Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Time


"Christmas Time"

This will be the last pattern of the season....now offering this Christmas time bunny. He measures 6 1/4" wide by 8" high. He is color coded using Valdani & Moire wool for background work, and DMC for detail. Now available in my Etsy shop:

For many years I did an open house, in my little studio.  It was wonderful seeing all my friends and I so appreciated their patronage, The shop has been closed now for a couple years. This year I am looking forward to decorating and enjoying my family. To all my past and present followers and friends, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy healthy New Year!
See you after the Holidays!
Kate



Monday, November 14, 2016

Pixie at Play

"Pixie at Play"


Finished Pattern


Closeup of Punch


Black and white printed on weavers cloth
Available on the Printed listing.


Color printed on weavers cloth
Available on the Printed listing.


So much easier to punch a detailed pattern.


Please keep in mind these are not waterproof. 
The image will bleed if you get it wet.

I will have to experiment with the image, I believe if I iron it with a hot iron it may hen be waterproof..but it could change color...I will give it a try...we will see I'll let you know!


Patterns what you get:

Let me explain what a download or printed pattern includes:.
The cover with measurements, flosses used, DMC, Valdani, Wool Moire. 
These are the three threads I use. 
Generally The detail work is DMC and the background is Valdani or Wool Moire or both.
how many strands count....1,2,3,4,6 strand punch
Name of pattern & Number
And a finished color picture of the punch.
Inside you get:
 a black and white line drawing, forward image  
a black and white line drawing, reversed image
and a color code which works like a paint by number but it is punch by number.

OPTIONS:
jpg instant download listing, all the above
or 
Printed pattern listing, shipped snail mail
with the options of:
Printed Pattern only
Printed Pattern with plain weavers cloth, 18" x 22"
Printed Pattern with a BW image printed on Weavers cloth, 18" x 22"
Newer patterns only-Printed Pattern with a color image printed on Weavers cloth, 18" x 22"

A new offering in my Etsy shop Pixie at Play, Punch needle pattern.
Pixie at Play information:

 3 strand punch
measurements 7" x 7"
Color coded using: DMC for detail work, 
Valdani Perle cotton for background work, with a DMC alternative

Well that was a long one wasn't it?
Any questions leave a comment, I will answer the best I can.

Happy Punching,
Kate








Saturday, November 12, 2016

Spool Ornaments



Ok everyone heres an idea, For all you Rustic Moire wool thread users! 


The yellow one is the Rustic Moire spool. 
Cut the size of the wool with a titch over....
Embroider the wool...
secure by sewing the unfinished ends...
Embellish as you wish!


Punch needle wrapped Moire spool



Rustic Moire wool thread.

The theme for my tree this year is needlework. Lots to do!

Have fun, Kate

Monday, November 7, 2016

Olde world santa


As always good Monday morning to you!


I have so much to tell you. Many happenings at The Cottage. First of all, a new pattern has arrived in time for Christmas, "Olde World Santa", A prim offering for all you antiquers out there.  


He measures 8" high by 5 3/4" wide. It is a 3 strand punch. Color coded using DMC for the detail work and the New Rustic wool Moire for the background. Pattern # 145.



Now available in my Cottage Etsy shop.


Now my next News: This pattern is now available color printed on fabric. Wow! Imagine the color on the fabric as you punch, so much easier. It is a little bit more expensive, but please keep in mind color ink is expensive as you know if you have a color printer. It is available in the Printed Pattern option for this pattern.


There is another bonus to this: You're not a puncher? Really?
They are framable: Mount like you would any cloth stretched, then framed. WHA, LA !
How much fun is this. Don't stop there, Printed pillows, sew to any background and continue with embroidery to make a wall hanging etc. The possibilities are endless! More on this to come!


There is a new sketchbook page on my blog, link on the right hand side. 

I decided to give myself a personal challenge. I have the internet choose a word of the day. Then from that word I draw a quick sketch, no more than 15 minutes. Perks the imagination, but most of all it will get me back to quick sketching. Follow along if you like. Some may also turn into punch needle patterns or watercolor paintings, which I hope to offer on Etsy.

Ok...enough rambling, sorry I'm so excited,
Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the new ventures.

Have a wonderful day, and thank you!
Kate

Monday, October 17, 2016

Late Night Walk




"Late Night Walk"

Good Monday morning to you. I am hoping you had a wonderful weekend. I spend mine punching this Christmas Pattern and was also able to do the finish work on this decorative Christmas pillow. Let me first give you some details about the punch needle pattern now available in my Etsy shop.  
This is a three strand punch
Color coded using DMC for the detail, Valdani Perle Cotton for the border and for the first time I've used the new Rustic wool Moire thread for the background.

Moire threads are available at: http://www.the-teachers-pet.com
  
I just love the texture this thread added to the Piece. It worked very nicely with the 3 strand CTR needle. 
This Punch Measures 9" high by 7 1/2" wide.

Here is the link to my Etsy Shop if you are interested in purchasing the pattern:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/briarcottage




I finished the piece using wool for the front and back. Stitch the Punch to the wool using a blanket stitch around all edges. I decided on pennies to finish of the edge, black for the larger pennies were added first to the seam of the pillow a little more than halfway pinned in place, then I hand stitched through all layers front, black pennies and backing using a blanket stitch to form the pillow shell. Remember to leave an opening for stuffing. Remove all pins and stuff pillow. Close the stuffing opening also using a blanket stitch to match. I wanted a little touch of the burnt orange, so I decided to add french knots around the edge at each blanket stitch stem. I then added the smaller pennies in the green plaid to each of the black pennies overlapping the pillow edge. I must say the pillow finish took much longer than the punch itself. In all this took 2 days to punch and another 2 1/2 days to finish. The finished pillow measures: 16" by 16". 


Detail of Santa


Detail of Reindeer.


Detail of  Lower Border.

As always wishing you pleasure in punching!
Kate


Monday, October 3, 2016

Stickers








Hey, guess who's popped in for a visit to my Cottage Etsy Shop!

Yeap it's "Stickers"!

Already for Halloween with her or his witch or warlock hat!
Color Coded for you, using DMC for the detail work and DMC or Valdani for the main background. Coded for either, it's your choice both are included.

This is a three strand punch, measuring 9 1/2" high by 4" wide. 
Here's the link to my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/briarcottage

Have a wonderful day, stay warm!
Kate