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primitive pals #17
© Copyright 1997 Maria Pahls
Published to the internet
by arrangement with Homespun Peddler.

Fence Post
the fence post
(editor's letter)

dear friends,

as the issues get higher in number they will get better and longer! so be sure to check back to this site often, i hope to add new issues each month around the first.thanks for visiting!

primitively yours,

maria pahls
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miscellaneous letters sent in by readers

cheryl confesses she made the birdhouses in traveling box swap:

"Barb C. wanted to know who made the birdhouse pin that was in the traveling box so I must confess. I have sold so many of them at craft shows! I have also made them with larger hearts and made them into refrigerator magnets. Glad you liked them Barb! I had a great find at a flea market while we were on vacation. I bought 2 quilt tops for $6.50 each and a old chenille bedspread for $1.50. The bedspread was a pale pink when I bought it but I figured "what the heck" for $1.50 if the color doesn't come out no big deal. I bought some Rit brand color remover and tried that but it didn't remove all of the color. Thank goodness for Clorox! Now it's nice and white and ready for me to tea dye!!! My husband thinks I'm nuts!"

debby is working on:

"Right now, I'm working on an angel with antique quilt wings. She's an original design, though based on some dolls I've seen. I made the body 22" long - 3" of head, 3" of legs & feet. The torso is 15" long to accommodate my shoving in a metal garden pick with a star on top - so now, the star is about 6" over her head. She is made of osanburg, and is dressed in homespun. Instead of the mismatched button eyes and ugly bulbous nose I planned, she ended up with a long sculpted nose and a kind of pretty face embroidered with one strand of brown embroidery thread. Now, she is bald and I am in the process of finding the right "head treatment". She doesn't want curly roving. I wish I still had that copper bracelet I wore in High School - I think that's what she needs. I'm looking for some old ribbon or something. I think she still needs SOMETHING else on her head..."

marilyn is working on this:

"I was playing around with pin dolls yesterday...I hope to have them done by the end of the month....I am in another pin swap, and have to make 15 total. I bought a really cute primitive Raggedy Ann is by A Stitch in Time...#146 Love Letters From Andy. It has patterns for two sizes of Annie dolls and a pillow."

twila struck primitive gold!:

" today i went to visit my uncle who has lots of old junk. i came home with lots of neat stuff!! he tore down some old buildings so i got some great rusty corrugated tin roofing, old weathered heavy barn door, some rusty mesh bed spring which i want to use for doll hair. what do you think? my uncle thinks i'm crazy!!now i have to get busy and create!!"

primitive ponderings
questions asked by readers, then replied upon in later issues.

you know you're "into" primitives when....(issue #16)

you know your into primitives when:

Your trees and shrubs are naked as far up as you can reach because you needed the sticks for dolls. ~ cheryl c

You un-pick stitches because they're too neat. ~ rosalee

you find yourself adding brown to any paint color you plan to use. ~ maria

when your policy is "less is more, except when it comes to tea staining". ~ maria

new questions:

joann has a glue question

" I have used a glue gun to add embellishments to my creations and they seem to stick tight until they are bumped or moved around and then the item falls off. It happens to anything from wooden stars and hearts to pinecones and buttons. Are all glues for glue guns created equal??? What do others use? I seem to have good luck with tacky glue, just takes longer to dry secure

karen is getting confused with us all saying ugly all the time about our dolls!:

" I am confused and I am sure it it based on my limited knowledge of primitives. Ladies are sending in descriptions of their swaps, e.g. angels and they talk about beautiful. That makes me nervous as I just finished one of my pin dolls and she isn't beautiful in the classic sense. She is cute and definitely primitive. I wish I could see an example or two Primitives are making me look at material in a new light. I had several pieces that were questionable and after tea-dying, they are going to be great!"
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tips & techniques
highlights of tips sent in by readers
(future issues)
one from karen on hair(issue #15):

use embroidery thread and wrap it around small wire,then spray with fabric stiffener. using a pin ot thumb nail,separate the six threads, it makes cute hair and looks like cork screws.
burlap sack
mail order resources section

Pitter Patter Girls
2630 Clearview Ave.
Mounds View Mn. 55112
(612) 792-0638
Stitchery and doll patterns. The brochure is sketches.

Rose Country
W2828 Thorpe Rd.
Spokane, WA. 99224
(509) 456-7554

Harvest Gatherings
84 Pine St.
Choscton, Ohio 43812
(612) 622-6133
Primitive snowmen, scarecrows, bunnies, angels, cats & dolls.
Book Wormie   book reviews
books of interest

spider web
web sites of members & other sites of interest

poetry and verses to use for samplers etc.
The moon has climb'd the highest hill
Which rises o'er the source of Dee,
And from the eastern summit shed
Her silver light on tower and tree.             John Lowe (1750 - ?): Mary's Dream .

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