Threads by Doreen Frost

Stop by for a cup of cocoa with me. We will share a visit, chat about what I am working on, whats on my frame, life in Vermont, cook, laugh, share & ENJOY. :)~ I am a maker of punch needle embroidery patterns and finished pieces as well as folk art dolls, MOHAIR BEARS and ANIMALS :)

~Glad Tidings. Thank you all so very much for stopping by today.~

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Olde Salem Sturbridge Workshop

 A gusty wind howls as it hurls wet leaves of yellow & orange against our window panes.  The sun peeks through low dark clouds and glistens off the frosty landscape and mingles with billowing smoke from our chimneys.  Autumn has arrived!!!  Greetings my friends.  Twas a mere 34* here in Vermont this morning as I stepped out on to the porch with my morning coffee cloaked in my thick woolen socks & cozy sweater.  It was wonderful.  Presently, a fire burns in the woodstove and James Taylor plays on Pandora while the little man (our sweet Kurt Evan) and Oliver James snooze contentedly nearby.  I wanted to pop in while the "boys" sleep and share photo's of our first Autumn workshop of 2018.  
What an absolutely enjoyable time we all had.  This workshop was my first weekend workshop and  Stephanie and I couldn't have asked for a nicer group of ladies to join us.   Oh goodness, we had a wonderful time.  We punched, stitched, laughed, ate and reminisced.  Twas perfect!

Everyone's "Olde Salems" were absolutely adorable and the ladies were oh so pleased with them which just made my year.   It's funny how each one had it's own personality even though they were made from the same pattern. I love when that always amazes me.

I'm in the process of adapting the pattern (and making a few changes that I think will make him even cuter!!) to be released soon.  I will also have a limited number of complete kits for these fellows!!!

Okay..I can hear the little man stirring so I must run.  :)

Until next time ~ wishing you joy, Doreen

Monday, October 1, 2018


O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.  Robert Frost

**IS CASE YOU'RE WONDERING....This is Esmeralda Frostbottom….she's coming soon :)

Until next time, Wishing you a joy filled and wonderful first day of October ~ Doreen

Saturday, September 29, 2018

A couple little changes.

MY GOODNESS, can you believe September is drawing to a close???  I certainly can't!!! It is truly crazy, how fast this month flew by.  It was a flurry of appointments, gramma baby sitting time and filling's truly all a blur!! :)

Therefore, IN AN EFFORT to find time for...well, ANYTHING...haha...I am making a couple of small changes. These changes will make things much easier on me and allow for more creative time.  

#1......I will no longer be selling punch needle supplies such as weavers cloth, Cameo needles, hoops, frames, floss & thread. 
...Keeping up with the constant ordering/tracking/selling/shipping of these supplies is so very time consuming and taking this duty out of my daily schedule will free up a LOT of time for me. AS ALWAYS,  I WILL SHARE with all of you where you may purchase these products yourself.   

#2...I have reduced my Blackened Beeswax offerings to just a few pieces.  Things I can make quickly and easily.  This too, will free up a LOT of time for me. 

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and hope you understand.

KITS....I will soon be offering a **LIMITED NUMBER** of full kits for all of my new designs. :)


I will be ADDING candles and tarts, made by my daughter, to the site, this holiday season.

SO..that's it. 

 Whew...I feel better already!!! 
 Now..on to the most wonderful time of the year!  
Love and hugs, Doreen

Thursday, September 13, 2018

~Year Of The Pumpkin~


 At least it is at The Frost household. My goodness our pumpkin patch is amazing this year.  Mother Nature can be trying at times as she put us through hell with her hot, humid, unbearable days however, she has seen fit to reward us with the nicest pumpkin patch we've ever had.  This particular pumpkin is my favorite.  LOOK at those ridges..she's gorgeous!  And her color, oh my goodness I love all the variations of green!  She seems to be staying green too although, when I was in the pumpkin patch this morning giving everyone a roll over to avoid rot, she is turning orange underneath, which is baffling but as I said before "mother nature" :).

We are trying to hold off picking them but it is getting harder and harder not to!  We also have some gooseneck gourds growing in the patch as well. 

Autumn...she is slowly making her way to Vermont :)

She's a bit orange underneath :)
Here are a few other garden shots and a shot of my end of Summer/early Autumn window boxes. I'll be changing everything over to Autumn very soon! 

           Here she is in all her glory ~ Isn't she just the PERFECT Cinderella Pumpkin :)  I just LOVE HER!!!!!

 I'm off now to stuff my punched pillows and then I'm on Mimi duty this afternoon.

