Friday, July 13, 2018

Tide Pool - Rug Hooking






It's been a year maybe two that this rug has been patiently waiting my return. I'm so happy that its finished. Love it, so very different for me, a touch of modern art. Its hooked using many different fibers including wool strips, yarns, roving (which is spinning fiber merino) & Silk yarn. For now I've decided to enjoy it on the floor in my guest bedroom. And wow... it feels wonderful under foot. Eventually I may hang it on the wall in my bedroom. It measures 4' by 5'. 

I can't remember when I haven't had a project on the burner.. it's quite a nice feeling to have all my started projects finished. A clean slate, so to speak....A little inner searching for a couple days ... to search for inspiration  then to the next projects .....  What's in store?

Thank you for stopping by, as always Enjoy,

Kate




Thursday, June 28, 2018

Hooking


Good morning!
I started a hooked rug last year and haven’t had a chance to work on it. I’ve Decided  to spend a couple days adding to my my freestyle rug.
Since I follow restricted lines for my punch needle patterns, for this I decided to just let my imagination run. It feels really good for a change.
It will end up being a modern rug....but that’s ok!

My home is an eclectic mix...of my arts from present and past. A complete mush mash of furniture and trinkets collected over the years....most of my furnishings have come from flea markets, friends and the side of the road, Painted or refinished to my liking.
Over the years there has been a multitude of changes in my arts and my home. But antiques will always stay very close to my heart, especially early American..! I don’t own a piece but enjoy looking on Pinterest at everyone else’s treasures.....they are far beyond my budget.

I am a very private person, I spend most of my time alone in my art bubble. 
Please be patient with me as I am trying to open my home and my heart to the internet. I do feel I owe my followers this. Till next time, I’m off to hook.

Enjoy,
 life, the arts and above all yourself,

Kate




Monday, June 25, 2018

The Orchard Collection






I have been very quiet on my blog and social media, I apologize for that.  I have been working hard on my new collection. "The Orchard Collection". These Punch Needle Patterns all measure 7" x 7" which makes them easy to Mix and Match. Choose your favorite or punch them all. I've decided to make them into a banner for above my dining room window.  Directions on how to make a interchangeable banner board is available on my finishing page here is the link: The Banner

My intention is to make another banner for The Holidays which can be swopped out for Christmas.
They are mounted using magnets, which makes them very easy to remove and exchange. Love it.... since I do switch things up a bit for a seasonal change.

Lets move on to the Punches. 
These Punch needle patterns are available in my Etsy shop: Shop now 
Eight in total. Each sold separately. 
I used a three strand CTR needle. They come with a color code using DMC embroidery floss and
measure 7" by 7". These are a fun and easy punch. The background is punched using DMC's balled #8 floss, so the background has no separating or rethreading of the needle. You can decide for yourself whether you would like the outer black border, I wanted to frame them off for the banner. If you look closely there is also a matching colored border which can be increased in amount of rows for an alternative finished edge.  Thank you as always for stopping by.

Enjoy, Kate


"Plums"                                                            "Peaches"


"Apples"                                                             "Pears"


"Cherries"                                                        "Lemons"


"Limes"                                                         "Oranges"



Link to more finishing examples: Go now




Monday, June 4, 2018

Rocky Coast


Good Monday morning to ya!

Today I'd like to offer this summers 1st punch needle pattern. Available now in my Etsy shop.
It's named "Rocky Coast"

This is a two and three strand punch. The lobster is the two strand.... because of the highlights and shadows. Two strand works very well in the CTR 3 strand needle.
It has a easy to follow color code using DMC floss.
and measures 8" inches high by 5 1/2" inches wide
It is available two ways 1). As a printed pattern on paper, other options printed pattern on paper plus plain weavers cloth or printed paper pattern plus pattern pre-printed on fabric... these are all shipped by snail mail.
Or 
you may also choose the downloadable version for instant gratification!

Here is an easy link to my shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/briarcottage


Also I am working on the enlargement for Scrappy so it can be rug hooked or rug punched.
My goal is to make it long and narrow. We'll see what happens. Look for it by the end of the week.

Wishing you a wonderful day!
Enjoy,

Kate


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Scrappy


Finish: Made into a pillow. Using linen on the back and on the edges.
I purchased the linen from Joanne Fabrics it is dressmakers linen. The background of the punch matches the linen beautifully. The weavers cloth is the background of the punch, If you order it printed on cloth from my Etsy shop the copyright is printed on the inside of the punch needle so it does not show.


This pattern is perfect for scrap threads, you may choose to make the flowers all different colors. 


The top check is free standing as well as the bottom flower It gives it another dimension.




Now available in my Etsy shop: "SCRAPPY" The pattern with the bottom flower and the check measure 7" high and the width is 9 1/2". The model is punch using a CTR 3 strand needle. It is color coded using DMC & Gentle arts floss. I have also included a conversion for the Gentle Arts to DMC, although I do recommend the Gentle Arts colors for this punch they have a little variation in the floss and the colors are not so pronounced. 

Here is a link to my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/briarcottage

Have a wonderful day, Kate



Thursday, May 24, 2018

Purse-Nuno Felt


A GOOD THURSDAY MORNING TO YA!

Just popping in to show you a project i'm in the middle of. Since I made the purse using the punch of Ivy & Lace. It got me thinking or my imagination rolling on what to do with the piece of Nuno felt I made years ago. I never had the heart to cut it,  i've decided to make it into a purse or tote.


Detail: Embroidery floss wrapped around cording or rope.


A lining of black and white floral.. from a favorite dress I outgrew.

What to do with the Handle? I found it was a bit to long so instead of cutting it I doubled it over for extra padding. 



I think I will add a complimentary cloth to cover it up.

Posting more as I go along...see you soon!

Have a wonderful Memorial day Weekend!

Kate



Monday, April 30, 2018

Ivy & Lace


Time for a new pattern:
"Ivy & Lace"

This is larger punch measuring 10" by 10". Color coded using DMC only...it is a 2 & 3 strand punch.  It is punched on weavers cloth using a 3 strand CTR needle. 


The rounded curves between the punch and the lacing or scalloping around the outside edge is left unpunched for definition. You may choose to fill it in or not it's up to you.


I choose to do this pattern in my favorite summer colors.


Then mounted it and made a tote for my personal use. The punch pattern is for the punch only and does not include the purse pattern. Sorry, I just sew and design as I go.   


I added polka dots to the inside just for fun!

If you are interested in this pattern head on over to my Etsy shop at: 

It is only available as a Printed pattern, because of the size. So no download is available. 
If you choose to not have the pattern pre printed on fabric. Please keep in mind that you will have to piece 4 pages together in order to make up this large of an image. I also include a color code for you to follow comprised of DMC floss only. 
Have a great week!  Enjoy,  Kate

Friday, April 20, 2018

Snowdrops




Snowdrops

Beside my garden gate stands a reminder that spring is just around the corner. The first bloom of the New year are the snowdrops. I'm not sure how many of you have the chance to see these beautiful little flowers that somehow force there delicate little blooms from under the fallen leaves and the fallen snow. Amazing!

This punch is dedicated to the snowdrop....it measures 5 1/2" high by 9" wide. It is punched using a three strand CTR with DMC 3 strand floss, on weavers cloth. The color coded pattern is now available in my Etsy Cottage shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/briarcottage. Hope all is well and your enjoying your needlework projects.

Chin up, Spring will soon be upon us!

Kate