Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tutorial on Finishing A Punch Needle Project

 
I have a lot of needle punched pieces and there are a lot of different uses for them.  Ornaments, pillows, pictures, stockings, door greeters, book covers, little stuffed dolls, pins, necklaces, pincushions, and the list goes on and on.
 
 
I made some simple little videos to show you how I finished the piece above.  The pattern will be available in a couple of weeks if you are interested.  I used Valdani pearl cottons size #8 but you can use your favorite threads.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Happy Trails....Ginger
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rainy Days and Soggy Nights



It has been the craziest year with all the rain....we are certainly out of the drought.  Our ponds are running over and our yard is puddles. 

We did get a chance to get out in the fields and get some of the hay in.  Now the rains have returned and we are looking forward to sunshine!

So as we get a good SOAKING in the evenings I have been punching.  I've been using a lot of the Valdani #8 pearl cottons and will be having 3 different designer packages coming soon.

The above piece is Fraid E. Cat and the tale of 2 birds.




Then we have Mr. Gobbles a little bitty piece.





A little pumpkin headed gal that will be made into a wall pocket.



With all the rains the roses are soaking up every drop and putting on lots of blooms.


Wild blackberries are all over the pasture....I'm hoping to get out there to pick a pail full once the rains let up.


Look how big Miss Betty Rae is getting.....her favorite words are uh oh and NO.  Such a little cutie pie.



Sloan is up to something just look at that onery face!



Eva Mae borrowing Sloan's hat.  She is such a busy little gal and is growing up way too fast!



Fall pieces are beginning to come together.  I only have a couple of months and I will be back to Silver Dollar City to vend again.  The Autumn Kitty  was also punched with Valdani threads.


The little pumpkins below will be made into pins and were punched with hand dyed wool threads.



.I'll be off this weekend for a week  to Vermont.  I am going to take the teacher certification class for Oxford Punch at Amy Oxford's school.    It will be fun to take oxford punching to a new level.  


Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit and hope you are enjoying your summer days.

Happy Trails.....Ginger



Monday, April 27, 2015

Log Cabin Seasons



It's been raining so much and the temperatures have been so cool for April.  In the evenings I grab my punch needle and spend a little time punching.  I designed the Log Cabin Seasons they can be made into little mug rugs or enlarged for little mats.

I used Valdani pearl cottons size #8 for the samples.  I have listed the pattern for the Log Cabin Seasons as well as the patttern below "Little Log Cabin On The Prairie" over  at my etsy if you are interested.



Little Betty Rae is getting so big and has been walking quite a bit.  She wants to keep up with her big sister and cousin.

Eva Mae turned 3 years old on Sunday!  My goodness it is amazing how fast 3 years has gone bye.




Sloan is getting to where he has a lot of fun taking selfies and each day that I have him seems like I have new ones and videos on my phone!  Today we were at the office after he got out of school and kept himself entertained as you can see!




It is suppose to warm up later this week and I must say I am looking forward to some warmer days even if it does mean back to mowing the lawn and outside chores!  For now think I will find my punch needle and see what happens :)

Happy Trails....Ginger

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Little Log Cabin On The Prairie

 
I have been punching again with the Valdani Pearl Cotton #8's.  Such wonderfully dyed colors.
The Little Log Cabin On The Prairie is a pattern I will have available later this week.  You will be able to find it in my etsy shop.
 
Our spring days have been filled with lots of rainy days....the grass is so green and the skies have been so very blue.  Our big red barn is still waiting to be built.  The rains have delayed the builders but we shall not complain about the rains that bring moisture to our pasture grasses and ponds.  We shall just call them showers of blessings!
 
We are very thankful to have my dad back out of the hospital again.  He had quite a bad week last week and we so appreciate all the thoughts and prayers.  
 
This weekend we will celebrate the 3rd Birthday of Eva Mae....my goodness how fast time goes by.
 
I've been hooking, punching, and crocheting in between work, little league baseball games, and everyday chores.  I even tag along a little project to work to do any chance I can get :)  I day with stitching or hooking makes for a happy day here at the farm!
 
Happy Trails.....Ginger
 
 
 
 

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Free Doodle BLOOMERS

 Bloomers
A free little doodle just for you!
I punched this piece using Valdani pearl cotton #8's in the following colors
P2
O524
H204
P5
P4

Use the doodle below simple by right clicking and printing.  Enlarge it to whatever size you choose.
You may also rug hook, oxford punch, applique, or needle punch your piece....It's for you so have fun and use whatever medium you choose!


It's been a crazy few weeks.  Dad has been in the hospital but is back home and we would appreciate your prayers as he will be going back in to have more stents placed in a few weeks.  Mom and Dad are taking each day as they come and they sure could use some good nights of rests!

Happy Trails.....Ginger


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Farm Fresh


 
Farm Fresh is always best!  I've been punching quite a bit lately and using lots of Valdani pearl cottons.  Sure love the way the colors flow throughout your pieces.
 

 
Here is the mini skillet of colors I used in the above project!
 
 
 
 
 
Hand dyed wool threads are fun to use, too!
 
Hoping your spring day is full of blessings.
 
Happy Trails.....Ginger

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wool Applique Workshop!

 
Christmas Blessing Wool Applique Workshop Coming July 2015
 
 
I will be hosting and teaching a two day workshop here at the farm
July 17th - 18th, 2015.
Class limit of 14 students

 
You will learn the basics of crazy wool applique, several different embroidery stitches, and
how to put your stocking together.

 
You will be creating your very own heirloom to last a lifetime plus it will be lots of fun!
If you are interested in attending the workshop just email me at
 
There are 9 spaces left!
 
Class fee is $50
You will receive lunch and snacks for both days
Warm & Natural
Lining fabric
Pattern and Classroom instruction
 
You will provide
Wool, threads such as pearl cottons or embroidery floss, sewing needle, pins, and sharp scissors.
(For those who need wool or pearl cottons I do have those on hand for purchase)
 
The stocking measures 18 1/2 inches long.
 
Happy Trails.....Ginger

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Time On The Farm

 
Spring Time is coming down on the farm!  The trees are producing tiny little buds and little sprigs of grass are poking through looking for sunshine. 
 
Love is in the air as the birds are once again looking for little tidbits to make a new little place to feather a nest.  Lots of new little baby calves are playing in the fields as their momma's keep an ever watchful eye.
 
Spring days with scattered rainfalls are so sweet smelling and bring back memories of childhood as it falls across the prairie. The ponds turn a deep rusty red as the Oklahoma red dirt stirs up the water. 
 
Soon it will be time to help with the planting of a big garden that mom and dad have planned.  Seeds have been started and are keeping warm inside a little greenhouse built by dad.  Sweet onions, lots of varieties of tomatoes, squash, green beans, peas, watermelon, corn, and cantaloupe to name a few!
 
Yes, Spring Time is coming down on the farm.
 
I've been playing with the needle punch and valdani threads this one was worked up with soft spring colors in the perle #5's. 
 
A small booklet of the seasons on the farm is in the works....
 
With spring coming really soon....the yard is already asking for a trim!  It will be a busy time for
us this Spring but I don't mind :)
 
Happy Trails....Ginger