Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Button Club?!



We enjoyed a mini vacation with most of our family this past weekend in Jackson Hole, WY.
One of my very most favorite places in the world!



 We had one glorious day of sunny, warm weather.


Canoeing, hiking and soaking in the last few hours of summer,



and giving Autumn a nice warm welcome!!


And then we woke up to this change in the weather.  Fall is definitely here!


We enjoyed some stitching time while the boys read.  
It was sweet.


a n d...


Molly and I started Nana's Button Club!  
We are pretty excited about our club.  We can't wait to get her cousin, Elsie on board with us!! Collecting is the best and what is more fun that cool buttons!? We decided we should all have some matching buttons and special ones we won't trade and some awesome ones we can trade!


These are the buttons Molly chose to start her collection with.  
What a sweet old jar!
We wondered what kind of bugs lived in there once upon a time...



One of the best parts about Nana's Button Club is
that we get to learn how to stitch and use a grown up needle that is sharp!

Could four years old be any cuter than this??





Here are some so so photos I snapped with my cell phone to give you a peek at our leaf samplers.
Inspired by Sue Spargo - the queen of fancy stitichin - we are on our own creative journey here.  No rules, just fun!  We aren't even sure what we will end up doing with these, but they are turning out pretty nifty!  It is a very fun way to experiment with embroidery stitches.  But be warned, it is pretty addictive once you get going....


Hope you are finding time to do the things you love this fall!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Changes At Black Sheep Studio


September 1st.  Already!  It's hard to believe where this year has gone.  Fall is in the air though and change is coming.  I have spent months having a mental conversation with myself or with whoever was willing to listen to me ... trying to make a decision about my business.  Black Sheep Woolens will be turning 12 years old in January.  I feel my life reinventing itself with an empty nest.  Do you all go through phases like this?? There is just so much I want to do. I have decided to keep things going, but I feel I need to change things up a bit.


I won't be able to do an Open House this fall.  We have just sent our youngest daughter off to college and we are coming up on the 1 year anniversary of the death of our son.  It has been a challenging year to work through this grief and spend the time we need and want to with our children. My energy and focus has been 100% with family and not with the business.  I am so grateful for all of the love and support so many have shared with us.  You are all remarkable people and I love you all!


I do have wool though - lots of beautiful wool.  I have started kitting up some holiday projects and would love to see everyone and what you have been working on!  I am going to have open studio hours  f i n a l l y!  I have a calendar up (See Calendar and Events above) that still needs some tweaking, but it gives you an idea of what I am thinking.  Wednesdays and the second Saturday of each month.  I am trying to schedule some classes in as well.  I should have more details about those by the end of this week.  {Comment or email me with any suggestions you have on those!}

For the open studio, I plan to be here to sell my wares and help put together custom kits for you.  I have table space if you want to come for awhile and work on your projects.  We can figure out new stitches together and get some projects completed!  Somedays I just might have a pot of yummy soup on the stove!



I know I should probably charge a studio fee but I don't really work that way.  I have decided to put out a kitty jar and if you want to make a little donation for instructions you received or studio space you used, die cut machine etc, you can do that.  I don't want to price anyone out.


I am happy to put kits together for you and your group.  I will need to charge a nominal kit fee for projects that are more involved with lots of pieces.  You can send me the pattern ahead of time and I can have them ready for you when you come to the studio.  Sometimes we can just get them done while you are here.  I don't know how busy each day will be.



I am open for suggestions on classes or instruction.  I know there is an interest in embroidery stitches, rug hooking, beginning wool work and some of my projects. I'll try to get a few of these scheduled for the fall.  It is hard to please everyone with day and night schedules - but I will do my best to mix things up.  I will be teaching the little Crazy Patch Sewing Kit at Village Dry Goods in Brigham City on October 8th from 1-4pm.  You can get info about that here.  And I have been invited to teach at Winter Quiltfest in January.  They are in the process of creating a new website but you should be able to link to it through here very soon.



Please remember that I am happy to set up an appointment with you or your group on days other than open studio days.  Just call or email so we can get a time that works with everyone! I have a few weeks that I will be out of town this fall, but I am usually here creating a happy little mess of some sort or another!



