Thursday, April 16, 2015

~*Primitive Handmades Mercantile Updates TONIGHT!*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Just a quick note to let you know... you will want to swing by Primitive Handmades Mercantile at 9pm EST TONIGHT for our update!  I have seen some of the wonderful ditties... and KNOW you will be charmed by them too!

Here are mine...
A woven denim rug, a  rug~punched cupboard mat, a rug~punched Prim Cat box... and two sweet needlepunched hangers.  My page is HERE.

I hope you can make the visit!  Remember though... the update doesn't go LIVE until 9pm!

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

~*Time to Thread the Loom Again!*~

And before I do that... I have a punching project on my mind!

Hello Dear Friends!

Yes, I finished and listed yet another denim blue jean rug!  Are you getting sick of hearing that?  I sure hope not!

 This one is now listed in my Etsy Shoppe!

It is time to start a new... but, like I said, there is a punching project on my mind.  I do so love weaving my rugs, but I do find myself sitting there dreaming of other projects... in other mediums.  So, before I measure the next 224 warp threads and re~thread my loom... I AM GOING TO DRAW UP MY DOODLE AND PUNCH!  But ya know... I'm also thinking of some cross stitch.  Oh goodness... so many things I want to do and so little time!  At least the laundry and housekeeping is semi~caught~up!

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

~*Spring~Time Color*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Oh... I do know some of my northern friends are still getting hit by cold and snow.  I'm so sorry for that.  Maybe this will bring you warm smiles...

Our fruit trees are older and the trees look it too... but the blooms are just beautiful.  The bees have been buzzing around them... and we hope to have many apples, peaches, and pears this year...




My latest rug must be inspired by the colorfulness of Spring... or the upcoming Summer fun...

 This one is made from strips, both cut and ripped, of forgotten fabrics... quilt fabrics and other calicoes.  It is light weight, reversible, and oh so lovely!  I think it would look just beautiful on the picnic table with a vase full of blooms!


I untied it from the loom last night... and just listed it in my Etsy Shoppe.   Oh, I am just loving my loom and making these rugs!

And last night after one was removed... I started another denim one...

I just can't stop myself!

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Sunday, April 5, 2015

~*Happy Easter*~

 Hello Dear Friends!  I do hope you had a wonder Easter... full of love, laughs, festive joys, and happiness!

We had a glorious one ourselves... and have made many happy memories too.  We did so love spending time with our loved ones... and have missed so dearly the ones that we weren't able to spend time with, but they are near and dear in our hearts.

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Now that the evening is calming down, I have decided to list some of my primitive, handmade wares in my Etsy shoppe.

Yup... some of my woven items are up for sale!  Listed are two of my denim coasters...

 And one of my denim rugs...
I just love the look... the variation of light and dark... and the rugged, yet farmhouse chic charm to these rugs!  And I do so LOVE making them!
Since my buddy, Sherrie, challenged me to dust off my loom at the beginning of the year... I have made nearly 50 rugs!  Well... that is 'probably made' 50... I have lost count along the way.  I don't see myself stopping any time soon either!  It is very relaxing to sit at my loom.  Plus, I truly enjoy the whole recycle, upcycle, re~claim, re~purpose of it all!

I would love it if you could pop over to my Etsy Shoppe to take a look!

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I've listed a few other prims in my shoppe too...

An old cheese box with a Punch (from my Oxford Punch) hit and miss lid...

And a hand~hooked hit and miss candle mat...

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Like I said earlier in this post... I am still weaving...


Yes, I do love the denim... but my current rug is from 1" cotton strips...
 The white at the base of the weaving is actually toilet paper.  I do this so the warp threads become evenly space/separated.  The actual rug starts where the threads are woven...
 I still have a large tote of strips to use up.  These were cut long ago when I was doing more Locker Hooking...
 And when I'm needing a weaving break... I keep busy with other mediums.  Sometimes it is punching or stitching... but right now it is weaving.  I'm using up my worms too...

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Thursday, March 26, 2015

~*Punch Needle Samples*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Yes, lately my crafting time has been consumed with my weaving loom... but punch needle ~ needlepunch (whichever you prefer to call it!)... is still a passion of mine.

I am on Facebook a lot (maybe too much!) and I have joined several punch groups.  I find it so impressive that there are so many newbies wanting to learn about the craft!  And even more impressive, that so many members of the groups are always happy to share their knowledge.

Some of the groups for needlepunch are ~ Punchneedle (Primitive) 101, Punch Needle Place, Needle Punch, and Punch Needle Embroidery.  (And hey... don't forget about the new magazine coming very soon ~ Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine!)

To see the First Punches... or second or third... is always a TREAT!  Newbies are delighted to share their finishes in the groups... and always get great follow up and praise!

Members share links for different video How~Twos, blog posts, or websites with wonderful information.

One thing that I haven't seen shared yet... and might be helpful... is the way different threads work with the needle.

That is what I would like to share with you.  Bare with me and my challenged computer/photo know~how... I will do my best to explain my sample...

I marked off some squares on my stretched Weaver's Cloth and punched with assorted threads...

Weaver's Cloth is my preferred foundation.  It can be found many places online... or at your local fabric store (usually) near what is referred to the 'Bottom Weight' Fabrics... I see mattress ticking, muslin, and duct cloth in this area.  Weaver's Cloth is a Cotton/Poly fabric.  I assume ~ and I've never had a class on it ~ that this is the preferred fabric because it will not stretch too much to distort your work and does not tear easily.


