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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's My Turn! ~ Blog Hop Day #10

it's here!
my day to share with you…
although I do my share of 'sharing' on a daily basis,
I'm so happy that 
asked me to be a part of her annual Blog Hop once again ~

Each year I try to decorate our humble little farmhouse in a way that is befitting to her…
simple, comfy & happy

I love the primitive farmhouse look, so anything that resembles that usually finds it's way into my decorating or needlework...

our tree is always decorated with ornaments that we, 
...as a family have collected or made over the years ~

we wish you a Merry Christmas!

Peter, Lori, Hannah…and Iggy!

I have been delving into working with those beautiful Valdani Threads,
so what better way to use them than to offer a quick little project for you ~

The inspiration for this came from the very same little 
ironstone creamer that you see in the snaps below.

see how even the simplest of things can be made into a thing of beauty by tucking in a few twigs of fresh holly & nandina berries :)

I filled my finished pillow with fresh sawdust,
but you could use whatever suits your fancy ~ dried herbs, old cotton batting, wool snippets, fabric scraps…the list is endless.

Holly Pitcher Sawdust Pillow
Punch Needle Project from © Notforgotten Farm
approx. finished size: 3-1/4 “ x 5-1/4”

Needfuls to make this project:

1/4 yd Weavers Cloth

Cameo Ultra Punch Needle wit MEDIUM Tip

Lip Locking Embroidery Hoop or Gripper Frame

DMC 6 strand cotton floss 
in the following colors/amounts for
 Holly Leaves:
1 skein 731
1 skein 733

Valdani Pearl Cotton #8
in the following colors:
Pitcher  ~ O538
Stems & Ground ~ O154
Berries ~ O534
Background ~ H209

sewing needle & thread
 small sharp scissors 
scrap of cotton fabric 
{approx 4” x 6” wool or velvet in your choice of color for project backing}
sawdust for stuffing 
{or cotton batt, polyfil, wholecloves...etc}
sewing machine

Begin ~
Using pencil, trace your pattern onto your weavers cloth, centering design.
Place your weavers cloth w/ drawn pattern onto your gripper frame or into your lip-locking hoop, making sure fabric is drum-tight.
begin by threading your punch needle with DMC 733 
and setting your needle onto the #1 setting...and punch one half of all holly leaves.
Now thread with DMC 731 and punch remaining half of holly leaves.
Now thread with Valdani O538 and punch entire pitcher.
Next, thread with Valdani O0154 and punch all stems and the ‘ground’ beneath pitcher.
Now thread with Valdani O534 and punch berries.
Finally, thread with Valdani H209 and punch remaining background.

once you have finishined punching your design, remove it from frame/hoop and trim off any long loops or puuled threads on front of project.
Now take your cotton backing fabric and place it face up onto your work surface, then place your finished punched project face down on top of that (loop side down)
Using your sewing machine, you will stitch COMPLETELY around entire design border, coming as close as you can to the last punched row or thread. Now trim away excess fabric to within 1/4”, make a small slit in the backing fabric, turn project right sides out and stuff with filling of your choice.

click on photo to enlarge, then save to your computer, print out

~ AND ~
Here is a sweet treat for you ~
{the donkeys love this too!}

click to enlarge recipe

from 'all of us' here at Notforgotten Farm...
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas 
and Peace & Plenty in the coming New Year!

* Blessed be *
click to enlarge recipe


Terri McBride said...

Thank you for a fun project I am just starting to get into needle punch so this will be fun. Love your banner it is so beautiful and the snow is so fun Merry Christmas.

Jonette said...

Thank you so much for the beautiful pattern and the good recipe!

Linda Ann Evans said...

just beautiful...as always !!! Merry Christmas !!

Robyn said...

I just discovered punch needle and I love it. Thank you for the pattern. This recipe sounds delicious too.

Linda said...

Thank you for this lovely design. The hop has been so enjoyable with fabulous projects from each artist. Blessed Holidays to you and your family.

quiltsbycheri said...

warm & lovely nobody does it better.....

Veronica said...
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Veronica said...

Thank you for the adorable pattern (I, too, love anything primitive) and for the yummy apple cake recipe. I'm new to needle punch so I may try your pattern in wool for now. :) I can't wait to try the apple cake. Can't beat those fresh apples.

Christine said...

Thank you Lori! So pleased to have a new punch needle project to work on! The blog hop is so much fun!

Your home is beautiful and just perfect for a family Christmas!

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Merry Christmas Lor and Family!
I'm quite excited about your needlepunch artwork, it will be the first pieced punched on my new frame from you.
Thank you for sharing your gift with us this Christmas, your Farmhouse is so warm and charming, all set for your family celebration.

Jacqueline said...

This is so cute. Thank you and happy holidays to you and yours.

kelley said...

wonderful Lori...love the family photo...thanks as always for sharing your amazing talents with us...

Susie Hoover said...

Thank you for sharing. Your blog is one of my favorites to visit! I love how you included a recipe for donkeys too! Hahahaha!

I just got my hands on a punch needle and hope to try it out soon. Maybe with your White Pitcher pattern!

Thanks again!

backporchcarver said...

Thanks for sharing a bit of your Christmas with us. Love the pattern and the recipe looks yummy. And oh my Iggy is a star again, such a pose!Merry Christmas to all of you.

gracie said...

Lovely family picture an your decorations are beautiful. I have yet to try needle punch, but I will save the pattern for when I learn how to.

By Thy Hands Tinkerings said...

Sooooo sweet Lori!!! and your family is so cute!!! thanks for sharing!!!


Lois Walker said...

Thank you for this lovely pattern... And the cake sounds delicious! Merry Christmas!

NMK said...

This is so sweet , and your cake sounds yummy ! Thank you for sharing ..... Merry Christmas !!!!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Thank you so much Lori, for your generous gift and yummy recipe!!
I love punchneedle and valdani too so this will be a fun project!!
Wishing you and your sweet family a wonderful Christmas!
Warm Hugs~

Kathy B. said...

Lori - thank you so much for the prim holly and pitcher punch needle design. Your directions are very thorough! Happy Holidays!

Trish said...

Thank you for the pattern & yummy recipe. I love the blog hop! Merry Christmas!

Marcia said...

What a sweet pattern, love it. Thank you for your design and beautiful example. I will be making it in fabric and wool, but I'm asking Santa for a needle punch. I so want to learn how to do it.

Kimberly said...

Beautiful as always. Thank you for sharing! Wishing you & your wonderful family a Very Merry Christmas Too! ~All My Best, Kimberly

Three Sheep Studio said...

What a beautiful project you are sharing ! The colors are perfect.
I LOVE the white wreath with silver balls in the first picture. Just gorgeous ;)

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Thank you Lori for sharing love the olde pitcher with the holly leaves just perfect! Thank you, too for the recipe. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Ginger

denise said...

Merry Christmas to you!!!

Sue Bennett said...

What a fun project. I am going to do the Christmas Apple Pie. I was asked to bring an pie and they wanted apple.

heathquilter said...

Yum! This sounds like a good apple cake recipe! I've only tried needle punch once, and I think I need a lesson! Tried to do it on my own; need someone to show me...but your design really inspires me to try again! Thanks for sharing :)

Karen said...

Lori Thank you so much for the beautiful needle punch pillow. I just love it. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
Karen M
Omaha, NE

jefferson said...

Love the pattern!
Elegant in its simplicity.

Carol C Thomas said...

Nice pattern. Nice blog hop.

laurj said...

Beautiful picture of your family and kitty too.

Anonymous said...

This is lovely Lori, Thank you so much for sharing.

Merry Christmas!

woollabeast said...

Just beautiful Lori, love this punch design as I love Holly & old Ironstone pitchers...which I have a few too! Perfect project for the holidays! And {apple anything} at Christmas time makes the house smell so warm & inviting. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent & home ...on this Prim Christmas Blog Hop. Merry Christmas to you, Hannah & Pete (and Iggy) too! ~ Diane

moosecraft said...

Absolutely gorgeous design! Love it! Thanks so much!

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