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.~

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

~Farewell Summer~

AS YOU CAN SEE...I have taken to writing my pattern notes
on my weavers cloth :)

Good Wednesday afternoon to you.  The last day of August is cloudy and humid here in Vermont with a gusty cool wind blustering about every few minutes.  It's as if Summer is fighting to stay as Autumn tries to shove her off.   Or, it may be that August is giving us one last taste of humidity so you won't feel quite so bad to see September, and the inevitable cool weather to follow, arrive.  Personally, I can not wait for cool, crisp weather and snowflakes floating through the air!!!  :) At any rate, it's quite lovely out and the fluttering breeze swaying the tree branches and spinning the fern baskets on the front porch is a natural mood enhancer.  I LOVE the wind..I always have...I feel like it makes things interesting.

Speaking of interesting...WE HAD ONE OF THESE FELLOWS IN THE BACK YARD YESTERDAY!!!  A FISHER's a type of weasel apparently.  Obviously I did not take this photo yesterday!!  It was too quick for me to photograph and well...I didn't know what it was and by the time I finished saying to myself..what on earth is was long gone.  I've actually seen it once before.....I did not know what it was then either.  Both times I was far enough away to not be able to get a good look at it but I also knew it was something I had never seen before..  Finally after seeing it yesterday (for the second time) mostly it's back and tail as it was jumping off the stone wall on the edge of our property, I came inside and did a bit of research.

Apparently they are VERY common here in Vermont but very elusive so they are not often seen by us regular folks just hanging out at home.  They are apparently very mean and kill all manner of small animals, young birds (turkey's even)  CATS and will attack dogs.  You know how I love animals but....this guy has GOT TO GO!!!   Oliver has been going crazy all Summer running up to the stone wall and barking like a mad man.  Mark and I have been assuming it's deer and we just never saw them (which we thought was odd but didn't think TOO much of, as our woods are quite dense) tho we did  ask each other a time or two..."but why can't we hear them running through the woods??"    We even thought it might be a bear close enough for him to smell but not close enough for us to see or hear.  Well..... after seeing this guy twice and finding out our woods are their favorite type of area..I think we've solved the mystery...but he's still got to go.  

I don't know what I would do if we were walking in the woods and this thing attacked my boy!!! Apparently they do not hunt or stalk their prey...they are the.......walking along..oh there's a rabbit...let's kill it .....kind of animal.  It's like having a murderer living in our woods!!! And Larry, our sweet kitty, sticks close to the house, but he does like to chase the chipmunks on the stone wall now and again, and that's where this thing was!!!'s unnerving!!!

OKAY..on to more pleasant topics....I've made some lovely progress on Autumn On Acorn Farm..I am LOVING it!! Tho I must say, I am planning on a black background and i'm a little worried it might not be right.......I don't want the design to get lost.... What do you think?

I'm off now as Oliver is pacing..letting me know that it is 4:56 and his dinner time is if I could forget ;).  


Until next time, wishing you a wonderful evening, doreen

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

.....On The Edge Of Autumn....

GOODE Tuesday morning to you.  A chilly sunrise on the front porch this morning..... steaming coffee in hand, wrapped tightly in my favorite wool sweater enjoying the scent of Autumn dripping lazily off the tips of the maple leaves that are just beginning to change their colors.  In the distance.. the clucking of turkey's blends with the mooing of cows and crowing of the neighbors rooster.  The corn sways as Oliver barks, at the deer he can smell but I can not see.  The Robins have left us, we've not seen any in four days now and Canadian Geese are beginning to gather. :~)

IN THE STUDIO.....Another lovely, busy morning of filing orders, packing and shipping and then an afternoon of working on finished punched pieces for The Walker Homestead Show.  I finally got this design "Autumn On Acorn Farm" into my hoop yesterday afternoon. It's another large piece and a bit more whimsical than I usually do but sometimes I just need to tell a story with my needle and thread.  I am also working on some smalls for the folk and a few primitive necklaces.

And of course..I'll be bringing turkeys with me to MA....I couldn't forget to bring my favorite feathered friends with me :).

DINNER THIS EVENING.....(I think it's about time I start adding this again)  Chicken Cacciatore' using fresh local chicken and veggies from our garden (we are overrun with tomatoes and peppers) AND... crusty homemade bread, which I'll mix and put to rising when I'm finished writing this post.

Until next time....find your joy ~ doreen

Monday, August 29, 2016

~Busy, Busy Days~

Glad Tidings and Happy Monday To You. Tis beautiful here in Vermont! The wind is so very gusty making the air so pleasantly cool. The sun is still quite hot for the end of August, but the gusty winds and the chilly nights make for oh so lovely days.  I can hardly believe August has almost come and gone but I am oh so happy for the lovely month of September to arrive.

My work days are quite busy right now as we fast approach my busiest time of year.   Shows, workshops, projects, kits and classes to attend to an another book to put together.  The decisions and details have kept me up at night!!!  But alas I feel like things are falling in to place and I am finally working out when to do this...what to put where & when to schedule that....:~).

I've listed the patterns for both these pieces on my Website and in my Etsy shop should you wish to purchase them :)

I'm off now to do a bit of baking and then settle myself down for an afternoon of punching.

Until next time ~ 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