Applique for the Holidays

The barns and workrooms are knee-deep in materials and projects. We’re  busy getting ready for the Open House December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  Here’s a peak at what we’re up to.

Wool Feather Trees

Wool Feather Trees

Wool Feather Trees and Kits to make them will be a fun new item.

 

Two new appliqué  tree skirts or mats to use during the upcoming season. These are my first appliqué designs and were very popular during the wool feather tree classes.

 

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                         105 Colors of Rustic Moire Wool Thread

Have you seen the new, wool thread from Spain? It’s great for appliqué and punch needle. Choose your favorite colors from the vintage, general store thread displays.

Beautiful colors - a new kind of wool addiction.

Beautiful colors – a new kind of wool addiction.

 

 

Boughs of Holly Design by Maggie Bonanomi

Boughs of Holly Design by Maggie Bonanomi

Three of Maggie Bonanomi’s  new designs  have been kitted for you  with Wheaten Woolens own dyed wool. Boughs of Holly and Warm Autumn Days are ready. I hope to have her new Christmas one done also. It has been heavenly, using the new wool threads to make these appliqué projects. The threads are available separately or choose your own colors.

 

Ginny and I have been busy making beautiful, finished items for you, too . I can’t wait to see the new animal ornaments and vintage bobbins  on the Fresh Christmas tree this season.

 

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Open House
December 2nd 4-8
December 3rd 10-4
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We hope you can come and bring your friends.

To the magic barn – a place where friendships bloom!

 

 

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Open House is Nearly Here

So little time and so much to do. Hmmmm.

As a small business owner I try to do everything myself. By day, I teach first grade at a lovely school nearby. By night and weekends I focus on my rug hooking studio and family.

In order to spend time with family this Thanksgiving and get ready for the Open House I am adjusting my upcoming hours.

Saturday, November 19th – Closing Early @ 2:00 to attend a family Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 26th – Closed 

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Holiday Open House

            Featuring folk art by Ginny Henson

Friday, December 2nd  from  4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 3rd  from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 4th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Open House is in December

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Dont be worried!

Dont be fretting!

The Open House isn’t until December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

Ginny Henson, a wonderful folk artist will be joining me again with her antiques, topiaries, appliqué and reproduction line of stuffed animals.

Applique is starting to find a home in the barn. Have you heard of the new line of wool thread, Rustic Moire Wool Thread, from Spain. There are currently fifty colors in stock. It is thicker than other threads used for punch needle or appliqué. The single stranded thread comes on spools and is 88 yards long.

if you haven’t been to the barn recently, won’t you consider coming for the Open House?

Beth Anne & Ginny

Wool Feather Tree Class

                   Wow! What a quick response I have gotten on this class.

         This class has been such a success that I have added an additional class, the same weekend.

        The second class will be on Sunday, November 13th, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

         Both classes include the materials needed to make the tree and a light lunch of soup and dessert.

        You will get to choose between several great wools and a couple of  turned bases.

         You will go home with the working knowledge to finish your tree.

                  Please bring:   

  • Good sewing scissors are a must, for cutting the wool. 
  • Also, if you have these tools at home, bring a pair of wire cutters and needle nose pliers to bend the wire. We will share these tools during class. 
  • Your favorite beverage. Bottled water will be available.
  • We will be working with glue so dress casually.

Register with Beth Anne by calling 563-210-1587 or email bethannesmiley@gmail.com

          

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Wool Feather Tree Class & Holiday Open House

img_0738Have you ever seen the antique German feather trees? They were made of dyed -green  goose feathers. Today we have reproduction ones available like the white one that was offered at my Holiday Open House.

Now, we can create them with wool like the two examples above.

Join me for a relaxing day in the magic barn. Where friendships are made!

Wool Feather Tree Class

  • When- Friday, November 11th
  • Time –  10a.m. – 3p.m.
  • Cost –  $50
  • includes wool, wood base, and other materials to complete an 18″ wool feather tree.
  • choice of wool from the studio
  • light lunch of soup and dessert 
  • Pre-Register – bethannesmiley@gmail.com or
  • call 563-210-1587

 

                                       Holiday Open House is Coming Up Soon.

Once again Ginny Henson and I will be joining forces to offer you a nice selection of finished folk-art, antiques, topiaries, reproduction animals and holiday items. We hope you can join us in the barn for a glass of wine and friendly conversation.

 

 Holiday Open House At Wheaten Woolens
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  Friday, December 2nd –

4p.m. – 8p.m.

Saturday, December 3rd

10a.m. – 4p.m.

Sunday, December 4th

11a.m. – 3p.m.

