Monday, January 18, 2016

Presenting "Country Woolgatherer"

Welcome friends and needleworkers!

Hope you're staying warm during
these cold, cold winter days!

Over the weekend I finished the model for 
the Sheepish Needle Samplar Club's third project...
"Country Woolgatherer" pillow

Stitched on 32ct Belfast "Summer Khaki" 
using DMC floss. 

The chosen backing fabric is a tweed wool...
 This style finish is fun and easy to do!

Embellished with a special corner bell...
This is a special imported "German Flat Bell" not like
the ones found here in the United States.

 But reminiscent of the ones found on antique sheep... 
These imported bells will be included with each kit.

I used to make my own line of chalkware sheep, 
back in the late 1990's...
All handmade ~ 
chalkware bodies, painted faces, 
leather ears, wood stick legs
 Persian sheep hides for the coats, 
red paper collars stamped"Shepherd's Path" 
and  embellished with imported flat 
German bells.

My husband designed and handmade a full line
 of carts to accompany my sheep.

  The bridge show in the above photo is a pull cart
 with red wheels, and the sheep standing on 
 the bridge with the wool baskets is my favorite!

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Winter Amish countryside...
The Amish bale their hay the old fashioned way, 
I love how they look standing in the field!

I'm not sure what this unusual piece of equipment is?
Very old and primitive!

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Birds nest... 
Looking out the kitchen window I saw this little
fallen birds sweet! 

Snow tracks...
We have Rabbit tracks here and there and 
just about everywhere, but they all lead
straight to my bird garden!

I enjoy watching the rabbits socializing with my birds!
They all share and share alike! 

This is a high traffic area for Rabbits to gather...
We set out a bowl of rabbit food every day during these
cold frigid winter months!

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Good news for all those who are sick of being cold...  
Amen...I love Spring!

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Weekly Soul Food...

A word fitly spoken is like
apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Proverbs 25:11...KJV

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Do you have a joyful smile?

Feeding our Souls is a key ingredient to true
happiness and a life full of passion and purpose.

Have you found what feeds your soul?

For some it is a challenge, for others, they just know
where to find their joy.  

Enjoy feeding your soul with good things this week,
Kindly, Tammy


  1. I had a crazy (borderline insane) day at work today and this post always helps me put things right. I sure hope you never stop doing it all. OH AND...I think you should make up some more of those wonderful little sheep!

  2. Hi Tammy,
    Another wonderful post and a super special project coming our way! I am blessed to belong to your clubs.

  3. Cute project.
    Your Sheep are beautiful.
    Love the little baskets of wool.

  4. So very pretty...loved your sheep, what talent you have! Blessings...

  5. Wonderful I like so much your work, also the snow!

  6. What a sweet, new pattern. Your sheep are precious.
    Our rabbits have disappeared for the last two years. Coyotes.

  7. Always a pleasure to visit with you

  8. I love seeing the sheep you made and that lovely wagon, incredible workmanship. Now that my son's wedding is over and I finally got the last table moved this morning, I am trying to figure out what was my place where I fed my soul.
    I love the pictures of the snow and the rabbit prints. All of it is just lovely. So ready now to sit with a needle and quiet my soul from all of the busyness, that has been my life for the last five months. Thank you so much for reminding me this morning.

  9. Those sheep you made are wonderful!!! Such talent.
    Beautiful cross stitch!
    Hugs :)

  10. I simply adore your chalkware sheep.
    Beautiful project and the German bell in the corner is perfect !

  11. The sheep and the carts are absolutely gorgeous. What talent you and your husband display.
    Enjoy your blog, Charlotte