Thursday, September 27, 2012

By the Light of the Harvest Moon...

Hello Dear Friends,
Just popping in to say a quick Hi!

Crazy busy time here in the studio...getting ready for the 15th Annual
Autumn Valley Hook-In
Saturday, October 6th
9:00am to 2:00pm
at Our Savior's Lutheran Church
1616 West Olive Street
Stillwater, Minnesota

If you are in the area...I hope you'll stop by this GREAT event!
and...updates at Early Work Mercantile and the 1800 House are just a few days away!
The wool dust is flying in the moon light ~L

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Arriving in the studio/shop soon

...just in time to celebrate our favorite season! Autumn is upon us...glorious NEW wool...Life is Good!

The wool has been added to the website and pre-orders are being taken!

My hook is HOT...I've been hooking non-stop in preparation for the Fall events...
and the final part of Grandma's Garden is almost ready to ship! Where do the years go?
Reminder...3rd Friday open studio hooking and/or stitching is tomorrow from 11 til 3...hope to see you! ~L

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Focused Day...

...finishing up on the second half of this year's LJF Rug Project...Grandma's Garden. The year has flown by...again! Just a bit more hooking and then the calculating...the dyeing and the kitting can begin. The kits are due out in October...and I'd really like them off my plate...
as there is much to do before mid-October.... I'll be vending again at The Autumn Valley Hook-In in Stillwater, MN on Saturday October 6th...
this year I will also have finished work available at the Textile Center in the annual Holiday Show and Sale beginning November 1st!
...so planning and focus are my mantras of late...
and today...9-11...of all days is a good one to quitely hook and remember... ~L

Friday, September 7, 2012

Back to Memorie Cloth...

Good Day To You…

Where do the days go? I’ve been trying to get back here to finish up our Memorie Cloth…but the days just slip away…
So sorry to leave you all hanging…but I hope you’ve been stitching…
Thanks to Jody at Cobblestone Corner & Grandma’s Biscuits… for the gentle nudge to take a break and get back here!
We were just visiting on the phone… that’s what we Minnesotans do…don’t ya know?...we visit...and she was saying that she enjoyed the tutorial…

So now back to it and on to the wool applique…


In this example I’m working on a sweet little “hearts and holly” pillow as a gift for my Mom. The image is a copy of a 1920’s photo of her sister at Christmas time, it has always been a favorite of mine! My Aunt Addie will be 95 in a few days…she is comfortable in a care facility…unfortunately it is nearly impossible to get my folks there for a visit…
it’s a long story…one that many of you who are caring for aging relatives know all too well…Not complaining here…just wanting to make these days as good as possible for my parents…but I digress…

There are several ways to cut out your motifs in wool. Wool tends to stretch a bit when cutting, so a very popular method is to use a freezer paper template.

You can use the “regular” stuff on the roll from the grocery store…or there are heavier flat sheets available at your local quilt shop or here on my website.




Another good method is using a fusible web product…I like Heavy-duty Wonder-Under by Pellon, tho’ there are many brands available…

I need my handwork to be portable…for waiting in doctor offices, etc.
so fusing the pieces works great for me…especially on small pieces!
Of course you can just cut your shapes freehand too…I recommend a small, sharp scissors!
Layout your design…it is okay to cover bits or your embroidery stitching…


when things need to be layered…be sure to stitch down the bottom motif first. Here I’m using blanket stitch and embellishing the holly leaves with stem and straight stitches.


here I’m adding the berries that I’ve cut from a piece of wool that has the fusible web attached…peel off the paper backing

determine placement

following manufacturer’s directions…fuse in place


stitch in place…

I’ve prepared the pillow backing from a piece of prairie cloth that I’ve stitched my Aunt’s name and the year the photo was taken on…

place front and back together…RIGHT sides together…stitch around…leaving an opening for turning and stuffing…

press…clip and remove any basting stitching that didn’t get caught in the seam allowance...
stuff and sew opening closed with tiny slip stitches
...cheating here…cuz I’ve yet to stuff my example…here is one of the Memorie Cloth pillows I was working on back in July when I started this tutorial…

there is probably more that can be said…but for now I must stop here…take it where you will…the possibilities are endless…please share your thoughts below in the comments for all to enjoy…and I’d love to see pics of your projects…

thank so much for following along…I hope you’ve learned a trick or two…or at least were inspired to get stitching with wool! ~L
P.S. I like to add feather stitching all along the seamline between the front and back of pillow...