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Monday, June 26, 2017

~ My Background... ~

 Hello There
Friends & Folk!

I received some questions yesterday,
about the background of my new little
'Tomato Season Mat'

as you can see,
I have not filled it in at all :)
I chose to let the motifs stand alone against the weavers cloth...
~ but of course
you can choose to fill your background in if you'd like too!

I did stain my weavers cloth before I punched though, knowing I wanted it to look mottled...
I traced the pattern onto my plain weavers with a pencil, 
then stained the opposite side of the weavers cloth, 
~ knowing that would actually be the front of my project.

I also decided not to punch those tiny cherry tomatoes, 
instead I simply made large french knots with my Valdani #8 pearl cotton.
If these were punched instead, they would look like tiny blobs.
If you are going to fill in your background, you can either punch them or use the french-knot technique after you've punched the background ~

I like punching this way,
leaving the cloth show more...letting the motifs take center stage and not filling in the backround.
Remember, there are never any hard & fast rules to how you finish your needlework...

Experiment!   Create!   Have Fun!

I am going to try more techniques with his soon 
and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the results! 

 Happy Monday to you all....
find some magic in your day my sweet friends ~


Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Sunday, June 25, 2017

~ Oh Yes it IS!!! ~

 ...It is officially Tomato Season ~

hot, sunny days, cooler nights, humidity & rain
all make for wonderful growing conditions for our tomatoes!

we have a bunch of different varieties in our kitchen garden this year,
from so-called acid-free yellow tom's, to vibrant Big Boy's ~
and lest us forget the old heirlooms like American Beauty and Black Stripe too...

although ours are not 'fruiting' yet, our plants are hearty...
with beautiful yellow blossoms that make our honeybees happy girls!

I am always inspired by my surroundings,
so it is fitting that I have these for your stitching pleasure ~
I'm happy to release for you:
'Tomato Season' & Buzzbee Pin Poke'

....for a plant would not thrive without the aide of a honeybee ~ or two or three...

I've taken one design: 
a Lady in a Garden with a "**Ginormous" tomato...
and vines, leaves and of course a curious crow, 
and went with it to create these in both punch needle and cross stitch.

and since we were at it, why not add a 'Ripe Tomato' Thread Winder to the mix 
for your Summer Workbasket?

All three patterns are available now in our
in both PDF/instant Download, and Mailed Paper form.

We WILL be adding 'Tomato Season' as a HOOKED RUG Design on Paper & Linen, 
hopefully tomorrow as well for you wool-loving rug hookers 

*** a nod to the word 'Ginormous', 
used by my sweet model cross stitcher Heather Stevens, 
~ who  said this tomato was just that.
{{thank you my sweet & gentle friend}}

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and Now I am in FULL-THROTTLE 
for AUTUMN & Sauder Village Rug Week!
Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

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