Thursday, 21 April 2011
IHSW weekend and a new letter
Last weekend was an IHSW (International Hermit and Stitch Weekend), see Random Ramblings for more details. Since the birth of the small boy I have no social life so every weekend is a Hermitage for me! Anyway I started my 4th project in my 11 in '11, it's very Rolf Harris* at the moment. There's about a week's worth of evening stitching here (2 hours an evening). Hopefully it will get more interesting soon.
The other project I'm working on during the day is the cover kit from WOCS which is a flower fairy. A certain friend of mine who shall be nameless called Hannah was on the Reader's panel this month and described it as "a nice quick stitch". It is not nice and it is not quick! The threads were horrendous to sort out, so many shades of brown, beige and peach. Luckily they had given the DMC numbers so I was able to compare them with the colours in my stash, otherwise I would have mislabelled at least 6 of them! It's been a tricky stitch too but does look nice. I have an idea for framing in one of my favourite box frames and look forward to posting it here.
The next part of The Dark Alphabet is out this week, D is for Devil. A Note of Friendship have chosen a spinning monkey to represent the devil. Apparently this was used in Dutch samplers, they say "A "spinning monkey" is an iconic representation of the Devil, standing for folly, laziness, lechery, and vanity. His punishment is that he will be turned into thread." So there you are, educational as well! The pinning is an in a spinning thread on a staff not spinning round in a circle getting dizzy a la small boy. This letter features a stitch called "Detached Buttonhole Stitch" which looks suitably fiendish to stitch. I think I will wait to see someone else's stitcher version before attempting this letter. I have stitched A and B and they are proudly displayed on ANOF's gallery. I've started C is for Coven but put it aside to keep my Cover Kit Resolution for April.
* Can you tell what it is yet?