Thursday, April 11, 2019

Three Things Sampler...

"Three Things Sampler" design by Moira Blackburn.  Stitched by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

My work continues on this
beautiful sampler from
Moira Blackburn



"Three Things Sampler" design by Moira Blackburn.  Stitched by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

No matter how busy my day,
there is always just a little time for 
a stitch or two or twenty !
If I'm really honest, I have been known
to stay up until the wee hours,
peacefully stitching on this Sampler.



"Three Things Sampler" design by Moira Blackburn.  Stitched by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Stitched 2 over 2 on
28ct. Lakeside Linen
in 'Meadow Rue'.
Stitch count 263w x 359h



"Three Things Sampler" design by Moira Blackburn.  Stitched by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I love the look of hand dyed thread,
so my local needlework shop helped
me to convert the original shades,
to Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Art Threads.

I've had several requests for the 
conversion of threads I'm using.
While it's too lengthy to list here on the blog,
if you email me at 
roseclay@threesheepstudio. com
I'll be happy to email you the 
thread conversion I am using
for 'Three Things Sampler'.

_________________

'Adopt the pace of nature:
her secret is 
PATIENCE.'

                       ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
_________________

Have a beautiful Spring day my Friends...
Rose

Monday, April 8, 2019

Punch Needle and Hand Embroidery Combo...

Country House in the Spring - Punch Needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I loved working on this 
Punch Needle piece...



Country House in the Spring - Punch Needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

There is just something about
the gorgeous shades of
variegated Perle Cotton...



Country House in the Spring - Punch Needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

But, most of all I love when I get to 
combine BOTH Punch Needle Embroidery
and Hand Embroidery.



Country House in the Spring - Punch Needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com




Punch Needle Tip:

How to keep the details in your punch needle design crisp and clear - Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

When you are punching a design and
turn over your hoop or frame,
this is what you might see...
lines and edges that have "blurred".



How to keep the details in your punch needle design crisp and clear - Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

As you punch the various areas,
use your needle tip to nudge any stray loops
into place on the front.
This will keep the details in your design,
crisp and clear.




'Country House in the Spring' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Country House...
in the Spring
This design uses a combination of 
punching and a few simple 
hand embroidery stitches.
It's a fun combo and the pattern will guide you through 
the easy steps to bring it all together.

For pattern and to learn more...
go to COUNTRY HOUSE.

Have a wonderful start to your week my Friends...
Rose

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Meet Mr. Baggins...

Perle Cotton stored in an egg carton.

It all started with this collection of browns...



Perle Cotton for 'Mr. Baggins' by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Narrowed down to these few gorgeous
variegated Perle Cottons...
(Valdani)



Perle Cotton for 'Mr. Baggins' by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Add this amazing blue...
soft and gentle...
almost the exact shade of a duck egg...



'Mr. Baggins' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Add some tabs
or lambs tongues...



'Mr. Baggins' punch needle design by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Meet Mr. Baggins...
a gentle Hare with an old soul.

Punch Needle design measures
7.25 inches x 5.25 inches

He would look great made into a pillow
or placed on a canvas bag 
or even a basket.

For pattern, go to

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Have a lovely start to your week my Friends !
Rose

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Promise Of Spring...


'Spring Offerings' needlework pattern by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

The promise of Spring...
a circle of tender blossoms 
surrounding a clutch of robin eggs.




'Spring Offerings' needlework pattern by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Design fits nicely in an 8 inch wooden hoop.
Pattern includes tips for 
'building a perfect Nest'.
Pattern available in the Studio.




'Spring Offerings' needlework pattern by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Needlework pattern uses...
Back Stitch, Satin Stitch, 
Colonial Knots (or can use French Knots)
and Long and Short Filling Stitch. 

To learn more...

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After two days of rain,
we are now enjoying beautiful sunny skies.


Spring Daffodils

We have flowers blooming 
in protected areas around the house
and our local farm market will be 
opening in one week !

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It was one of those March days
when the sun shines hot 
and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light
and winter in the shade.
                        Charles Dickens
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Enjoy your day my Friends...
Rose

Monday, February 11, 2019

Three Things Sampler...

'Three Things Sampler' - design by Moire Blackburn - stitched by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Starting off the week with new 
floss and linen...

Since finishing 'His eye is on the Sparrow',
I have been looking for a new 'long term' project
to begin.  I have really enjoyed always
having a stitching project 'at the ready' 
to work on.  




'Three Things Sampler' - design by Moire Blackburn - stitched by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Delicate small 'rosebuds' frame out
this new project...




'Three Things Sampler' - design by Moire Blackburn - stitched by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I enjoy doing cross stitch in my 'free time',
most evenings for an hour or two (or three).





'Three Things Sampler' - design by Moire Blackburn - stitched by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

This design called for DMC,
but I love the variations of the hand dyed floss.




'Three Things Sampler' - design by Moire Blackburn - stitched by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

My local Needlework shop 
"Stitches Unlimited", helped me to 
convert the DMC to Gentle Art and 
Weeks Dye Works threads.




'Three Things Sampler' - design by Moire Blackburn

'Three Things Sampler'
is a cross stitch design by
Moira Blackburn
I purchased the pattern online




'Three Things Sampler' - design by Moire Blackburn - stitched by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

This design is beautiful...
I am stitching it on 28ct. Lakeside Linen in 
'Meadow Rue',  2 over 2.

