Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Woolen Needle

It is a bitter sweet thing when our children grow up to be 
big people and move thousands of miles away!
You can't help but be so happy for them to be living out their own dreams,
and yet your heart pines for time with them.

Our oldest has recently graduated with his fancy PHD and moved from the 
hustle and bustle of the DC area to the quiet university town of
Iowa City where he now teaches at the University of Iowa.
Time for a trip to see where they are living and soak in 
some sweet time with those darling kiddos!!

I couldn't get enough of the beautiful fields of corn and the rolling country side and 
the meticulous farms and barns.  We took a little ride one afternoon to visit a shop
I have known about for years.  

I have a patient husband who will stop on a dime for a photo.
I sure love that man!

If I could transport this to my backyard!!

So peaceful

The thirty minute drive from Iowa City went by in a blink!

The Woolen Needle

It was a chilly afternoon but Liam agreed to come along for the ride.
He and Papa explored the park in the town square of Williamsburg and
spent a little time sampling jerky a few doors down.

 That gave me a bout 30 minutes to soak up this darling shop!  

I was able to bring home some new fall patterns that I hope to kit up this week.

They have just about everything a wool gatherer would want in this charming little shop!
Rug hooking patterns and hooks…scraps and so many samples of darling projects.

A giant basket of scraps!  (Glad to know that I'm not the only one who saves every little bit!)

Everything was in perfect order.  So warm and inviting.

 Oh, the wall of wool!!

 The ladies were apologizing that the store was on the empty side!  Empty??  Looked pretty well
loaded to me!  I guess they owners had taken a lot of the new things to a big show in Des Moines.

A little something for everyone here.  I was in heaven!

If you are ever in this neck of the woods,  I highly recommend this darling shop!

This project stole my heart!  Can't wait to make my own.
It's called "Peaceful" by The Woolen Needle

SO much eye candy!
It fed my creative spirit.

 So if you are craving some beautiful wool and 

some warm and friendly service, be sure and visit The Woolen Needle!
{Ladies, I have your names on a piece of paper somewhere…thanks you for your kindness!}

You will love your time there!

(Eek! Look at all of that beautiful Valdani thread!)

Happy harvest time and
Happy fall everyone xo

One more thing...have you made your velvet pumpkin yet? 
They are a snap to make and so, so beautiful!
They kids made their own in just a short time!

{I have a fresh supply of hand dyed velvet in the studio!}

Friday, October 3, 2014

Help Us Find Kayelyn

Friday, October 3, 2014

Help Us Find Kayelyn

We are trying to help Kayelyn's family get her photo out to as many people as possible.  If you live in the Salt Lake area PLEASE print this out and distribute as you can.  It's a small way for us to help.  Kayelyn is a dear friend of our daughter.  

The link below will take you to Facebook so you can share the info that way.  

Thank you for your support!  

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