Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Oh, February!

   February is my birth month and also home to one of my favorite motifs: the heart.

   This month's Reshaped project is full of hearts. I just never tire of them.  I don't know the history of the shape we use to illustrate a heart, but I do know that I was very disappointed as a child when I saw for the first time a picture of a real heart.
 It looked nothing like what I was led to believe a heart was shaped like.
 This simple project was so easy to stitch. There is still plenty of time to complete it as a special gift or display for Valentine's Day. The base is a hand towel that I purchased at Homegoods ( Yes, it is sooo good!) and since it was already hemmed, I simply appliqued motifs and called it a day.
 Just keep your stitching neat & tidy if you are not going to put some kind of backing on it.
Seeing that the towels were a pair, I have decided to offer a Give Away of the other unfinished towel and a kit of the wool to make this table mat. (or hang it as a decorative towel) Also, I am including a copy of my book as you will need the pattern pieces from it. If you already have a copy, feel free to share this one with a friend.

To enter the Give Away just comment on this blog post. I will draw the winner on Friday at noon.

February Reshaped Hearts Wool Applique

2 Larger Hearts- "For Needles and Thread" p.48
Smaller Hearts & Leaves- Creatures of Habit/ Cat Pillow


Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Projects for a New Year!

"Hello & Happy New Year to all of you!

   There is a lot happening in the Workroom this year, and I'll be on the road quite a bit hoping to meet some of you!

   One of the tasks I have given myself for this year, is to come up with an alternative project each month using the patterns from the book. These I will share with you monthly in this blog . It has turned out to be a great exercise for me as I continue to learn and develop my style.

   There will be more announcements throughout the year, and I will soon have my workshop schedule posted on my website.

January Wool Applique Reshaped Project:

Book: Wool Applique Folk Art
Project Pattern Pieces: "Shades of Earth"
                                 " Housing for Papers"

    These hurricane candle holders are wrapped in a wooly that is a reshaping of 2 of the projects in the book. By cutting the 2 different sized stars from "Shades of Earth" in half, it creates a snowflake effect. I also built the trees out of the leaves in "Housing for Papers". By placing the leaves downward it gives a coniferous look.

   The length of your wooly will depend upon the size of your candle holder. I purchased mine from Michaels and is approx. 19" around. To finish off the top, I simply trimmed the wool with heavy-duty pinking shears.

To attach the wooly to the glass holder, I just did a simple cross stitch down the back.

Monday, December 28, 2015

In the New Year

   An early Happy New Year to all of you! This is going to be a very busy year and I am looking forward to sharing new designs, workshops, and  lots of wool & folk art with all of you!

   Straightaway, we will be starting a Mystery Stitch~Along that will be hosted by Julie Kursave in a Facebook group. It is a wool applique piece designed by myself, and each month participants will receive the new pattern pieces until the project is completed in December of 2016. One hint is that the project is a wall-hanging. To be a part of the Stitch~Along you will need to buy the pattern from me starting Jan.2, 2016 at Noon EST for a one-time payment of $30 which I will invoice you through Square for a credit card payment (or you may arrange another form of payment with me). You may contact me through my website or at rlsmithfolkartist@gmail.com. Once your payment is received your name will be added to the group. The first patterns & instructions for the project will be posted in the group Feb.1, 2016.

   There will be more information to come on all that is happening this year including a list of  workshops I will be offering.

  I so appreciate all who have generously shared their time with me through messages, purchases, encouragements, & attending workshops.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Season of Gratefulness

   It has been an amazing year!

    Several years ago I was at a point in my career where I just wasn't sure what direction I was to go in. Working at a museum job that I really enjoyed, but not giving the attention to my folk art was causing me to pause and ask, "Is this what I am really supposed to be doing?''. Well, it was time for me to stop trying to direct my own steps and rely on the One who has the plan for my life.

    It hasn't always been easy, and sometimes the work has been grueling, but seeing the results has been something I didn't anticipate. The results have been all of You!

    Hearing from so many of you and you're amazing words of encouragement has been such a gift. While I cannot reply to all of the messages I receive, I want all of you to know that I read them and am just so grateful that you would take time to reach out to me. Having met so many of you this past year, and looking forward to meeting many more of you this coming year, is one of the most exciting parts of the work that I do. Thank You!

    When I talk about my work, it really isn't mine alone. It's a gift given to me from the Lord who has blessed me with  a family that lends their own time and talents to help. Without them I wouldn't get half as much done and none of the tech stuff. There are so many others whose work has enhanced mine. All of the publishing team that worked on the book, and those that felt it was worth buying or selling. Then there is all the appreciation I have for my show partner. Thank You!

  Have a meaningful and joyous Thanksgiving!


Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
Psalm 118:1

Monday, October 26, 2015

It's Leaf Season!

      Leaves! Have you ever really examined them? What is is about them that inspires such creativity?

A very stylized version of a leaf that lends itself well to folk art.
          Leaves are the one motif I stitch the most. This was not something I realized until recently when I was taking stock of my designs. It would seem that I have an affinity for these lovely, life-giving shapes fashioned by the hand of the Creator. Not only are they an essential part of a plant or tree in order to obtain nutrients, but in some cases the leaf outshines the flower or shape of the flora.

Oak leaves are a favorite of mine. It is amazing the variation of hues they come in.

      In my journeys into the woods and fields, I pick up lots of Fall leaves. It is a fun exercise to study their textures, colors, and of course their shapes. Like snowflakes, no two leaves seem to be the same even though they have grown on the same tree and even the same branch.

                        Well, the leaves are turning, blowing, and falling. Just right for picking!

Simple leaf design. Adding a layer of wool mimics color variations.

View out our front windows!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Book Winner

      Thank you all so much for all of the lovely comments on the Blog Tour! Here is the winner of a book and the "Bag O' Wooly Leaves:

            Betty of Samplings from Spring Creek. Send me an email at rlsmithfolkartist@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 29, 2015


      As we wrap up a week of blogging about the book, I wanted to take this time to share just how grateful I feel for the opportunity given me to share the work I have been blessed to accomplish. I have wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember, although I wasn't always sure what that would look like. But I allowed the Lord to lead me through different stages of my art, and He has brought me into an impelling time for my work.

     The response to the book has been nothing short of overwhelming. It has been in large part to a great network of support that started with family and friends whose encouragement led me to realize I might be able to write this book as well as the C&T Publishing family and their wonderful system of support. Once the book was released, it has been the notes, emails, messages, and phone calls that has shown me just how the book has been embraced.

    This book really belongs to all of you! While I was in the midst of writing, I often thought about the reader. It has always been my pleasure to share this work I do, and now to know how well it has been received is a blessing beyond words. So, while I cannot respond to all of the tidings I want to be sure that all of you know of my deep gratitude.

    Next year I have a busy travel and teaching schedule so I hope to meet many of you and share in your own work.

To be entered into the drawing for a book and the "Bag O' Wool Leaves" be sure to leave a comment on this blog post. These are for U.S. addresses only. Outside of the U.S. you will receive an E-Book version of the book.

Also, I cannot say how much it meant to have the participation of such talented and generous ladies as Doreen, Patti, Lori Ann, & Cheri. They were so willing to give up some of their precious time to help me with this Blog Tour.

Thank you so much,