Monday, December 5, 2016

Sparkle...

Needlekeeper from the Red Rose Embroidery Guild Christmas Breakfast - ThreeSheepStudio.com

It's no secret, I'm a fan of sparkle...
or maybe it's just the the look of glass beads,
crystals and precious stones...
intertwined with stitching, that catches my eye.




Needlekeeper from the Red Rose Embroidery Guild Christmas Breakfast - ThreeSheepStudio.com

No matter, I am in love with this Needle Keeper...
can you tell ?




Needlekeeper from the Red Rose Embroidery Guild Christmas Breakfast - ThreeSheepStudio.com

I love the soft colors...




Needlekeeper from the Red Rose Embroidery Guild Christmas Breakfast - ThreeSheepStudio.com

and the fabric couldn't be more perfect -
rich and luxurious !




Needlekeeper from the Red Rose Embroidery Guild Christmas Breakfast - ThreeSheepStudio.com

This past Saturday was our Christmas breakfast
for the Red Rose Embroidery Guild.
The 2017 President gifted every lady who 
attended, a gorgeous Needle Keeper !




Needlekeeper from the Red Rose Embroidery Guild Christmas Breakfast - ThreeSheepStudio.com
'Debbie's Expressions'

How fast can I fill mine up !!
Thank you, Debbie,
for your generosity and kindness !

Hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their week...
Rose

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

French Country Hen Pillow...

French Country Hen Pillow by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

December is on our heels...
baking cookies,
family gatherings...
nestled in, with a cup of tea and
some wooly goodness...
stitching away the hours.





Before the rain arrived,
I found my Oakleaf Hydrangea had been 
changing her coat of green into
 rich, deep Burgundy
and cranberry shades...
I had been so busy inside,
that I almost missed it !

These rich shades have been the inspiration 
for my wool work...




French Country Hen Pillow by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Valdani Perle Cotton in...
Aged Wine, Vibrant Red, Garnet
and others in 
Brick and Turkey Red.




French Country Hen Pillow by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I hand dyed much of the wool used
in this design. 




French Country Hen Pillow by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Gently trimming and coaxing 
each wool piece into place.




French Country Hen Pillow by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Embellishing with Hand Embroidery 
and surrounded with wool pennies.




French Country Hen Pillow by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

This French Country Hen 
is my Handmade Offering to usher in December.




French Country Hen Pillow by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

The Pillow edge is trimmed in 
Czech glass beads in varying shades of ruby red.




French Country Hen Pillow by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

An assortment of hand embroidery stitches
has been used for embellishment.




French Country Hen Pillow by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

The French Country Hen pillow 
is 12 x 12 inches. The front and back are wool.
The Hen is appliqued with hand dyed wool and
 embellished with hand embroidery.
The pillow edge is trimmed in ruby red 
Czech glass beads to compliment the Hen.

~ French Country Hen ~

French Country Hen is sold - Thanks so much !

If interested in purchasing,
please contact me at


Wishing you a warm and cozy day...
Rose


Monday, November 21, 2016

Lets Talk Punch Needles...

Lets Talk Punch Needles - ThreeSheepStudio.com

THE Punch Needle

30 + years ago, 
I purchased this "punch needle"...
it literally is called 'The Punch Needle' !




Lets Talk Punch Needles - ThreeSheepStudio.com

What in the world were they thinking ???




Lets Talk Punch Needles - ThreeSheepStudio.com

One solid piece of metal...end to end...
no adjustments of any kind.
Is that even a REAL needle ????




Lets Talk Punch Needles - ThreeSheepStudio.com

But, it did punch wonderfully.
(Or at least, I thought.)




Lets Talk Punch Needles - ThreeSheepStudio.com

My next purchase was a set of three needles,
made from stainless steel and brass.
(See those colored plastic tubes ?
Those tubes had to be cut to adjust
your loop height.)

I can honestly say, that if this punch needle set 
was all I had to use, I wouldn't be punching today !




Lets Talk Punch Needles - ThreeSheepStudio.com

These Russian Punch Needles
were small and cramped your hands when
used for large projects.
(And 15 years ago, they cost over 40.00 
for a set !)




Lets Talk Punch Needles - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Small needles and one or two threads of floss,
made for some very fine work.




Lets Talk Punch Needles - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Then came the Ultra Punch...
a punchers dream for ease of use.
(Formerly called the Cameo Punchneedle)




Lets Talk Punch Needles - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Easy to thread, easy to change needles, 
easy to set the loop height...
Perfectly user friendly !




Lets Talk Punch Needles - ThreeSheepStudio.com

My Punch Needles...
there are many others on the market,
but these are the ones I ended up with !

Would love to hear what kind of Punch Needle you use...
do you have a favorite ?


~  ~  ~

Tomato Plant Update:




Here in Pennsylvania,
it has been frosty cold with blustery winds...
the kind of wind that keeps you up at night !
A little sleet and a few flurries Saturday night.





We were able to pick a few handfuls of tomatoes
before the season ended.  
Vine ripe tomatoes up to mid November -
I'm happy with that !

Stay warm my friends...
Rose


Monday, November 14, 2016

'Tulip and Philphlot'...

'Tulip and Philphlot' wool applique and punch needle by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I like to move between different mediums
of fiber art.  It seems each feeds my 
creative spirit in a different way.
Wool Applique and Punch Needle
are at the top of my list.
But I also like Rug Hooking and Hand Embroidery.
I'm happiest when I can do all of these things 
with some balance.




