Friday, March 24, 2017

Blossoms, Bonnets and Sun Hats...

Hand Embroidered Bonnet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Warm weather is coming...




Hand Embroidered Bonnet by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

time to get the little bonnets beaded...




Hand Embroidered Sun Hat by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

and sun hats embroidered...




Hand Embroidered Sun Hat by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

getting ready for walks and outings 
with my Granddaughters !
Is there anything more important 
in this whole world ??
Somehow spending time with grandchildren
puts life into perspective...
slows it down and 'reorders' the importance
of the day.  It makes me realize that each day
is filled to the brim with hope and possibility.
These little ones have so much to teach us.




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Phalaenopsis Orchid

My Orchids are beginning to bloom again.





Phalaenopsis Orchid

I started growing Orchids about a year ago.
Simple "moth" orchids - Phalaenopsis





Phalaenopsis Orchid

They are so easy to care for.
I give each of them 3 ice cubes, in their clay
pots, once or twice a week.  They reward me with
blooms that last for months.



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Lime green, royal purple and fresh Eucalyptus flower arrangement

The best kind of flowers to get...
my #3 daughter dropped these off,
for no reason at all ;)
I'm in love with this color combination...
lime green, royal purple and 
fresh smelling Eucalyptus.

Looking forward to a warm day tomorrow...
Rose

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bird And Twig Wool Applique...

Wool Applique by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Happy First Day Of Spring to you !
I've been working out the details 
of a Bird and Twig wool applique design.




Wool Applique by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Beautiful warm wool colors.  Not sure if the blue
dots are berries or blooms... but, no matter, 
as it all comes together.




Wool Applique by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Hoping to finish this onto a long and narrow
keepsake box.

Enjoy your day.
Rose

Friday, March 10, 2017

Yesterday And Today...

Trees flowering

This was yesterday...
sunny and warm...
take a walk or ride a bike kinda day.
Trees flowering...




Harry Lauders Walking Stick covered in snow

This is today...
cold and snowy...




Daffodils under a blanket of snow

Daffodils under a blanket of snow.




Old Fashioned Pansy punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com  - 'Studio'

Spring really is on the way,
tells me so.
Punch Needle pattern is 
now available in my Studio.

Have a wonderful weekend...
Rose

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Purple...

The Old Fashioned Pansy punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com - Blog

~  Purple  ~





Valdani Perle Cotton Thread in shades of purple

I love the color purple in all of it's
various shades...
Mulberry Grape ~ Horizon Storm
Iris Petals ~ Ripened Plum
Mauve Orchid 





Each Autumn I plant crocus bulbs 
in portions of the lawn.  Wishing and hoping
to be rewarded with tiny purple blooms
to welcome Spring.  The temps are climbing
and these tiny gems are breaking through
the soft ground.  Their color is my inspiration
for a new design I am working on.




The Old Fashioned Pansy punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com - Blog

The Old Fashioned Pansy.
Smiling, happy faces,
to welcome Spring.


Wishing you a peaceful and gentle day...
Rose




Monday, March 6, 2017

Giveaway Winner...

Folksy Bird and Bloom Wool Applique by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com - "Studio"


How incredible...
113 comments for the Giveaway !
Thanks so much for everyone's 
very kind and generous comments...
they truly warm my heart.
____

The winner chosen by Random . org
is KAK
Please contact me with your address
and I will get your Kit in the mail.
____

Have a wonderful start to your week...
Rose


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Piecework Wool Applique...

'Piecework' Wool Applique by Rose Clay on blog at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Who can resist Wool Applique.
For years, it has been creeping in 
to all the fiber venues and quilt shows across the states.
It has huge appeal and attracts the interest of many.
Everything from wool pennies to the intricate designs
of heirloom wall hangings.

There are a few ways to approach wool applique.
Everyone has their own likes or dislikes...
contrasting thread vs. matching thread, 
layering of wool fabric vs. piecing,
bold bright colors vs. neutral subdued shades.




'Piecework' Wool Applique by Rose Clay on blog at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I like to do 'piecework' wool applique.
Instead of layering pieces on top of one another,
I piece the design together, lightly trimming as needed,
and Blanket Stitching in place.




'Piecework' Wool Applique by Rose Clay on blog at ThreeSheepStudio.com

As with this design, instead of cutting out the body
of the bird and then Blanket stitching the wing 
on top of the body,
I will 'piece' the wing, into the body of the bird.




'Piecework' Wool Applique by Rose Clay on blog at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Once the Bird body is Blanket stitched in place,
I will then Blanket stitch the wing in place,
by starting first where the two wool pieces are 
'side by side' (or where they touch),
for a cleaner looking finish.




Folksy Bird and Bloom Wool Applique by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStuido.com - Studio

'Piecework' Wool Applique allows the design to 
lay smoother and more cleanly.
This technique works well with this design,
while other designs may look better
using the 'layering' technique.





Folksy Bird and Bloom Wool Applique by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStuido.com - Studio


Wool Applique Kit.
I will be giving away one of these kits.
For a chance to win, 
leave a comment on this post.
I will use random . org to pick a winner
on March 6.  Winner will be announced 
here on Blog.
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is also available in my Studio.
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This Giveaway is now closed.
The winner has been announced.

We have March winds blowing here today.
Enjoy the day that is before you...
Rose


Friday, February 24, 2017

Bird Chatter...

Wool Applique by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

What a glorious Friday it is !
75 degrees and blue skies for as far as
you can see... all this and it's still February !

My thoughts are turning to the birds.
I'm an early riser and each morning
I'm hearing more bird chatter, 
as we inch closer to Spring.




Wool Applique by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Yet still, I'm pulling out the wool,
deciding on colors...




Charm Bundles of wool fabric at ThreeSheepStudio.com

cutting and tearing 'bite size' pieces for 
a new wool applique design...




Wool Applique by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

This Wool Applique bird with blooms
will soon be offered as a kit.

Be well and enjoy the day...
Rose


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Windowbox Pillow...

'The Windowbox' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I love punch needle embroidery.
But what I love, EVEN MORE, is 
embellishing the final project.




'The Windowbox' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Creative license to add whatever 
fancies your imagination...
like leaves and pussy willows,
spilling over the edges.




'The Windowbox' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Blanket stitching the punch needle
onto a yummy piece of striped wool
in gorgeous muted shades.




'The Windowbox' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

A glass beaded edging in dusty shades
to compliment the flowers in 'The Windowbox'.




'The Windowbox' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

The Windowbox Pillow is my
handmade offering for February.
The pillow measures 12 in. x 12in.


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The Windowbox design is punched using
Petite Velvet, Valdani Variegated Perle Cotton
and DMC.  It is embellished with hand embroidery...
Colonial Knots, Fly stitch and a back stitch.
The Wool pillow is finished with 
a Czech glass beaded edge in dusty shades
that compliment the flowers.

~  The Windowbox Pillow ~

The Windowbox Pillow is Sold. ~ Thanks so much !

If interested in purchasing,
please contact me at
roseclay@threesheepstudio.com





'The Windowbox' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

If you would like to make your own Windowbox,
the pattern is now available in my Studio.
(Hand embroidered accents, optional.)

Have a wonderful day...
Rose