Friday, April 21, 2017

Wool Applique Blossoms...

Wool Applique with Hand Embroidery by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I've been working on some wool applique
for this gorgeous black and white wool background.




Wool Applique with Hand Embroidery by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Lots of vibrant colors, which pair nicely
with black and white checks...




Wool Applique with Hand Embroidery by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Blanket stitching everything into place...




Wool Applique with Hand Embroidery by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Folksy wool flowers...




Wool Applique with Hand Embroidery by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I worked some simple Interlaced Back Stitch
for the stems... gives the stem some texture,
without being overcomplicated.
(Go to Interlaced Back stitch to see how 
easy this stitch is !)




Wool Applique with Hand Embroidery by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I've embellished the flowers with 
hand embroidery...
Spider Web stitch ~ French Knots ~ Seed stitch
Open Base Picot Stitch ~ Feather stitch
Couched Trellis work ~ Cast on Blossom stitch
Knotted Sheaf stitch 

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Old Fashioned Lilac

It's damp, spritzy and overcast here.
But the flowers don't seem to mind !
Can you smell this Old Fashioned Lilac ??
This might be the earliest it has bloomed 
in many years.  

Have a lovely weekend...
Rose


Monday, April 17, 2017

Typical Monday...

Gorgeous black and white wool !

It's a rainy Monday...
the start of a new week.

My typical Monday starts with
a long 'to do' list.




Gorgeous black and white wool !

This gorgeous wool has been sitting on my 
work table for a couple weeks now.





Gorgeous black and white wool !

Every time I walk into my Studio,
with coffee cup in hand...
I stand and ponder what will become of it.
What can I dream up... what colors can be 
paired with it.




Embroidery floss 'box'

Often times, I'll pull floss colors,
that I like and pair them with snippets of wool,
to see what works and what doesn't.




Wool Kits for the Wool Applique Pattern 'Nesting' by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Today, there are kits to put together,
orders to pack, wool to cut, photos to take
and patterns to work on.

 I would love to get control of my 
huge scrap bins and do 
a little sorting of wool colors.
But, my 'to list' is already too long, 
and I'm thinking the bins will have to wait.

Enjoy the start of your week !
Rose

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Wooly Strawberries...

Beaded Wool Strawberries by Rose Clay

~  STRAWBERRIES ~





Fresh Strawberries

No other words needed !
Yum, who can resist ??




Beaded Wool Strawberry Kits by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com   (Studio)

~ On my work table ~
Beautiful wool in reds, pinks, plaids, herringbone...
and greens for the 'caps'.




Beaded Wool Strawberries by Rose Clay

available in my Studio...
super easy and you'll have a bowl of
wooly good strawberries in no time !

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Greenhouse Flowers

I'm beginning to realize I have a serious problem
with greenhouses...
I just can't seem to stay out of them !
They are my 'perfect getaway' on 
a cold, rainy afternoon !




Greenhouse Flowers

Wishing you a wonderful Spring weekend...
Rose

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

'Nesting' Keepsake Box...

Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion filled with crushed walnut shells by Rose Clay

Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion
filled with crushed walnut shells...




Crushed Walnut Shells

I've been working on several custom orders...
all of them for Civil War Pincushions.
I use crushed walnut shells to firmly fill
these wooly items.  Originally, in the day,
lead buckshot was used, but I won't be using
buckshot due to the lead.




Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion filled with crushed walnut shells by Rose Clay

The crushed walnut shells give the pincushions
a weighty feel and they just feel good in your hand.

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Keepsake Box

I recently bought a long and narrow wooden box, 
14in. long x 4in. wide x 2.5in. deep




Wool Applique by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepstudio.com

I was working on a piece of wool applique and
looking for a 'finishing' idea.




'Nesting' Wool Applique applied to keepsake box by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I painted the box a rustic barn red.
Placed the wool applique on the top of the lid 
and lined the inside bottom with a piece of wool.




