Friday, April 29, 2016

A Mattress Ticking Finish...

Finishing a Punch Needle project with Mattress Ticking - Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com
Vintage Mattress Ticking

We have been having a string of
wet, drippy, cold days...
perfect for staying inside and sewing.




Old Kenmore sewing machine

I am, by nature, a hand sewer.
I love the repetition of pulling needle and thread
through cloth.  It is soothing and calming and 
maybe even makes one feel dignified ;)
like being connected to the past, when most
women spent a considerable amount
of time each week, darning, mending
and creating.

But, every once in a blue moon,
I will pull out my very old, faithful Kenmore 
(over 40 years old).  When I have it out,
I gather everything I can think of, that needs 
a sewing machine for finishing or mending.
The machine is very heavy and I move it
around as little as possible.




Finishing a Punch Needle project with Mattress Ticking - Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I have been going through my limited
collection of Vintage Mattress Ticking.




Finishing a Punch Needle project with Mattress Ticking - Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com
Design punched using Valdani Perle Cotton

A few months past, I punched a piece called
"Tending Her Garden" and really wanted to 
"finish" it using some old Mattress Ticking.




Finishing a Punch Needle project with Mattress Ticking - Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I placed the punch needle piece on a cut of
hand dyed wool fabric to bring out the blues in her skirt.
Then centered the piece onto a cut of 
the Mattress Ticking and blanket stitched in place.




Finishing a Punch Needle project with Mattress Ticking - Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

This is the back of the pillow...
I added a wool heart with my initials.
I just love when you can turn a project over 
and have a little surprise stitching on the back.




Finishing a Punch Needle project with Mattress Ticking - Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

The Mattress Ticking has some scuffs and scrapes
from years gone by...it just makes it softer 
and more cozy, perfect for a pillow.
I placed a few random X's over the holes,
just to keep the 'stuffing' inside.




Finishing a Punch Needle project with Mattress Ticking - Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

"Tending Her Garden" punch needle pillow,
stuffed firmly and the mattress ticking 
makes it extra soft !

One project down,
a few more to go, while the machine is out.


~  ~  ~  ~

Hope after a storm.

A couple evenings past,
we had a wild storm pass through.
The storm only lasted about 20 minutes.

My daughter and son in law
captured this unbelievable rainbow
as they were on the road heading home.
So perfect, it gives me shivers !

~  ~  ~  ~
Why did she make things ?
well, she enjoyed it, of course;
but it also somehow helped her remember
who she was and where she came from.
~ found on Pinterest

~  ~  ~  ~
Have a Blessed day Friends...
Rose

Monday, April 25, 2016

'Sweet Summer' Punch Needle and a Rug Hooking finish...

'Sweet Summer' Punch Needle project by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com
Valdani variegated Perle Cotton

Choosing colors of Perle Cotton ...




'Sweet Summer' Punch Needle project by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Lavender blooms...
you can't see the individual lavender buds,
until the background is punched.




'Sweet Summer' Punch Needle project by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com
Punch Needle Embroidery

Stems and lots of delicate lavender leaves.




'Sweet Summer' Punch Needle project by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

This is the back of my Punch Needle project.
When I have a lot of little details, 
I will leave my Perle Cotton 'tails',
just a little bit longer.  The details are
actually easier to punch around, when the 'tail' is longer,
because you can easily hold it back with a finger,
while you punch.




'Sweet Summer' Punch Needle project by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com
'Sweet Summer' Punch Needle design






There is nothing that says "warm weather"
quite like a lilac in bloom.
This lilac is about 60 years old 
and smells so heavenly.
Not to mention that gorgeous color !




'Lamb' Rug Hooking by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com
Traditional Wool Rug Hooking

My Lamb Rug Hooking is bound 
and waiting for the Porchwalk at the end of September.

Have a beautiful start to your week my Friends...
Rose

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Binding A Hooked Rug...

Binding a Hooked Rug - ThreeSheepStudio.com

There are as many ways to bind a rug
as there are wool choices...
but my personal favorite is 
whipping the edge with wool yarn.




Binding a Hooked Rug - ThreeSheepStudio.com

I like to use a Chenille needle #16.
This type needle has a sharp tip 
and a large eye for threading the yarn.
Any needle that feels good in your hand 
can be used, it doesn't have to be this type.
I whip the edge using a double thickness of yarn,
so that I have good coverage.




Binding a Hooked Rug - ThreeSheepStudio.com

I use 100% wool yarn to bind my rugs.
It doesn't have to be fancy, this wool was
purchased with a 50% off coupon at A.C. Moore.

I will occasionally purchase specialty yarn,
if I am looking for a certain color.




Binding a Hooked Rug - ThreeSheepStudio.com

To cord or not to cord ??

