Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sweet Red Berries...

'A Crow's Feast' Punch Needle Pattern from Rose Clay at
 "A Crow's Feast" Pin Pillow Design

This crow is surrounded by a feast 
of luscious red berries !
'A Crow's Feast' Pin Pillow
measures 7in. x 5.5 in., not including the
strawberries that dangle from each corner.
I used Valdani variegated Perle Cotton Thread
to punch this design.  The pattern also includes
a DMC conversion. 

'A Crow's Feast' Punch Needle Pattern 
is now available in the Studio.

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Meet Anne Henderson who is
the owner of 'Ewebiquitous' in Lititz.  
Anne's shop is a fiber art destination.
Just peeking in the storefront window...
you can't resist stepping in to take a look.
(You'll be amazed !)

Ewebiquitous is packed with gorgeous yarn,
needles, hooks, knitting supplies, wool roving
and wool fabric in beautiful shades.
An assortment of beautiful hooked rugs,
 by the very talented Rebecca Buckwalter, 
are displayed in one of the rooms.

Punch Needle supplies, books, patterns and so much more.
 Needle Keeps and sewing 'needfuls' 
by the multi talented Lynn Dohne and so many
 more items from other fine local Artisans, are on display.
If an art form uses fiber, 
it can be found here.

I am delighted to be teaching 
Beginner Punch Needle classes
Thursday, March 26, 2015
6-9:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
1-4:00 p.m.

There are a limited amount of spaces
available, so call early and reserve your spot !
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"Great things
never came 
from comfort 
                                  ~ found on Pinterest

Warm wishes to you on this Thursday !

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Week In Review...

Embroidery By Hiroko Kubota
Hand Embroidery by Hiroka Kubota

How spectacular is this embroidery ??
An amazing cat peeking from a pocket.

Look at those eyes - you can see right into his/her soul !

Embroidery By Hiroko Kubota
Hand Embroidery by Hiroko Kubota

To learn more about this artist and how she
got started embroidering cats,
you can read this write up.

Embroidery By Hiroko Kubota
Hand Embroidery by Hiroko Kubota

This kitty just makes me smile...
Amazing what can be done with a needle and thread !

This was taken from my iPhone
one morning last week !
Alaska ???  No, Pennsylvania.

This has become a huge hit at our house.

My 11 year old son eats this like candy.
I tried it, but it smells a lot like fish food.
(In fact, in a blind test, you can't tell the difference !)
If you can get past that, it's actually good.
(not better than candy...NOTHING is better
than candy !)

Sweet Honeycomb Punch Needle Embroidery design by Rose Clay at
Sweet Honeycomb Punch Needle Design

Work continues on Sweet Honeycomb...
should be ready for finishing today.
I am thinking I need to get 
velvet ribbon for hanging.

Amazing Bald Eagle live Webcam at Lancasteronline

We have been following the live webcam of the 
Bald Eagles; as have 1.6 million others.
How amazing is this ?  A close up view of 
the activity of two amazing Bald Eagles,
aptly named Liberty and Freedom...
in a massive nest, high in the tree tops.
When do you ever get to see something so neat ?

Amazing Bald Eagle live Webcam at Lancasteronline

She / He, (they take turns), sitting on two precious eggs.
Expected hatch date for the first egg is March 21.
Want to watch along ?
Go to the live cam to watch the Bald Eagles.
(Give it a minute to load.  It is amazing to see !)

Stay warm, safe and make the most of the day...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sweet Honeycomb...

Sweet Honeycomb Punch Needle Design by Rose Clay at

Sweet Honeycomb !
I love honey.  (Unfiltered is best)
We use it on toast, English muffins,
in baked goods, (it keeps gingerbread cookies really
soft !), and in tea. I buy it in large containers at our local
farm stand.  Did you know, when honey crystallizes,
you can place the container in a bowl of hot water
and it will return to normal ??

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Sweet Honeycomb Punch Needle Design by Rose Clay at
Valdani variegated Perle Cotton Thread

I love working with color, 
but sometimes a 'lack' of color is the best.
Soft colors, gentle, quiet and calming.

Sometimes I wonder how 'few a' colors
I can use and still make a design work...
we will see.

Sweet Honeycomb Punch Needle Design by Rose Clay at

We are into a deep freeze here in Pennsylvania,
 with snow everywhere !
But, I am dreaming of a Spring breeze 
with bees a buzzing...

Stay warm and creative...

Friday, February 13, 2015

A Punch Needle Offering...

'A Crow's Feast' Punch Needle Pillow -

'A Crow's Feast' punch needle pillow.
This pillow is made from a gorgeous
deep caramel wool, with tiny random flecks.
The design is punched using rich, 
hand dyed, variegated Valdani Perle Cotton Thread.

'A Crow's Feast' Punch Needle Pillow -

Strawberries, made from hand dyed houndstooth wool,
adorn each corner of pillow.
Pillow measures 5.5 in. x 7in..
not including strawberries at corners.
Pillow is 2in. in depth.

'A Crow's Feast' Punch Needle Pillow -

This pillow is filled with crushed walnut shells
and has a nice weighty feel to it.

Sold...  Thank You !

Wishing you a warm and cozy weekend !

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Crushed Walnut Shells...

Crushed Walnut Shells -
 Crushed Walnut shells

Crushed Walnut Shells make a wonderful
'stuffing' for small to medium projects.

Crushed Walnut Shells -

They fill every crevice.
I love the 'feel' of items that are filled
with crushed walnut shells...
the finished project will be firm
and yet squishy and pliable at the same time !

Crushed Walnut Shells -

99.9 % Dust - Free
Clean with no odor...
and I love the fact that they are 
a renewable resource !

When I was a young girl, 
my Grandmother would share how
EVERY part of a peach was used...
From the skin, came jelly.
The fruit was 'canned'.
The stone in the center was for crafting.
The soft white seed, inside the 'stone', 
was used in soap making.

Using Crushed Walnut Shells
makes me think my Grandmother would approve...
of the 'use it up or do without' idea.

In a few days I'll share just what it is that
I 'stuffed' with crushed walnut shells ;)

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What if I fall ?
Oh, but my darling,
what if you fly ?
                                              - e.h.
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Enjoy your day !

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