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

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Vermont Harvest Folk Art ~ Rainy Sundays



A fine Sunday morning to you my friends.  Outside, rain is gently falling and the air is cool and breezy.  Robins are scattered across the lawn pulling fat earth worms from the soft ground.  Inside, I've candles burning, bacon frying and French Toast Casserole (recipe here) in the oven.  A perfect Sunday!  The rain and cool air is VERY welcome after a week of heat and humidity.  I would like to say the humidity will not be returning however they say it will be back, with a vengeance, later this week :(.  I am planning to embrace this crisp air while it last and do a bit of baking, cooking and punching.

I am make great progress on my Autumn pattern releases and will let you know just as soon as they are all ready.  

I struggled with my color choice for the background for my Olde Heritage Sheep but I finally decided on a wonderful earthy green from Valdani (Pearl Cotton O1901)  called Lichen Moss.   It's a new color and I LOVE IT!  It's going to be my new, "go to" green!  It will be especially wonderful for my Yuletide themed designs.  

I am just loving this design...it's one of those ones that I have trouble putting down because i'm so anxious to see what it looks like finished.  Thankfully..I have a nice rainy day and Downton Abbey to help me along.

Wishing you a lovely relaxing Sunday.  Until next time, doreen

Thursday, July 28, 2016

~Thursday's Thoughts~


Goode Day My Friends.  I hope this morning's message finds you well.  It is a hot one here in Vermont..again...  We do have rain in the forecast and a cool off on the way tho :)..so we are thankful for that.

 My plans for yesterday had an unscheduled change as just before noon our power went out!  At 2:00 the house was heating up quickly, any lingering coolness from the AC now long gone in the intense heat,  SO.. Oliver & I packed ourselves up and headed out to meet Jenna for a swim on Lake George.  It was just what we needed and the mile long hike to the swimming area (and back) has me feeling energized this morning and my muscles ready for more.  My health tracker, on my phone, sent me a congratulations message last night for walking 8,962 steps yesterday!!!    Typically I only take 2,000 or so (when I remember to carry my phone with me :~).  When we arrived back home at 6:30 the power was back on and all was good :).

So today...I will make up yesterday's schedule and then move on to today's.  Time with my hoop & needle, patterns to print and ship and beeswax to pour.....I've turkey's that would like to gather :).

Wishing you a joy filled day ~ doreen

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

~July's Final Dance~



Goode Wednesday Morning To You.  July is making herself memorable, here in Vermont, with HOT and humid days and intense storms. All I can say is...Thank the heavens for air conditioning! I am hoping August is friendlier!  :)  I LOVE August..county fairs, an abundance of delectable vegetables and fruit from our gardens..the list goes on and on.  It's Summer's last dance and it's always enjoyable.

Speaking of county fairs....one of my absolute favorite things to do while at the fairs is visit the barns...especially the SHEEP barns.  I've always wanted sheep..actually I would love a gathering of Heritage animals.  If you are familiar with my book "Brown Paper Packages"..you will recognize the following... "Jane walked slowly through the thickly falling snow carrying her bucket and lantern.  As she approached, she thought she could hear soft noises and faintly see movement through the dimly lit windows of the barn that contained their small menagerie of animals.  "Good morning everyone" she said softly as she pushed open the heavy wooden door and entered the warm barn.  Slow stirrings began as the animals; two proud, beautiful sheep, four fat and fluffy chickens, a gentle and loving donkey and two spirited turkeys roused themselves from their slumber and said their good mornings with gentle baa's, clucks, gobbles and brays."   Ahhh..to dream.  but perhaps SOME DAY :)  For now, I bring them to life with my needle and thread.  As you can see in the photo above, I FINALLY have a sheep in the works.  This guy is, at the moment, on my wonderful frame from The Old Tattered Flag.  It's perfect for sitting at the table and punching, which I really enjoy lately.  This piece is actually too big for this frame as it's finished size is 10" x 12" but that's okay...these barbs are gentle enough where you can have your finished loops hang over the edges and it will not hurt them.  OR, I can also move it to my 24" Morgan hoop, if it suits me better :)..we shall see.

~Olde Heritage Sheep~  

 It took me forever to design a sheep. Nothing I sketched over the years felt right..they were always too whimsical for my taste..but this guy..oh..I LOVE HIM!!!   I am always pleased with my work (if I am not, I change the design until I am) but this guy...this guy I am PROUD of.  He looks real and I am really enjoying playing around with different needle settings on my cameo needle and different thread thicknesses to create the look I want to achieve...which is this wonderful WOOLY appearance.  I used an actual photo for my design reference, which I took years ago, of a sweet olde fellow at our local apple orchard.   I think he looks quite a bit like him don't you??

 I am actually going to keep this first one (shocking I know..I've never kept anything I've made) BUT..  I made him to fit into the recessed area of a wonderful handmade cupboard I purchased in Ohio (at the From Our Hands show) last year so..he is staying in Vermont  But..he WILL be a pattern and I am going to finish another, which I think I will frame, unless I can find another wonderful cupboard to mount him on for The Walker Homestead Show (in MA) in September.  

I am off now to jump in the shower and then do some serious reorganizing and updating on my website.  The end of the month is here and there's much to do.  Enjoy July's final dance.  Until next time, doreen

Monday, July 18, 2016

~Projects, Plans, Clubs & Kits~

~Autumn Sampler~


GOODE afternoon friends.  I hope this note finds you well.  :)

My brain has been on overdrive today!   Actually....it's been on overdrive for the last few days.  Thoughts and ideas are coming forth faster than I can keep up.  I've filled countless pages with sketches, ideas, note's and color plans.  This seems to happen to me a lot while I am in the midst of working on a new project.  I will be working along, minding my own business (such as I was on Friday while working on my newest design, Autumn Sampler, pictured to your left) when all of the sudden a parade of ideas begins pouring forth almost as if they are in a race to see who I will choose first!  My mind races and I scramble to get things down on paper, I step away and another possibility shoots forth causing me to stop what I am doing and hurry back to my paper and pencil.

Over the past 2 1/2 days I have sketched and made notes for 5 new designs as well as made the final design notes on a club/kit project that I am very excited to finally be moving forward with. Here are a few hints for the club/kit project....#wallhanging #seasons #sheep #WELCOME #Punchneedle #woolapplique'

Things are a bit chaotic and wonderful here right now....:)

Until next time ~ Doreen

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Back Home & Baking ~ Brioche Monkey Bread





Good July afternoon to you.  I hope this note finds you well. :)

We are back home after a lovely,relaxing  & inspiring Lakeside vacation.  Three days on the shores of Skaneateles Lake and then three days in the Adirondack mountains, camping in one of the most gorgeous spots I've ever seen.  Each evening the Loons began to sing and continued to serenade us until the wee hours..it was pure heaven.  Goodness, I LOVE the call of a Loon.  Mark & I plan to try and make it back up there this fall, with Oliver of course...who was in water heaven.  :!)

Our Lakeside Campsite!!!!!
We came home yesterday  unpacked and settled back in.  The only negative thing about camping.....I did 6 loads of laundry yesterday and two this morning!  Oh well, what ya gonna do :)!  At any rate......I woke up this morning feeling refreshed, inspired and ready to go.  I've sketched, answered emails and reopened my website and Etsy shop...All of today's activities  made much more pleasant by the fact that we finally put the Air Conditioner in last night.  Each year we hold off putting in the AC because I dread being closed up in the house during the summer months. But today, I am loving it!!! The AC is on, Brioche Monkey bread is in the bread machine and I am making peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!!! After my baking is done I will gather my hoop & needle and get back to my beloved punching :)


Photo credit ~Salad In A Jar

This is my first time making, this particular recipe, so, I've not had time for tweaking and adding yet....although.....I MAY  roll my pieces in cinnamon and sugar rather than just dip them in butter before baking. :) YUM!


Bread Machine Monkey Bread Inspired by Helen Corbitt
A pull-apart, brioche-like yeast bread, mixed and kneaded in a bread machine, then baked in the oven in a bundt pan.
Author: 
Recipe type: Yeast Bread
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 1 c. warm milk
  • 1¼ t. salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup butter, softened + additional ¼ butter for dipping dough before adding to pan
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3-1/4 cups unbleached flour
  • 2¼ teaspoons bread machine or instant yeast

Instructions
  1. Dump all ingredients into bread machine in order listed. Select dough cycle and start.
  2. Check dough about 10 minutes into the mixing process. If too sticky, add extra flour one tablespoon at a time, 
  3. At the end of the dough cycle, remove bread to floured surface. Roll or press till about ¾ inch thick. No need to get the ruler. Preciseness is unimportant at this point.
  4. At the end of the dough cycle, remove bread to floured surface. Roll or press till about ¾ inch thick. No need to get the ruler. Preciseness is unimportant at this point.
  5. Slice dough into approximately 1-inch diamonds or squares. I do not roll in balls. It's part of the tradition. In fact, I use a pizza cutter.
  6. Melt ¼ cup butter. Dip each piece in butter and layer rather haphazardly into nonstick bundt pan. Cover and let rise until double.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown and/or temperature registers 190 degrees F. Cover with foil after 10 minutes to keep top from over browning. If not as brown as you would like, remove the foil for last few minutes. This burns easily on top, so watch carefully.
  8. Turn out onto serving plate. Serve uncut and let people pull off what they want.


Okay...back to the kitchen I go :).  Until Next Time.... Wishing you joy ~Doreen






Thursday, July 7, 2016

~Vacation Time~



Goode Hot & Muggy July Day To You.  It has been ever so warm, here in Vermont, these last few days and our old nemesis...Mr. Muggy..has settled himself in for a stay.  Muggy weather..the only weather I do not enjoy.  On the plus side, tho it is ever so HOT, a lovely breeze is blowing providing us with sweet relief every few minutes.

My work days have been ever so busy these last few months.  My online class, shop orders, custom orders and pattern releases have kept me running and I am just a wee bit tired.  SO...it pleases me ever so much to let you know that, as of this evening, I am officially on vacation.  I am just taking a few days off while we travel to the lake, visit family and friends and .. do a bit of camping.  Gosh, I have missed camping!  We have not gone in years and I absolutely LOVE it.  I can't wait!  We are taking Bean (my nephew) and, of course, OLIVER JAMES :)....evenings spent by the camp fire on the edge of the lake..it's heaven to me.

(Photo above ~ a custom order of Goody Andover..I'll be creating #2 in The Goode Ladye's Of Olde New England series very soon)

When I return....relaxed and refreshed next Thursday I will be diving back into work and, oh so merrily, into cool & crisp Autumn designs.


(Photo above....Autumn In Olde New England Sampler..my newest design/pattern..it's a large one too!!!  Coming soon)

Until next time ~ wishing you a lovely week.  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~
#2 In The Autumn On Acorn Farm Series

~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