I have bound rugs with cotton cord/roping and without.
Using cotton cord provides an even and consistent border.
Every time I bind a rug without cording, 
the edges are uneven and "thick and thin",
depending on how firmly I pull my yarn.
Sometimes, I like that look, 
but more often I prefer a clean 'even' look.
When you use cord/roping, as you pull the yarn snugly,
it can only tighten as far as the cord will allow,
as a result the binding is even and consistent.
( I buy my cotton cording/roping at 
my local hardware store. *cheap*)




Binding a Hooked Rug - ThreeSheepStudio.com

I will cut my primitive burlap, one side at a time,
about 1 inch from the hooked edge.
(If you cut more than one side at a time,
you will have a fraying mess !)
Roll the burlap tightly, up and over the cotton cording,
towards the front of the rug.
I like simple, so I use a basic clothes pin to hold a small 
section in place, while I whip the edge. 
Be careful to go 'up to' the hooked area, but don't take your needle into the hooked loops.
(Keep the whipping close together, 
so that no burlap shows) 




Binding a Hooked Rug - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Don't knot your yarn, but rather 'lay the ends', 
(I usually leave about 2 inches when starting and stopping),
into the rolled edge and bind in place as
you continue around the edge of your rug.




Binding a Hooked Rug - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Corners can be tricky.
A few things that have helped me...
I make sure I won't be running out of 
yarn, as I near a corner. 
I know what you are thinking - 'well, of course', 
but I can't tell you how often this has happened !!
Corners need my full concentration, 
so I don't want to have to rethread 
my needle on a corner - it makes the corner lumpy!

Also, this is where cording can be really helpful,
as you round the corner, the cording keeps everything
moving smoothly.  Trim the burlap as needed,
so that you don't have excess bunching
of fabric, as you roll the burlap over the cord.




Binding a Hooked Rug - ThreeSheepStudio.com

After the binding is complete,
I'll steam the back of the rug to make
it relax and lay nice and flat.
I'll give it a basic 'clean up' by removing any 
lint/burlap hair from the front and trimming any wool tails.
~  ~  ~  ~

Enjoy this beautiful day...
Rose

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Humble Wool Hutch and Rug Hooking...

Wool Hutch - Applique Wool - ThreeSheepStudio.com

My humble wool hutch...
My 'go to' for wool,
 for applique




Applique Wool - ThreeSheepStudio.com

I like to have everything 'in sight' so I can choose
colors and textures that might work with my project.





As the 'storehouse' of wool increases,
I have been known to 'take over' furniture,
to house my stash of wool !




Wool Fabric - ThreeSheepStudio.com

At the moment...
I am in love with these shades !
(I cannot get enough of the Candy Apple Stripe !)




Traditional Wool Rug Hooking by Rose at ThreeSheepStudio.com
Rug Hooking

Working on the border around my lamb.




Traditional Wool Rug Hooking by Rose at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I decided on placing a few honeycomb red circles
around the edge...I marked their placement 
with a red 'x', so I don't forget.




Traditional Wool Rug Hooking by Rose at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Anytime I need to make a correction to my drawn
pattern, I use a red sharpie...if I need to make 
further corrections, I will use another color sharpie,
which usually is purple.  This helps me to know
which correction / line I should follow to hook.
(Sometimes, my rug can look like a rainbow,
til I'm finished with all of the changes !)



Traditional Wool Rug Hooking by Rose at ThreeSheepStudio.com

To give my rug hooking background some movement,
I will hook swirly lines first and then follow them 
to fill in the background.  In this design, I hooked
the swirly lines using a different wool,
 in a subtle shade difference,
to make it stand out.

~  ~  ~  ~
And those who were seen dancing
were thought to be insane by those
who could not hear the music.
~Friedrich Nietzsche
~  ~  ~  ~ 

We are heading into gorgous warm weather...
Oh Happy Day...
Rose

Thursday, March 31, 2016

His eye is on the Sparrow...

Counted Cross Stitch by Rose at ThreeSheepStudio.com - Design by Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery
 His eye is on the Sparrow

After several "tear outs", 
I'm moving right along with this design
by Beth Twist from Heartstring Samplery.




Counted Cross Stitch by Rose at ThreeSheepStudio.com - Design by Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery

Roof lines to stitch...




Counted Cross Stitch by Rose at ThreeSheepStudio.com - Design by Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery




Counted Cross Stitch by Rose at ThreeSheepStudio.com - Design by Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery

Houses to build.




Counted Cross Stitch by Rose at ThreeSheepStudio.com - Design by Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery

While I am stitching on this very large project,
(31in. x 26in.), with a stitch count of 435 x 363,
 there is a lot of linen that over hangs my hoop.
(My linen is cut to 40in. x 34in.)




Bull Nose Clamp to hold excess fabric 'out of the way', while stitching.

I use large bull nose clamps to hold my fabric 
"out of the way", while I stitch.  
The inside of the clamp is smooth,
so it doesn't harm my linen or stitches.




Counted Cross Stitch by Rose at ThreeSheepStudio.com - Design by Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery

I roll my linen that hangs over the hoop
and then clamp it in place.

Somtimes, I roll the linen and then place the clamp
directly on the edge of my hoop,
while other times I just clamp the rolled linen.
Whichever works best at the moment.

~  ~  ~  ~
It does not matter how slowly you go
as long as you do not stop.
                           ~ Confucius
~  ~  ~  ~

Enjoy your end of the week...
Rose


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