Monday, June 26, 2017

Wheaten Woolens ~ The Shopping

In addition to shopping Wheaten Woolens, folk artist Ginny Henson was again set up with her amazing folk art, antiques and topiaries.

Ginny has an amazing green thumb and her topiaries are like works of art. 

Magical creations where garden fairies would love to live.

Variegated leaves always seem to call to me...

Mom bought this sweet bird from Ginny.

And I bought this sweet bunny. I also bought the old tin box in the middle from Ginny. The box on the bottom has held my sewing notions for years and I loved how Ginny's box stacked perfectly. I have several magnets on the inside lid of my box, so the stack holds together quite nicely.

I bought this lovely hand-dyed linen from Rebekah and some pretty notecards from her daughter, Kelsey Anilee.

And what did we buy from Wheaten Woolens, you ask?
Well, Mom and I had quite a bit of fun!

Here are Mom's wonderful purchases.

An awesome handmade basket by Cyndy Simmons
and a sweet handmade sheep with old square nail legs.

And a fabulous selection of wool.

And look at my awesome basket made by Cyndy Simmons!
Thanks Mom for such a wonderful surprise!!!!

The colors are gorgeous and I love that braided finish!

I tried to resist buying wool, but some colors are too hard to resist ;)

And hand-dyed velvet had to come home with me too. I'm thinking some pumpkins my appear from these in a few months... 

And you know that I couldn't resist that amazing collection of Rustic Wool Moire threads! 
My collection certainly grew in one day lol!

And here is where you can join in the fun:

A giveaway of a little charm pack of Wheaten Woolens hand dyed wool and a bonus...
I accidently purchased a spool of Rustic Wool Moire thread in a color that I already own,
so you can have a chance to try it out :)

Please leave a comment on this post, or send me an email to 
with WW Giveaway in the subject line and tell me...
What will you be doing this 4th of July?
I will pick a winner on July 3rd using
Thanks for joining in our trip!

Thanks also for your continuing prayers and positive thoughts!
Mom will be starting chemo this week and
my sister-in-law, Joy will have her second round of chemo this week.
Mom has her wool projects prepped and Joy has fabric for a new quilt,
so I think that they are both all set!

He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.
~Isaiah 40:29-31

Blessings, Patti 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wheaten Woolens ~ The Place

In addition to the Wheaton Woolens store,
it was a pleasure to return to Barry and Beth Anne's homestead.
Truly an oasis of peace and beauty. 
This is the Severin Miller Home built in 1860.

I love the hilly property so unlike the Illinois flatland.

And such beauty in the gardens as well.
I hear that folk artist Ginny Henson is a wonderful garden planner. ;)

These white roses, variegated tree and rusty iron hearts really caught my eye!

A beautiful vignette right at the entry.

Can't you imagine summer afternoons whiled away on this swing ~ stitching or hooking?!

Barry and Beth Anne collect many of the same things that I do ~ 
stone fruit, treen,

painted toleware. But they have an amazing knack for display!

This is a house worthy of a magazine cover,

Yet at the same time a very comfortable home that you don't want to leave.
(This year, they probably were wondering if Mom and I would ever leave lol! We were the first to arrive and the last to leave ~ we just couldn't help ourselves :) Sorry!)

Oh what stories these object could tell...

The details of the home such a wonderful backdrop of beauty to the amazing collections.

Up these stairs more beauty awaits...

Loved these wooly worms of all my favorite colors looking like artwork in this beautiful cupboard.

Hooked rugs everywhere - so hard to tell if they are antiques or Beth Anne's creations.

A quiet little corner with one of Ginny's sweet birds.

Isn't this chair pad so perfect for this chair?

I will have one more post ~ The Shopping!
And will have a little giveaway for you for joining me on this trip.

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
~Isaiah 40:28

Blessings, Patti

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wheaten Woolens ~ Class with Rebekah L. Smith

These were the two projects that Rebekah offered at Wheaten Woolens.
Mom and I chose the Wooly Thistles Table Rug and Bittersweet Stitching Sister, Kim chose the Wooly Basket.

In person the runner was even more beautiful!
In class we were able to get all of our wool pieces cut out, the linen prepped and started stitching to the linen.

This is how far I got on my project. I haven't been able to pick it up since class, but hope to this weekend.

Kim and tablemate Cyndy, the basket maker, got much farther on their wooly baskets, but of course I forgot to take pictures ~ too distracted by all the fun and shopping!

Me, Mom (Jill Zartler), Kim and Rebekah

There is still more to share from Wheaten Woolens.

He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.
~Isaiah 40:11

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wheaten Woolens ~ The Shop

It was such a pleasure to return to Wheaten Woolens and to be able to share the day with Mom.

The inspiration starts before you even walk in the door!

I loved the sign: "Welcome all Wool Loving Folks"!
That's us! 

Isn't the sign just perfect?

And look at the Summer line-up :)
Very inspirational!

But wait until you see what Beth Anne has done with the shop!
And I thought it was great last year ;)

The antiques are perfect settings for all the wool!

And here are the oh so sweet store namesakes ~
Murphy and Abby the resident Wheaten Terriers.

Are you hyperventilating yet?
I know that Mom and I were!
We were so glad that we arrived early, 
a little shopping before, during and after class lol!

Where to even start?
Beth Anne started designing for wool applique this year 
and her models are even more sweet in person.

Last year I regretted not buying one of the beautiful baskets at the shop.
What a thrill it was when I found out that we were sitting next to the basketmaker in our class, Cyndy Simmons!
It was such a pleasure to get to know the woman behind the baskets.

It wasn't just the wool and the baskets that had me so excited ~ 
there were the stools from Rebekah's new book, aprons made from feedsacks,
and yes, my new favorite Rustic Wool Moire Thread!

I was thrilled to see this big selection, when Beth Anne showed my this...

Oh my stars! Can I go home with a spool of each ;)

It makes you never want to leave...

There is so much more to share.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
~Psalm 91:1-2

Blessings, Patti