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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Crazy About Wool Blog Hop, free tutorial & having a free giveaway too.......sign up

Hi everyone, I need to say that I miss you . I have been very busy and have some things to share. 
I am opening up my Studio/Shop for a Holiday Open House on Saturday Nov 30th from 9:00 to 4:00. 
I will post more about that this weekend and I will be attending Market-fest in York Village  Maine on Oct 18 and 19th. I also have more classes that I will be teaching at Yankee Cross Stitch and Camp Wool. 
But for now this is what I have been doing. 
I have 2 designs finished. A local watercolor artist Kathy Carter painted 2 doors for me.  I had them printed onto fabric, which I then embellished. I will be giving classes on these in my studio for embroidery.



 I also dabbled myself in some painting and painted a fall water scene. 

And Then I embellished it with flowers and grasses.

Actually this scene is an after thought because I made a tree first and it needed a fall background. My tree is 3 dimensional and here it is. 
AND HERE IT IS ALL TOGETHER!!
I am so excited about it. I will teach this piece at Yankee Cross Stitch, at my studio, and our local EGA chapter called "SOME"   . If you live in the Miane area you should join our chapter. Always having fun and getting together.


I am also teaching the wool feather trees again and this year I have made a miniature tree skirt to go along with them. Last year it was the clip on birds.
Here is a picture of tree skirt. I will release the pattern next week.
There seems to be a bit of wool stumpwork with those sheep :) 


There are nine little sister sheep and 3 poinsettias

AND NOW TO THE POMEGRANATE TUTORIAL
I made these 4 little fruit from some wool that was over-dyed. I cut out a six inch circle for each one. I did this by tracing a saucer(a plate for your tea cup) onto the wool with a marker. 



This is the 6 inch circle. Then go in about 1 inch and mark another circle this will be your gathering line.  

Before I made the running stitch for the gather I cut little triangles out to make the top of the fruit. 

Make your gathering stitch with a brown 6 strand embroidery floss or a pearl cotton. After you make this stitch, pull the thread and fill the fruit with fiberfill  (stuff as firmly as you can) pull the opening closed very tightly and then keep wrapping the extra floss around the top making a thick top like the real fruit. Secure your thread with a knot and tuck the thread into the top of the fruit so it will not show. 

see the thick brown section of floss

I made 4 of these fruit. On one of then I added a section of beads on the outside to look like the fruit ripped open and the seeds poured out. I added these beads on before I made the gathering stitch.
To finish it off I went out side and gathered up a branch from the yard. Mounted it onto a board that I had already covered with black wool. I then cut out some small green wool leaves.  To make these take a piece of wool 1 inch x 2 inches. Then cut around the edges to form a long leaf.  I made 10 of these.
I hot glued the branch to the board. Placed the pomegranates where I thought they would look good. Hot glued them down  I then added the leaves with hot glue around the tops of the fruit and a couple of leaves down the bottom onto a branch.
I would like to thank all of you for visiting my blog and Denise from Pieced Brain for making this fun "Blog Hop" . Please check back for more fun stitching and if you leave me a message I will add your name to a giveaway that I will have for the "Nine Woolly Sisters" tree-skirt PATTERN. 
I will have this drawing on Saturday evening and post the winner on Sunday 
Have a good day, and don't forget to check out the other blogs in the BLOG HOP that are listed at the top of the sidebar 
donna

46 comments:

  1. I've enjoyed seeing your beautiful creations! simply gorgeous!!

    Tanya

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  2. Your pumpkins are gorgeous, will try and make one for sure, would also love to be included in your giveaway. x

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  3. Wow such beautiful and creative projects! I've never seen wool embroidery before. Thanks so much for the pomegranate tutorial, they are so cool, and thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  4. Oh please enter me in your draw....your work is simply stunning!!

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  5. Blog hops are so much fun...you never know what great new blogs you'll find! Your work is beautiful, and so unique! I've never heard of the marketfest in York, but since I only live 1/2 away in the seacoast area of NH, I might have to check it out! Thanks for sharing your work.

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  6. You have such a variety of unusual wool projects. I really like the tree vignette very much. I have a feeling you are one of those people who bounces out of bed in the morning because there is so much you want to create that there just are not enough hours in the day.

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  7. Happy to meet you through the Wool Lover's Blog Hop. Your Autumn Tree Leaves Stitchery is truly exquisite. Love it. The hand painted background creates a lovely background for the tree. Your Miniature Tree Shirt is very pretty.. I love the three D sheep. Thanks for the Pomegranate Tutorial.. Fantastic Idea.. Thanks for sharing.. Happy Autumn.. Hugs Judy

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  8. I love the sheep! and thanks for the pomegranate tutorial - I shall be trying this!

