Busy days

Greetings Friends! I noticed the thermometer on the garage was closer to 60 than to 50 this morning. When I stepped out to grab the Free Press there was a light warm breeze to be felt. I think I actually saw sprouts on my yarrow yesterday. Friday I had my first dose of Moderna with no more discomfort than a bit of a sore arm. Soon I’ll be sharing news about two upcoming shows I will be doing. It feels like life is waking up and returning to somewhat normal. It is a beautiful thing.

I have been doing so much punching lately I needed to take a day off. I received the message from my wrist that it’s time to rest. So it is a perfect time to check in here at Yooper Trails.

So, two Sundays ago I found these cute little frames at the flea market. I have all five of them filled. Let me share some pictures.

This first one is from a pattern I’m quite sure I found in the Punch Needle Primitive Stitcher magazine. I’m sorry to say I can’t find the designer’s name. The bird is done with a small needle and one thread. I’m happy with how the detail turned out

This second one is also from PNPS. It is a variation of a piece by Rose Clay from Three Sheep Studio. It’s called Passing Time and what a delightful way to do so.

Thanks to Polly MInick for this patriotic lady.

These next two are my own. The two rabbits are suggestive of prim hooked rugs. I tried to capture the Fraktur folk art attributed to the Pennsylvania Dutch popular from 1740 to around 1860. My colors might be a little bright. They are actually brighter than I usually work with.

This next one is to welcome spring with a gathering of little bunnies. I hope you like it.

I came to a decision on Lori Rippey’s American Whaler. It is going to ba a stand-alone piece. It is finished with a black wool backing. I covered a little plastic ring with perle cotton to serve as a hanger. It resembles the blind pulls we used to find at the dime store. Remember both of those?

Well, that’s it for today. Be well and embrace spring!

Good morning on this March 2, our son Michael’s birthday.

It has been a couple years since I first held that beautiful baby boy. I’d be hard pressed to try it now, him being 6 feet tall and all.

I continue to work at my posting goal. Today I have a piece by Lori Rippey, called American Whaler. It is another ‘finish’ that has been long in coming. I thought I’d post a picture and see what you think. I haven’t attached it to the hornbook. I’m still not sure. I debated over paint or stain. What do you think?

Sneak preview

Keeping in mind my goal of posting more often, here’s a little preview of what I’m working on, plus a little tip. I finally got a gripper frame and I love it. The problem is when working on smaller pieces you waste your weaver’s cloth. So this picture shows two projects in process. It delays the end time, but saves cloth. A tip I remember from Rebecca at A Simple Quiet: keep your weavers cloth scraps and use them to stuff 3D pieces. Happy Friday to all of you still punching in every day.

Finishes, finishes

It is such an accomplishment to put the final touches to the pieces patiently waiting. I still have a number of pieces to get to. Also I’m managing two posts in two days.

These little bunnies are racing to Mr. Magregor’s garden. Better protect those carrots! Thank you to Cathy Sower for the sketch she so generously gave me.

Hello and welcome to Yooper Trails

Well, Ground Hog Day has come and gone and we find ourselves with six more weeks of covid, I mean winter. Back in the day growing up in the far north county of Keweenaw we were always happy that it was only six more weeks of winter. I hope you are all doing well and making it through these times. My husband, a veteran has been vaccinated at the VA hospital. Being in that over-65 category, I’m lucky to have one scheduled for March 5. I’m counting the days like its a vacation coming up. With age comes some perks, I guess. You need to balance all that time you spend looking for your glasses or trying to remember why you just came into the kitchen.

On to happier conversation. I continue to love my punching and have a few things to share with you. It looks pretty white and snowy outside, so I did some flower bowl fillers. They are stuffed with balsam, one of my favorite scents’

These little doorknob hangers and patriotic sheep are on their way to Spring Run Farm in Lowell, Indiana. These are my drawings as well as the bowl fillers above.

I really enjoyed working on The Patriot, a pattern from Colleen King Colaizzi. I learned a new method of finishing and for my first attempt, I think it worked out pretty well. In the background you see Lori RIppey’s horse with jingle bells. Guess you can tell I like horses.

I have another little spring chicken almost completed. I hope to have new pictures in a couple days. Enjoy your week. I’m about to visit the Sunday morning flea market at our local Farmers Market. I hope I find some goodies.

United Apart

Hello Friends. It is Friday, which was always cleaning day at my mom’s house. I had a little talk with Mitsy the Cat and she decided to move to higher ground as I took out the vacuum. My house is as clean as it has been EVER, and nobody gets to see it. Oh well, I’m sure Mom is looking down and smiling.

Julie Thomas from The Old Tattered Flag offered a freebie doodle. Thanks Julie. I enjoyed working on this. I made a few changes, which is allowed with doodles and this is what I came up with. I stayed pretty much with pastels and used ecru for the background. I’m not crazy about bright, so when I was done I antiqued the piece with walnut crystals. This is us, staying together while staying apart. Peace to you all, my friends.

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Summer is coming!

This little guy sends a whale of a welcome.  He is hand-drawn by me and done completely with Valdani #12 perle cotton. The first picture shows how I finished the punch needle before attaching it to the plaque. Some people like to fold over the raw edge and glue it down. I find it just as easy to sew a fabric backing. I left a small opening to invert the piece and then hand stitched the opening shut. Sometimes I’ll sew it completely around and then cut a slit in the middle of the backing.  You just need to be certain you are going to mount it on something if you do it that way.

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Checking in

Hello Everyone. Today is Tuesday, April 14, in case you wondered. No big rush for your taxes if they aren’t already completed. In keeping with my hope to post on a more regular basis, I have one photo for you today. This is my own drawing. I’ve had this frame for a long time. I really like it and have wanted to use it for a punched piece.  I did the painting/antiquing. The back of frame gave me a bit of trouble because it doesn’t have a flat edge next to the opening and it also slants forward towards the front of the frame.  So, even though my bunny has been finished for weeks, he is a little late for Easter.  But we both still say welcome to spring. Better days are coming.

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