Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SIMPLY SPRING

No need for your sprinkling can here.  We've had rain, rain, & more rain!  Good days to PUNCH & MUNCH on homemade cookies! Lot's of changes going on.  I have a WEB SITE www.thecooperscottage.com through ETSY. plus a new NEWSLETTER with a BUY IT NOW BUTTON.  I'd love to know if you all received my newsletter yesterday?  If not you can sign up on my ETSY PAGE www.etsy. com/shop/thecooperscottage.  Keep on punchin.
nancee  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

LET'M EAT CROW

LET'M EAT CROW...as many of you know I have almost 300 designs!  I'm in the process of revisiting many of them and updating the colors.  The original colors will be available as option 2 (below)   Of course feel free to choose your own color palette.  I'm working on a new collection for Valdani COLOR ME SUMMER.  That has been the inspiration to revisit some of my designs.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Sunday, May 14, 2017

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY


Yesterday was spent with theses lovely gals who learned how to punch  My class was one of several taught during UNIVERSITY DAYS at the WISCONSIN MUSEUM OF QUILTS & FIRBER ARTS..   The key note speaker was the author of the Crazy Mom Quilt Blog,  A fun day for all.  Happy Mother's Day to you all.  Keep on punchn.
nancee

Saturday, May 13, 2017

LACING LESSON


Here's a quick little lesson on getting a a piece ready for framing.  Cut a piece of 1/8" foam core about 1 inch bigger all around for finished design.  Center it , pull tight using straight pins to hold in place and /or a little scotch tape.  Start a one end with a song thread and lace back and forth.  I remove the tape and pins as I go.  Then repeat on the other side.  Hope this is helpful.  Off to University Days at the Wisconis Museum Of Quilts & Fiber Arts.  Will be teaching DOGS & CATS MATTER punch needle class this afternoon.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Monday, May 8, 2017

WHITE GERANIUMS

On the frame WHITE GERANIUMS using Valdani threads that will be part of my new collection for them called COLOR ME SUMMER.  I'll be teaching a punch needle class (CATS & DOGS) this Saturday at University Days at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts.  So it's another busy week!  Of course on Sunday I'll be hosting my own MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH & DINNER.  No complaints, it's what I love to do.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Sunday, May 7, 2017

UPDATE ON BIG GIRL FRAME

Here's a little progress on the BIG GIRL FRAME...Star is coming along.  Using the 3/8" oxford needle on the body with a gold mohair for the Star and a 2 ply hand spin worsted for the body.  I've been weighing each skein before I punch and will weigh again when I'm finished to get an idea of how many ounces it will take!  Also working on White Geraniums  and will have that update soon.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Thursday, May 4, 2017

BIG GIRL FRAME

Working on the Big Girl Frame today...the interior dimensions are 18 x18.  Love the cosy to protect hands.  This is basically a rug frame so NOT 500 to the inch (available at  Breezy Ridge Farms).  The cloth is monks cloth (searching for a wholesale supplier).  The punch needles are OXFORD FINE ( 3/16" and 3/8")  I've got them and will post in my ETSY Store this weekend.  The flag is done with the 3/16".  The sheep will be done with both sizes.  These needles are not adjustable like our mini punch needles so you'll need 2 for sheep, bunny tails, etc.  The yarn is 2 ply worsted...so all you knitters out there check your stash!  I'll be offering a select few of my designs (Plain Jane Sheep, Katie O'Hare, Daisy the Cow, and of course a variety of Dogs & Cats) on ETSY as soon as I get something finished, photographed, etc.  White Geraniums are on the Little Girl Frame.  Will have enough done to post in a couple of days.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

OLDE DEPOT

Back from the framer ...the Olde Depot has been photographed and patterns are ready to post.  Filling orders today and getting ready for a big bus tour at the Museum Friday Morning.  Then Saturday it's off The Free Range Art festival and the It's A Stitch Quilt Show.  White Geraniums on the frame..thinking I might do the pattern in another color way too.  Pink Geraniums!  I'm in my "It can't be too colorful" mode.  Keep on punchin
nancee

Monday, May 1, 2017

MAY DAY

This MAY BONNET GIRL is one of my favorites...she's clutching that tulip (who knows what garden she snatched it from) as she marches off with her market basket!  It's a rainy day and perfect to work on my new design WHITE GERANIUMS... Keep on punchin.
nancee

Saturday, April 29, 2017

ALPACAS



Spent the morning with Jim Kennedy at the Wisconsin Alpaca & Wool Festival...and the afternoon shifting up some wonderful alpaca/wool blend yarn for a sweater.  Yummy homemade chili in a '50's drive in diner.  Life is good and now to punch.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Monday, April 24, 2017

STRAWBERRY CHALLENGE


On the frame STRAWBERRY MANOR.  I'm getting it ready for the Strawberry Challenge hosts by the Wisconsin Museum Of Quilts & Fiber Arts.  It's an annual event.  The submissions will be collected and hung in the Entry in early June.  Visitors coming to the Museum will vote and the Friday before Cedarburg's Strawberry Festival there will be a kick off party where the winners will be announced.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

LUNCH & PUNCH...

