Friday, January 20, 2017

Petite Velvet...

Punching With Velvet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I can't resist velvet...
it's softness and rich color.
I started collecting velvet cloth years ago,
when I was making crazy quilts.

Through one of my stitching friends,
(thanks, Debbie !)
I have found a new velvet...




Punching With Velvet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

a petite velvet...
delicate and fine.  Hmmm,
I'm starting to think...
how and where can I use this ??




Punching With Velvet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

It punches beautifully.




Punching With Velvet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I used a medium needle on
my Ultra Punch, but probably could also 
use the large needle.




Punching With Velvet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Loving the soft texture.
I'm thinking it will be perfect for
small applications or even to mix in with
other threads and fiber.




Punching With Velvet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Now, I need to begin adding colors to 
this line up.  I'm envisioning spring flowers !!

Have a wonderful creative weekend my friends...
Rose


Friday, January 13, 2017

The Making Of A Quaker Ball...

The Making Of A Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

            ~ Quaker Ball ~              





The Making Of A Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I've never made a Quaker Ball before.
So when I learned the Lehigh Valley Embroidery
Guild was doing a year long project on making one,
I was committed.

Once all 26 blocks were stitched and outlined,
we were to begin assembly in February/March.

I've never been one to sit and wait.
I'm rather a 'jump in and make it happen' 
type of person.
Surely putting together a Quaker Ball
couldn't be that hard ! Right ?
I was on a mission...

With no finishing directions...
here we go...




The Making Of A Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

All the blocks had to be cut out...
now this was hard...who can 'really' cut into a
large and very expensive hand dyed piece of linen,
without second thoughts ??




The Making Of A Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

whew, a sigh of relief...all done.




The Making Of A Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I needed a large, flat, hard surface
that was completely portable,
to arrange my blocks in the formation
I wanted.  I used a lid from a large 
plastic bin.




The Making Of A Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I remembered hearing someone say
the borders would be used to connect the pieces.
So this is where I started.




The Making Of A Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Slowly adding onto one of the main blocks.
Easy so far.




The Making Of A Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

This is roughly one half of the ball...




The Making Of A Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Now I have two halves before me.  
So far, it all makes sense.
But...see all those squares to the left ?
This might be where just a tad of panic set in...
where do they all fit into this plan ??




The Making Of A Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Somehow pinning and repinning,
showed me where the 'missing' pieces fit.
This picture is the underside of the ball
as I was stitching the pieces together.

Even as I was stitching it,
I wasn't sure until the very end,
if it was all going to fit together !




The Making Of A Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

It's much larger than I expected,
and I absolutely L.O.V.E. it !




The Making Of A Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

SO MAYBE...
So maybe it would have been easier for me
to wait until February and work together
as a group to finish the Quaker Ball.

So maybe it would have been less stressful 
if I would have had some directions...
but, not nearly as fun !

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Work Table Stacked With Wool - ThreeSheepStudio.com

And, this arrived in the mail today...
swoon...
I love seeing gorgeous wool stacked high 
on my work table !

Happy Friday to you...
Rose

Monday, January 9, 2017

Quaker Ball...

Quaker Ball - stitched by Rose Clay - ThreeSheepStudio.com

I spent most of my weekend stitching away
on the last few designs of the Quaker Ball.




Quaker Ball - stitched by Rose Clay - ThreeSheepStudio.com




Quaker Ball - stitched by Rose Clay - ThreeSheepStudio.com




Quaker Ball - stitched by Rose Clay - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Only one more design to go and then
I can begin assembly.


Frigid cold here in Pennsylvania,
but warm inside my nest of
threads and wool...
Have a wonderful start to your week !
Rose


Friday, January 6, 2017

Free Pattern With A Pattern Purchase...


Bringing in the New Year with a
warm and hearty THANK YOU,
to my customers and sweet friends,
who have made 2016 a success !
Thank you for your continued support
and encouragement !

Three Sheep Studio is having a 
"Buy One Get One" promotion.

Buy one pattern and get a second pattern free,
of equal or lesser value.