This was certainly very wordy!  Thanks for your patience. 
 I need this week to get my empty nest in order before I am ready to open the door.  
I sure enjoyed the past few weeks with my youngest daughter xo

See you all soon!!
Happy Stitching

Monday, June 23, 2014

Really Hooked

I was lucky enough to attend a 3 day rug camp taught by Sharon Smith.  Sponsored by Utah Rug and Fiber Guild.  She is a master as far as I am concerned and has only been hooking 5 years and had hooked over 70 rugs!!  Her website, Off The Hook Rugs is here.  She was a wonderful teacher and not only did I learn a LOT, I was very inspired to start hooking again.  I loved my time with all of the fun ladies.  I have a few photos to share.


This is Sharon and she is delightful! And so talented.

I chose to do this rug of her design.  I just love the way the Poppies pop off that dark background.
My colors are quite bright! 





I wish I had taken photos of all of her rugs, 
but it was easy to get distracted in a room full of busy hookers!


 This is the large rug that is behind Sharon in the photo above it.





 I loved these and have so many bits and bobs of my own that I could probably make several!

 We were snug as bugs but sure had a great time chatting up a storm!



 Carol stopped by to say hi and found a friend she hadn't seen in over 30 years!  So sweet!


The fabulous Pat made these adorable birds!  Each day there was a new surprise for everyone.
 The other Sharon demonstrated how to crochet around the edge to finish off a rug.  Pretty cool!!


If you haven't tried hooking, you really should!!

Here is my progress.  I'm loving it and I'm already of dreaming of the next one to start :)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Flower Power!


 A heartfelt thanks to everyone that came to our Open House and to everyone who helped make it a success!  {You know who you are !}  It was great to catch up with you fun ladies and see what you have been up to.  I should have a summer schedule of classes on the blog here soon!  Here are a few photos that my sister shared from her phone and a couple I snapped Saturday night.  Sorry I didn't do better in the photography area this time.  Too busy!!

One of our hot items were these books and kits from Kathy Cardiff from Cottage at Cardiff Farms.  She is a wonderful designer and so great to work with!  We made up several kits for her darling pincushions.  The secret to these projects is all in the stuffing!  She suggests to use a ground walnut and wood shavings combination and the results are wonderful!!  It just so happens that I have a cute hubby who had an ample amount of walnut shavings so he concocted up this wonderful to mix to sell at our open house.  Now, if we can just convince him to sell some of his amazing spoons!!
{Many thanks to Lisa for stitching up the samples}



 We had a great collection of wool in all shapes and forms.  Some beautiful bright colors!

 My sister and my daughters were so very helpful!  Everything seemed to run like clock work once things got going.  I always have this panic that we just won't make it and magically it just all works out....because we put a lot of  love and work into it and you ladies come with such contagious enthusiasm!  I love you all!!

 Snacks for energy!

I've had a few requests for this recipe, here you go!

Black Bean Salsa
1 can white corn
1 can black beans
1 avocado diced
2-3 T diced purple onion (to your taste)
4-5 Roma tomatoes diced
handful of cilantro, snipped
2-3 T white balsamic vinegar  (any type will work)
juice of one lime
S & P

Drain corn and beans.  Combine everything and enjoy with chips or as a side salad!


  What could be more fun that die cut kits for a darling spring project! 
It just makes you smile to think about the possibilities for embellishing...



 We highlighted Wild Blooms and Colorful Creatures
It is a beautiful book full of bright, cheery, colorful 
projects with modern flair.  Sooo much fun!!


We featured wool kits for the project on the front.  
It is a beautiful quilt with wool applique done on
red linen.  I can hardly wait to start on mine!



 This was our "thank you for coming" prize.  A fun little chalkboard art inspired kit!

 In the theme of May Day we had pretty flowers all around.


 Blueberry Hill Series debut!  Darling projects for the little ones in your life.  
I have an owl and a little girls purse that will be added this summer!  I really enjoyed creating these!


Some new ribbon showed up just in time!

We had several kits from the popular Wooly Lady projects that were in our
trunk show last fall.  They are the happiest little projects ever!



The one in the center is my fav!  
These are borrowed from the interwebs and not the greatest quality ;)


And thanks to Jolene for sharing her completed table runner, Garden Row.
I love this! These kits were definitely favorites!


{Wondering how it would look on a gray background?}

So there you have it!  Thanks again from the bottom of my heart
for all of your love and support!  See you soon.

Happy Stitching...