Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring Blooms And New Civil War Pincushions...


Oh Spring, where are you ???
We are having a sunny, 
but very cold, blustery day.




Sweet little "unknown" flowers in the gardens.
Probably weeds, but they have perfect tiny flowers.




I treasure my Harry Lauders Walking Stick
because the limbs can be used in many projects.
These are the catkins from the 
'Red' Harry Lauders Walking Stick.
Loving the texture and rusty red color !
(Even the buds are red)



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

New Eight Pointed Civil War Pin Cushions are
beginning to line up...



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Measuring 8.5 inches "tip to tip"
and 3.5 or so inches high...



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

These Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushions
can be found in my Studio.



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I love to do Hand Embroidery...
I couldn't resist adding it to a pincushion.
I used gorgeous Valdani variegated Perle Cotton Thread
for the Hand Embroidery.  Love the richness and 
all the variation of color in each of the roses.
Beads and crystals will come next !




Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com




Sweet Tender Violets

Violets always remind me of my Grandmother 
and her Grandmother...generations past.
I can remember collecting large handfuls
and placing them in a vase for my Grandmother.

Enjoy your weekend !
Rose


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wool Applique Needlekeepers...

Jacobean Wool Applique Needlekeepers - Pattern from Rose Clay at Three Sheep Studio

Jacobean Wool Applique Needlekeepers...
These colorful flowers are from 
the Red Rose Embroidery Guild's meeting.
We worked on Wool Applique Needlekeepers.

I love seeing how each flower is unique to their "owner".




Any time you gather stitchers together,
you will find 'stitching' essentials...
items that just make the job easier,
or maybe, are just near and dear to the stitcher.










One of the gals was working on a
Contemporary Forest Necklace.
It fits into a brass frame and you can change
the stitchery within the frame.
It is very tiny and the detail is astounding.









My #2 Daughter and her husband live on 
a gorgeous working Amish farmstead.
They are not Amish, however their neighbors are.

She came home from work this week,
to find one of the four Amish boys,
fast asleep, in the sun, in front of her doorway !
This is just too, too cute for words.  Priceless.

(My Daughter had permission to take this photo.
The Amish family often asks 
my Daughter and her Husband to 
take pictures of their four boys 
and family events.)


Enjoy your day...
Rose


Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion...

Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

The Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion...
My hands have been busy gathering lovely
textures and colors of wool fabric  
and stitching, stitching, stitching !



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Each pincushion is topped with 
hand cut wool pennies and 'Penny Pins'.



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

The Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushions
can be found in my Studio.




Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

These Civil War Pincushions are filled with 
crushed walnut shells.  They have some weight to them
and are fairly large...
'tip to tip' they are 8.5 in. x 3.5 in. high.



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Underside of pincushion



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

After making a few, I did some research on
the 'Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion'.
While they have been made for many generations,
I was not able to find any authentic reference in
any reenactor periodicals or written historic information,
regarding any civil war significance.

It has been written that is is "likely" that stitchers of the 
Civil War era created these pincushions from remnants
of fabric and used 'buckshot' to fill them.



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Even if it is only 'likely' they were made 
during the early 1860's, I still love their 
big 'personality' and usefulness ! 
~  ~  ~  ~

I am loving this...


(pinterest)

Enjoy your week !
Rose


Friday, April 10, 2015

Tearing Gorgeous Wool...

Tiny Daffodils in an Antique wood Sugar Mold

Happy Friday to you !  It is a rainy, stormy
day here in Pennsylvania.  Perfect for staying
inside and creating...




This gorgeous, no GORGEOUS, wool arrived 
this week !  See that black wool ??  It is called
"Black Tie" - one side is black with small white design
and the flip side is white with small black design !
'Double the use' and perfect for rug hooking ;)
Available at The Wool Studio.

The Wool Studio sends out a wool swatch mailer
about every 3 months.  If you would like to receive it,
send them $5.00 and you will receive a 'wool mailer'
about 4x's a year.  You will then continue to stay on 
their wool mailer list as long as you place an order
from every other mailer.
(more info is on The Wool Studio website)




Preparing for my next project...  I just love seeing 
all the colorful wool laid out on the cutting table...
or should I say 'tearing' table...  I always make a snip
at the proper measurement and then simply tear
the wool, (vertical with the selvage). 
 It keeps the grain nice and straight.  ;)




Have a lovely creative weekend...
Rose


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion...

Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion in wool by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I am always looking for interesting pincushions...
when I saw the Eight pointed Civil War pincushion,
I knew right away it would be perfect in wool.



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion in wool by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

This is a fairly large pincushion,
measuring 'tip to tip' 8.5 inches,
all handwork, using Valdani Perle Cotton
and felted wool fabric.



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion in wool by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com
Underside of Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion



Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion in wool by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

The Pincushion stands 3.25 inches high
and is topped with wool pennies.


Eight Pointed Civil War Pincushion in wool by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

It is filled with crushed walnut shells,
although in the early 1800's it would have been 
filled with Buckshot, which was widely available.

This pincushion will be put to good use.
It is large enough to hold...  
lots of glass headed pins (which I collect), 
all different needles (I like to leave some threaded),
and little embroidered bits and doo-dads
that I just can't seem to throw out.

~  ~  ~  ~
Show up in 
every single 
moment like
you're meant
to be there.
                      marie forleo
~  ~  ~  ~

Enjoy this day...
Rose

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