Friday, August 22, 2014

Perfectly Paisley Book...

Perfectly Paisley
Wool Applique Wall Hanging...

30 unique and different Paisley Designs...
all hand stitched using only
three different stitches.

'Perfectly portable', you can take it with you
and work on one block at a time.

I truly believe this Paisley project
is what got me through the extremely
bitter cold winter we had in Pennsylvania
last winter !

Perfect for using up scraps of wool fabric !
Each block has an optional accent 
of clear glass beads, for just a hint of sparkle.

Perfectly Paisley Wool Applique Wall Hanging
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Now offered as a book with 30 full size patterns,
in the Studio.

Approximate size when finished is 49.5 in. x 43.25in.,
including hanging sleeve.

Have a fun weekend !
Last one here, before school starts ;)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gardening And Stitching...


 The gardens are in full swing.
They are enjoying the cooler than normal temps.

Usually by August, I abandon the 'weed pulling'
and pick up a needle...
The gardens are now left on their own.

And amazingly, they will still go on
 blooming without me pruning, pulling weeds
 and fussing over them. 
(funny how that works)

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Perfectly Paisley Wool Applique

The paisley designs have been finished 
into a wall hanging.
The Patterns should be ready within the week. ;)
(And not a moment to soon,
with a wedding in the works and a show in October !)

This Wool Applique Wall Hanging
(and the book of patterns)
 will be at the Artisans' Porchwalk
in Lititz, Pennsylvania on October 3 and 4, 2014. 

Enjoy your Wednesday !

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Please Meet The Doo-Rock !

The rule is
"If it has a heartbeat, it isn't getting into the house."
Now before you judge...
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE animals !
All kinds !
And we have always had dogs, cats, birds, fish, etc. 
in our home.

But, then I had children...
A lot of children...
and all of a sudden things got way crazy.
Our Pup, "Peaches" gave us 19 of the most
wonderful, fulfilling years.

But, when Peaches was gone,
my new 'rule' was law.

The Doo-Rock (last year) as a 'youth'.

My son is now 11 years old.
The ONLY thing he wanted for his birthday
last year was a Lizard.
(How can I deny my son his one wish..
the only boy in a family of all girls !)

Disclaimer:  I did tell my husband to choose carefully,
because Leopard Geckos can live 20-30 years.
(And we all know who will be taking care of him
down the road.  (Hint:  NOT me !)

'Baby' Doo-Rock

Well, how could you resist this colorful fellow ??
Ugh !  Am I really doing this ???

His color has changed, his tail has fattened up
and he is as handsome as ever !!

Yes -

Don't believe me ??
Doo-Rock LOVES to have his belly rubbed
and he freely gives out kisses.
Yes, kisses, (I kid you not) !
He is gentle and loving.

Doo-Rock lives in a warm terrarium
and eats live crickets 
and mealy worms.  
(Mealy worms are like candy to a lizard)

And, guess who buys the live crickets
and mealy worms, every week ??
That's ;)
** I've even been known to catch crickets 
in the back lawn, to save a trip to the store. **
(Hey, anything to give me more stitching time!)

They are nocturnal and he sleeps 
in a little cave during the day.

A glimpse into a day at the Clay household ;)

Have a wonderful weekend !

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Late Summer Days...

The sun is shining brightly,but there is 
a coolness in the air that can't be denied...
just enough to hint at a change in seasons.

A few Gourds drying

Wool Applique with beadwork

Autumn Harvest in Wool Applique

Cheryl from Missouri sent me a picture of 
her Punchneedle finish of "Autumn Harvest".
How beautiful is that ?
So warm and rustic...
Placed on a breadboard and ready 
to 'welcome in' the season. 
Thanks Cheryl for allowing me to share !

Enjoy this beautiful late summer day ;)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Perfectly Peachy...

At finally, Peach season is in 'full swing'.
(a little late this summer !)
Is there anything so wonderful as 
Peaches in August ?

It seems everything is coming in 'full swing' now.
Our tomatoes are huge without any of the 
problems we have had in years past.

Tomato salad, Tuna stuffed tomatoes,
Roasted tomatoes over Penne, 
and thick slices of tomato smothered
in melted provolone...yum !

Hens and chicks or Cats and kittens.
Multiplying like crazy.

While hiking, we came across an area where 
these hairy vines were on most of the trees...

close up of vine.

Beautiful twisted tree trunk.
Try to do this at home, and it never works !

Bridges close to the waters edge.
These bridges were everywhere,
along the river.

Shoreline of the Susquehanna River
at dusk.  So quiet and relaxing.

At finally - Friday, sweet Friday !

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Stitching Cobwebs And Spiderwebs...

I love all types of Spiders
and their webs... 

I like to add them to my hand embroidery
and also to my labels on the back
of finished pieces.

A tiny cobweb in the crook 
of a skeleton tree.

This cobweb and spider embellish
the side of a box.

Another type of "Spider Web"...

Spider Web Embroidery Stitch...

Step 1 - Thread a needle with 3 strands
of Embroidery Floss or one strand of 
Perle Cotton.  Knot end.

Step 2 - Stitch a cross stitch.

Step 3 - Add 2 additional 'spokes'.

Step 4 - Bring needle up from bottom of fabric,
close to center of spokes.  Cross over center
of spokes and take needle through fabric
to back, making a tiny stitch,
to secure center of spokes.
This is the center point of your Spider Web.

Step 5 - Bring needle up from bottom of fabric
between 2 spokes, close to center.
You will now begin to 'weave' the web,
only working on the surface of your cloth.

Step 6 - Slide the needle under the spoke prior to 
and under the next spoke.  Pull thread snugly
but gently to surround the first spoke.

Step 7 - Continue in this fashion, 
pressing the 'web' towards center.

Step 8 - Continue around spokes,
only working on the surface.  When the spokes
are full, take needle to back of fabric at the
end of the spoke and knot.

Step 9 - You can add French Knots around 
the Spider Web to embellish...

You can also add 
additional stitches and beads.
This also makes a beautiful Snowflake
when stitched in white floss and embellished
with crystals or glass beads.

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Enjoy this beautiful August weekend...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Harvest Moon Punchneedle Design...

"Harvest Moon" Punchneedle design

I am so enjoying the lazy days of summer.
But, for those that like to always have a project going,
(and that describes me perfectly, maybe you too ?), 
I have released another Autumn Punchneedle design.

'Harvest Moon' has a sweet toffee colored cat
curled around a 'fresh from the vine' pumpkin.

A dark, cranky old skeleton of a tree 
is highlighted by a big 'ol harvest moon.

Instructions to finish into a 
14in. (35.56cm) pillow are included.
Although, you can finish it any way you would like.

The 'Harvest Moon' Punchneedle Pattern
is now available in my Studio.

Have a beautiful summer weekend, friends.

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