Wool Applique applied to keepsake box by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I added a small 'signature' to the inside of the lid.
As I did this, I was reminded of a story...
When I was born, my Mom and Dad named me
Rosemarie.  (Rose was my one Grandmother's name 
and Marie was my other Grandmother's name.)  
In that day, the nurse filled out the paperwork
for the birth certificate.
  She placed Rose for the first name and Marie
for the middle name.  It wasn't until the birth certificate 
arrived a few months later, 
that my Mom learned of the mistake.
Regardless, I was called Rosemarie all 
of my childhood.  




'Nesting' Wool Applique applied to keepsake box by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I love boxes and containers of all sizes and shapes.
This Keepsake box is the perfect size 
to hold needfuls and as a bonus, 
fits nicely on a windowsill or other narrow place.




'Nesting' Wool Applique applied to keepsake box by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

This 'Nesting' wool applique design
will be available soon, as a pattern.

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Summer blooms

While at the Farmers Market this week,
I saw some of the most gorgeous flowers.




Summer blooms

Here in Pennsylvania, our 'last date for frost'
is May 15.  Have to wait to plant.




Summer blooms

Have a beautiful day ...
Rose

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Stitching...

'His eye is on the Sparrow' counted cross stitch - stitched by Rose Clay of Three Sheep Studio

This is where I left off...
I (sheepishly) am not much further on
by Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery.
(You can read more about this project HERE.)




'His eye is on the Sparrow' counted cross stitch - stitched by Rose Clay of Three Sheep Studio

I started this large project on February 8, 2016.
A little over a year has past
and I'm still stitching...




'His eye is on the Sparrow' counted cross stitch - stitched by Rose Clay of Three Sheep Studio

My hand dyed linen measures 40in. x 34in.




'His eye is on the Sparrow' counted cross stitch - stitched by Rose Clay of Three Sheep Studio

Stitch count is 435 x 363

Stitching one motif at a time !

Have a wonderful evening...
Rose

Friday, March 24, 2017

Blossoms, Bonnets and Sun Hats...

Hand Embroidered Bonnet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Warm weather is coming...




Hand Embroidered Bonnet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

time to get the little bonnets beaded...




Hand Embroidered Sun Hat by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

and sun hats embroidered...




Hand Embroidered Sun Hat by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

getting ready for walks and outings 
with my Granddaughters !
Is there anything more important 
in this whole world ??
Somehow spending time with grandchildren
puts life into perspective...
slows it down and 'reorders' the importance
of the day.  It makes me realize that each day
is filled to the brim with hope and possibility.
These little ones have so much to teach us.




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Phalaenopsis Orchid

My Orchids are beginning to bloom again.





Phalaenopsis Orchid

I started growing Orchids about a year ago.
Simple "moth" orchids - Phalaenopsis





Phalaenopsis Orchid

They are so easy to care for.
I give each of them 3 ice cubes, in their clay
pots, once or twice a week.  They reward me with
blooms that last for months.



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Lime green, royal purple and fresh Eucalyptus flower arrangement

The best kind of flowers to get...
my #3 daughter dropped these off,
for no reason at all ;)
I'm in love with this color combination...
lime green, royal purple and 
fresh smelling Eucalyptus.

Looking forward to a warm day tomorrow...
Rose

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bird And Twig Wool Applique...

Wool Applique by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Happy First Day Of Spring to you !
I've been working out the details 
of a Bird and Twig wool applique design.




Wool Applique by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Beautiful warm wool colors.  Not sure if the blue
dots are berries or blooms... but, no matter, 
as it all comes together.




Wool Applique by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Hoping to finish this onto a long and narrow
keepsake box.

Enjoy your day.
Rose

Friday, March 10, 2017

Yesterday And Today...

Trees flowering

This was yesterday...
sunny and warm...
take a walk or ride a bike kinda day.
Trees flowering...




Harry Lauders Walking Stick covered in snow

This is today...
cold and snowy...




Daffodils under a blanket of snow

Daffodils under a blanket of snow.




Old Fashioned Pansy punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com  - 'Studio'

Spring really is on the way,
tells me so.
Punch Needle pattern is 
now available in my Studio.

Have a wonderful weekend...
Rose