Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Folksy Flower...

Punch Needle - Folksy Flower by Rose Clay at

This Folksy Flower Charm Cushion
was punched using
Valdani Variegated Perle Cotton Thread
on Maple Cream Weavers Cloth.
Don't you just love all the different shades of green
in the leaves ?  All from one ball of variegated Perle Cotton.
Valdani #M19 - Olives

Punch Needle - Folksy Flower by Rose Clay at
Scalloped Blanket Stitch and French Knots

A few embroidery stitches added...
I 'squared up' the Weavers Cloth and 
Blanket Stitched it onto a hand dyed houndstooth wool.

Punch Needle - Folksy Flower by Rose Clay at

Every time I use Valdani Thread,
I smile.  How can you not love all the gorgeous
shading that just "shows up" when you punch ??
Their variegated thread line does the shading work for you !
It couldn't be easier.

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While choosing pumpkins at a nearby farm,
we were being watched.  Her name is Rosie.
Isn't she beautiful ?  She is enjoying Autumn, too !
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Many thanks to all of the wonderful people who
showed up for the Artisans' Porchwalk, this past weekend !
Yes, it poured rain and it was c.o.l.d.
But, somehow we got through the weekend.
The shoppers who braved the weather
were serious shoppers on a mission
and knew just what they wanted ;)

The plus side to the weekend...
The owners of the homes with the porches,
provide meals, snacks and drinks to 
the vendors, all throughout the day.
Our host is THE most amazing cook.
We were pampered and well fed.

Enjoy your day Friends...

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Maple Cream Weavers Cloth...

Punch Needle Embroidery by Rose Clay at
Punch Needle Design using Valdani Variegated Perle Cotton

Sometimes, when doing punch needle embroidery,
I love the look of punching the main object, 
but would prefer to not fill in the background.

Punch Needle Embroidery by Rose Clay at
Valdani Perle Cotton Thread in Backyard Honeycomb

There have been times, I have simply loved the design -
loved how the main design 'stood on it's own'...
until I punched the background...  
and then I felt like the main design 
just faded or lost it's ...well, *punch*.

Different Shades Of Weavers Cloth -

I usually do punch needle on very light Weavers Cloth.
There are a couple reasons for this.
After coming up with a pattern, I need to be able to
transfer the pattern to the cloth.  A very easy task
when you are working with light colored Weavers Cloth.
Usually, to leave the background unpunched
was not the most attractive. 

I have recently come across a beautiful 
Weavers Cloth in the shade of 'Maple Cream'.
I am loving this colorway.  It is perfect as a darker background
for a punched design, and yet not 'too dark' that it can't 
have a design transferred onto it for punching.

Punch Needle Embroidery by Rose Clay at

The punch needle design can easily
be transfered to the 'Maple Cream' Weavers Cloth.
(To make the pattern easier to transfer,
you can  trace over the design with a sharpie marker
to make it darker, before transferring, if needed.)

For those that would like to give it a try...
The 'Maple Cream' Weavers Cloth 
is now available in the Studio
in Fat Quarter Yd. cuts.

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Happy Autumn from

The 2015 Artisans' Porchwalk is 
Friday, October 2, 10-5 p.m.
Saturday, October 3, 10-4 p.m.
in Historic Lititz, PA
~ Rain or Shine ~

Yes, it is suppose to pour rain,
but, I have a lovely porch that is cozy and
would love to have you visit me if you 
are in the area.
(Maybe we will get a break in the weather -
*fingers crossed* !)

Have a lovely Thursday...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Wool Strawberries...Porchwalk...Giveaway Winner...

Wool Strawberries by Rose Clay at

I have been making a patch full of 
wool strawberries (and pumpkins !)

The loose strings will be used to attach the 
tiny strawberries.

Wool Strawberries by Rose Clay at

I am in love with the baby blue, red and yellow
plaid wool.  A gift of 'very' vintage wool from a friend !
I'd love to see it reproduced again.

