Monday, May 15, 2017

A new Punch Needle Design

My original painting inspired this punch needle design
"Betsy Ross Flag" .
It is a Folk Art rendering of an Early American style home
 with the roof composition being that of the flag 
for our 13 colonies and our new nation..
Buntings are hung at each window.
The front door wears a grape vine wreath 
dressed with a flowing red ribbon.
A pair of trees are Rufus Porter style.
Planted hedges bear red and white blossoms.
A lovely setting to pay homage for our beloved America.

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The Story of the Betsy Ross Flag 
In the summer of 1776 (or possibly 1777) Betsy Ross, newly widowed, is said to have received a visit from General George Washington regarding a design for a flag for the new nation. Washington and the Continental Congress had come up with the basic layout, but, according to legend, Betsy allegedly finalized the design, arguing stars with five points (Washington had suggested six) because the cloth could be folded 
and cut out with a single snip.
The red stripes, represent hardiness and valor, 
the white stripes represent innocence and purity of the original 13 colonies.
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 There have been several modifications to my painting...
it now measures 6" x 6"... I simplified it.
Before I coffee stained it
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After coffee stained.
    I like adding some 3-D, dimension to my designs,
    The stars and rose buds are all French Knots.
    How to do MY BOW on the grapevine wreath are illustrated and included in the pattern OR if you prefer, simply continue with the punch needle embroidery as shown on template drawing.

Finish it your way...or do it as I have,
instructions included for homespun backing.
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displayed on a miniature windsor chair.
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The Inspiration!
Here is the painting, then called
"God Bless America",

now called

'Betsy Ross Flag'
will become another of my Punch Needle patterns.
One for Patriotism.
available on my Etsy,  
Village Folk Art
 May 20th.
 If interested, you can Click Here to get to My Etsy Shop.

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Have an Enjoyable week with Peace for all,
Thanks for visiting,
Folk Art Hugs, 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

. . . Happy Mother's Day . . .

Have a Happy, Healthy, Joyful and Blessed Day,

 For my Beloved Mother,
Mary Ann Wheeler
my Beloved Mother in Law
Julia Etta Shores

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To the Mothers of our precious Grandchildren:

Our Wonderful and Loving Daughter,
Pamela Anne Shores-Pearson
our Adorable & Precious
Daughter in Law,
Cassie Yamaguchi-Shores

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Love and Peace for All,

Friday, May 5, 2017

FIVE of my Grandmother's Hooked Rugs.

What a find!
They are all in such perfect condition 
and the colors still very vibrant. 
Will show the last 4 finds...

The top one is my favorite.  I love geometric designs.
They are all wonderful treasures 
and I LOVE them all.
Grandmother was born on 
January 13th, 1883.
These are probably close to 100 years old. 
They will never be floor rugs for me. 
Hope to find enough wall space to display them.
Probably not all at once, but change them out
periodically to EnJoY, 
and have fond and loving memories
of my beloved Grandmother,
Carrie Shann Moseman Wheeler.
She was a kind, gentle, loving woman, 
and one I aspire to be like.

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Love you and dearly miss you Granma,
Your loving Granddaughter,
Barbara Joan Faustina Wheeler-Shores

If anyone has any information as to possible names of patterns, 
or any information, I'd greatly appreciate it. 

Thank you all for visiting,

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Papa found Grandmother's hooked rugs

A BIG hug for Papa . . .
We have been cleaning out our garage.  In California you usually do not have attics or cellars which is the case for us.  So in this dusty process, Papa comes upon a box, opens it and comments "You don't want this do you?"  I passed a gander in his direction and gasped...cause if he had trashed it, 
it would be... no tellin'. 
He found the box with my Grandmother's,
Carrie Shann Moseman Wheeler, Hooked rugs. 

So far this is the first that I have photographed. 
It is so amazing to me how vibrant the colors are. 

It appears to me that she signed it
using what I believe to be a rock for the background
 and her first name ' Carrie'.

The backside shows strips of various kinds 
of material whip stitched on for hanging the rug.
I am 78, and I always knew her to be hooking rugs.
These rugs could very well be 100 years old.
My mother told me Granma Carrie would enter her rugs
 yearly in the Westchester County Fair, 
White Plains, N.Y. and won many awards.  
I am so happy that dear Papa uncovered them. 
I think there is one more and I will take more pictures.
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I have many chores that need my attention... so TTYL 
Again, thanks for visiting ...

P.S.:  There are 4 more rugs ... what a treasure Papa has unfolded. 
I knew that they had been packed away years ago.  Hoping that during our travels they had not been lost... just, simply misplaced.
Eureka ... 
Family Treasures and Heirlooms have been re-discovered.  

'Tis Now Finished . . .

Binding & Blocked.
 Just a very qwik update.
Will be used as a mat, not for my foot stool 
as it did not fit as planned.
Has been a great learning lesson for me.

Off to another project...
probably my NEW Punch needle Design.
A Patriotic one this time.
Inspired by one of my paintings that has been sold.
Have always loved it and decided to make it a 
Punch Needle pattern. 

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For now, 
Have a pleasant day.
Peace and Blessings for ALL.
Thanks for visiting, hoping to see you again soon.
Thanks for visiting,