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, January 25, 2017

~Robins In Winter~

WINTER HAS RETURNED TO VERMONT.  Goode Snowy Wednesday to you.  It would seem, that winter has finally found it's way back to Vermont after an extended vacation.  It seemed our January thaw lasted the whole of January!!!  It was crazy weather indeed. But yesterday a nor'easter arrived ....with piles of sleet, blizzard winds, freezing rain and  snow heralding in a change in weather patterns (so they say)...and February might just be more winter~like with normal temperatures and lots of snow!!!  Our snowshoes are itching to be taken out!

Yesterday, while the snow & sleet danced about on the blizzard winds and tiny birds flung past our windows, I was snug inside by the wood stove; candles burning, soup simmering, Downton Abbey playing and my hoop & needle.
~Robins In Winter~

I love it when I start a project and right away the colors are right.  I always color plan a design, choosing certain colors before I begin punching, but often, once things start to take shape & I see the colors together...  I change them as the piece speaks to me.  This time..right from the start.....the colors are perfect!!!

This antique postcard was my inspiration for this piece...isn't it wonderful.

I'm off now to do a bit of paperwork and then spend the afternoon with my hoop & needle :) Lovely day's indeed.  Tonight..Knitting class

Hugs, doreen

Saturday, January 21, 2017

~Folk Art Punch Needle Club~

Goode Saturday Morning To You. I am so pleased to announce that my Folk Art Punch Needle Club is now OPEN and ready for members. :) 

I am so very excited to finally have this ready.  I've truly have had so much fun designing and planning this and I hope you will all love it and enjoy the club as much as I do.

Here is how the club will work....

~Folk Art Punch Needle Club~  
(Photo to the left is the approx. size of the finished piece)

~One Year Membership~ 

Join me in creating this lovely Folk Art wall hanging adorned with early American Folk Art Motifs. Finished wall hanging, which includes a lovely welcome “topper”, four seasonal blocks and bottom banner, will measure approximately 10” x 21” when complete.  All designs will blend together, in look and color combination, to create one lovely wall hanging

Exclusive kit designs available only through membership and will not be available for purchase elsewhere. 

Full year membership includes SIX complete kits.  


Photo below illustrates how I will be designing the wall hanging.  You can see the welcome topper and below it you will find four sections, which I will design into seasonal elements and then the bottom banner will tie it all together :)

Kits will ship as follows; 
February ~ Topper
April ~ Block#1
June ~ Block #2
August ~ Block #3
October ~ Block #4
December ~ Bottom Banner

Each kit will include; 
1 Fat quarter piece of weavers cloth with preprinted template.
All necessary floss (Valdani & Moire’ Wool Threads)
Complete Pattern will full instructions, reusable template, color chart and full color photo’s
All decoratively packaged for your stitching pleasure. :~)

You will need to provide the following; Cameo Punch Needle (with both small and medium needle tips) 14” Morgan Locking Lip Hoop or gripper frame Floss holder & Needle Threader

**Designs will vary in sizes however, I will print each template on a fat ¼ piece of weavers cloth so you will only need to purchase one size hoop and/or frame :~) 
I've opened up a separate category, on the website, just for the club so its' easy to locate and find the information.  Just click on the tab in the top of the left hand column. :) I will also be opening up a new blog just for club members where we can meet, chat, ask questions and go over everything. :). 

Oh, I do hope you'll join us. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. 

I'm always here. Hugs, Doreen 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Under The Weather........

Goode morning.  Just a quick note to let you all know..I'm still here but I am SICK.  A nasty cold with the sore throat from hell has had it's grips in me for two weeks now and instead of getting better, it seems to be getting worse.  Therefore....I must postpone today's website update. :( which, I am quite disappointed to have to do as I already am feeling behind and I had different plans for this New Year!!  I am thinking it will be safe to reschedule for Friday January 20th.

I am not one for going to the dr' fact I avoid it for as long as I possibly can..however, I've tried every home remedy and OTC med that usually work for me and NOTHING..this one has got it's claws into me big time. So....of to the dr's I go.... argh!!

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!!!  He was a wonderful, amazing man.

Until next time ~ doreen

Friday, January 6, 2017

~The Heart Of Winter~

Goode day my friends.  So very lovely to see you here in 2017!    I actually had intentions of writing this post for well over a week now however, each day began and ended without it happening.  But I am and I hope this "note" finds you well and enjoying the start of a lovely New Year after the last one closed with much warmth and enjoyment.  2016 ended just that way for us. The start of New Year however, has begun roughly...with my Dad finding himself in the hospital with another Lung Infection and complications...emphysema is a horrible..horrible disease that at times, seems like it toys with it's victims and their loved ones as it let's you enjoy goode health for months and months at a time and just when you & your loved one's begin to, perhaps, move it to the back of your suddenly yanks you back into it's horrid reality.  This time of year, in the heart of winter,  always finds Dad struggling with his's expected but still so very difficult.  We are however, SO very thankful that he is staying tough and shares another day with us.  

Speaking of The Heart Of love of snow~folke does not end when Christmas time a matter of fact it only grows as winter holds us deeper in it's grasp.  The photo above will be part of my 3rd booklet..which I am trying desperately to put together as quickly as I can.  I am titling, this particular design, Robins In Winter and I just LOVE it.  This 3rd booklet will contain something for each season which I find quite exciting to work on.  I hope to have it ready for release in the next few weeks.

I also have quite a few other things happening in the studio......

.a wee hand stitched bear, 

the pattern & finished piece for Merry Olde St. Nicholas Folk Art Punch Needle Club!!!

I BELIEVE I will have everything ready (except the book) by January 14th..:)

I am off now to tend the fire and get back to work.  It is COLD here in Vermont and last night's fresh dusting of snow is glittering like diamonds..Just perfect.

Until next time ~ wishing you joy ~ 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