Monday, June 11, 2018

Hand Embroidered Wildflowers and Berry Hand Pies...

'Wildflowers' Hand Embroidery by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Mondays are incredibly busy...
my busiest day of the week, by far.

On today's list...
Cloth to cut and package
Orders to pack and mail
Thread to sort
New designs to transfer
Emails to answer 
Wool to wash and organize
Pictures to take
Patterns to print
Newsletter to work on
Kits to assemble for a class

Somewhere in this mix, I will need 
a Spiced Chai Latte AND I happen
to have a husband who loves dessert
EVERY night !!  So, a homemade 
dessert is also needed !




Berry Hand Pies From SavingRoomForDessert.com

~ Berry Hand Pies ~
This looks perfect for a cool, rainy Monday !




'Wildflowers' Hand Embroidery by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I've been working on Wildflowers...
~ hand embroidered ~
(my favorite)




'Wildflowers' Hand Embroidery by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Lots of Satin stitch.  I love sitting down with
color charts and different types of threads...
plotting a new hand embroidery design.




Fuschia Peony Bush

While on an early morning walk,
I spotted these gorgeous Peony bushes.

Hoping you have a wonderful Monday !
Rose

Friday, June 8, 2018

A 'Summer Garden' and a Spiced Chai ...

'Summer Garden' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I have been waiting for a long time
to use this color of Perle Cotton Thread...
I like to call it Black Cherry -
but, 'the powers that be' (Valdani),
call it Maroon Moss.
Either way, I love it !




'Summer Garden' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I've used this variegated Perle Cotton
to add a fringe to this punch needle design.




'Summer Garden' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

'Summer Garden' is approximately
9 in. x 7.25 in.
This will be finished into a mat.
I used Valdani variegated thread #8.

This pattern is now available in the Studio.
DMC conversion is included
with an option for Weavers Cloth, also.




Pink 'Knock Out' Roses

Fresh picked from my gardens this morning.
I'm so thankful for warm weather...
windows wide open
sheers blowing in the breeze
long bike rides
pondering the day in the hammock
fresh produce from the local Farmers Market

and, if you are local to Lititz ...


Slate Coffee Shop - Lititz, PA

This wonderful new coffee shop...
~ Slate ~
The best Spiced Chai Latte !


Have a wonderful, relaxing Friday...
Rose

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Variegated Thread And Milk Chocolate...

'Summer Garden' Punch Needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Hello Needlework Friends !
I have been working on a
'Summer Garden'.




Maltesers Malt Ball Candy

With this at my side...




Maltesers Malt Ball Candy

A huge tub of malted milk chocolate balls...
you simply cannot stop eating them,
once you start !
(These are not the hard crunchy type - 
but rather, they melt in your mouth.)

My rational ? - I stitch longer 
when I have these at my side  ;)





'Summer Garden' Punch Needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Beautiful Valdani colors to punch with...




'Summer Garden' Punch Needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Can never have too much variegated thread !

~  ~  ~  ~  ~
It is a perfect day... 81 degrees
with sunny skies and a slight breeze.
~  ~  ~  ~  ~
Homemade pizza and Italian salad for dinner.
Dessert will be found at the 
Farmers Market in the park, this evening.
Enjoy your day...
Rose

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Back To The 70's...

Hand embroidered flowers and vine on jeans, by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Tuesdays Stitches...



Hand embroidered flowers and vine on jeans, by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

A quick repair to may favorite pair of jeans...
(This is from the inside)




Hand embroidered flowers and vine on jeans, by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Time to add some stitches and mend 
this hole that has appeared on an outside seam.



Hand embroidered flowers and vine on jeans, by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

First item is a vine, of sorts, 
with Fly stitched leaves and 
Interlaced Back stitch stems.



Hand embroidered flowers and vine on jeans, by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I wanted to keep the flowers very neutral, 
so I could wear anything with these jeans.
Variegated thread was used throughout.
The flowers are a Picot stitch 
with Colonial Knots.

This took me back to the 70's when 
everyone was embroidering on jeans 
and jean jackets.
I just needed a fix for some holes !
BUT, after completing one pair,
I am seriously hooked.
Looking for more jeans.... ;)



Old Fashioned, soft and chewy, Molasses cookies with sugar tops

Just out of the oven...
Old Fashioned, soft and chewy,
Molasses cookies with sugar tops !
Sausage and cabbage soup 
with warm rolls for dinner.
Sounds like a plan.
(and of course, some serious lazy time 
on the Hammock this afternoon)

Enjoy your day...
Rose

Friday, May 4, 2018

Punching And Embroidering...