My favorite needle to use is the Cameo Ultra Punch.  My most common setting is #3 with the medium needle.  There are 12 settings available for this needle ~ short to long.  The higher the number = the higher the loops.  Also, the higher the loops means the more thread that will be used.  My second common setting to use is #2... if you are curious.  Also, the Cameo Ultra Punch has Small and Large needles available.  The needles screw/unscrew into the blue plastic pen~like tube.  I have only used the Medium needle.

Let me go back to the first photo for a moment.  Maybe you can click on it to enlarge it?  For this sample photo, I used six different threads that all fit comfortably in my Cameo Ultra Punch Medium needle.  My samples are to show how different thread loops/texture looks.  Some of the samples show color variations with the threads, but the main point I wanted to share with you is how the different texture of the threads themselves look.

Sample #1 is DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss.  This is from my stash that has been over~dyed with Tan Rit Dye.  My friend, Ginger, has several great tutorials on her blog.  Her tutorial for over~dyeing is worth checking out!  

Punching with the floss as it comes from the store is great too.  But if you wish to have some color variation, try changing it up a little.  Over~dye it first with commercial dye and/or coffee.  Or, go ahead and punch your project and then over~dye the entire piece with coffee/tea/or walnut dye to make it a little spotted in parts.  The DMC flosses I have used (and I have used A LOT!) haven't ever bleed on me.  They are color fast.

If you are punching with Weeks Dye Works or Gentle Art Threads embroidery flosses, keep in mind, they may bleed.  However, these threads are so beautiful as they are... over~dyeing them wouldn't be a necessity.
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Sample #2 is Valdani #12 Pearl Cotton

On the left I punched with a single strand... and on the right I punched with two strands at the same time.  Why?  Well, this floss is much thinner than I am use to.  The flosses from this company are beautiful... and come in many different floss groups... or can be purchased as single balls.  I haven't used it much and am still getting use to it.  Punching with a single strand gives a 'bumpier' or 'hairier' look.  When using two strands at the same time threaded through the needle, the finished texture is much more like punching with cotton embroidery floss.
Do you see what I mean about 'bumpier' or 'hairier'?  Perhaps if I had a Small needle for my Cameo Ultra Punch the texture would be more even?  Really though, either way is interesting and nice.

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Sample #3 is Hand~Dyed Wool Floss/Thread that my friend, Ginger, offers.  You can find it in her Etsy Shoppe or her website, Prairie Moon Primitives.  (She has a great selection of patterns and other supplies too!)  This thread is so awesome to use!  I love it!  Ginger has some great colors available...  but I love it because of the ease of punching with it.  The thread is just the right size and fills the design quickly.  The threads glide with ease through the needle!  I recommend you give it a try!
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Sample #4 is Cotton Crochet Thread.  This is Size 3, but thinner crochet thread will work too.  There aren't a lot of colors available with this thread, but it can be over~dyed if you are so talented.  I have used it to make sheep and punched with it unchanged.  I have also over~dyed it with coffee... but normally only after I have punched with it.  Click Here to see a pattern of mine that I have used crochet thread with.
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Sample #5 is sock weight yarn that I found at a local Wool Fest a few months back.  This thread works much like Ginger's thread.  If you ever find yourself at a wool show or yarn shop... check out the sock weight yarns.  Again, this post isn't so much about color... but the color of this yarn would make a fun background!
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And finally, Sample #6.  This is some yarn that I purchase from a local boy.  He raises Angora Goats for 4H.  When the goats are sheered, he sends the wool to a spinner... and the result is this wonderful finger~weight yarn.  I have dyed some black and have hopes to dye more colors... but, as you know I suffer from time~management skills.  This yarn has a nice texture to it as~is, and the finished punched area using this yarn is very interesting and eye~catching... don't ya think?  It is very soft looking... and feeling.
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I hope you find this information... or at least some of it... interesting.  If you have any questions, I am always happy to share what I know... or can try to lead you to the information.  On Facebook, I am Primitivebettys.  Have you visited my page?  Have you liked it?

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty


Thursday, March 19, 2015

~*Primitive Handmades Mercantil UPDATE TONIGHT!*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Whew!  I wasn't quite sure I would make it!  This week is Spring Break for my kiddo.  We have been playing a lot!  

With just over an hour to spare... my items have been added to the website and are ready to go ACTIVE at 8pm CST/9pm EST.


I've made several punches... Cameo Ultra punch with Valdani Threads and wonderful wool threads... and an Amy Oxford Rug punch with my FAVORITE wool rug yarn.  (Thank you, Prairie Moon Primitives, for the great threads & wools!)

Spring is in the air... and I think it shows with my update!

Oh... the small quilt piece isn't one of my wares.  It just had a place in the photo... it was made by my very dear friend, Ginger.  (Yes, same Ginger of Primitives by the Light of the Moon and Prairie Moon Primitives.)  She gifted it to me several years back.  It is beautiful, isn't it?

I want to be sure to give credit to Jenifer Gaston of Woolen Willow Designs for the sweet bunny in the basket rug punch.  She gave this sweet pattern as part of a recent blog hop.  Thank you Jenifer!  The basket was in my collection of 'stuff'... and it finished awesomely together!

CLICK HERE to visit my page... but be sure to check out ALL the fine wares from all the talented artists HERE

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty