Doreen Frost ~ Designer, Teacher & Merry Maker of Original Needle~Work Creations, Folky Fraktur Woole~Worked Animals & Needle Work Patterns.

I have always dreamed of owning my own business, working with my hands, creating what made my heart sing . Fifteen years ago that dream began to take shape. My business grew slowly at first and I have dabbled in many different art forms (which I still do from time to time :). Six years ago I decided to concentrate on my love of Punch Needle Embroidery. I did loads of research, purchased the tools & supplies, that I knew I would enjoy using, and taught myself everything I could (and felt I needed to know) about this wonderful needle art. In 2011, I began offering my original Punch Needle Embroidery designs and things just took off from there!! Over the years my business has grown tremendously. I now travel throughout New England teaching classes & giving workshops. I also hold small classes here, in our Vermont home in Autumn & Early Winter. Outside, the wind howls, crisp leaves fly past the windows & snow swirls about... inside, a cozy fire burns and a homemade meal is prepared..we settle ourselves with our hoop & needles and enjoy a day of learning, goode conversation, friends and food. Each day I give thanks for this wonderful life I live. ~ doreen

~Welcome. Do help yourself to a cup of tea and visit A while.~

Saturday, April 23, 2016

~Goode Mistress Woodson And Today's Happenings~

Goode Saturday Morning To You.  We wake to a blustery cold wind and dark skies, here in Vermont.  A perfect day for staying cozy by the fire, with TURN playing on Netflix, my stitching and a chicken roasting in the oven.  There is something so cozy and homey about the smell of a chicken roasting isn't there.  I love it.  I do believe I will also make a batch of Jam squares.

Speaking of TURN .have you seen it? I LOVE IT.  I am a huge fan of historical dramas, particularly the Revolutionary era and if you enjoy them as well... you will LOVE TURN.  It is, by far, the best show I have ever seen, on this particular time period, and in general.  In the 5th episode, my favorite episode, which is also A Christmas episode, they show George Washington for the first time.  It truly gave me chills..I felt a connection to it, like I was watching the real George Washington.  The way they set the scene and had him enter, was like so many of the actual paintings and images of the actual time.  It was magnificent!

The 3rd season begins on Monday (the first two are on Netflix & Amazon) and I can NOT wait!

Okay...back onto the subject of Punch Needle.although, considering I always have this show on while Punching really is part of the subject :). It is also VERY inspiring to me.

This particular design (shown in the sneak peek below) is a result of my constant bing watching of TURN.  You will find this design in the upcoming Summer issue of Punch Needle And Primitive Stitcher Magazine :) I hope you enjoy it.

Today..I will be working on Goode Mistress Woodson.  I originally did Mistress Woodson in Wool Applique and have now changed her design a bit and created a punch needle pattern.  I LOVE the colors I am doing her in

They aren't as I originally planned and it took me several tries before I finally settled on colors that felt right but I am very pleased with them now..they are not what you would expect for a turkey and I like that.
I am off now to shower, make the jam squares and settle in to my day.  Wishing you a lovely one, doreen

ps..before I go..I wanted to share my progress on Olde Father Christmas In Wool :).

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Olde Father Christmas In Wool ~ Making Great Progress

 Goode Wednesday Morning To You.  I hope this greeting finds you well.  We are enjoying a beautiful warm sun, shining down upon us, here in Vermont this morning.  We've flowers popping up, tree's abundant with buds and even a few leaves opening up.  What a beautiful time of year.

I wanted to pop in this morning and share my progress on Olde Father Christmas In Wool (ie...done via Yarn Rug Punching) with you.  One of my favorite things about this particular goes incredibly quickly!  I did this last evening in a couple of hours and that included rolling the yarn skeins into balls.  I still think I am punching too tightly but I will ask Amy's opinion, on Thursday, when I go for the weekly group class.

The first photo (in this post) shows the back of my work..which is the side you punch on..just the same as you do for Punch Needle Embroidery.  This next photo shows the front..I just LOVE how he is coming along.  I've changed my colors a bit.  In my original punch needle version his coat and hat were dark brown.  With this rug punched version I am making his coat Barn Red :).♥♥.

And finally..a close up shot of those beautiful wool loops :)

I am off now to tidy the house, feed Oliver James and head out for our morning walk.  Until next time, enjoy the day & happy stitching ~ doreen

Monday, April 11, 2016

~Yarn Rug Punching~A Natural Direction

Goode Monday Morning To You.  I hope this blog post finds you well.  Here in Vermont, we wake to dark skies and wind with rain drops the size of nickles which feel like little balls of ice water. I know this because 6:00 am found me on the front porch, coffee in hand taking a few photo's for this mornings blog post!  Oliver James refused to leave the porch the rain is so cold and unpleasant :).  A perfect day for staying in and working in the studio.

On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending The Oxford Rug Hooking School where I learned the fine craft of Yarn Rug Punching.  A sweet customer and friend, Myra, suggested the idea of rug punching to me, as a natural direction to take my work, and I am so pleased and very, very grateful to her for doing so.  She was exactly right.  It is a wonderful way to create my designs, on a larger scale, yet still staying in the realm of punching.

 I love the texture the yarn creates and the lovely smooth clean lines.  
You can use a variety of yarns..from fine to rug weight,  The needle sizes vary depending on the look and size you wish to give your finished piece.

When I began researching Punch Needle Embroidery, the Valdani (pearl cotton) Variegated Threads, are truly what made the decision for me.  I knew I just HAD to make something with those threads!!!

  SO...when I started researching Yarn Rug Hooking and came across this gorgeous piece by Rose Ann Hunter..I was amazed at the beauty and look the yarn gives the design (Rose teaches this historic craft at Sturbridge Village in MA)

and when I moved on to The Oxford Rug Hooking School's website and found these..gorgeous, 100% wool, Violet Jane hand dyed variegated yarn..I WAS HOOKED and knew I HAD to make something with this yarn!!!  

AND growth/expansion begins.  I am now an intermediate in this craft but I have several classes, yet to take, on this journey.   I am going to learn to dye this gorgeous wool yarn and become a Certified Punch Needle Rug Hooking Teacher through The Oxford Rug Hooking School.  SO exciting.  

AND....Going in my Oxford Lap Frame very own Olde Father Christmas.  I can not wait to see him done in this gorgeous hand dyed wool yarn!!!  I will keep you posted :)

Wishing you a lovely day ~ doreen

Thursday, April 7, 2016

~How To Do A French Knot & Bullion Knot~

Goode Thursday afternoon friends.  I hope this blog post finds you well.  First things first, let me thank all of you who have stopped by the blog, as of late and left your wonderful comments regarding the blog and my new patterns.  It is such an honor and a treat.~ Thank you!

Now..on to today's news.  I sit here, fresh coffee in hand, listening to the gusty winds and await the rain fall. :)  Tis quite enjoyable..tho I do have errands to run this afternoon so I will have to brave the heavy rain.  Thankfully, it is quite warm out...65 degrees to be exact.  Much different than the last several days to be sure.  Monday 
morning we woke to 2 degrees, several inches of snow on the ground and a day of snow showers. The ups and downs of New England weather :) gotta love it (or you'll lose your mind;).

Anyway....I thought I would pop in today and share a tutorial or two.  As you know, I love working with wool.  It is, by far, my favorite material.  (My punch needle will be taking on a wool aspect soon..but more on that later :)  I am oh so excited to say, this morning, I released my first, entirely wool, wool applique pattern. It took me forever to write as I wanted to make sure to included every little detail.  I try to do all of my patterns, punch needle, cloth & wool applique, as if the person purchasing them is a beginner.  I never want anyone to have to go searching elsewhere to complete one of my designs. I want it all right there in black and white.

To that end...I want to also share, here on From A Little Brown House, reference tutorials that all of you can pop over and view whenever you need to.  Today I share with you how I do a Bullion Knot & a French Knot as both of these stitches appear in my newest design ~ Mistress Woodson :). **If you purchase the pattern you will find, these instruction in the pattern.

