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Monday, 24 June 2019

June IHSW


IHSW or International Hermit and Stitch Weekend always starts on the third Friday of the month.  It's a chance to lock yourself away and focus on your stitching for the weekend.  You can take part on your blog or via the Facebook page.  Links at the bottom of this post.

I kicked off the weekend with my Longest Day Marathon where I successfully stitched on every single one of my WIPs - 19 in all.  Here they all are:



For the rest of the weekend I focused on my Discworld Mappe.  I am determined to get 2 weeks every month on this project.

Here's where I was on Friday morning:


Here's the part I worked on this weekend:


And here's the piece right now:


Llamedos is a hilly and permanently rainy country on the main continent. It is the home of druidism and druidical music and lots and lots of cold, exceptionally wet rain (It even has rain mines). It is also home to some dwarf clans, who mine coal in its hills. 
Famous inhabitants include: 
Rhys Rhysson, who would become Low King of the dwarfs 
Imp y Celyn, a.k.a. Buddy, lead singer and guitarist of The Band With Rocks In, during the Music With Rocks In fever in Ankh-Morpork(see Soul Music), 
and Sgt. Dai Dickins, a stalwart in the Glorious Revolution (see Night Watch.) 
Evangelist and explorer Llamedos Jones, reputed to have discovered the Brown Islands, was also a native. 
The main town would appear to be Pant-y-Girdl.

The odd tendency of local placenames to spell strange things backwards in Morporkian does not arise from any jocular attitude on the part of the Llamedosians. They are known as a rather dour and humorless group. The Compleat Discworld Atlas hints that it even rains indoors and books have titles like How Damp Was My Mattress. Sheep do not need to be dipped so much as regularly wrung out, for instance.
Source: L-space


I'm also making steady progress on my evening piece.  This is the project I stitch while The Small Boy is in the bath.  The current project is The Queen of Hearts by Mrs Peggotty.  Here's where she was last IHSW:


And here is where she is now:

stitched on 22 count white hardanger



A few people have said that they don't do Facebook and asked if I could host a link-up for them, so here it is! Just add your name and the link to your actual IHSW post, not just your blog home page.

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The next IHSW will be 19th - 21st July so make sure you note the date in your diary or come and join us in the Facebook Group - IHSW on Facebook. If you don't do Facebook then you can check in here.




Finally, there will be a Summer Blog Hop this year.  We will have an International Theme for the Postcards this year.  Each person emails me a photo of something they have stitched on an International theme which is suitable to send to a fellow stitcher along with a short message of the kind you write on a postcard.   I will forward the photo to another participant who shows it on their blog.  The photo can be anything which fits the International theme, let's see which countries we visit this Summer.   If you'd like to take part then leave a comment or send me an email.

A couple of people have asked "what do you mean by "International"?"

To which I replied "Use your imagination!   If you don't have something which represents a country or an area of the world, how about a mode of transport?  Or something designed by an international designer?  Or gifted by an international friend?   Or stitched on French Navy fabric? LOL!!"

The Hop will run over the whole of the Summer with a few cards going out each week.   Final deadline will be the end of August, just in time for Back to School!




Saturday, 22 June 2019

Longest Day Marathon 2019


This is the fourth year I have attempted my Longest Day Marathon.  This year I was able to stitch on the actual Longest Day itself as it fell on a Friday.  My younger son is at school all day and the older one has just finished his 16+ exams (GCSEs in the UK) and went out with friends for the day.  He usually goes to my parents on a Friday but they are away so my evening stitching was a little truncated compared to previous years while I spent some time with him.

Fortunately I have fewer WIPs this year - down to only 18.  I don't include all my Just Nan ornies that I started for Maynia in this challenge.  That's for another day, maybe the new 24 Hours of Cross Stitch challenge on Facebook and FlossTube?   I'm already taking part in their Letters Challenge.  More of which in another post.

On to the Marathon!  As usual I spent time the day before finding all the projects, charts, fabrics and threads and laying them out on the bed.  Thanks to previous year's Marathons this is a fairly simple task as I put them all away together after the Marathon.

As ever, the first piece to be worked on is my current 10-a-Day project: Just Nan's Summer Typography:

I added the orange centre to the flowers in the top left corner

The Small Boy went off to school and the marathon started in earnest.

9.10am Project 2 Just Nan Butterfly Needlebook side 1:


There was hardly any stitching left, as I am adding the beads and initials after I finish the second side:
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so at 9.25am Project 3  I moved on to the second side of the Needlebook:


I completed the border and added some green vine:


10.00am Project 4 Lavender & Lace Enchanted Alphabet Spooky Conversion:


I gave the existing ghosts eyes and started a fourth ghost:


10.30am Project 5 Lyndisfarne Designs Discworld Mappe:


I filled in the darker green of the landmass:


11.00am Project 6 Chatelaine Designs Gardens of London:


I added some Algerian Eyelets to the inner border:


11.30am Project 7 Nora Corbett Gathering Eggs:


I added the purple ribbon to her skirt:


12.00 noon Project 8 Nora Corbett Raven:


I added some light purple to the left of her dress:


12.30 break for lunch and laundry

1.30pm Project 9 Just Nan A Little Joy:


Another finish!  I wouldn't usually bead on a Marathon day but there were only 16 beads in this.  Hopefully I will FFO it this weekend:


2.00pm Project 10  Kustom Krafts Little Snap Dragon:


Added some blue to his wings.  I love this picture but the stitching reinforces my dislike of computer generated charts, he is so pixellated:


2.30pm Project 11 Joan Elliott Faces:


Added some blue ribbon:


3.00pm Project 12 Scarlet Letter English Transitional Sampler:


Added some Holbein, got visited by a frog, restitched the Holbein!


