8/24/2008

I Love Terrye French patterns!

After a year of not painting, I find Terrye French's patterns so refreshing! I feel like I am on a roll. Now if I could just get a few days off from work...(grin).

Having oodles of canvas to work with,
I plan on making a ton of door greeter-
banner-flags...whatever.


This is an adorable Santa design!


I love her designs so much,
I decided to translate this one
in needlepunch!

I love it!

I find keeping the dimensions within my gripper frame
creates a nice sized pillow tuck.

I recently purchased this multi light colored
wool yarn in Searsport, and it was perfect
for this snow scene on denim.

Today I finished a Maxine Thomas pattern on
a canvas banner, and it's drying at the moment.
It will be a perfect accent for a teacher's
classroom or office. I can't wait to present it.

My next project will be a primitive pumpkin Jack.
I painted this a while ago on a pelt board, and
think it will be cool as a long skinny door banner.
I hope it will be finished by next weekend. It's
a long holiday weekend, and I am so ready!
Labor Day means the tourists will go home,
and we can have our ocean back.
Bring on Indian Summer!

See you then~ Thanks for visiting!

8/17/2008

I'm Painting again!!!


Some time ago,
I purchased a ton of Terrye French patterns....
Put them in a binder....
looked at them over and over again.....
and finally I did it.

I dragged out my paints and brushes,
and found this plate,
and painted this Harvest Thyme scene.

I didn't stop there.....


I have a HUGE bolt of canvas,
and thought I would attempt this cute halloween scene.
I was going to paint this pattern a year ago, when I was
painting with my dear friend Janis Tomlin.
Her shop burned down,
and I just never made it back.

Anyway, I got brave, and I have to admit,
it was so much fun painting on this canvas.
It's truly my style, and I will definitely be doing more.

His teeth are way too white, since I forgot to shade a little there. I will add a coat of polyurethene, and some antiquing, and I think it will warm it up some.


I really, really love this pattern from Quaint Folk Primitives. The designer is from Australia I believe, and I purchased the pattern from Pattern Mart.

I don't usually enjoy doing a pattern more than once right away, but for some reason, I really enjoyed doing this one again, not once, by 3 times! One of these will be a Halloween Swap gift, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed, she doesn't decide to check me out! OK, I'll say no more....or I'll just ruin it.


I really enjoy doing needlepunch, and I wanted to do something with orange and black, and attempted this OHIO star pattern. I love against this really plush black wool. I wish I remembered who I ordered this wool from. I would love some more!!!
It's heavenly to work with.



I was inspired to do this pillow tuck after receive an e-mail from a gal I know. She belongs to a local Arts Committee, and invited me to particpate in their upcoming Fine Fiber Fest. You can enter up to 4 items, that will be displayed for 5 weekends in a large light filled gallery in town. Your item(s) may be purchased. The deadline to enter is Sept 5th.

I think pillow tucks such as these are small enough projects, with an affordable price range. I also have 3 craft fairs that I have committed to, (Sept, Oct, and Nov), so I have a tight schedule. I'll think about it some more, but right now I have a canvas drying with it's first layer of base coat.....I'm going to paint a primitive santa today....so stay tuned!

8/10/2008

Primitive Needlepunch Pillow Tuck


"Summer Garden"
This pillow was created using a pattern by
Lacey Jane Primitives,
found in a Create a Decorate magazine.

I decided to reduce the pattern intended for rug
hooking and use it for a needle punch project.


I finished punching the design in 3 days,
with minor distractions.


Toby, my new kitty decided,
he really likes my gripper frame.
He looks snug as a bug here doesen't he?

At the rate he is eating, he won't
fit here very long.


Finished in the frame.



The back side sometimes looks as good as the front.


Preparing for the walnut crystal "bath".

The finished design was stitched to some
yummy sage green wool I purchased from
Skip To My Ewe on eBay.

I stitched around the design with 100%
wool yarn, and linen thread.

The pillow tuck is filled with a combination
of Sheep's Wool, flax seed, and a generous
portion of lavender buds.

It smells heavenly when squeezed~
Thanks for looking~!

8/03/2008

Halloween OOAK Black Cat Needlepunch Pillow Tuck


My launch project is finished!

Today begins our "Autumn Colors of New England" Launch
with my New England Primitive Gathering group on eBay. This NEPG launch will run for one week.

My design was inspired by a note received from fellow member, Joyce. It was a cute couple of whimsical black cats on an orange background.

I drew a similar single black cat, and embellished the border with some candy corn, and the word "BOO". I punched the design with 6-strand floss over weaver's cloth using a gripper frame and locking hoop.

I soaked it in walnut crystals, to soften the colors, and stitched the design to some black wool, using linen and wool yarn. Four rusty bells are attached to each corner.

This pillow was stuffed with 100% soft sheep's wool and a generous scoop of lavender and measures 6 1/2" x 8".

I will have a very hard time parting with this one!