Sunday, September 28, 2014

~*Santa*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Thank you to all who offered suggestions and commented on my Santa from the previous post!  I finished him several days ago... and popped him in the frame.  

Here he is...
I punched with mostly acrylic blend yarns (using my Amy Oxford #10 punch)... but I did rip some cotton fabrics about 1" thick to add here and there.  This gave a neat variation to the piece.  After the punching, I gave it a good coffee bath to relax the colors some.  Some suggested a mouth, but in my mind Santa's beard is much too full to see his lips.  I think he finished nice and primitive!

I'm still keeping the punches HOT... and punching and punching... for the three events I have quickly approaching.

Some needlepunch snowmen that will be finished into basket charms, pins, and/or maybe necklace charms on some ball chain...
 More Oxford mats and Pumpkin rugs...
 This Jolly Country Santa is a pattern from my dear friend Ginger of Prairie Moon Primitives...
I've got plans to dye some awesome wool yarns... purchased from a sweet and charming local boy that raises Alpacha goats.  This yarn is awesome for needlepunch!!!  I'll share more when I get the dye pots going...
My Sister~in~Law, Robin, was able to visit Ginger and Ann in Silver Dollar City a few weeks ago.  They all thought of me while they visited each other.  I so wish I could have been there too!  But they did think of me... Robin gave me this bundle of goodies from all of them.  How sweet!!!

A beautiful basket great for holding spools of yarn and other supplies for needlepunching, a yummy smelling soap, charming handmade coasters, hand carved (by Ann's Daddy!) sweetheart bears, a primitive battery operated candle, heart and bird charm, some great Oklahoma Rose rocks, and a handful of Ginger's delightfully~cheery patterns!  Thank you Ladies!!!  I love my gifts!!! 

Wishing you all warm smiles... time for me to get away from the computer and back to crafting!

Betty

Friday, September 19, 2014

~*My New Tool!*~

Hello Dear Friends!

As you know, I have been working with a bunch of yarns as of late.  I've been growing my stash of yarn for several years.  Among my stash was this mess...
 I don't know how it got this way... but it was a tangled mess for sure!

The other day, this wonderful yarn winder arrived in the mail!  I used one long ago in high school... and it was fun them... and is fun now!  And it works GREAT!
Here is that wool and many of my other wool yarns... all rolled and pretty!
Now... one headache is gone... and I'm still dealing with Mr. Santa... and still getting a headache from him.  My Mister said he looked good and to leave him as is... but I just can't help but think there is something 'off' about him.  The frame has been painted black.  It will be distressed and waxed before it is finished... but does Santa look alright?  His nose?  His cheek lines?  His beard?

I added in some strips of cotton fabrics with the acrylic yarns.  (This is punched with my Amy Oxford Rug Punch.)  It added some texture... but is there enough?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

~*Trash to ... Primitive*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Today, I wanted to take advantage of the nice weather. I decided to work on a project from my shed.  Not too long ago, I picked up this old, busted bench...
 From our work in the pole barn last weekend... we unloaded a bunch of old wood.  I saved some for this project!

My good buddy, Brownie, kept me company while the paint was slinging...
 This project didn't take much time... but it turned out kinda, primitive~cute!
 The base was painted with red chalk paint... the top was white~washed.  I coated the entire bench with paste wax.  A nice little accent piece!

I love the old knot hole!!!
I have also been keeping busy with the needles today.  A few more needlepunch projects are finished and will be shared later... but, for this evening... back to that Santa I posted about earlier.  It is giving me fits!

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

~*NeedlePunch Tip... Punching Direction*~

Hello Dear Friends!

I've been needlepunching for several years now.  This is something I have always been aware of, but wanted to share with you. 

Please look closely...

Sample #1 Front...
 Sample #2 Front...
 Sample #1 Back...
 Sample #2 Back...
 Both from the front... and another not yet punched... Hi there!...
 Do you see the difference?  In Sample #1... The details were punched first (like in all the samples), but the white was punched round and round until I got to the middle... then just back and forth a little.  In Sample #2... the white was just punched a bit here and there and then there and here until if was filled in.

Now... do you have an opinion which looks better?  I know I do... and that would be Sample #2.  When punching is just done round and round, it leaves a path and can be distracting to the eye and from the design... even as simple as a Snowman face.

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The weekend was crazy busy here... but I'm continuing to work hard (ya... it is PLAYING!) to prepare for the events that are so quickly approaching.  Lots of punching with my Cameo and my Oxford needles...

I'm a little stumped on my Santa face.  So far, I have only been using acrylic yarn on it... and, to me, it looks flat.  (this is a picture of the back)  Plus, I don't have a skin tone yarn.  So... I've decided to reverse punch some of it and fill in with various fabrics.  My stash of fabric has TONS of cottons and poly cottons... so I think I'll give it a try.  Maybe the results can be shared tomorrow?  If all goes well anyway...

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty


Sunday, September 14, 2014

~*Yarns and More Yarns*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Yesterday, I had to make a run to Topeka.  Among the errands... I had the pleasure of stopping by a wonderful yarn store in Fairlawn Plaza Mall.  The store is called Yak N' Yarn.  I enjoyed the store, meeting the owner, and drooling over all the awesome yarns.  Of course, I did bring home a bunch to add to my stash...

Some is 100% wool... some are blends...
 The creamy wool in this picture (below) was also purchased at the store... but I wound it into a ball before I took the stash picture.  This creamy wool is from right here in Eskridge.  The wool comes from Angora Goats raised by a local teenage boy.  He sends the wool off to have it spun, but it is so cool to me that it comes from right here!  I hope to get more of this wool and dye it myself.
 Here is how it punches up with my Cameo Needlepunch...
 I did take some of the wool to try my hand dying it... along with some wool fabric.  I wanted an Antique Black.  My results are not exactly what I was aiming for... wish I would have used more brown and less black.  I use ProChem dyes... and am not too experience with it.  Maybe after some practice it will turn out more as planned.
 Here is how the wool turned out.  At least my finished product is mottled really GOOD!
 The finished look is more like ~*Wicked Stormy Gray Skies*~
 After playing in the dye pots today... it was off to work in the pole barn.  On September 26 and 27... we will be hosting a sale here as part of the Fabulous Finds On 99.  My sister~in~law and brother~in~law will be here with us.  We will all sorts of things... from typical garage sale junk (no clothes), vintage, antique, tools, and lots of other stuff.

The annual sale event if for all of Highway 99!  Two full days of awesome, fun sales!!!  Check it out!!!

 
It is so good that we have a tractor and pick up to help us with this project!  Now if only I could stop sneezing from breathing in too much dust!

Wishing  you all warm smiles...

Betty


Thursday, September 11, 2014

~*Mild Distraction*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Last night, I suffered from a mild distraction.  You know it is necessary to follow your muse!  We moved almost a year ago... and boxes are still being unpacked from our store room.  (shame... I know)  But, I ran across these stems that I had saved...


I'm sure you have seen them made into sweet, pumpkins... made of fabric!  Well, I made a few last night using some hand~dyed wool and my favorite linen thread...
 

Sweet, I think!


But... my distraction from punching was brief... and this morning at the bait shop, I was back at it...
 

Wishing you all warm smiles...
Betty