Thursday, June 13, 2019

Still Waters


"Still Waters"

"Red Sky at night sailors delight, Red sky in Morning sailors take warning"!

This is DMC floss punch needle. It is worked using 1, 2 & 3 strands of Floss.
It included a color code so you know where to place colors and how many threads to use. 
It measures 6 inches wide by 9 1/2 inches tall.

Now available in my Etsy shop: 

Hope you are all enjoying your Spring?
 Mine has been quite busy with family events and happenings. 
Hope to get back on track here soon. 

Enjoy,
Kate

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Lakeside



"Lakeside"

My newest pattern for Spring. 
It is color coded using DMC only.
It is punched using 1, 2 & 3 strands, Thread count guide included.
It's punched on weavers cloth, using a 1 & 3 strand CTR needles.

Available now in my Etsy Shop:


Have a wonderful Day, Kate

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Ribbet? Rug hooking/punching pattern


This is a enlarged pattern for rug hooking and punching. Inspired by my Ribbet? design. 
Now available in my Etsy shop.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/briarcottage

It measures: 26" high x 20" wide
Available as a printed paper pattern or pre drawn on Monks cloth (using Oxford needle) or Primitive linen (used with hooking).

Thank you, enjoy your day
Kate


Memorial Poppies








"Memorial Poppies"

A few weeks back I had a request to design a Memorial Day poppy.
I will be honest I had never heard of it.
It seems poppies have been a symbol of remembrance since World war I.
I am pleased and honored to have a part in
the remembrance of fallen soldiers.
If you would like to learn more on the Memorial day poppy.
Here is a link:
https://www.maritime-executive.com/features/the-poppy-a-symbol-of-memorial-day

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Pattern is now available now in my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/briarcottage

Have a wonderful Day,
Kate

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

In my Easter Basket




"In my Easter Basket" 
Punch Needle Pattern


Here at Briar Cottage the sun is shining..and all is well! 

Pastels, Pastels, Pastels

An Easter Offering.  Carrots, dyed eggs, and a bunny Rabbit.
Here we have all three.
Worked up using Pastel DMC, this is a three strand punch, done on weavers cloth using a CTR 3 strand Needle.

Now available in my Etsy shop as a download or Printed pattern.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/briarcottage

Wishing you a sunny Day!
Kate

Monday, March 11, 2019

Waiting Patiently




A bit different, Lots of color & Whimsy!

Good Monday Morning to you all. It looks like Spring here in Pittsburgh. The sun is out and the gray has gone. It inspired me to come up with a more colorful pattern for Easter. 

This Pattern is called "Waiting Patiently" 
It is 1, 2 & 3 Strand punch. Strand code is included as well as color coded using DMC floss.
It was punched on Weavers cloth using my favorite 1 & 3 strand CTR needles.

Waiting Patiently is now available in my Etsy shop. Here's the Link:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/briarcottage

Enjoy your Day!
Kate

Friday, March 8, 2019

Carrot assembly instructions



I was asked to put together instructions for the carrots and how I assembled it. 
I will do my best to explain. Hope this helps:

1). Punch the carrots using the color code for color placement.
2). When you have finished the punch, cut around the edges leave about 1/4” to 3/8” around the punch so you can turn the weavers cloth back behind the punch.
3). Snip and concave turns so they lay back evenly.



4). Iron the weavers towards the back of the punch. Watch your fingers! I suggest no steam as not to   burn yourself.
5). I used a pre made pillow cover I purchased years ago from a store. You can make your own if you prefer. 
6). Pin your carrots to the pillow cover, in any placement that you like. 
7). Starting at the edge of the green, I then simply whip stitched the carrots to the cover, leaving the top of the carrots where the green is open. ( for the wool strips to be tucked in)



8). When your all done sewing the carrots on.
9).  Use the template for embroidery (provided) and cut out the paper carrots around the dotted lines. Using a transfer pencil I traced the lines for the roots. 
10). Then cut out again around each carrot keeping the roots so each carrot is separated. This gives me the ability to use a transfer pencil to transfer the roots to the fabric using an iron.
11). Place the template around the punched carrot, face down and iron the paper so the image of the roots transfers to the pillow cover. It doesn’t matter which root goes with what carrot. But change the root template for each carrot for variety.
12). Embroider the roots with one of the greens from the punch using a running or stem stitch.
13). Cut 3” to 4”  strips of green wool about 3/16” wide. I used 5 light green and 2 dark green for each carrot. 
14). Make a loop with each strip. Sew them or tie them together at the ends.
15). Tuck them in at the opening that you left at the top of the carrots. To hide the ends. 
16).  Sew them to the pillow cover to secure them.
17). I then snipped the dark green half way so the dark green strip's are not loops. Again for variety.
18). Stuff the pillow and Enjoy! 



Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Carrots for applique





Here's a fun project.

Punch needle carrots for applique work. The pattern comes with 5 various sizes of carrots to punch, the largest is 4" x 2".
Color coded using DMC, punched using a 3 strand CTR needle. a little bit of 2 strand work.
when finished, I appliqued the punch to a pre bought pillow cover. Embroidered the root system using the embroidery guide that comes with the pattern and added the wool strips for the carrot tops. 

The pattern is now available in my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/briarcottage

Wishing you a wonderful day, Enjoy
Kate