Sweet Johnny Jump Ups

Good Friday Morning To You...
these sweet Johnny Jump Ups are 
making me smile today.




Woodpecker

This fine feathered friend has been
visiting our lawn each morning...
looking for grubs (which are plentiful
in our lawn).  A beautiful large woodpecker.




'Spring Lamb' punch needle and hand embroidery by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I finished the hand embroidery on
a punch needle piece I have been working on.




'Spring Lamb' punch needle and hand embroidery by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

'Spring Lamb' uses Rustic Wool Moire thread,
and Valdani variegated perle cotton.
(Although, there is a DMC conversion 
for all threads used.)

This design uses a combination of 
punch needle and 
a few simple hand embroidery stitches.
A fun combo and the pattern will guide 
you in the easy steps to bring it all together !
Spring Lamb is available in the Studio.





Grape Hyacinth

Have a beautiful Friday, my friends !
Rose

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Honeycomb And A Smattering Of Bees...

Wild Tulips

Life is so good...
the tulips are blooming,
the laundry is flapping on the line
and the hammock is out.
Warm weather is here !




A Bee Skep surrounded by golden yellow honeycomb and a smattering of bees - 'The Hive' punch needle and wool applique pattern by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I have been obsessed with hexies... 
  wool hexies, to be exact.
For a tip to keep your hexies looking like Honeycomb,
click here.

'The Hive' is a punch needle design
that is framed in golden yellow honeycomb.




A Bee Skep surrounded by golden yellow honeycomb and a smattering of bees - 'The Hive' punch needle and wool applique pattern by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Finished into a small cushion,
trimmed with a glass beaded edge.

A bee skep surrounded with a smattering
of honey bees.
'The Hive' is in the Studio.
There is also an option for
an assortment of golden yellow wool,
for the honeycomb hexies.

Wishing you a glorious week of sunshine...
Rose

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hand Embroidery And Punch Needle...

Hand embroidery with Punch Needle by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com
Golden Yarrow 

Good Morning !
It's a chilly morning here and the sun
just isn't sure if it wants to make an appearance.
As I settle in with a cup of coffee and
some avocado toast (yum)...
I wanted to show you 
what I have been working on.

I've been adding some hand embroidery 
around my punched Spring Lamb.




Hand embroidery with Punch Needle by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Using the same Valdani colors 
I used to punch the cherry blossom,
I brought the design out into 
the border with embroidery.




Hand embroidery with Punch Needle by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com
Periwinkle Blooms

Very simple little stitches.
Open Blanket Stitch,Satin Stitch,
Back Stitch, Colonial Knots
and Picot Stitch




Hand embroidery with Punch Needle by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com
Bachelor Buttons




Fine Line Erasable Marking Pen

I used a water erasable fine line
marking pen to transfer my design.
When I completed the embroidery, 
I simply misted the area and then blotted it
with a clean cloth.  All the markings disappeared.
I'd love to hear what YOUR favorite 
Marking Pen is !

Have a beautifully creative day !
Rose

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Rustic Wool Moire Thread And Spring Dinner...

Punching with Rustic Wool Moire Thread by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Rustic Wool Moire Threads
Perfect to punch a wooly Lamb.
I used a medium needle with this wool thread.  
I could have used a small needle for one
of the spools, but the other spool had more
slubs (small bits of fiber texture),
 and the thread flowed smoother with a medium needle.

I plan to punch the remaining design with 
Valdani Perle Cotton and then add
some hand embroidery.




Orchids

I have a small collection of Orchids 
on my kitchen windowsill....




Orchids

They make me smile every morning...




Orchids

Very easy to care for...
Literally 3 ice cubes each week.




Orchids

These blooms will last easily 
for 2 months, or more.





Mini Cheese Ravioli with Sugar Peas and chopped Tomatoes in a light Lemon Butter Sauce.

Some kind of delicious dinner !!
I made mini cheese ravioli
with fresh sugar peas and chopped tomatoes,
in a light lemon butter sauce.
 I love meals that come together quickly
and this one is extremely fast and full of great flavors.

Enjoy your day, my friends...
Rose