Friday, July 7, 2017

~*Spin Me Round and Round and Round*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Thank you for the overwhelming response to my previous post.  Your kind words and comments have been so touching.  My goats have already brought so much joy to my family.  I'm glad their sweet faces have brightened your day too!  I hope you do make some lovely things with the freebie.  Remember, share those finishes!

Yesterday, I mentioned the thoughts, hopes, and dreams of spinning my own yarn.  When the goats are sheared, they will provide me with lots of glorious mohair.  It will be used for spinning.  My goal... thick, bulky rug yarn with lots of variation and texture!

Well, it has been YEARS since I have tried to spin.  In fact, it was only briefly (VERY BRIEFLY!)... way back in high school.  My fiber teacher was the famous Jean Bass.  She was super talented and kind.  She had so much information to teach and was so willing to share her knowledge.  If only I hadn't been such a kid at the time ~ not fully ready to listen and learn.  If only I could go back in time and have her as a teacher again!  She was my weaving teacher for two years.  She taught me how to use a frame loom, floor loom, how to felt, how to dye, and touched on how to spin with a drop spindle.  For the hour long class each day, I would dive into these activities, but only during school.  Rarely would any of these fun things take place outside of that classroom.  Looking back, it makes me sad that I missed out on all the knowledge Mrs. Bass was trying to share with me.

All these years later, I'm wanting to try again.  In fact now, being older, it is something that I really want to try to perfect... or at least learn enough to be decent at it.

Beginning my venture of spinning... I purchased this book and a top whorl drop spindle online.  I've also watched many videos on YouTube.


This bundle of roving was something that has been around my craft room for years.  It might be wool.  It feels like it anyway.  So, time to try.

My first attempt has not been very successful...

Over~twisted!  Comes un~spun!  Breaks apart!  Frustrating...

BUT!

I will not give up!!!

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty

Thursday, July 6, 2017

~*Goat Farm Freebie!*~

Hello Dear Friends!  Yes, once again, it has been forever and a day since my last post.  As the days go by, I continue to find BALANCE.  Someday it is my hope that will be the case.  Until then, no promises.  However, I will continue to try.

Rather than go on and on about all the changes and going~on's around our home... I will post about the most recent!  Last week we adopted five, beautiful, Colored Angora Goats!  I have plans to raise and breed them.  My dream also is to shear and spin their lush, mohair to use with my weaving.

Please meet Carly and her baby Fiona...

On the left is Prissy and taking a sip of water is Missy...

And this is the beloved Chloe...
 Chloe seems to like to pose for the camera...

I have been spending a lot of bonding time with them since bringing them home.  It seems there isn't a day when the camera isn't in my hands snapping pictures of them.  It is like I have five newborns and am a new Momma!  *smile* 

Prissy is always trying to reach the green on the other side of the fence.  She has learned (for the most part) how to pull her head back in.  However, there have been a few times I've had to help her.  This particular time, she was good.  She pulled her head back and followed me to the other side of the pasture to start grazing in the shade.

Momma Carly will celebrate her 2yr birthday this month.  The others were all born this past March~May.


With this post, here is a FREEBIE DOODLE inspired by my love of the Kansas Flint Hills and Prairies... and my love for my new goats...
You are free to enlarge/reduce/print the doodle/pattern for your own use.  Please do NOT sell the pattern!  You may create handworks for resale of a small amount only.  Minor alterations to personalize are also welcomed, as long as credit for the doodle/pattern is given to Primitivebettys/Betty Dekat.

Enjoy and be inspired to rug hook, needlepunch, applique, or create with another form of media!

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Friday, September 30, 2016

~*Fun Punching and Hooking Techniques*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Here are a few recent finishes... with some fun techniques I tested for the first time...

These are both punched with a variety of yarns ~ both wool and acrylic ~ and some wool strips... using 3 different sizes of Amy Oxford Rug Punches... #8, #10, and #14... on quality Monk's Cloth.

Using the different needles made some loops higher than others.  The higher loops are done with the #8 around the mouths and noses.  The lowest loops are done with the #14 for the grooves of the pumpkins and the inset of the noses.  The #10 was used to complete the JOLs.  Believe it or not... the punching was LAST in the making of these quirky fellas.
The variety of needles was not the only interesting part!  I used an applique with hand stitches to create the teeth.  This was done first in the process.