Wool Strawberries by Rose Clay at

I'm preparing for the 2015 Artisans' Porchwalk
in Lititz, PA
Friday, October 2, 10-5 p.m.
Saturday, October 3, 10-4 p.m.

The Porchwalk is a fabulous show where
you walk from porch to porch in historic Lititz,
viewing the handwork of juried artists and craftsmen.

There are over 36 amazing artisans to visit
and Lititz has incredible eateries, 
all within walking distance of the porches.
Come out and plan to spend the day !
(and do introduce yourself if you stop by my porch !)

I will be giving Punch Needle demonstrations
on both days.

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'Indian Summer' mixed media Punch Needle design by Rose Clay at

The Winner of the 
"Indian Summer" Mixed Media Punch Needle Pattern is...
Janice C., with her favorite Autumn food being
'Taffy Apple Salad'.
(Please contact me with your mailing address Janice
and I will send out your pattern !)

Some of your favorite Autumn food offerings...
Hot Spiced Cider...Gingerbread...Apple Butter...
Apple Dumplings...Sweet Potato Fries...
Apple Crisp...Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese...
Pumpkin Bread Pudding...Chili

And, I learned something new !
Evidently, I had no idea, DQ makes a killer
Pumpkin Pie Blizzard !  I'll be there this weekend ;)
Amazing what you can learn from the 'comment' section !

Enjoy the day...

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Indian Summer...And A Giveaway...

Indian Summer Punch Needle Pattern by Rose Clay at

"Indian Summer"...
an unexpected warm spell during the Autumn months.

Indian Summer Punch Needle Pattern by Rose Clay at

I decided to finish this punch needle design 
into a smallish wool cushion.  
with mustard glass beads on the edges.

Indian Summer Punch Needle Pattern by Rose Clay at

I placed a random zig zag stitch of hand embroidery
around the edge of the design, 
using Valdani variegated Perle Cotton Thread.

This design would also look nice finished
 onto a bread board
or the front of an old book.

Indian Summer Punch Needle Pattern by Rose Clay at

Welcoming Autumn, with colors of an Indian Summer...
bittersweet, pokeberry, white pumpkins 
gorgeous shades of fallen leaves 
and a deep blue Autumn sky.

Indian Summer Punch Needle Pattern by Rose Clay at

The "Indian Summer" Mixed Media Pattern,
(Punch Needle and Wool Applique)
 is now available in the Studio.
Valdani Thread Bundles for this pattern
are also available.

I am grateful for all of the wonderful friends
who support and encourage me !
As a Thank You, I will be giving away an
"Indian Summer" Pattern.

~ A winner has been chosen and notified...
this Giveaway is now closed. ~

Leave a comment on this post -
telling me your favorite Autumn food.
A winner will be randomly chosen on
Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

Enjoy this lovely September weekend...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Bittersweet And Pokeberry...

Punch Needle and Wool Applique by Rose Clay at

Wool Applique and Punch Needle Embroidery...
Two of my favorite things, brought together in one design !

This mixed media piece uses 
Valdani variegated Perle Cotton Thread along with
rich, yummy shades of hand dyed wool fabric
in plaids, windowpanes and solids,
for the leaves.

Punch Needle and Wool Applique by Rose Clay at

Bittersweet and pokeberry curl around a white pumpkin.
I love white pumpkins.  Maybe it is their calming,
creamy neutral shades, that commands attention.

I always dream 
of doing an all white Autumn display... 
(but then when the actual time draws near, 
I can't resist all of the spicey colors !)
Hmmm...maybe this year.

Punch Needle and Wool Applique by Rose Clay at
Bittersweet Vine

Bittersweet in Valdani Perle Cotton ~ 
Old Brick and Backyard Honeycomb.

Punch Needle and Wool Applique by Rose Clay at

Welcome Sweet September !

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