Until tomorrow ~ wishing you joy, Doreen


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Olde Salem Cat & Jax ~ Coming Soon

Goode day my lovely friends.  I hope this greeting finds you well and enjoying these wonderful first days of September.  I have a few minutes while the little man is sleeping so I thought I would pop in and get back to the business of blogging.  It has taken me a couple of weeks, of watching my little boogie bear, but I think I've gotten into a flow and can do a bit of work while he is napping. The first few days he was here, I didn't want to put him down!  I wanted to soak up every ounce of his wonderfulness and learn his little quirks, likes and dislikes so I could feel comfortable in knowing his wants and needs. Hence, I would be able to do a smidge of work, albeit in drips and drabs, while he was here.  I still don't want to put him down of course, but we do what we must. :)

…..I've been working away filling orders, answering emails and punching on the days little man is not here and it's been going quite well.  I've been keeping up with everything except posting and chatting on social media and here on my blog.  I've been remise with both but now that we've established a ltitle bit of a routine, I'm hoping to get back to my chatty self..hope you don't (and won't) mind.

Pictured here is my latest design ~ Olde Salem Cat & Jax..they are finished and are awaiting their wool stuffing so they may be pillows!!!  I LOVE them both.   I am hoping to have them stuffed and their pattern written and ready by Friday.  This will be a double pattern meaning both designs will be in one pattern :)  Something fun and different.

Okay, we are approaching noon, which is when the little man is due to eat again, so I shall have to end this.  I want to do a ltitle dinner prep before he's calling me.  Tonight...Grilled steak, oven fries and garden salad..mmmm.

Until tomorrow ~ Wishing you a joy filled day, Doreen

Monday, August 13, 2018

~August Days~

Goode day my friends.  I hope you are all well and enjoying all that August has to offer.  We certainly are.  Our local carnivals and county fairs have begun ~ my favorite thing about this month!!!  Another wonderful thing August holds, garden abundance.  Ours is doing wonderfully and oh my goodness, the pumpkin patch is enormous this year.  I can not wait to see how many wonderful pumpkins we gather at months end!!

It is still quite warm here in Vermont but Mother Nature is definitely sharing a few hints of Autumn with us.  The breezes feel lovely and hold a soft Autumn coolness.   The birds are singing their "preparing for Winter" songs,  (you may find it crazy but I swear their songs change this time of year) the fruiting tree's and berries are loaded this year and the smell of their ripening is heavenly.    Our apple tree's are actually bending under the weight of the abundance of apples this year.  Each day squirrels can be found in the larger of the two trees in our back yard, shaking the branches and gathering the apples.  Something Mark nor I had any idea they did.  We've never, in our many years, seen squirrels gathering apples!!!  I hear this Winter, weather-wise, will be a repeat of last Winter...OH I DO HOPE SO!!

All of this anticipation is SO exciting!!  I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!!

I'm in high gear, creatively, at this time of year and thankfully, Stephanie, my dear sister-in-law and wonderful sample puncher is quick to bring all of my sketches to life!!!  These are just a few of my new designs.

The two Olde Salem Cat & Jax designs will be available soon. I am still working on the larger one, shown below, but just as soon as I have it finished I will be offering the pattern.

The Olde Autumn Pumpkin, shown above, is this month design for my 2018 PN club.  It will be a hanging door pocket to hold some lovely Autumn dried florals.  :)


~My first Winter design/pattern of 2018, NOELLE, is ready!!!  Yes, I realize I am offering Winter before Autumn but she is ready and insisted on making her debut. :)  You can find her patterns (with options) on my website or you can purchase the instant pattern in my Etsy shop.  Links are in the column to the left.

That's it for today. Wishing you a JOY ~ Doreen

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


There is something about this time of year that makes me chatty.  I begin to daydream about sitting  on the front porch, mug of coffee in my hand, crisp Autumn leaves whirling past on a slightly chilly breeze, with a goode companion and while away the hours.  Though it is still hot here in Vermont, I know what's' coming and it excites me and I  want to share that goodeness, (yes, I know that is "misspelled) and all that it holds, with all of you.  

Therefore, I have decided to start blogging again!!  I've missed it!!  I've a lot to do before this blog is fully "decorated" but I've made a goode start and I LIKE it!  I hope you'll take the a moment, to stop by from time to time, and say hello. :)

Until next time ~ hugs to all of you, Doreen

Christmas Breakfast Recipes From Entertaining With Beth ~ My favorite foodie.

Beth La Manch is my FAVORITE food person.  I think 75% of my recipes come from her youtube channel Entertaining With Beth. I've loved her from the very beginning of her channel and am a very HAPPY subscriber to her subscription box.  Oh the goodies you receive.  I'll be sharing favorite recipes here, on my blog so I thought I would start out with this video which features some of my favorites of hers. In this one it's the pecan sticky buns and hot chocolate with gingerbread whipped cream!!!  


Until next time, Doreen