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  9. So nice to meet you! You do amazing work and these projects are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing the directions on pomegranate, I think I will have to give them a whirl!

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  10. I love those little sheep! I can imagine a whole black sheep Christmas tree shaping up out of this.

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  11. Love the pomegranates! I think hot glue is severely underrated in the needlework community.

    Those sheep are adorable. Please enter me in the giveaway for the pattern.

    Thanks!

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  12. Your embroidery is gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial on the pomegranate flowers... I am glad you joined the blog hop!

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  13. The pomegranates are beautiful and I love the little sheep-so sweet!

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  14. That tree skirt is DANG cute!! Love those sheep!! Thanks for the chance to win the pattern!
    P

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  15. Absolutely stunningly beautiful work! So glad to have found your blog. I'm your newest follower! Thanks for sharing that great tutorial as well!

    Ilene

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  16. Wonderful projects. So much inspiration here! Thanks so much for sharing. The Pomegranates are so cute and thanks for the lovely give away. The sheep are so sweet!

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  17. Love it, count me in!

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  18. Good to meet you. I love your unique wool projects. Ronda

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  19. Oh my you do such beautiful work! Love those sheep on the tree skirt.

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  20. Sarah T12:24 PM

    The sheep are adorable!

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  21. Loved your tutorial on pomegranates. Like to do different things with the wool and great to learn how others do different stitches. Thanks for the information. Will be looking forward to more of your blog as I found you on the Wool Lovers Blog Hop

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  22. You are so talented Donna. Love all the projects that you have created. Sure wish I lived in Maine so I could attend them. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

    Linda

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  23. Finding your blog through this Woolunderful hop is my treat! I am too far away from Maine however I am quite enchanted with your stitchings and projects as they are amazing. Thank you for sharing your Pomegranate tutorial. The beads add so much personality to them. Creative Stitching Bliss...

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  24. The poms are darling. Thanks!! I'd love to make that tree skirt.

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  25. your work is just gorgeous. the sheep are so cute. thanks for sharing the tutorial

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  26. Donna this is the funnest coincidence, I have arrived at your blog via the wool lovers blog hop, but I have been hearing about your work from my dearest sister Kathy Carter. Now how fun is that to come around full circle. I adore the woolly sister tree skirt, you can ask Kathy about my love of all things sheepy. I'm glad to see where the "door" project has come to as I've been hearing about it for some time. Off to email her with this fun connection.

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  27. Your work is outstanding. I love the mixture of textures and mediums. The printed fabrics that are embellished have a wonderful dimension.

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  28. I love your work. Your ability to take a flat piece of fabric and bring it to life is wonderful.

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  29. Nice work Donna. Could also cut a branch with thorns and make a little smaller rose hip. Love your Pomegranates.

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  30. Love your creativity! Beautiful! Nine wooly sisters is sooo cute.

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  31. Love the pomegranates & of course love those sheep. Thanks for the chance to win.
    lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  32. I love those pictures that you've embellished.

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  33. Love the treeskirt. It's great. Thanks so much for sharing

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  34. Thank you Donna for some spectacular wooly fun and the most awesome tutorial! Just love all of your beautiful stitching and the 3D pomegranates are so pretty ! Also, I smile at those Woolly sheep - they are darling!

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  35. Interesting projects. Love the sheeps and so many pretty details.

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  36. So nice to see an update Donna! You have been busy, such amazing projects. I love the pomegranates, thanks for the info on making these.
    The tree skirt is wonderful.
    Have a great weekend!

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  37. Your projects are awesome and thanks for the tute and the giveaway.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  38. Oh my goodness, your needlework is just FABulous!

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  39. Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm sticking around to poke around for a bit!

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  40. The sheep in the tree skirt are absolutely adorable!

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  41. OMGosh, those pomegranates are adorable!! Thanks so much for the tutorial and sharing your giveaway with us. The tree skirt is beautiful.

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  42. Beautiful! The painted/embroidered pictures are amazing. Love your little sheep mat, so cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  43. Thanks for the pomegranate tutorial. I love the 3D look. The sheep on your tree skirt are so cute too!

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  44. Great projects and I love the sheep in the tree skirt.

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  45. Love those sheep! Your pieces are truly beautiful.

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  46. Wonderful finishes! I love sheep, and thanks for the tutorial!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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Hi everyone, my name is Donna. I just love stitching of all sorts, I also love antique, and book stores. I am married and I have 2 children, and 2 grandchildren :). My Christian faith is the foundation of my life, and has sustained me through the ups and downs of this journey. Keep spreading kindness so you can change the world. So glad you stopped by, leave me a message and I will stop by and visit you.