Here are a few of the happy lunch & punchers enjoying apiece of triple chocolate cake compliments of Mary Harman May!  The next L&P will be on the 3rd Saturday in May.  Save the date 20 May 2017 from 10-2 in my studio in the farm House Gallery on the grounds of the  Wisconsin  Museum of Quilts and fiber Arts.  Besure to give me a call 262.313.8885.  I need a count for lunch.  Keep on
 punchin!
nancee

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

TEA COTTAGE

TEA COTTAGE is finished...I'll have the patterns up on www.etsy.com/shop/thecooperscottage this week...Spent a little time in my studio today, shopped for Easter, and made a quick trip to the accountant.  Taxes done & done.  Ready to move on to cleaning and cooking.  The Cedarburg Depot is being framed and I'm planning the next design.  After talking to the very friendly gals at OXFORD RUG PUNCH COMPANY in VERMONT.  I've decided to try their fine rug punch needle that takes worsted weight yarn and monks cloth or linen.  Gathering the supplies and starting to think about my designs best suited to enlarge to make mats, chair pads,etc.  Not too big...not as big as hooked rugs.  Kris Miller has my drawings for that and sells them thru Spruce Ridge Studio.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Thursday, April 6, 2017

DOODLES


I'm Doodling away as I was just told that Jessie James is expected to deliver her pups on May 15th...which means July 15th they will be ready to go home.  However I'm opting for an extended 2 week training program where we will both be trained!  On the magazine front, i just sent off a pattern for the July issue of the Wool Street Journal and anther pattern for their October and final issue!  So sad to seem them go, I have a contributor of theirs for many years.  Look for FOLK ART FLOWERS in Simply Vintage Summer Issue and HARVEST MOON in Punchneedle & Primitive Stitcher Fall Issue.  It's lunch & learn this Saturday so it's a little crazy.  Have the drawing of the Old Inter Urban Train Depot finished.  It will be my Historic building for 2017.  Plus I'm working on an idea that SAYS WISCONSIN...that's the name of the Cedarburg Art Museum's exhibit this year.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Monday, April 3, 2017

APRIL SHOWERS (LITERALLY)

A wet day in Cedarburg, and no heat...I'm bundled up with layers of clothes and fingerless gloves!  Hopefully I'll have heat tomorrow, but they can't work in the rain because my furnace is in a lean to outside!!!  The joys of living in a historical or hysterical barrel factory!  Off to the Museum today or a tour group, then mailing orders before coming home and baking up a loaf of bread!  Yes there will be stitching too.  Keep on punching.
nancee

Saturday, April 1, 2017

APRIL BONNET GIRL

Wow it's April...I've been busy as a bee finishing up those punched projects.  On my drawing board is the historic Cedarburg Depot.  It's going to be fun to punch, almost ready.  I'm updating some older patterns.  Right now I've added polka dots to Horsing Around...I'll be posting an in progress picture on Facebook Punchneedle 101 early next week.  Newsletter going out on Sunday.  Hope to have a new look next month.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MY HISTORIC BUILDING FOR 2017


But first...I'm putting my Coop back together after having a much needed painting job.  One wall done and 3 to go.  The top photo is just a peak at some of the detail on an old train station in Cedarburg.  It was a beautiful day so i ventured out and took a few photos.  It's now home to the Cedarburg Historical Society.   Plan to do a little research into the history;when it started, what it connected, and when it was retired.  I wish it was operating today.  Keep on punchin and stay tuned for my progress on the train station.
nancee

Monday, March 13, 2017

MARCH MADNESS

It certainly is March Madness here today...It's SNOWING...tomorrow starts the awaited NCAA Men's Basketball tournament.  I'll be plugged in printed out the bracket sheet this morning.  Planned to go to the Post Office and to the Studio to inventory my pattern.  Not happening today.  It's home and hot tea.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Friday, March 3, 2017

