Friday, February 17, 2017

Judging And Deconstructing...

Madras Shorts - deconstructed - ThreeSheepStudio.com

I'm the one who can't throw anything away,
until it has been judged to have no life left in it !
My husband recently tossed his Madras shorts,
(from decades past), in the trash.
You would have thought I found gold !!!
So funny... I immediately began the 
'deconstructing' process !!
Now I have a few of these nice 'plaid' blocks
to dream about.




'The Windowbox' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com
'The Windowbox' punch needle design

Time to put down the Velvet and bring
in the Valdani Perle Cotton.




'The Windowbox' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I need to finish 'punching' glass panes 
in this window frame...




'The Windowbox' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I just love the velvet vine that is climbing up
the frame of this window. 
And of course, I love purple, so it's a win-win.

Have a beautiful weekend my friends...
Rose


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bay Leaves And Beads...

Wool Pincushion - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Where has the last week gone ??
A house full of family and friends,
kettles of chili and pans of cornbread...
several custom orders to "finish"...
and did I mention TAX TIME ! Ugh.




Glass Beads for embellishment - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Any day I can work with beads, 
is a good day. 
I love simple pleasures... 




Glass Beaded Blanket Stitch  - ThreeSheepStudio.com

I've been stitching a lot of glass beaded edging.




Wool Fabric - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Things are a little bit of a mess...
piles of wool everywhere.




Wool Fabric - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Time to organize...




Wool Fabric - ThreeSheepStudio.com

I can't even begin to gather my thoughts 
until the wool is in neat piles, 
so that I can see what I have to 
work with !




String Holder - ThreeSheepStudio.com

My #3 Daughter visited and brought
me this wonderful string holder,
complete with a neat pair of rustic scissors.
**  Love  **




Bay Leaf Tree - ThreeSheepStudio.com

I stopped by the greenhouse this week,
to pick up my own little Bay Leaf tree...
they are sturdy and so easy to care for.




Orange, Cranberry and Bay Leaf Garland - ThreeSheepStudio.com

I will need to have the Bay leaves for next year 
to string a new garland, like this one. 

Enjoy the day before you !
Rose

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

More Velvet, Please...

Punch Needle using Velvet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I've been completely enjoying punching with velvet !
And, even though I thought I would use it for small
projects, I couldn't resist doing a larger flower
design.  Of course, punching flowers
takes a lot of colors...
off to the thread store, once again...




Punch Needle using Velvet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

finding every reason to keep adding
to my velvet collection.
Even if I don't need every color,
I WANT every color !
Come on ladies, there must be 
someone else out there like me !
Does anyone know what I am talking about ??




Punch Needle using Velvet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I did learn a thing or two while on this adventure.
The Petite Velvet can be punched using the 
medium needle.  I always try to buy the 'Petite'.
Sometimes, a certain color may only come in 
a regular Very Velvet, (not Petite).  In that case,
you will have to use the large needle.
(The Petite Velvet has 15 yards on a card,
whereas the regular velvet has 10 yards.)




Punch Needle using Velvet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com




Punch Needle using Velvet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

"The Windowbox" punch needle design 
will use a combination of 
velvets and Valdani variegated Perle Cotton thread.




Punch Needle using Velvet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Velvet, wool, perle cotton and glass beads...
A finish for two small velvet punch needle designs.
More velvet, please...

Enjoy your day...
Rose

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Stitching And Amazing Linen...

'His eye is on the Sparrow' by Heartstring Samplery - stitched by Rose Clay

Stitching continues on 
by Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery.




'His eye is on the Sparrow' by Heartstring Samplery - stitched by Rose Clay





I don't usually use a 'needle minder'...
I have not found one that is actually
 'strong' enough to securely hold my needle. 
But I couldn't resist this one with the
owl and a 'fingernail' moon.




'His eye is on the Sparrow' by Heartstring Samplery - stitched by Rose Clay

The winter months are a great time to make
some progress on this very large piece.
Stitch count:  435 x 363




30 ct. linen from "The Primitive Hare"

Received this lovely package in the mail last week.




30 ct. linen from "The Primitive Hare"

The most beautiful 30ct. linen...




30 ct. linen from "The Primitive Hare"

I'm dreaming of ways to use this amazing fabric !

Have a wonderfully creative weekend...
Rose


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 !

~  ~  ~



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