3.30pm Project 13 Papillon Around the World in 80 Stitches:


Added green border:


4.00pm Project 14 Yiota Coffee Fairy:


Added more yellow in the coffee cup.  Another CGI chart:


4.30pm Project 15 Samplermakers Spring Sampler:


Started the second tree.  Those trees are the reason this is currently a UFO:


5.00pm Project 16 Marie Suarez My Lovely Sewing Tools:


Added some of the cream border.  This will be my focus once I have completed 14 days of Discworld this month:


5.30pm break for Teatime

7.00pm Project 17 Craft Collection Art Nouveau Head:


Added some brown at the top:


7.30pm Small Boy wants to run around the garden for a while.

8.00pm Project 18 Ernie Bishop NOEL Letters:


Finished the O:

8.30pm break to wash-up and spend time with the Large Boy.

10.00pm Project 19 Mrs Peggotty's Queen of Hearts:


10.30pm filled in some of the blue stripes:


And so to bed!

Previous years -

2018 - stitched 26 projects

2017 - stitched 24 projects
2016 - stitched 21 projects

It's good that I have managed to get my WIPs down to less than 20.  This is my plan going forwards, to only start new projects when I have completed an older one.  Other than the monthly Ornaments of course.

Thanks to everyone who joined in on Facebook, whether you stitched or just watched. It was fun to see all the "likes" over the course of the day.


Finally, here's a little video clip of me talking about my set-up:


Saturday, 15 June 2019

June Gifted Gorgeousness Link-up Post

2019 GG


Welcome to the June Gifted Gorgeousness link-up.  The link-up date continues to be the 15th and I will keep the link-up open until the end of each month so you have plenty of time if you are late posting.

The format remains exactly the same, there is a list of rules on the main sign-up page if you want to check what is required but basically anything connected to the word "gift" is allowed, whether it was a gift TO you or is a gift FROM you.


My main project for Gifted Gorgeousness has been my Discworld Mappe by Lyndisfarne Designs, which will be a gift for my son.  This is where I left off last GG post:


This is where it was at the end of May:


Here is the portion I have been working on this week:



Turnwise Ocean
Like other worlds, even nearly spherical ones, the Discworld has only one ocean.  Like ours, however, it is divided into arbitrary bits for easy reference.  Also like ours, these arbitrary bits are defined according to the viewpoint of those drawing the maps.  The three contiguous continents (arbitrarily defined themselves) divide the ocean into two main areas, and that attached to the Circle Sea (the people drawing the maps) is further divided into the Rim Ocean, the area nearest them, and the Turnwise Ocean. The far side of the Disc is known as the Widdershins Ocean.

The Turnwise Ocean extends from about Hergen and the Brown Islands to the Counterweight Continent. It includes the island of Mithos and the be Trobi Islands, with Gonim, Whale Bay and Ecalpon hubwards.

Trob is an island mentioned in The Colour of Magic whose sailors sometimes visit the Counterweight Continent. The beTrobi people are fairly simple and speak in metaphors. With words like Awayawa, Orohai and Raruaruaha, beTrobi seems to be linguistically very similar to the South Sea Islands of Roundworld, also known as Polynesia.

Brown Islands - The natives speak a complex language and once worshipped an inn-sewer-ants polly-sea that fell from a high thermal into a bush from the smoking remains of Ankh-Morpork in The Colour of Magic. The strange (is anything strange when dealing with gods?) thing is that they have received surplus rainfall and a rich crop. The research team sent from Unseen University reported that "it only goes to show".

Source:L-Space



Here's where I am today:




Other gifted projects include my Butterfly Needlebook by Just Nan which is stitched on gifted fabric:

stitched on hand-dyed 28 count pink evenweave



Now it is your turn to show us your Gifted Gorgeousness for the month.  Please use your name or your blog name in the field and NOT the words "June Update" so I can easily see who has linked up this month.  And link to the actual post, not just your blog.  It is easier if you copy and paste the link, rather than typing freehand.

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Finally, there will be a Summer Blog Hop this year.  We will have an International Theme for the Postcards this year.  Each person emails me a photo of something they have stitched on an International theme which is suitable to send to a fellow stitcher along with a short message of the kind you write on a postcard.  I will forward the photo to another participant who shows it on their blog.  The photo can be anything which fits the International theme, let's see which countries we visit this Summer.  If you'd like to take part then leave a comment or send me an email.

A couple of people have asked "what do you mean by "International"?"

To which I replied "Use your imagination!  If you don't have something which represents a country or an area of the world, how about a mode of transport?  Or something designed by an international designer?  Or gifted by an international friend?  Or stitched on French Navy fabric? LOL!!"

The Hop will run over the whole of the Summer with a few cards going out each week.  Final deadline will be the end of August, just in time for Back to School!