Saturday, February 8, 2020

Charm Bundles and Sunflowers...

Wool Charm Bundles at in the 'Studio'

On my worktable...
The Wool Charm Bundles 
are being restocked... 
there are a few remaining in the (Studio).
Lovely little bites of color
and texture that are perfect
for Penny Rugs and Wool Applique.

Wool Charm Bundles at in the 'Studio'

I love seeing my worktable covered in 
wooly goodness !

I have also been working on 
one of my Sunflower Patterns.
Punching with my 'Ultra Punch' punchneedle
and Valdani Perle Cotton inTarnished Gold.
This particular design has a touch of 
Wool Applique added.

'Simply Sunflowers' punch needle by Rose Clay at in 'Studio'

The centers are embellished with
Colonial Knots.  You could also use 
French Knots.  It's all in how you wrap 
the thread around the needle.  The stitch 
looks similar, but is different...
I prefer Colonial Knots
because they seem to be more sturdy 
and stay in place better.

To learn more about these sunflowers,

Enjoy your weekend, my Friends...

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Wool Pennies On My Worktable ...An Online Show On Thursday...

Wool Pennies cut and ready for a project -

I'm a Wool Penny girl,
through and through...
There is just something about 
Wool Pennies that captures
my attention...

Wool Pennies cut and ready for a project -

Usually when I start cutting, 
I keep going until I can cut no more.
I like having a stash to grab from.
The small penny in my hand is 1/2 inch.

Black Licorice table runner by Rose Clay at

This 'Black Licorice' table runner
has been spoken for...

Black Licorice table runner by Rose Clay at

I loved the stormy shades of wool
used in this runner
and would like to make another...
not the exact same, but similar.

Wool Pennies cut and ready for a project -

Wool Pennies are on my worktable
and I couldn't be happier !
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Online show will be here on the Blog,
Thursday, January 30, 2020
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I invite you to stop back at that time 
and join me.

Enjoy your week my Friends...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Wool - Ribbon - Pom - Ruching...

1769 Fraktur Punch Needle by Rose Clay at

It's been very cold here in Pennsylvania...
a good time to be inside
'finishing' projects.

I'm pairing wool with punch needle.
Beautiful Drab Olive ribbon will be finishing
this 1769 Fraktur 'Where Love Grows'.
(Ribbon from 'Monahan Papers')

1744 Fraktur Punch Needle by Rose Clay at

Red wool and dark red pom poms will
finish this 1744 Fraktur
'Forever True'.

Assorted Wool Fabric to be used for 'finishing' projects at

These beautiful wools arrived last week.
Already stacked neatly 
on my wool hutch, ready to 'finish' projects.
(Wool from 'The Wool Studio')

Paisley Wool Applique Pillow with Wool Ruching by Rose Clay at

This Paisley Wool Applique Pillow
is finished with 'Smoked Paprika'
Wool Ruching on the edges.
For 'How To' make Wool Ruching...
go to 'Wool Ruching'.

1776 Fraktur Punch Needle by Rose Clay at

This 1776 Fraktur 'Be Thee Mine'
will be finished with a creamy wool 
and dark red wired pom poms.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Annual Pattern Sale...

Designs by Rose Clay at in 'Studio/Shop'

If you have had your eye on a pattern,
now is the time to treat yourself !

My Annual January Pattern Sale
is going on now !

Punch Needle Patterns,
Wool Applique Patterns,
Needlework Patterns
and Books
are 20% off.

20% Off Sale runs through
Sunday, January 12, 2020

For Patterns, go to...
No coupon code needed.
And, just a reminder...
all patterns ship FREE in the USA !

Wishing you a creative day,
my Friends...

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

How To Make Wool (or Ribbon) Ruching...

How To Make Wool Ruching by Rose Clay at  Go to 'Blog' and select 'How To/Tutorial'

particularly Wool Ruching has been
my 'go to' for 'finishing' some 
of my Punch Needle projects.
As in this case, a small pillow.
So simple...
want to learn how ??

Thursday, January 2, 2020

A Gentle Start To The New Year...