Quills  (wool swirls) were made to create the swirls of the eyes.  This was my second step.  These are cut wool worms wound and stitched to the Monk's Cloth.

It was a different sort of system... working from the front sometimes... and then from the back too.  Punching, as you know, is done from the back to the front.

After they JOLs were created... they were attached to some boards.  I'm thinking they will be awesome, interesting, unique Halloween decor!

My head is whirling with ideas for these techniques and a few others that I have yet to try!  Oh the things I wanna make!!!  

If you are interested in purchasing these fellas as finished products... they are listed for your consideration in my Etsy Shoppe.  Thank you for looking!

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty


Thursday, September 22, 2016

~*Simple FREEBIE DOODLE*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Happy 1st Day of Autumn!  Here is a simple doodle for your enjoyment... I hope it brings a smile to your face!

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Wool Harvest Rug Camp.  My Mom went with me... and we enjoyed every minute of it.  It was so wonderful to have her there.  It was also so awesome that she was able to meet my dear Oklahoma (and many other) friends.  AND... it was so very delighting that she learned Oxford Punch Needle too!  We had the pleasure of taking a class from my very dear buddy, Ginger Jackson!

At the camp, I was AMAZED by all the talent!  Of course, I didn't get any pictures... I don't know why!!!  But, I have images and ideas swirling in my head!  

I am working on a piece now, if I can pull it off, that will have some very different techniques.  It isn't really a 'mixed media'... but there are many different processes.  Here is the start...


Maybe you will see the doodle above and try out some of these techniques... swirls (or whatever they are called?), applique, and (not shown in this picture) needle-felting?  I would sure LOVE to see it if you do!  

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Thank you to those of you that purchased my patterns!  The ones that were 'for sale' before have all been retired.  I have added a few finished ditties to my Etsy Shoppe.  Swing by to take a look, if you get a chance.  Thank you for visiting my shoppe!

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House work is calling... but I think my projects are hollering loader... so, I'm off to be artsy!

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty


Thursday, July 28, 2016

~*Tick Tock Tick Tock... Playful Kitty Freebie Start*~

Hello Dear Friends!!!

So often I do try to fit everything into my schedule... and then it just doesn't work.  So... even though there hasn't been time for me to finish this ditty or to work it into a nice PDF for you to download... I'm going to let you get started.  I'm positive that many of you will have it all finished up before I even get a chance!  So... here is my next FREEBIE GIFT!!!  Enjoy!!!

~*Playful Kitty*~  Freebie Cross Stitch Pattern




© primitivebettys 2016



Fibers and threads I've used... 

Fabric ~ Shroom Juice 32 CT from Dames of the Needle
Threads from The Gentle Art/Simply Shaker Sampler Threads as follows with legend...
B ~ Espresso Bean 7084
A ~ Picnic Basket 7060
E ~ Maple Syrup 0440
H ~ Brick Path 7086 (backstitches also)

I stitched 2 over 2.   65 x 84 stitches... finished size approximately 4 1/2 by 6 inches.

Please use fibers and threads of your choice.  I only ask that you not mass produce the image/design in any way... and that you give credit to me ~ Betty Dekat/primitivebettys ~ for the pattern.  Oh... and do NOT sell the design!

What do I plan to do with mine for a finish?  Well, I have hopes to finish it into a needlebook.  If/when I do this... it will be shared with you and hopefully 'how' it was done as well. 

Can you guess where the inspiration for this design came from?  Do you have a playful kitten that is constantly wanting to help you create... or that is a little sneak... always running off with your supplies?  

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

~*Freebie and My Selling Blog*~

Hello Dear Friends!

First of all... *SMILE*

~*Slurpy Jack*~ is a FUN, FUN, FUN doodle to punch... and make another thread holder box!

I've made one...

 I've also made this one...


The doodle is FREE for you to use.  DO NOT SELL MY DOODLES OR FREE PATTERNS!  You may, however, sell items made from them in limited quantities.  

The finished boxes are listed on my SELLING BLOG.  This is a 'new thing' for me... and I'm just trying to work it out and avoid the 'kinks'.  

Yes, I had thought of putting the items for sale in my Etsy Shoppe or even on my Facebook Page... but trying this first.  Please bare with me.


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Back to the doodle... use it as you wish... with your medium of choice.  Have fun with it!!!!  If you would like to know how I finish my boxes, download the FREE pattern ~*Summer Charms*~ from yesterday's post.  There are complete instructions added to it.


Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty