Thursday, August 17

Wool applique August Echinacea


August Echinacea is so beautiful~
As it begins to fade & mottle it starts to resemble my watercolor palette!

 I purchased a beautiful piece of wool from Kimberley Severns
https://www.etsy.com/shop/NampaFarmgirlCreates
to make my very first wool applique project.


When I saw the wool on-line I thought it would make a pretty hydrangea blossom.
The piece had some deeper tones when it arrived & I immediately thought
Purple coneflowers! 


Little friend waking up on the sunny side of the day~


They fill the gardens with beauty starting late June, early July~
Soon they will lose all of their petals and American Goldfinch 
will be perched on top of them snacking on seeds!
I will leave them through early frosts & the first few snowfalls.


Swallowtails have been busy this morning...
Too busy to hold still for their portraits~


Wishing you a beautiful day, Sweet Friends~
Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, August 11


Hope your Friday is off to a sunny start, Sweet Friends!
This project was great fun... my third wool hooking project~

I was humming, "Here we go loopty loo~ here we loopty li"
the whole time I was hooking this...
Do hope a new tune comes in for the next projects planned!
(giggle)


I always find a favorite part in my art pieces~
Favorite wash in one area of my watercolors paintings.
Favorite 'happy accident' in my thumbnail sketch/illustration...
(So often becoming the main design!)
Favorite color combination in a punch needle piece...
How flowers cascade in one of our gardens~

The pumpkin is my favorite part of this hooked piece.
It has new wool that I dyed with a friend.
It has wool gathered from my favorite craft thrift.
Wool from an old skirt...
Wool from my mother in law that was hers & her mothers hooking wool.
Wool from my mother in law that she had procured from 
an estate sale of an elderly woman who had hooked rugs~


Loop by loop woven together!
Just like us!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Friends!

Monday, August 7

Sunflower in the pumpkin patch hooked rug~


I often spend weekends trying to catch up on special orders~
A fever decided to grab on to me so I gathered some
wool worms and passed some time with a harvest project!


I love painting, drawing, photographing, stitching, sketching... pumpkin tendrils!


Painting with wool...
I had such a great time working on the pumpkin...
Choosing my palette & adding some plaids for texture!


One of my favorite color pairs~
Yellow and blue

Hope your Monday is filled with blue skies, Friends!

Sunday, July 30

Flow Blue Garden Quilt


I received this beautiful quilt as a gift yesterday~
Opened the box and almost fell over!
Sue Knapp (formerly O'Susannah's Quilt Shop) 
O'Susannah's Upstairs Inn
Sent this to me!
Just have to share with you~
It is the first quilt that I own, made from fabrics that I designed!
Flow Blue Garden by Red Rooster Fabrics


Wrapped in love...


Dried up my joyful tears & saw the beautiful variegated
stitches in the shape of birds, butterflies, ladybugs... 
I love every sweet detail~


I love quilts but do not machine sew~
I love to design fabrics & it is such an amazing feeling to
see all types of treasures made with those fabrics!

This one will always be treasured~

Tuesday, July 25

Summer days~


Summer is dashing right along~
Wish there was a way to slow it down!


Hubby loves red raspberries... we found a few baskets for him and
a basket of black berries!


We have been in a very rainy pattern~
Torrential rains.
The bees need raincoats!


Fun to find this field of black eyed susans along the 
New York State Thruway~
The bees were dancing with delight at dusk!


My all-time favorite~ black caps!
Black raspberries are such a treat. 
Remind me of my childhood. Riding along field edges in
the back of my dads old pickup truck.
Buckets, tin cans... bellies all filled up with sun-kissed, sweet berries!


I leave milkweed plants to grow in some areas of our gardens~
Pure joy to see monarch butterflies dotting the yard again!


I pluck the seed pods off so I am not overrun by plants...


Juicy snacks~ Plants have had plenty of rain!


Our home & my studio have been upside down most of July~
We are sorting, organizing and painting when we have
a few minutes away from work deadlines.
My plan is to have everything in its place by the
end of July~
August, September & October are my most favorite months of the year.