Neutral Shades of Valdani Perle Cotton for Punch Needle Embroidery by Rose Clay at

I can always tell how busy my Holiday 
season was by how fast I gravitate
towards calm neutral shades,
once we head into January...

Neutral Shades of DMC Floss for Punch Needle Embroidery by Rose Clay at

I crave soft gentle colors...
low stimulation !
And, these are just the ticket.
These shades are currently 
on my worktable.

A Needle and Thread and tea in my favorite handmade mug...I'm ready 2020

I'm up every morning at 5:00 a.m.
How I start my day in the first hour,
sets the tone for the rest of the day.
This handmade mug with tea is a constant...
(Mug from 'OneTable')

Favorite Postage Stamps

I keep a large folder of stamps
in my Studio...
while most of the time,
I print my postage online...
I often will use stamps and these are some 
of my favorites to have on hand.
The Winter Berries are my fav,
but the succulents come in a close second.

Wishing you a happy and healthy
New Year, my Friends...

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

My Most Requested Pattern and an Old Fashioned Cookie...

'Farm Show Sheep' Punch Needle Design by Rose Clay at  (in the 'Studio/Shop')

A tribute to the many Community Farm Shows, 
across the USA.
A gathering of animals, canned goods, 
needlework, flower exhibits,
baked goods, vegetables, farm equipment -
all competing for the coveted Blue Ribbon !

This design launched it all...
Originally drawn on linen for
Rug Hooking, I placed it in the 
State level Farm Show, many years ago
and it did amazingly well.
In fact, it generated so much interest
that my business was 'born' from it...
Three Sheep Studio.

Once I had my business on it's feet,
I formatted the design into 
Punch Needle Embroidery.
After some time, I removed this pattern from
my 'line up' and placed it in my private collection.

After several years of being tucked away,
this design continues to be
an often requested pattern.

'Farm Show Sheep' is available,
once again.  This design is punched
with Valdani Perle Cotton Thread,
however there is a DMC conversion included.

To learn more about this design, 

Old Fashioned Vanilla Raisin Cookies

Cookie baking is underway at our house.
Old Fashioned Vanilla Raisin Cookies
are at the top of the list.
They are topped with a generous amount 
of sanding sugar !

Old Fashioned Vanilla Raisin Cookies
(Recipe from Rebecca White)

2 Cups raisins
1 1/2 Cup water
1/2 Cup butter, softened
1/2 Cup shortening
1 1/2 Cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 1/2 Cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
Additional sugar for rolling - 1/2 C each 
of granulated AND sanding sugar

*  In a small saucepan, boil raisins and water
until all water is absorbed.  Remove from heat
and cool for 30 minutes.

*  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  
Line baking trays with parchment paper.

*  In a large bowl, cream together butter,
shortening and sugar until fluffy.  

*  Add eggs and vanilla and mix together.

*  Gradually add dry ingredients and mix well.

*  Gently fold in raisins.

*  Using a small cookie scoop (approx. 1/2 Tbsp.),
drop cookies into sanding/granulated sugar mix.
Cover with sugar and place on parchment
lined tray.

*  Bake for approximately 9 min.,
or just until slightly golden.

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Enjoy your day my Friends...

Friday, December 6, 2019

Punching Frakturs and a Photo Booth...

I've been working on some 
punch needle projects...

Fraktur Tulips in the beautiful 
red shades of Valdani Perle Cotton.

A '1776' Fraktur adaptation
with a long fringe edge in 
the deepest red.

One of my favorite shades of Gold...
Tarnished Gold Perle Cotton by Valdani.

This piece is a '1744' Fraktur adaptation.
Love all the dimensions of 
the intertwined hearts.

This is on my worktable now...
a '1769' Fraktur adaptation.

I love how Fraktur work often 
uses hearts and tulips.
These still need to be 'finished' 
into pillows, wallhangings or mats.

Back of a punch needle piece...
because some like to see the back !

(I shared this on instagram...)
~Celebrating Birthdays~
who knew you could have so much
fun in a Photo Booth !!
(Daughter #3, my Son, Husband and myself)

Have a wonderful weekend my Friends...

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