*** BOOKS, KITS AND OTHER SUPPLIES
ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS PROMOTION. ***

____________________________

Go to Three Sheep Studio to view patterns.
When making your purchase, 
list your choice of a single free 
Wool Applique or Punch Needle Pattern
in the 'note to seller' space.

This "Buy One Get One Free" promotion
valid until Midnight EST,
Sunday, January 8, 2017
_______________________

Have a lovely Friday !
Thankful for the weekend...
Rose

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Quaker Ball...


I'm coming to the end of a year long project.





26 small designs...





I still have just a few of the larger designs 
to complete, but really need to press on,
so that I can start the assembly.





Because we were able to choose the designs 
and colorways we wanted to use,
I've done my fair share of ripping out
and starting over again. 
Like - Cinnamon letters, that didn't quite 
look right to me...





to more of a charcoal for the letters.










The designs are stitched on one piece of hand dyed
28ct. linen.  Each design will have a border stitched
around the motif.  I think the border will be used to 
bring each of the 26 pieces together to form a ball...
but not completely sure yet.





This has been a quick stitch, 
but I've had to keep up with it,
in order to get all 26 designs completed 
in time for assembly.

Enjoy the day before you...
Rose


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wooly Table Runner...

Wool Penny Rug by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

This was the week to finish the Penny Runner.
I really wanted it on my table for the holidays.




Wool Penny Rug by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I decided to give it some black accents...
and a black background.




Wool Penny Rug by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I'm very fond of this black wool -
the finest black wool I have found.
It's from Dorr Mill.  (Black Dorr Wool
I've been using their black wool
 for many years and love 
the weight and softness.




Wool Penny Rug by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I finished the black background with a self binding.




Wool Penny Rug by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com




Wool Penny Rug by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com




Wool Penny Rug by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Next on the list was coasters.
I love the look of wooly coasters on the D.R. table.
One side is striped the other is solid black.




Wool Penny Rug by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Ready for holiday gatherings.

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I read this one morning and I LOVE it...

these mountains
that you are carrying, you were 
only supposed to climb.
                                                          found on Pinterest
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Have a creative and blessed day...
Rose

Monday, December 19, 2016

Honey Butter And Real Life...

Honey Butter by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

With Christmas only days away,
it's time to make Honey Butter...
perfect for gifting. 

Honey Butter
1 cup Honey
1 cup Heavy Cream
1 cup granulated Sugar
3/4 pound Butter, (3 sticks)
  • In pan combine honey, cream and sugar.  On medium high heat, bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Boil for 1 minute.
  • Cut butter into Tablespoon pieces and place in blender.  Pour hot mixture over butter and blend until well mixed.
  • Pour into containers and refrigerate. 
Yield: approx. six 1/2 pints.
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For Cinnamon Honey Butter:
Add 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (or more, depending on taste)

For Orange Honey Butter:
Add 1/2 tsp. orange extract

For Vanilla Honey Butter:
Add 1/2 tsp. pure extract or can add seeds 
scraped from half a pod, into hot mixture





Honey Butter by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

To wrap, as shown, twist band off jar.
(Pint or half pint Ball jars were used
with lids and bands.)
Center a large piece of tissue paper over the jar.
Gently twist lid back onto jar.
Gather tissue paper on top of lid.
Tie tightly with string.
Hold tissue paper above jar, while using a 
sharp scissors to cut the tissue paper
straight across, about 2 inches above string.
Attach a tag.
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Real life...
Several years ago, I gathered all my supplies
to start making a dozen or so jars of Honey Butter.
As I poured my first batch into their clean jars...
I noticed flecks of something dark in the mixture...
???
It didn't take long for me to realize what had happened.
I have four children and they all love fruit smoothies.
That morning, my #2 daughter made 
blueberry smoothies, cleaned up and headed
out the door.
There were still some small flecks of blueberries 
around the blades and when I poured the hot
honey mixture into the blender, it 'blended' the blueberry
skins into my honey butter.
These ingredients are expensive and I was not
going to throw away the batch.
Just that quick, it came to me...
we now had "Vanilla speck Honey Butter".
No one ever knew.  
(And it was still amazingly good !)

Have a wonderful start to your week...
Rose