 

Applique Pillow Class with Ginny Henson

Wool Applique Pillow Class with Ginny Henson

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Ginny is a wonderful folk artist who is well-known for reproducing antique stuffed animals, creating one of a kind angels and growing topiaries. You may know Ginny because she and I have done several Open Houses and Antique Shows together.

She will teach you how to make this wool appliqué pillow. The design features a yellow ware bowl with flowers, surrounded by a braided border. Come and learn from one of the best! Classes are being held in Wheaten Woolens 1860 stone barn.

 

When:   October 28th or 29th,  2016

Where:     Wheaten Woolens  –   2200 Telegraph Rd.     Davenport, Iowa 

Time: 9am – 4pm    

Cost:     $95   Includes wool, needles, thread, lunch and instruction. 

Register by :  E-Mail –bethannesmiley@gmail.com   or

Call – Beth Anne @ 563-210-1587

Class Fee is due @ registration – Checks Only

Dreams, Where Might They Lead?

 

IMG_1296As a young newly wed I loved to collect country magazines. I studied them religiously to learn about antiques and decorating. Then we started collecting a few primitive antiques for our small bungalow. That was also about the time I new I wanted to learn to hook rugs.

Our favorite houses in these magazines were always the stone ones. We saw wonderful old stone buildings during our travels in Galena, Illinois and in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. But there were very few stone houses where we lived.

One Saturday morning as I was getting ready for work I noticed that there was an Open House being held at an old stone farm house. This property was across the river from where we lived. It had two acres of land and a stone barn and wood barn. As I set off for work my husband went to look at the property. He arrived at my workplace later that day to announce he had bought the property without going inside.

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We are still living on our dream property. The barn which had a dirt floor and stairs to the hay loft has evolved from its original use for cows, to a carpenter workshop for my husband  and now the home of my rug hooking business – Wheaten Woolens.

The dream keeps evolving as I build my small business. I am open on Saturdays and by appointment as I continue to teach elementary school during the week. Twice a year I venture out to a Hook-In to be a vendor.  During the summer months I bring teachers into the studio to teach classes.

 

WorkshopCollage_WW_2015Last year,  I was very lucky to be the first person to contact Rebekah L. Smith to  teach a class outside  of Ohio. She was relatively unknown then because her first book became available the week before the class.

What a difference a year makes. Rebekah’s book has been reprinted and she’s writing a second one. She is traveling to Iowa, Texas and California to teach classes as well as in her home state.

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Many wonderful ladies attended her workshop this past June. If you would like to learn more about the class, my home and my studio please read Patti’s blog  –http://windingvine.blogspot.com  June 2016.

Have a great summer,

Beth Anne

 

 

 

 

Open House Update

OH, MY!            OH, MY !            The time is near!image

The time is near for Rebekah’s workshops and my Open House.

My husband has made a nice screen system for the garage and I’m busy cleaning up the sawdust and putting everything in its place. The air conditioning will be on, but with 100 degree temperatures I would dress for a hot day.

 

 

Screen system in front of doors.

Screen system in front of  doors.

Screen system with a simple seen door that you push open.

Screen system with a simple screen door that you push open

 

 

 

 

 

If you find you have to park far away, let us know.  IMG_1277

A ride up / down the hill or over the valley is available.   Call Beth Anne 563-210-1587 and she’ll send her Jeep to pick you up.

Moving the Studio for Classes

 

I thought I would give you a look at what it takes for me to get ready for the events that are coming up.

My barn in winter time.

My studio is in our 1860 stone barn. Up until four years ago my husband used it as his workshop. Then I came home from a rug hooking camp with the news that I was thinking of becoming a rug hooking teacher.

The studio in the early days.

The studio in the early days.

In the early days I didn’t have a lot of wool or furniture in the barn.

 

Radish Magazine Photo I'm wearing a hooked flower pin.

Radish Magazine Photo
I’m wearing a hooked flower pin.

These days  I have lots of wool and cupboards. So all the wool cupboards have to be moved into the next building. Lucky for me, over 100 years ago someone moved the wood barn right next to the stone barn.

My husband working on my new studio.

My husband working on my studio.

Today the studio is almost this empty waiting for me to fill it up with tables and chairs for the workshop. Barry, my husband is hanging lights in the newest area  and painted the floor. His next job is to make some screens  to put up in place of the garage door. My friend Deb and Chris helped me move all the cupboards full of wool. To my surprise we didn’t have to empty the cupboards first. I was sure when the cupboards were turned on their sides that we would lose some of the wool. What a time saver.

Set up for Rebekah's class 2015

Set up for Rebekah’s class 2015

I have a few days before the big event. I am open tomorrow so i need to finish putting the new display area together.

Rebekah’s classes are full this year, but she’ll be coming back next year. class time is 9-4.

There is also an Open House both afternoons from 1-5

Come visit and see what happens at the barn.

Beth Anne