HIP HOP

Hip Hop is finished...the next 2 weeks will be busy.  First there's Lunch & Punch on March 11th, and then our annual CEDARBURG SPUR OF THE MIDWEST FIBER ARTS TRAIL March 17 & 18.  This has proved to be a wonderful event with folks traveling from several states to attend.  Fiber Artists will be in their studios, there will be demonstrations, hands on projects, and classes.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Saturday, February 25, 2017

HIPPITY HOP

HIPPITY HOP...on the frame.  I'm finishing up the Beagles too.  Then the next breed still to be determined.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BEAGLES

Here come the Beagles...I'm a little ahead of schedule.  i was planing them for March.  Of course there is a way to go until they are actually finished.  I've drawn up another Fratur of a bunny.  Will start that as soon as the beagles are finished.  Off to book club, and then a little demonstration at the Museum.  We have a tour coming in this morning to see the new Hexie exhibit.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Thursday, February 16, 2017

FOLK HEART ANGELS

Done & done...on to finishing up the Pugs.  It's been a productive week.  I've drawn up Polish Lowland Sheep Dog as a special order.  Out & about tomorrow.   Will be in the studio for a few hours in the afternoon until it's time to pick up Hattie from the groomer!  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Monday, February 13, 2017

PENNY THE PUG

Here's Penny...this is the breed for February.  The month is flying by it's almost half over.  I'm lacing up FOLK HEART ANGELS today getting it ready for the framer.   Getting a couple of patterns ready to mail in the morning.   Tomorrow we are having a fun event at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Art.  It's called Victorian Secrets...I'll try to remember to take some photo's to post.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Thursday, February 9, 2017

FOLK HEART ANGELS

In the works FOLK HEART ANGELS...inspired by a vintage Frakur.  I love to do something like this  in February because so many of the images have HEARTS and FLOWERS.  Baking bread today for Saturday's lunch & punch.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

HEARTBREAKER ( From the Fallen Angels Collection)

Looking for Love...this little fallen angel.  I've been very busy working on FOLK HEART ANGELS Should have a progress update soon.   The dog bred of the month is a PUG.  I hope I'll be able to pull it  off.  This Saturday is Lunch & Punch so don't forget to give me a jingle if you're coming.   Keep on punchin.
nancee

Monday, January 30, 2017

AIR DALES

Air Dales are on the frame...working on a different breed each month.  Busy filling orders and working on a new design for February.  Hattie is on the mend, I'm trying to get in a little yoga each day to help my back.  Still sleeping on the couch (hence the back slipping in & out) I just don't trust Hattie on the stairs.  Maybe we'll venture up tonight.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

VALENTINES

This simple design is one of my favorites...Several years ago it was published as one of my cross stitch patterns.  I have reworked it for punch needle.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Friday, January 20, 2017

CLADDAGH

Working on this little CLADDAGH design for an oval box.  I'll be teaching this class in Ripon Wisconsin in August.  Stay tuned for the details.  Old English Sheep Dog ornaments/pins are the on the frame this month.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Friday, January 13, 2017

PUNCHIN ALL DAY KNITTIN ALL NITE

It's amazing how much I can get done when I have several days and nights in a row at home.  I've been taking care of Hattie all week and I'm happy to report, she has starting eating...her head is still tilted and her left side is weak.  Not trusting her on the stairs yet, so I'm still sleeping on the couch.  I'm punching up some pin sized Dala Horses just finished this garter stitch little jacket.  Just need 2 fabulous buttons  There's a oval Claddagh design on my drawing board waiting for me to select threads (always my favorite part).  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

TIME OUT

Time Out is depicts an old sled and a pair of skates leaning up against the side of a faded barn.  I wanted something Winter that wasn't Christmas!  I've just ordered some of these finished paddles.  It's on to  Heart themed designs for February.  My local Blogger Buddies don't forget it's lunch & punch this Saturday.  See ya there.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

THE RABBIT & THE RED SLED

Unfortunately there's very little snow left, it's been washed away with a rainy drizzle.  Hattie is a little better, she is still leaning to the left, her head is quilted, and she has very little appetite.  Remember  she was the dog who once grabbed a rotisserie chicken off the counter and ate the whole thing while I was upstairs changing my clothes!  Reworking Jingle Bell & Stocking Stuffer Santa's will post soon.  There is a little winter scene on my drawing board and I hope to get back to it this week.  Keep on punchin.
nancee

Sunday, January 1, 2017

JANUARY BONNET GIRL

HATTIE & I are are spending a quiet day at home.  She's still pretty dizzy and has no appetite.  I'm taking advantage of this time to sketch a couple of new Winter Designs.  HAPPY NEW YEAR and keep on punchin.
nancee