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Monday, July 31, 2017

~ Monday Amusements ~

 Hello & Happy Monday Friends and Folk ~
...what beautiful weather we have been having here in our parts of Virginia !

the last day in July for the year 2017 is what I call a 'sparkler'.
high & dry
comfortable temps
bright sunshine
low humidity & slight breeze.

in another word: Perfect.

I have finished my huge
"When Pigs Fly"© punch needle design....
what a great time I had punching on this between 'other' projects 
and preparations for upcoming shows ~

here are a few detail shots first...

I added a ruched edge of beautiful & tattered silk Sari ribbon,
the shade is named 'coffee', but it has a purple-y/gray-ish/brown color to it and I love how it looks ~
i wonder who lives in my tiny little houses?

{{{{  by the look on Pig's face, he knows he's about to get it good  }}}}

and here is the whole shebang!
look at the movement in my background! 
can't you just feel the crisp night air whizzing past these two? 

Dear Goodwitch Mary Black...
you should have locked Pig away before retiring for the evening...
~ see what happens when you let a pig play with your broom?
{even the Moon knows the trouble Pig is in when Mary Black catches him}

this piece measures approx. 9-1/2" x16" when finished.
this is - to date, my largest punched piece and I am already designing more.
I hope you love it as much as I do!

the cross stitched version of this same design {with a few minor changes} 
is in the hands of one of my talented stitchers, so as soon as I receive it 
I will release them both soon as mailed/paper & PDF download ~

 this will also be available as a Rug Hooking pattern, 
on paper/mailed/PDF and perhaps on linen {not sure about on linen one though}.

    some of my friends have been seeing different 'things' in the darker background areas of this piece, like black cats and bats....what do you see?
I've also finished punching this little 'Jack Pocket' model for our next
Primitive Punch Needle Club ~ Aug/Sept/Oct '17

members will begin receiving their kits 2nd week of August.

and hello to you too!
If you are interested in Joining
 our exclusive club for those who love primitive punch needle, you can click HERE <---- nbsp="" p="">
{members can renew/join anytime!}

~ AND ~

Peter & I wanted to share with you 
this fabulous little Sewing Clamp that he made me last night!
{gotta love that man!} 

 he made this from our own replenish-able wood
 harvested here on the farm {like all of our wooden products}.

it is simply stained with a black walnut finish, lightly sanded and waxed for a mellow glow....
see how it clamps to my side table and handily-holds my thread spool?

BUT ~ it also clamps on to my Stitcher's Tray!
I placed one of my pincushions on top, and now it does double-duty ~

and with our brains always thinkin', 
we thunk this up:
why not use it to hold my spools of wound DMC floss for when I punch?

so I did and it works perfectly...
first I use my Floss Winder Box to wind my DMC {or other skeined floss} 
onto my little wooden spools,
then I place the spool on my new Sewing Clamp 
that is clamped on to my Stitcher's Tray....
and there ya go.....

One happy happy happy Wife!

Floss Winder Box shown in Yellow Ochre paint

We think we might just offer these if there is enough interest....
so ~ let us know your thoughts please?

I could even design patterns for pincushions for the top too!
hey! cross stitch and punch needle, or wool applique too :)

my happy place.

Wishing you all a *sparkling* day my creative friends!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori


  1. Looks wonderful!!! Can't wait to start punching this design.

  2. I would definitely order one of these!!!

  3. Yes Yes Yes!! Can't own to many gadgets.

  4. Does your mind and/or hands ever rest? Glad for us that they don't.

  5. Lori,
    Your "happy place" chair is just like the 2 wing chairs I have in my living room--the upholstery is just like mine! I have received my order, and am already to use my new tray when we start the stitchery book.


  6. very nice post !
    thanks for your sharing !

  7. Love your clamp.....
    I think your husband is wonderful to make it .
    Enjoyed all your blog.

  8. Lori,,,, amazing,,, wonderful,,,, for everything,,
    Wow,, love that big punch needle,,, its so fun,, love ur stories!
    The new spool holder,,, wow,, u guys think of everything,, ,
    Have fun,,,

  9. Lori,,,
    Forgot to say,,, that edging on ur punch is the perfect finish,,, love ,,,

  10. Wow !!! more Great ideas !!! and Wonderful punch needle designs !!!

  11. Oh, much to comment on...but I will focus on When Pigs Fly. A delightful Halloween treat, that's what the colors say to me! And yes, the movement, especially the trees!...The trim is a perfect complement. Lori, your folk art continues to amaze me.

  12. Lori... that "naughty" pig...just wait till Mary Black catches up with him! LOVE-IT!!! Just tons of {whimsy} and F*U*N in every ~~witchy way possible~~
    ☻/ღ˚ •。* ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。*Ѽ* ღ˛° 。* ° ˚ • ★ *。˚ *Ѽ*.ღ 。* ˛˚ 。✰˚* ˚
    / \ ˚. ★ * ...and SEW love our (F*A*L*L) PPNC Ѽ~JACK POCKET~Ѽ ...can't wait!

    Peter is just amazing... YES-YES-YES on his sweet little "spool clamp" (pretty pleeeeze offer this too!

    Have FUN at Sauder Village this month, safe travels!
    Woolly Hugs from me up Nawth, ~D~

  13. Hi Lori!
    I love your stitching chair and all the wonderful things peter has made!
    When pigs fly is so sweet and prim!

  14. So nice Lori, you and Peter make such a great team! Both so creative!

  15. Your blog was absolutely fantastic! Great deal of great information & this can be useful some or maybe the other way.
    Keep updating your blog,anticipating to get more detailed contents.



  16. I sooo need the new sewing clamp. Perfect for my side table when binding..
    So many goodies going to Sauder show.

  17. I recently retired and am now able to pursue so many new creative ventures. I was just going through all your new and old posts and saw this sewing clamp. I am just learning to do needle punch and I absolutely love this clamp! I didn't see it in the shop. Is this something that will be offered again? I also adore your stitching chair -- what a fun place to sit and create!


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