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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Giveaway update and New design pics

Here are my pictures of ?
I need a name and not TOM, to many Toms out there 
This is a close up of my stitchery turkey. I added some distress stain around the outside of the stitching to make him look old and dirty. I already had pre-coffee dyed the fabric 

I finished him as a ditty bag
The next pictures are of my cross stitch turkey
He measures approx 7 x 7 and was stitched on 32ct linen. So it was hard to find a frame for him. I used an 8 x 10 that I had, set him of to the left and then thought I should fill it in with some bittersweet.


 So I went outside and picked some, brought it in the house and started to cut it up to lay it down and realized that the little orange pieces are so wet. I couldn't use that and have it stain the stitched piece so that idea was a wash. 

Maybe fake bittersweet would do but I didn't have time to go to the store. I found some fake red berries and added those to the picture by stitching those in place. 
I am happy now :)

The punch needle turkey is kinda finished. I added him to a wool background and I am not sure if I want to hang him or lay him on a table. 
But here are his pictures



I have to pick up hubby from the hospital again. He has been there for a few days and then take him to a doctors appt. As soon as I get back home I will work on the directions and these should be ready by Sunday or Monday the latest. 

GIVEAWAY UPDATE
I will have the drawing for the punch needle pumpkin head giveaway on Sunday. So get those photos in to be eligible :)
Hope you are having a good day, the weather here is terrible, so windy and so much rain. They say we are having a nor'easter. I can not imagine if this was snow!!. Its been days :(
Have Peace today
donna


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Freebie for Punch Needle and a giveaway...but you have to do something too


It took me almost all day to finish these little guys. I kept trying different ways to finish them and kept changing my mind. I hate it when that happens :( but they are finally finished.
***One of the things I changed was the vine around the hat. I did punch needle it and didn't like it because it just looked like a mess of green, so I took it out and punch the hat plain black. The pattern that I have for you does have the vine drawn on the design but you can just omit it or if you use freezer paper and your copier, it will print but just ignore it and punch the hat all solid. So the colors are the same as the cross stitch design (had to improvise on one of the pumpkins, ran out of that color) but the backgrounds are DMC 831 and 833 for the green guy and the the other beige background  is an overdyed (lost the name-sorry). I used a 3 strand punch needle for the image but for the background I used 6 strands of floss.

BIG GIVEAWAY BUT THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO!!
I will giveaway one of these guys ...the choice is up to the winner as to which one you would like. 
BUT........You have to cross stitch the FREEBIE from the previous post and send me a picture. That will get your name in the hat 1 time and if you post it on your blog and link back to me that will get your name in the hat 2x's . Yes it is a bit of work for you but it will be so much fun for us to see your finish and I can link back to you if you have a blog and other stitching friends will check you out. Who knows maybe you can make some new friends.

So here is the link to the pattern for punch needle, (just a plain line drawing) I have it imaged 2x's in case you want to make one for a friend at the same time and save on fabric waste :) 
Good Luck, Happy Stitching and hope to see those photos coming in 
email me at stitchbythebay at hotmail dot com 
donna

Friday, October 17, 2014

Freebie cross stitch chart today :). and punch needle tomorrow........



          Click here for free PDF pattern for cross stitch 
Here is a link to the free chart for this season. 
I have it in the cross stitch form and I will also have it the punch needle form. 
That will be posted tomorrow because I am still working on the punch needle. It will make a cute pin or just to hang. 
I hope you will enjoy it !!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Exchange........and a peek @ ?(no name yet)

This is what I received from L Smith. I am so sorry I lost the card you sent me but I still had the envelope with L Smith. This little guy came all the way from Australia along with some chocolate treats but those were gone before I had a chance to take the picture:) I just love him/her and I am so thankful so thank you, thank you, thank you , it was a nice surprise. 

This is what I sent out.   
This was the first time I ever did an exchange and I was not sure what to send or make but I enjoyed it and the surprise is the best waiting for the mailman. 
I truly love my pumpkin head :) and a big thank you to Kim from Wisdom with Needle and Thread for hosting this. 
I have been staying up pretty late at night stitching away on my turkey and this is my progress.

I am off to fold charts and check for the photos. 
Come back tomorrow for the Freebie, I am still playing with it, always seeing something I can change.
donna 




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Freebie Coming Soon .....and a peek of my new punch needle design


Happy Day!!, 
I just designed a free chart for you and I will post it on Friday. 
In case you missed the others here is a link to the posting for them. Family and Pet .
I have listed my tree stands that I made for my Wool Feather Trees and here is a picture, there is a separate listing for the tree directions on Etsy . The company that makes the cast iron tree stands is out of stock already so I made up these wood ones to go with class.
There is still time to sign up for the class at Yankee Cross Stitch that will be held on Oct 25. Call the shop for info.



I had a good time at Camp Wool on Saturday. I taught the Wool Feather Tree class and the ladies finished their trees that day.  I always learn something from the class and this time was no exception :)

Here is a peek at my new project. I have not named him yet but he is done in punch needle and I am cross stitching him and I am also stitching him with embroidery. This will be released as whole design pack and you will have the option to cross stitch, punch needle and/or embroider. Such fun !!!


I am still working on finishing him. I have added some tongues with wool from Weeks Dye Works and I checked into the year for the first Thanksgiving and it was 1621 

While I have your attention I also wanted to share with you a picture that I needle felted last year. At that time I framed it with what I had at home. It was a white frame along with a white mat and I didn't really  like it so this year I got out my handy vinegar along with my paints and faux finished the frame and the mat so here is the new picture!!.




I like it now and it is ready to go to someones home because I listed it on Etsy.
So have a good night and I will post more tomorrow along with the photo of what I received for the Halloween exchange that I did. It is so cute :))
have a good night
donna




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