Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Box Of Wooly Goodness...

Just arrived...

I can't think of anything I like getting in the mail,
more than a box of wooly goodness !
(I mean, really, this might even be 
better than chocolate !)

My heart sings to see these glorious colors
of wool fabric to work with.
(I'm already drumming up ideas for each
of these, soft as butter, wool pieces.)

This gorgeous wool is from The Wool Studio.
New England Plaid
Red Velvet
Nubby Gold (Amazing !)
Woodland Magic
Violet Persuasion
Seeded Pumpkin
Art Deco

I would love to be the person that gets
the first glimpse of the new wools 
and gets to name them !
(Wonder what the job description is
for such a position ??)
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Enjoy your day !

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hand Embroidery Resources...

"Where can I find 'that' stitch ?"
"I want to see the steps involved to learn a stitch."
"Where can I learn how to Hand Embroider ?"

I am often asked about resources for 
Hand Embroidery, so thought I would share
some of my most favorite "go to" sources.

Hands down, my most used resource is 
the A-Z of Embroidery series.
They can be pricey and if you can find
them used, then all the better.
Amazon offers several copies.

The A-Z series is user friendly, clear and concise.

One of my favorite features of this book is the index.
Often I know what stitch I want, however I 
cannot remember what the stitch is called.

This book offers two Stitch indexes.
One with the stitch names and page numbers
and the other is a visual, (a picture of the actual stitch), 
with the name and page number.

"Inspirations" is a beautiful magazine,
dedicated to the art of Hand Embroidery.
It is filled with projects and information on
everything from threads to thimbles.
You can get a subscription, (the magazine is from Australia, so shipping is costly), or it can often be found 
at Barnes and Noble book stores.

And lastly, my old 'stand by'.
What collection would be complete,
without a book by Judith Montano...
Beautiful stitches used to embellish
crazy quilts, with ideas on how to combine stitches.

Any of these books would be a great resource
to the embroiderer.  I have been stitching for 
a lifetime and yet still there are some 
stitches that I have to check...
 "and just exactly how do I 'start' that stitch ?"
So many beautiful stitches to remember.

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Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by.  Life is like that - one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Stitching and pondering the day..

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Makings Of A Tag...

Time to make a name tag !

I am part of a great group of stitchers that meets 
monthly in Lancaster, PA.
(Red Rose Embroidery Guild)
We are suppose to wear name tags and mine
was so old and tattered - and did I mention 'lost'
among stitching supplies ?

I started by gathering my thoughts and supplies.
I found this very neat 'tin' at a quilt show.  
It is from 'Twisted Threads'.  Perfect for my need.

I cut out a piece of cardboard that nicely
fits into my tin.  I also cut out my wool for the 
background of my name tag.

I used pins to mark my stitching area.  
I could have run a basting stitch to mark the area, 
but I was a bit lazy and in a hurry !!
(Also, when using pins, you need to 'turn over' 
the wool piece, or your threads will catch on the pins.)

Valdani variegated Perle Cotton thread 
in #M60, Mountain Hike was used for
this Cast On Blossom stitch.
I love the earthy deep colors.

I love working with wool.
It is soft and 'takes' the embroidery so well.
Another bonus is it is very forgiving,
as it has just a bit of 'stretch'.

I trimmed the wool and wrapped it around the 
cardboard cut out...

I applied glue to the cardboard backing
and pressed it into place in the tin.
Back of tin, where I will use a small strong magnet to hold it in place,  when I wear it.

Just a fun, little, (3in. x 1.5in.), name tag !
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If you are local and looking for a group to stitch with,
the 3rd Thursday each month, (except Dec.)
at 7:00 p.m., at 
Grace Baptist Church
1899 Marietta Ave.
Lancaster, PA

We would love to have you join us !
(no tag required to just visit ;)
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Enjoy your day !

Monday, January 12, 2015

Let's Talk Crickets...Dozens Of Crickets !

Sometime ago I wrote about my Son's 
He is gentle and loving and...
eats live crickets.

Okay, let's talk about those crickets...
This is the cricket container.
Crickets love to hide.
The two black tubes are perfect hiding places
for dozens and dozens of crickets.
When you want to feed Doo-Rock -
you just remove one of the tubes and shake
out a couple crickets.

