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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wool & Feather Punch Needle Pattern From Beginning to End

 I'm so excited to get my newest pattern out, Wool & Feather. I seem to spend so much time on seasonal patterns, that it's really fun to do an everyday pattern. Here are the pictures from the beginning to end. You will also find a tutorial in the tutorial section on how I framed my finished piece too.
 Here's the pattern traced on my weavers cloth, and on the gripper frame, ready to punch.
 I always start on the small details first, so I started with my sheep's eyes. I just did two punches for my eye centers. I then outlined the nose, lip line, and ear centers. Then moved on to the crows eyes, and wing lines.
 Then I filled in the rest of the sheep's head and legs, then finished the crow.
 Then I started on my sheep's body outline, and the lines inside. I really want the outline and body lines to stick out, so I punched them once, then went over the lines again, doubling them up. You can do them side by side, but I like the way this looks better, for me.
 You can see really well how the double lines stick out.
 Now you can see why the lines being doubled is really important, it makes your sheep look very wooley. 

 Now all finished with my sheep and crow.
 I did my flower centers first, then moved on to my grass and plants.
 Now my flower petals.
 I did a really thin line around my sheep's body only, to make him really pop, before doing my background.
 All finished up, now time to start my outer borders.


 All finished up, and ready to take off the frame.
 I found the frame on Etsy at The Rusty Roof.
 Now I cut my wool to the size of my frame backing. I took my punched piece, set it in the center of my wool piece, then traced around it with a white pencil. 
 I cut that square out of my wool.
 Lay the wool over your punched piece, then start stitching your wool in place.
 Now stitched in place. I used double sided tape to stick my finished piece to my frame backing. Then just put the frame together, all done!
I want to say thanks to everyone who suggested framing it, I don't think it would look the same any other way. The patterns are ready for instant download in my Etsy shop and The Pattern Cupboard, the links are below. Thanks for dropping by, and Happy Punching!!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tissue Tutorial You've Got To Try

I've had several questions about the little peat pots that are in my header pictures, so I thought I would post a tutorial on how I made them.
 First off, I found a great tutorial on how to print on tissue paper. That's right, tissue paper. I basically taped a piece of tissue paper to the top of a piece of card stock, then cut the tissue paper the same size of my piece of card stock. Then I just printed on it, like a normal piece of paper, it was that easy. Just feed the taped side of your card stock in first. It is so much thinner than paper or card stock, and it prints on beautifully. If you want to see the tutorial on how to print on card stock, it's here:
                                 www.my-hearts-song.com/2012/04/easter-treat-baskets.html
 I painted all of my peat pots white, not covering the whole pot. Instead of cutting my pictures out, I ripped around them, I love the way it looks.
 I just used a sponge paint brush. After they were completely dry, I just painted on a little Mod Podge. Put my piece of tissue paper on it, then painted over the piece of tissue paper with my Mod Podge too.
Then I just added a little floral foam, stuck floral wire in the bottom of my wax beeswax chicks, then added a little Easter grass. That's it, it was that easy!
 I also added some tissue paper to these paper mache boxes. I painted them first. I always use one solid color as a base coat, then another one for the top. I never completely cover with the top coat of paint, so you can see the bottom coat peeking thru. 
 I sand them down really good, then stain them. I let them dry overnight, then used the same technique I used above to glue my tissue paper to my paper mache boxes. 
 You can see the lid above, I ripped it a little to much, but I didn't redo it, I liked the way it looked.
The picture above shows the neat wrinkled effect you get with the tissue paper.
                            
 Then all done and ready to display on my shelves.
It was really fun to do, and I've got tons of ideas floating around in my head right now. You've got to give it a try, it was really fun. until next time!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Spring Hatch Pattern and Hornbook

 It's about that time of year, SPRING. Here in East Texas, it's felt like spring for a couple of months, I'm even running my air conditioner. I started Spring Hatch with the chicks.
 Then I finished up the tulips and and started my bunnies. 
 I tried a couple of different background colors, but as soon as I started this beautiful Valdani color, I knew it was the one.
 All finished up, now on to the hornbook wood I mounted it too. You can also find the hornbook wood in my Etsy shop. 
 I started with my light color, but wanted to give it a little extra. The colors I used are also in the Spring Hatch punch needle pattern. Before you start your darker color, let the light color dry overnight, then sand it to your liking.
 I would start the darker color as little dots, and would move them around with a damp sponge brush.
 As you can see on the corners, I made / slashes on each corner.
 If you think you've added to much of your dark color, just add a little more water to your sponge brush to clean it away.
 I only did the slashes on the corners, the rest I did up and down lines, just to make it interesting.
Then I stained it with Old English furniture polish, you will find the tutorial for that in my last post, and in the tutorial section. 


ETSY            THE PATTERN CUPBOARD

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Staining Hornbook Wood

 I get asked all of the time how I finish off my hornbook wood, so here's how I do it.
 I have my handy little sander, perfect size for my hand.
 As you can see, I need to change my sandpaper. There are little wires on the side that clamp down to hold your paper. I just buy a pack of sandpaper and cut them to fit the sander.
I know it's hard to see in this picture, but you will see it better in the picture of it stained below. You can also click the pictures to make them larger. I've really sanded the paint off the edges. I also like to run it across the top lighter just to add a few places the stain can stick too. Just sand to your liking.
 I use this Old English furniture stain, you can find it in the furniture polish section of the store. I like to use scrap quilt batting to stain with. I put a really dark stain on it, especially in your sanded down places. I leave a lot of stain on it overnight. The next day, wipe off the excess with another scrap of quilt batting. If you want it darker, just reapply until you get the darkness you like.
That's it, now your ready to paint and sand your own! Thanks for dropping by!