Stitch count is 263w x 359h




'Three Things Sampler' - design by Moire Blackburn

~ Three Things Sampler ~

"Three things there are 
that will never come back.
The arrow shot forth
on its destined track.
The appointed hour that
could not wait and
The helpful word that 
was spoken too late."
~  ~  ~


Have a lovely Monday my Friends...
Rose

Monday, February 4, 2019

'His eye is on the Sparrow' Is Complete...


This beautiful project is complete !
is a cross stitch design from 
Beth Twist at Heartstring Samplery.





I started this project on Feb. 8, 2016
and ended in Jan. 2019.

Stitch count is 435 x 363
Stitched on 28 ct. Cashel linen in 
'Country Mocha' finish.

I'm sad to see it come to an end.
It has been my 'go to' stitching 
for a long time, and has kept me company
through endless evenings of stitching.

I now need to patiently wait until I can 
(hopefully) locate an old frame large enough
to work with this piece.  
Design size is roughly 31 in. x 26 in.

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While at a local thrift store,
I spied this gorgeous wool skirt.
Could not resist !





1.00 for about a half yard of usable wool.
I have just the place for it.
(You can read about my process
by going to REPURPOSED.)

We are enjoying some very beautiful,
warm days here in PA.
Birds are chattering and our little historic town 
is bustling with activity.

Enjoy your day Friends ...
Rose

Friday, January 18, 2019

Small Stitching Treasures...

Small Stitching Treasures - Candy Tins covered with wool, embroidery, buttons and beads by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Small candy tins are calling my name...




Small Stitching Treasures - Candy Tins covered with wool, embroidery, buttons and beads by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I guess I have a habit of collecting 
all kinds of small sturdy containers,
with the idea of repurposing them...




Small Stitching Treasures - Candy Tins covered with wool, embroidery, buttons and beads by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

A few scraps of wool...




Small Stitching Treasures - Candy Tins covered with wool, embroidery, buttons and beads by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Some scattered embroidery stitches....




Small Stitching Treasures - Candy Tins covered with wool, embroidery, buttons and beads by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

A fancy button and some glass beads...




Small Stitching Treasures - Candy Tins covered with wool, embroidery, buttons and beads by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

These small tins, that once held candy,
now hold my pins or other 
small stitching supplies,
or 'whatnots'.




Small Stitching Treasures - Candy Tins covered with wool, embroidery, buttons and beads by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I have these sitting around my Studio...
they always make me smile
when I reach for one of them.


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And, this ALWAYS makes me happy...

Gorgeous New Wool - ThreeSheepStudio.com

This was waiting on my porch for me...




Gorgeous New Wool - ThreeSheepStudio.com

It's the simple things !
(Who doesn't smile when - 
'THE WOOL' arrives !!)

Have a wonderful weekend, Stitching Friends...
Rose

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Eat Chocolates...Make 'Wooly Good' Valentine's Hearts...

'Wooly Good' Valentine's Boxes by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Valentine's Chocolates from a 
stitching retreat...
(Thanks Kathy Z.)




'Wooly Good' Valentine's Boxes by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Eating chocolate...
lots and lots of chocolates.
Why ??
For the boxes !!
(FYI - I am not a chocolate snob,
while I have my 'favorite' chocolates...
I have no trouble at all devouring
every bite of chocolate from most brands,
in order to have the boxes to work with !)




'Wooly Good' Valentine's Boxes by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Using the lids to trace onto paper...




'Wooly Good' Valentine's Boxes by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Cutting out wool fabric hearts...
I cut two - one for the lid and
one for the bottom of the box.




'Wooly Good' Valentine's Boxes by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Don't forget to cut a third heart, 
just a little 'smaller',
to fit in the inside of box.
(I saved the plastic candy liner,
just in case I want to use it.)




'Wooly Good' Valentine's Boxes by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Gathering beautiful variegated 
Valdani Perle Cotton thread,
for the stitching on these hearts...

TIP:  Store your Valdani Perle Cotton balls
in egg cartons and organize them by color.




'Wooly Good' Valentine's Boxes by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

You can add embroidery of your choice...




'Wooly Good' Valentine's Boxes by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

I did a Cast On Rose with a single leaf.
The Fly stitch was used for leaf.
Colonial Knots surround the small pink heart...




'Wooly Good' Valentine's Boxes by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Place a small amount of 'Fabri-Tac' adhesive
around the edges of heart and a dab in the center.
Position the wool heart onto the lid 
and press into place.  Allow to dry.

This box has red foil sides, which I love,
so I decided not to cover them with wool.




'Wooly Good' Valentine's Boxes by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

For the back of the box, 
I cut a tiny 'wonky' heart and placed initials in it.
I attached the wool heart to the bottom of the box,
in the same way as I did the top.




'Wooly Good' Valentine's Boxes by Rose Clay at ThreeSheepStudio.com

Loving these sweet 'wooly good' heart boxes !
Several more to go... 
I'm thinking, in different colors and stitches.

So very cold here in Pennsylvania...
We might have a storm brewing for the weekend.

Dinner to chase away the cold...
I have a kettle of Chicken and Dumplings 
on the stove.  Fresh salad with fixings.
Homemade Lemon Custard Cake
for dessert.

Time to stitch !
Rose