This cricket container can hold 
SEVERAL DOZENS of crickets...
we're talking 50 + crickets here !

There is also a piece of cardboard egg carton
in the cricket container.
Crickets hide in it's crevices by the dozens.
(yuck !)

But wait, did you notice there are only two 
crickets in this container ????
I'll bet you think they are hiding in the tubes
or maybe comfortably tucked away 
under the egg carton ??

Oh, I wish this were true !
One of my kids dropped the container
and ALL of the crickets are now resting
comfortably in the crevices of my home !!
(I won't say which daughter or son,
because I didn't actually see it happen
and no one is fessing up !)

They are resting comfortably,
by day...
the night is a different story !!

They only come out at night...
(sounds like a horror movie !)

Actually it sounds like a 'camp out' 
at night.  They sing and chirp like it 
was a mid summer's night ;)

Just another day at our humble home ;)

Friday, January 9, 2015

'Buy One Get One' Promotion...

Wool Applique and Punch Needle Embroidery by

(This promotion has expired and is now closed)
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Let's start the New Year with some projects !
If you ever wanted to try your hand at
Wool Applique or Punch Needle,
this just might be the time to start ;)

If you don't receive Three Sheep Studio's Newsletter...
we have a special promotion going on now....

a "Buy One Get One Free" promotion
on all single Wool Applique
and Punch Needle Patterns.
(Buy one pattern and get a second pattern free,
of equal or lesser value.)


Go to Three Sheep Studio to view patterns.
When making your purchase, list your
choice of a single free Wool Applique or
Punch Needle Pattern in the "note to seller" space.

This "Buy One Get One Free" Promotion
is valid until Midnight EST,
Sunday January 11, 2015
(one time use)

(This promotion has expired and is now closed)
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Go to Newsletter to sign up,
so you don't miss future promotions !
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Stitching the winter chill away...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Charged Up About Fiber...

I am happiest when I am surrounded
by color, textures and fiber !
There is just something cozy, warm 
and comforting about being "tucked into"
a chair and stitching, hooking, 
punching, crocheting, etc.

My #3 daughter loves color and fiber as much
as I do.  She made this "cover" for her
IPhone charger cord.  I L.O.V.E. this !!
So colorful and filled with personality...

She will always be able to tell which cord
is hers !  (Does that mean there is no 
more taking mom's cord when she can't
find hers ??) YES !!

Disclaimer:  Actually, this daughter never takes my cord,
however the other two daughters are a different story !

This same daughter brought me home
a new drink to try.  I have been obsessed 
with the Chia seed lately...tossing them into
smoothies, yogurt and baked goods.
Chia seeds have more antioxidants than
blueberries.  Enough said !
This drink is very different, but good.

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It's been crispy cold here in Pennsylvania.
Cozying in to stitch...

Friday, January 2, 2015

Seed Catalogs And A New Year...

Punch Needle Embroidery by Rose Clay at

I'm looking forward to beginning 2015 with some
fresh ideas.  A year filled with inspiration.
A blank slate to fill.
A year that is sometimes in my control,
but more often not.

A year with just enough "trial and error"
to make a difference -
to stretch me and give me a new perspective...
and to be able to gracefully accept  
all that the coming year has to offer.

Punch Needle Embroidery by Rose Clay at

As the seed catalogs begin pouring into
my mailbox, I am now dreaming of Spring Flowers.
(Such a hard decision to try and narrow down
the selection of "new flowers" 
to be added to the gardens in the Spring.)

Valdani Variegated Perle Cotton Thread on

Beautiful Valdani variegated colors,
waiting to come to life.

Punch Needle Embroidery by Rose Clay at

Morning Grass ~ Ripened Plum
Antique Violet ~ Iris Petals
Nantucket Rose ~ Backyard Honeycomb

All coming together like a breath of fresh Spring air.
(oops, someone pinch me,
it is still waaaay cold out there !!)

Punch Needle Embroidery by Rose Clay at

As you go forward into 2015,
I wish you a creative and healthy New Year !

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