Friday, July 21, 2017

White Has My Heart...

White Wool Applique Pumpkins by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

It is THE perfect Friday...
Sunshine and temps in the 90's.
I watered everything last night and
filled the bird bath with fresh water
for my chattering, feathered friends.

Now, time for stitching...




White Wool Applique Pumpkins by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Wool Applique Pumpkins...
Orange is nice,
but white has my heart !




White Wool Applique Pumpkins by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Pearly shell buttons,
a smattering of french knots,
bits and bobs...




White Wool Applique Pumpkins by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

A little cast on blossom stitch,
hand embroidered with Valdani variegated Perle Cotton.




White Wool Applique Pumpkins by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

And, just a small scrap of the most beautiful linen...




Peach Season

I am one happy girl !
Peach season has officially started...
and one of our local orchards has told me,
"It is a good, good year for peaches" !

Have yourself a lovely, relaxing weekend !
Rose

Monday, July 17, 2017

'Crazy Quilt' Wool Pumpkins...

Crazy Quilt Wool Pumpkins by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Crazy Quilt Pumpkins are on my work table...
and I am loving these rich and spicy colors.




Crazy Quilt Wool Pumpkins by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Lots of scrappy pieces...
textures and solids, 
most I have hand dyed.




Crazy Quilt Wool Pumpkins by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Pieced together and 
Blanket stitched in place.




Crazy Quilt Wool Pumpkins by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Curvy stems...
just like in real life...
I love old gnarly stems -
the curvier and rough looking, 
all the better. They give a pumpkin 
a personality.




Crazy Quilt Wool Pumpkins by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Add a few wool leaves...




Crazy Quilt Wool Pumpkins by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

And my favorite...
curly tendrils !
~ I could go a little crazy with these,
but I'll try to limit myself ~

Time to bring it all to life 
and be thinking about a 'finish'...

Hope you're having a lovely creative week...
Rose

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Days...

Hand Embroidery by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

~  Hydrangeas  ~
Dozens of french knots in 
different shades of pink,
on a wool background.

The summer is slowing down,
which it usually does for me, 
sometime in July.
It's a time for me to relax more
and work less...
well, not really, but I wish.
My 'To do list' is getting longer every day,
but my motivation is less.

Some of the things I LOVE about summer...
the smell of cut grass
walking around the gardens
water balloons
napping on the hammock
reading quietly at all hours of the day
children's voices in the neighborhood
windows open
breezes blowing the sheers
long walks in the evening
eating meals outside
birds at the birdbath
the farmers market
looong bike rides
eating lighter meals (eating MORE dessert !)

Do you have anything to add to this list ??
Enjoy these days of summer...
Rose

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Garden Block Series...

The Garden Path

I am completely fuhootzed...
(yes, that is actually a word !)

Between vacation and July 4th...
I don't know what day of the week it is !
Feels like a Monday,
but it's actually Wednesday.
*Anyone else feeling like that ??*




Purple Blooming Hosta

Everything is 'taking off' in the garden.




Morning Glory






Oakleaf Hydrangea

My Oakleaf Hydrangea has
the most beautiful HUGE blooms...




Oakleaf Hydrangea




Second Punch Needle pattern in 'Garden Block' Series by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Beautiful Valdani Perle Cotton...




Second Punch Needle pattern in 'Garden Block' Series by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

In my hoop at the moment...
the second Punch Needle pattern,
in the 'Garden Block' series.

~  ~  ~
Enjoy your day...
Rose

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Beach House...

Dark Sweet Cherries

Nothing better than a twenty pound case of
dark sweet cherries...




Playing In The Surf

A week at the beach - 
playing in the surf...




Collecting Shells With The Grandkids

Long walks on the beach with the Grandkids,
collecting shells...




ThreeSheepStudio.com

An entire week(as in EVERY day),
gorgeous sunny weather.




'His eye is on the Sparrow' counted cross stitch

Of course stitching...




'Stitchers Tray' from Peter and Lori at Notforgotten Farm

My Stitchers Tray (from Notforgotten Farm),
was stashed in my stitching bag...
just what I needed at the Beach house.
Seating was plentiful, but I also needed 
a table or tray beside my seat, 
to hold my supplies.




'His eye is on the Sparrow' counted cross stitch

Ending each day with just a little more progress
Beth Twist at Heartstring Samplery.

~  ~  ~

Have a lovely July weekend...
Rose


Monday, June 26, 2017

Needle Sizes...

Ultra Punch punchneedle - needle sizes

My punch needle of choice is the 
'Ultra Punch' punchneedle.
Sometimes referred to 
as the Cameo punchneedle.
(Ultra Punch purchased Cameo
many years ago.)




Ultra Punch punchneedle - needle sizes

I am often asked about needle sizes...
as in - 'How do I know which size needle
is in my punchneedle ?'




Ultra Punch punchneedle - needle sizes

I can often, just by looking, 
tell the difference between the small 
and large needle... but it's not so easy to tell
apart the small and medium needle.
(There is even an extra small needle available
but I don't have it shown.)




Ultra Punch punchneedle - needle sizes

On the 'hub' of each needle is a letter
that will tell you what size each needle is.
Small ~ Medium ~ Large

No more guessing.
A simple little tip for inquiring minds ;)

Have a beautiful day...
Rose

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

An Autumn State Of Mind...

In The Patch punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Buttons...  
Creamy buttons speckled with rust and green.




In The Patch punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I'm in an Autumn state of mind...
I love the rusty shades and midnight blues
of Fall.




In The Patch punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

"In The Patch" punch needle design...

~ Surrounded by swirled vines and bittersweet,
a plump pumpkin awaits Autumn ~

'In The Patch' is now in my Studio.
~  ~  ~

Have an amazing day !
Rose

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Stitching Needful...

A Stitchers Tray from Lori at Notforgotten Farm

My Stitchers Tray...
To say this is my second set of hands is
an understatement !




A Stitchers Tray from Lori at Notforgotten Farm

This is my 'nest'...
'stitching nest' to be exact.
I am convinced my (stitching) mind works best
in this exact chair !  Nothing fancy,
mind you... but it is where I have everything
at my fingertips.  Surrounded by
threads, fibers, wool, needles...
all the things that make me happy ! 




A Stitchers Tray from Lori at Notforgotten Farm

I don't know what I did without this 
Stitchers Tray from Lori (and Peter),
at Notforgotten Farm !

** (Well, yes I do know -
I was always balancing scissors, threads,
pattern papers, etc. on the arm of my chair...
only to have them continually fall off !) **




A Stitchers Tray from Lori at Notforgotten Farm

My  6 year old granddaughter and I 
have a little saying between us...  
If something is 
AMAZING GOOD...
we call it the Bomb Diggety !

This Stitchers Tray is the 
BOMB DIGGETY !
(and even better, comes in several choices
of colors - mine is a soft Sage Green.)

A HUGE thank you to Peter and Lori 
for creating a useful and clever 
product for the stitching community.
Lori also keeps an interesting and unique


May you have an enjoyable 
start to your week...
Rose