'Tulip and Philphlot' wool applique and punch needle by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I've been working on a beautiful,
old fashioned Philphlot design.

A Philphlot is a swirled design that can be 
carved in wood, punched in tin, painted onto a surface
or, as in these applications,
pieced together in wool applique or 
completed as a punch needle project.




'Tulip and Philphlot' wool applique and punch needle by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

'Tulip and Philphlot'
is an adaptation of a design on a 
Pennsylvania painted dower chest, 
dated 1781.




'Tulip and Philphlot' wool applique and punch needle by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I am offering this design in both 
and a 
with detailed directions unique to each pattern.

~  ~  ~
It is a bit nippy cold here in Pennsylvania.
We woke up to 26 degrees at 5 a.m.
~ A perfect day for something warm and nourishing ~
I'm thinking a big kettle of 
Creamy Chicken, Spinach and Mushroom
Tortellini Soup for dinner this evening.
And...if I have time, homemade rolls...
 (a recipe from my neighbor, Theresa - Thank You !)
~  ~  ~
Enjoy the start to your week !
Rose


Thursday, November 10, 2016

An 'Angel of Peace'...

'Angel of Peace' Punch Needle Design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

~ Angel of Peace ~
We could all use a little peace...





'Angel of Peace' Punch Needle Design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Gorgeous Valdani variegated Perle Cotton 
was used to give richness, depth 
and lots of movement to this Angel.





'Angel of Peace' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

'Angel of Peace' punch needle pattern is
now in my Studio.
Perfect for the upcoming holidays.

~  ~  ~





Cafe One Eight in Lancaster, PA

This week, I visited Cafe One Eight,
in Lancaster, PA.
My lunch was a "Red Salad".
Beets, fresh baby greens, pine nuts, edamame,
goat cheese with balsamic dressing.
Oh my word...DELISH !!

~  ~  ~




Sunsugar Yellow Cherry Tomatoes

November 10th...





Sunsugar Yellow Cherry Tomatoes

these are my tomatoes today...
Every night I cover them up with quilts.
It takes about 30 seconds to cover them...
pathetic isn't it ??  
What I am willing to do for 
"fresh from the vine" tomatoes...




Sunsugar Yellow Cherry Tomatoes

they are doing so well,
they are actually blooming !





Sunsugar Yellow Cherry Tomatoes

In the end,
only three things matter:
how much you loved,
how gently you lived
and how gracefully you let go
of the things not meant for you.
                           ~ found on Pinterest


Have a wonderful end of the week !
Rose

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wool Applique And Punch Needle Finishes...

A Tulip And A Philphlot Wool Applique by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I am working on some finishes today.
Wool applique and a little embroidery...




Angel Punch Needle by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

My punch needle angel should be finished
by the end of the day.




Amber Glass - ThreeSheepStudio.com

I love anything and everything about bees.
This amber piece of glass sits on my windowsill...




Amber Glass - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Catching rays of morning light,
as I sit by the window 
and finish up some stitching projects.




Tomatoes In November - ThreeSheepStudio.com

~~November 2~~
The tomatoes are still coming...
this is my bounty from this morning.
(I'm continuing to cover the plants at night,
as the temps dip.)


~  ~  ~  ~
Have a wonderful creative day...
and keep stitching.
Rose

Friday, October 28, 2016

Old Quilts...Angel Wings...Wool Feather Trees...

Old Quilts - Angel Wings - Wool Feather Trees - ThreeSheepStudio.blogspot.com

I have a collection of old and worn
cotton quilts.  But, they are not used 
to 'cozy with'...




Old Quilts - Angel Wings - Wool Feather Trees - ThreeSheepStudio.blogspot.com

They are perfect to "cover up" my 
tomato plants when the night time 
temperatures fall to freezing.




Old Quilts - Angel Wings - Wool Feather Trees - ThreeSheepStudio.blogspot.com

I use clothes pins to secure the quilts
around the tomato plants...




Old Quilts - Angel Wings - Wool Feather Trees - ThreeSheepStudio.blogspot.com

These are my tomatoes today,
at the end of October. I am hoping to have
homegrown tomatoes at Thanksgiving.
I've already had them at Christmas, 
but it depends on if the weather cooperates !




Old Quilts - Angel Wings - Wool Feather Trees - ThreeSheepStudio.blogspot.com

Pulling colors for a new Punch Needle project...




Old Quilts - Angel Wings - Wool Feather Trees - ThreeSheepStudio.blogspot.com

Something angelic maybe ?




Old Quilts - Angel Wings - Wool Feather Trees - ThreeSheepStudio.blogspot.com

Wings that take flight...
(all those little loops, almost look like tiny little pearls)




Old Quilts - Angel Wings - Wool Feather Trees - ThreeSheepStudio.blogspot.com

~  ~  ~
She stood 
in the storm,
and when the 
wind did not
blow her way,
she adjusted her sails.
~Elizabeth Edwards
~ ~ ~


~Also, I have been receiving MANY, many 
requests for the Wool Feather Tree directions.
I now have a link on my side bar, for 
how to obtain them.
(Just click on the pic of Wool Feather Trees)

Have a wonderfully creative day.
Rose

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