Hope you're having a great week, Friends!

Tuesday, July 4

Independence Day~


History shares ups & downs, twists and turns~
Hearts willing to give all that they have in the name of freedom.

"Home is the nicest word there is."
Laura Ingalls Wilder

"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea, 
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free, 
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, 
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. " 

"God Bless America, 
Land that I love. 
Stand beside her, and guide her 
Thru the night with a light from above. 
From the mountains, to the prairies, 
To the oceans, white with foam 
God bless America, My home sweet home."
Irving Berlin~ Kate Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEJo7x9y3D4
God Bless America

Thank you Veterans and all who are serving~


Saturday, July 1

Happy Canada Day, Friends!


Happy Canada Day to all of my friends just a lil' north of us!
A grand celebration 150!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend~

Friday, June 30

Dyeing wool with acid dyes~


I have been taking a few hours each week to felt repurposed wool.
I am able to make new colors by using some of the dye that bleeds off.
Summertime is my planning & gardening time.
I will hopefully have all of the colors needed to rug hook
some new projects once the snow files again. (Not in any hurry for that) ;)

This week was my first experience using acid dyes!
We used Jacquard brand... perfect for small batches.
Success!


I had gathered these small jars 10+ years ago for
dyeing some of my wool roving to needle felt~


I will make a small swatch of the colors & make notes of mixes.

We followed all suggested safety precautions.
Dust masks, rubber gloves, proper ventilation & separate pots & utensils.
Followed the simple directions on the package.
There are directions on their site, too.

Jacquard:  https://www.jacquardproducts.com/acid-dye.html
How acid dye works: 
http://www.dharmatrading.com/home/did-you-know-how-acid-dye-works.html

I think I will be trying for turquoise and aqua next...
Some sunny yellow and deep golds!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Friends!

Friday, June 23

Pen & Ink Pincushions


 

Bees, feathered friends, harvest perches and patriotic themes~


Pinkeeps!
Pincushions!
If you remove the pins they are fun to hang on a cupboard pull~


Teddy bears love to hold hearts in their laps, too!


Chickadee and bee are discussing their sewing project~


This bee stopped by the firework daisy!


How I love bee skeps~
Hives of all shapes & sizes!


I love to draw bees in straight lines, too~
They are flying off to work together!


I bet these little friends sing, "Whistle while you work!"
They each have their yellow-topped pin...
They're off to help in the studio~

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Friends!

Thursday, June 15

Wool dyeing from clothing scraps~


Something blue from something old!
Something old~ can become something blue?
Giggle...
I had a few 5" x 5" pieces of navy blue wool suit coat.
I put them in a stockpot to boil & felt for rug hooking.
The secondary dye that bled off made all of these blues!


There was a lot of blue dye remaining. I put a piece of black & white
houndstooth type plaid in the stock pot to pick it up~


It hooks into such a beautiful texture!


The palette of wool that I came up with last week~
I wanted to come up with some muted plum tones for my
'I Love You to the Moon and Back' design.


I t would be fun to bring all of my punch needle patterns to
wool hooked rugs~


I cut some of my pattern colors in advance~
I like to have projects bagged and ready to go for when I have
a  little bit of time to relax.


When I have a good amount of plaid, pattern etc. I like to 
add them to my swatch chart. It helps me when planning a rug.
I like to add texture without having to change colors.

Hope you're having a great day, Friends~
Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, June 11

Flag Day


'Uncle Sam Sampler' copyright 2004 Michelle L. Palmer

We have had several days of sunshine and warmer weather~
The gardens are drying out and the vegetables are starting to shoot up!
Peonies are fragrant and full~ filling the air!

A little bouquet to share with you~


Solomon's Seal


Fleablane


Columbine


Spiderwort


Peony


Early Chives


Columbine


White Campion


Hosta & Poppies~


Variegated Periwinkle Vinca


Blue Flax


Geranium


Honesty

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, Friends~