Tuesday, May 24, 2016

For Such A Time As This...

Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at Three Sheep Studio

I have begun stitching the small squares
for the Quaker Ball.  I'm using a dark cinnamon
floss.  12 different designs...




Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at Three Sheep Studio

I purchased a piece of hand dyed 28 count linen.
24in. x 30in.
I needed to make sure I could fit all 26 pieces of 
the Quaker Ball onto the cut of linen.
It worked, with a tiny bit to spare.
I'll save any leftover for another project.




Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at Three Sheep Studio

Now for the hard part...
A cut of hand dyed linen, this size, is expensive.
But, I had to trace the different sized squares onto 
the linen.  It just didn't feel right to do this, but
the drawn lines will be used for cutting.




Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at Three Sheep Studio





Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at Three Sheep Studio




Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at Three Sheep Studio

All of the small blocks will be in this dark cinnamon.
I've never made this sort of project before,
but I am thinking - if the small blocks are all the same,
it will unify the project...we will see.




Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at Three Sheep Studio

These designs are quick and enjoyable 
to stitch up, in the evening with a cup of tea.




Quaker Ball by Rose Clay at Three Sheep Studio

I am still sorting through colors...
I am thinking these values will work...
not sure until I see it start to come together.


~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~

For such a time as this...



Learning The Fine Art Of Hand Sewing.
My Granddaughter and I

I positively have been waiting my whole life 
for this very moment !



Learning The Fine Art Of Hand Sewing

My Granddaughter just turned 5 years old.
Time to pass on the fine art of hand sewing...
(this will be a work in progress)



Learning The Fine Art Of Hand Sewing

~~ Be still, my heart. ~~
I've gathered floss, just for her.
She could hardly wait...



Learning The Fine Art Of Hand Sewing

Proud little girl,
even prouder Grammy !

~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~

Be still enough to see something beautiful
in each day.
Rose


Friday, May 20, 2016

Quaker Ball Project...

Quaker Ball project by Rose Clay at Three Sheep Studio

I am getting ready to start on
a Pennsylvania German 'Quaker' Ball.

I love the finished look of a Quaker Ball...
26 pieces, all hand embroidered,
assembled, by hand, into a ball.



Quaker Ball project by Rose Clay at Three Sheep Studio
Hand dyed linen from Stitch N Stuff in Reading, PA

There are so many fabric choices...
I've settled on a 28ct. hand dyed linen.
The color is 'Cyprium'.  Gorgeous !

I'll show my work as I move along on the project.
Still playing with the threads, 
to see what will work.



Bleeding Heart

We've had two GLORIOUS days of sunshine,
and tomorrow we're back into rain for the weekend.

I was able to walk the gardens today
and see what is coming along...other than weeds,
which love the **weeks and weeks** of rain
we have been having.




My Bronze Fennel has made it
through the winter.
The Monarch caterpillars love to feast on it,
during the summer.  But I don't mind,
this plant will get 4-5 feet tall, bronze, 
feathery and very bushy.
There will be plenty for me and the caterpillars !

May your weekend be filled with peace
and a little creativity...
Rose

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Addicted To Wool Pennies...

How To Cut Wool Pennies at Three Sheep Studio

Wool Pennies...
completely addicting !




How To Cut Wool Pennies at Three Sheep Studio

Once I start cutting, 
I just cannot stop...




How To Cut Wool Pennies at Three Sheep Studio

I've mentioned before, the method I use for cutting 
wool pennies, but in case you missed it...
Go to Wool Pennies,
to learn how I cut pennies quickly.
(quickly, being the key word !)




How To Cut Wool Pennies at Three Sheep Studio

Once I start cutting, I will usually cut until 
I cannot cut anymore and then I will store 
the wool pennies in bags according to sizes.
Then when I need them, I don't have to cut...
I just pull out what I need for a project.




How To Cut Wool Pennies at Three Sheep Studio

I like all kinds...
brights, black and white, neutrals, primitive...
(Houndstooth makes me swoon !).