Bullion Knot

A.)        Bring the needle out at A

B.)         Bring the needle down at B

C.)           Leaving a long tail of thread on the top of the fabric, bring the needle (about ½ way) back out through A.

D.)          Wrap the thread around the shaft of the needle (that is sticking out of the fabric) until the wrapped thread is the same height/distance between A and B.  Hold the wrapped thread with two fingers and pull the needle out with the other hand. Keep pulling the needle completely in an upward direction till the wraps lay on the fabric as shown above. Adjust and straighten the wraps if required and put the needle back in through B.

E.)           And you have your Bullion Knot.

French Knot

A. Bring the needle out, from the back, where you want your knot to be placed.

B.   Bring your needle tip, close to the hole you just took it out of, and wrap the thread around the needle tip several times.  The more times you wrap, the larger the French knot.

C.     While holding firmly to the end of the thread, place the needle, all the way down, through the hole you first came up through.

D.    You’ve just made a French  Knot J

  Please feel free to leave me comments and let me know if you find them easy to understand or, if perhaps, you might need something explained a little clearer :)

I am off now to run my errands. Tonight, after a dinner of grilled ham, fried potatoes and corn, I will settle myself down with My Hoop & Needle... Mistress Woodson in my hoop :)...I believe she needs to be brought to life in Punch Needle form :)

Enjoy the day ~ doreen

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

~New Punch Needle Patterns Now Available & Coupon Code For Blog Friends

Good COLD & SNOWY afternoon to you..that's right..I said cold and snowy.  Tis crazy and feels much more like late January than April.  It's been a busy day of fire tending and sipping hot cocoa while I worked on updating my Etsy Shop...

Speaking of my Etsy shop (how did you like that segway :)..I have just finished adding three new Punch Needle Patterns to my Etsy shop.

  I have been quite excited about the new shop looks that are coming to Etsy.  I really like them and it has inspired me to do MORE with my shop. Thus far, my little shop on Etsy has been little more than an afterthought for me and something I looked at as, well truthfully, extra work.  But recently I have realized the potential I have with my Etsy shop and I have finally decided I am going to make it work for me.  

   I find Etsy easy to use and I really like the community aspect that comes with it.  Over the past few weeks I have read everything I could regarding how to properly run one's Etsy shop.  Tips, advice, how to' name it and I have read it and I hope I am going forward with a good amount of knowledge & understanding.   It will be my main shop and I will be listing all new Patterns, Finished Pieces, Kits etc. on there from now on and will have my daily "what's happenings, tutorials and chatter" here on this blog.  Simplify, Communicate & mantra from this day forward.

Also adding to that mantra.."give the people what they want"....  Products, new offerings, sales/coupons, events and promotions.  

First on the list of.."Give The People What They Want"......KITS.  You all want & love them and I am going to give them to you. On that note..I will be better about keeping up a good stock of supplies and offering kits for all my patterns :) far as sales....Here is a little something for my blog friends.  Simply leave a comment on this post and you are eligible to use the coupon code; blogfriend  when checking out on Etsy to receive 15% off your order.  The coupon is valid today through Friday, April 8th.

I'm off now to finish listing kits and then I have two more patterns to write which will be available sometime tomorrow :).  

Happy Stitching ~ Doreen

~Punch Needle Embroidery~

~Punch Needle Embroidery~
** The art of working raised and ornamental designs in threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven fabric, leather, paper, etc., with a needle. *Embroidered work or ornamentation. Elaboration or embellishment, as in telling a story

~In My Hoop~

~In My Hoop~
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~Folk Art Punch Needle Club~

~Folk Art Punch Needle Club~
~A HUGE thank you to everyone who has signed up!!! Membership is now open!!! click on the photo below for details.

I am so very pleased to announce.....

I am so very pleased to announce.....
My Punch Needle Embroidery designs are now available as Rug Hooking/Rug Punching Patterns. Available exclusively through Spruce Ridge Studios