charge of hiring and firing.  she keeps the boys in line.  thank you, lilly!

one small corner to go

i’ve had some questions from a few of you about what size the rug is and the colors i’m using.  i’ll try to answer those next time!


wishing you warm days and cool nights…




turkey progress…

our heat wave broke, at last, so i was able to get back to miss b’s turkey.  here’s a picture of how far i’ve come…

“hello!” ~the oatsy

well, i can say, without reservation, that otis looks lovely, but how about miss b’s turkey?…

“i think it looks swell!” ~elly belly

ellis looks every bit as handsome as otis, but the rug?  the rug?…

“what? you want to see what? the rug? sheesh, these people. they don’t know a good thing when they see a cat or two.” ~otis

well, here, at last, it is…

miss b’s turkey progress

for some reason, the tree is my favorite part, so far.

well, time to sign off… oh wait… i hear a faint caterwauling…

“i’m not ready to go. i’m staying right here!” ~the oatbran

until i find a feline-free field…

be well and happy!



outdoor hooking…

today is not an outdoor hooking day.  it’s 95* in the shade on our deck, so i’m staying away from wool, for the time being.  however, i did take my frame outside a few days ago…

what a picture perfect day!

i was able to watch the wild turkeys while i hooked miss b’s!

the kitties, who are strictly of the indoor variety, did not assist…

“zzzzz…” ~ellis
“ellis, roll over. you’re snoring!” ~the lilly-kins

whether you’re inside or out, enjoy whatever comes your way!


miss b’s turkey, day one…

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…

be happy!



miss b’s turkey…

well, hello!  it’s been awhile.


i have a new pattern available in my etsy shop.  it’s my favorite, by far!

miss b’s turkey

my niece, miss b, created this fabulous artwork in school this year, and it was featured in an art show recently.  i asked her if i could create a pattern from it and she said yes!  so, now i get to pass it on to you.  it’s only $2 for an instant download and you can find it by clicking here.  all proceeds go to miss b.

miss b’s artist statement for this piece reads, “i was making a realistic drawing.  i thought that brown is a plain color so i mixed brown with some silver.  my art teacher helped me with my drawing.  she is amazing!”


one of the, many, things i love so much about her drawing is the turkey tracks.

what do you think about the turkey, lilly?

“i loooove turkey!” ~the lillykins

how about you boys?

“is that a turkey on the deck? i could catch that turkey!” ~otis
“i’m fairly confident that’s not a turkey, otis.” ~ellis

i think i’m going to start by making a rug from miss b’s design.  i’ll keep you posted on my progress!


enjoy whatever you find yourself doing today!



phm update….

I remembered!  This is the third week of October, so that means Primitive Handmades Mercantile is having its update tomorrow, Thursday, at 9 o’clock pm.  I’ll be offering a few autumn silhouettes…..



If you would like to see more of these, you can visit my shop at PHM by clicking here tomorrow night after 9 o’clock.

Until then, be well and happy!