How To Cut Wool Pennies at Three Sheep Studio

I always cut my wool pennies by hand,
they may not be perfect,
but that just adds to their charm !




How To Cut Wool Pennies at Three Sheep Studio

Textures and solids mixed on 
a beautiful honeycomb wool.

I am working on some Cupboard Tucks
and Pincushions.

~  ~  ~  ~



Hydrangea

I just planted this beautiful "Mothers Day"
gift in my garden.  I love Hydrangeas, but 
they don't always love me back !
If anyone has any tips for growing them,
I would love to hear !!

Have a beautiful day ...
Rose

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mattress Ticking ...

'Most Loved' Punch Needle Heart on Mattress Ticking by Rose Clay
 Punch Needle Heart and Mattress Ticking

I have been enjoying working with 
Mattress Ticking...
trying to come up with ideas to use
these beautiful striped fabrics.




'Most Loved' Punch Needle Heart on Mattress Ticking by Rose Clay

After punching and pressing,
I snugly fold the Weavers Cloth to the back
and press in place.




'Most Loved' Punch Needle Heart on Mattress Ticking by Rose Clay

You will notice I leave my threads in the back
a little longer.  I have found that you can 
work easier around the details, when punching,
if you don't cut them flush or close 
to the weavers cloth.  Also, while antiquing,
I have seen some amazing vintage punch needle 
pieces, where the backs were trimmed too close,
and now the punches are loosening at those
places.  Sad to see.




'Most Loved' Punch Needle Heart on Mattress Ticking by Rose Clay
Heart punched with Valdani Perle Cotton

I only have a very small piece of this
vintage ticking remaining...
I have learned some very valuable lessons
while working with this ticking.

Vintage ticking can be fragile...
I usually work with wool fabric, which has
a certain amount of 'give' to it.
I learned you cannot pull and tug on old ticking...
it will tear.  Lesson learned, (the hard way) !





'Most Loved' Punch Needle Heart on Mattress Ticking by Rose Clay

With a wide spaced running stitch, 
I secure the punch needle piece 
to the ticking.




'Most Loved' Punch Needle Heart on Mattress Ticking by Rose Clay

Adding embellishments...




'Most Loved' Punch Needle Heart on Mattress Ticking by Rose Clay
Hand Dyed Wool Fabric backing

Initials and a ticking patch on the back...




'Most Loved' Punch Needle Heart on Mattress Ticking by Rose Clay
Hand dyed shell button on wool patch

'Most Loved' is ready to hang 
from a linen strap.

May you have a beautiful weekend...
Rose

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Pillow Making...

'At The Water's Edge' Punch Needle Design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Pillow Making...




'At The Water's Edge' Punch Needle Design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

When I finished punching my turtle design,
I wasn't sure how I wanted to 'finish' it.
Everything I'm not sure of, gets placed 
on a pile.  When it 'comes to me',
I'll know and will finish the project.
Sometimes, the pile grows for months !

I decided on a pillow, mostly because
I have a serious obsession with
this gorgeous wool !!




'At The Water's Edge' Punch Needle Design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com
Wrong side of wool

After I finished punching the design,
I needed to attach it to my piece of wool fabric.
I ran a widely spaced running stitch around
the edge of the punched piece,
using the same perle cotton that was used
in the background of this piece...
Valdani Perle Cotton #P3,
(Aged White, medium)




'At The Water's Edge' Punch Needle Design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I pinned the wool, wrong sides together.
Gently rounded the corners
and began blanket stitching the sides.




'At The Water's Edge' Punch Needle Design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Another finish...whew,
half a dozen more to go...

Be well, my friends...
Rose

~  ~  ~  ~
*** For those that have asked for a close up
of the blanket stitched edge... ***


Close up of Blanket Stitch on wool pillow - ThreeSheepStudio.com


Close up of Blanket Stitch on wool pillow - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...