Monday, 19 August 2019

August 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.

Here's where I was on Friday morning:

Here's the part I worked on this weekend:

And here's the piece right now:

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

I haven't really done a great deal as I have been using that time slot to stitch something else which I will show you next post.

I have made nice progress on my Summer Holiday Daily Stitch project - Just Nan's Summer Night:

stitched on 28 count Jobelan in Dragon Shades from Polstitches

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.



Finally, the next IHSW will be 20th - 22nd September 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.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

August Gifted Gorgeousness Link-up Post

2019 GG

Welcome to the August 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 July:

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

Here's where I am today:

I finally finished filling in the swathes of cream which make up the Hubland Steppes then stitched a tiny boat to celebrate before moving on to more coastline.  The writing says "NoThingfjord":

Mentioned in The Last Continent, this is Mad's home city. From contextual evidence in The Last Hero, this is a Duchy. The local patron God is called Noddi. A previous ruler who lacked a sense of humour was called Lord Picric. He took this out, somewhat terminally, on his Fool, Gilbert the Stupid, whose many graves around the area, some even in relatively accessible places, are now something of a tourist attraction.

Members of the Silver Horde once, apparently, fought as mercenaries for the Duke of Nothingfjord. The battle took four weeks to complete as the Duchess was working on the tapestry of the battle, and insisted on episodes being replayed until her needlework caught up with the action. This led to Mad Hamish declaring that letting the bloody media anywhere near a decent battlefield is a mistake, and they should be kept well away from the fight.

According to the booklet on exploration supplied with The Discworld Mapp, Nothingfjord was home to a race of sea-rovers who were too polite for their own good, they made appointments to rape and pillage along the coast, then wondered why their victims were never in when they called. Members of this race became great explorers under the inspiration of the Skald Lars Larsnephew, whose huge repertoire of very long sagas would inspire anyone to seek out new lands far away.

Source: L-Space

Good job no-one is holding up a battle waiting for me to finish the Mappe!

The other gifted project I worked on is my Summer Project - Just Nan's Summer Night.  I have divided this into 42 pieces to be stitched over the six week Summer Holiday.  We are currently on day 21.  This is stitched on gifted fabric:

stitched on 28 count Jobelan in Dragon Shades from Polstitches

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 "August 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.




Three postcards have been sent out in the Summer Postcard Blog Hop to:

so make sure you follow their blogs and see who the cards come from.

It's not too late to send your postcard to me if you want to join in!

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Finally Fully Finishing Fun for August

Hosted by Rachel the Ten Hour Stitcher

This new SAL is designed to motivate us all to do something with that box of Finished pieces instead of just storing them under the bed.  We will all be linking up on Rachel's blog on or after the 10th of each month (10 Hour Stitcher - 10th of the month).

I managed two different FFOs this month - one ornie and one scrapbook page.  The ornie was a recent finish and the scrapbook piece rescued from the "Chuck it in a Bag for 20 Years" finishing bag.

The recent finish was a Just Nan design called A Little Joy from the 2002 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Special.  I made it into a padded square ornament with a beaded trim and a ribbon hanger:

Stitched on 28 count Platinum linen
The main design over two and the centre sampler over one

Beaded trim

Backing Fabric

With two Sweetheart Tree recent finishes

The older piece was probably a magazine cover kit from the 1990s.  I have no idea.  I can't think of any other reason for stitching it!

stitched on 14 count aida

I was pleased with the choice of paper and mount.  I wanted the look of an old fashioned living room with the cat asleep on the settee.

I would have FFO'd Summer Typography but Wilkos have discontinued their 6 x 6 inch raw wood box frames.  I was hoping to have a spare one at home but sadly not.  So I will have to buy a white one and paint it.  I want it to co-ordinate with the other three.  Here are some more photos of Summer Typography for those who missed it.

stitched on 32 count Pink linen

Did you spot the word I changed?  Answer at the end of the blog post!


Three postcards have been sent out in the Summer Postcard Blog Hop to:

so make sure you follow their blogs and see who the cards come from.

It's not too late to send your postcard to me if you want to join in!

(The word is Super!  Hope you are having a Super Summer too)

Saturday, 3 August 2019

The People Chose Monochrome

Regular followers will be aware that for over 3 years now I have run a themed SAL on the first Saturday of each month.  First we spent 26 months doing The Alphabet Club and then 12 months of the Zodiac.  Now I have decided to listen to the People and post about your choice of theme.  Each month I ask for suggestions on the blog and then make a poll in the IHSW Facebook Group from those suggestions.

August - Monochrome
September - Bees
October - Cats

Monochrome - a photograph or picture developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one colour.

Something you find quite often in stitching although we usually go for the colour rather than black and white.  A monochrome design can be a fantastic way to use those hand-dyed fabrics and variegated threads.  For many people it's a chance to change colours for the first time without worrying whether they will co-ordinate, unlike a design with a wider range of colours.

My first monochrome was an unintentional stitch.  My Mum had started it but come to a halt, so after a year of not stitching it she offered it to me to finish.  I don't know who the desinger is, it came as a kit from a catalogue

The only issue I had with this was that my Mum stitches her xxx the opposite way to me, so I had to make sure I did the same!

I obviously enjoyed the experience because the next year I started a series of three I call "Blackwork in Purple" - DMC 3041 to be precise.

The first two were bought designs and the final was designed by myself using motifs from a library book of sampler motifs.

This is a nice example of using colour to create some interest in a simple design:

Now, one of the problems with monochrome designs is that they can be a little ... boring?  repetitive?  relentless?  That's how I felt about this design by A Mon Ami Pierre until I hit upon the idea of stitching it each evening while the Small Boy was in the bath!  This post shows the monthly progress photos back in 2014 - November WIPocalypse 2014

A Mon Ami Pierre- Noel Blanc

This worked so well I had another bath-time monochrome finish the following year:

Prairie Moon - Thine is the Trick and the Treat

It's not just samplers that make nice monochrome designs, many designers do some gorgeous silhouettes.  Passione Ricamo does a free fairy every June, of which I have stitched exactly one which I gave away!

I am realising how many designs I could show you!  So I will finish with this one, the fabric caused me no end of issues so I abandoned it and have plans to make a box surround out of what I have stitched so far:

While looking for the photo I found this collage - Orange and Black make a very striking contrast!

Now it's over to you. All you have to do is make a post on the theme of Monochrome, mention The People's Choice SAL (you can copy the picture I used at the top of this post and in my side bar) and my blog. Please link up using the URL of the actual blog post, not the home page of your blog. I look forward to seeing what you all post.



Finally, I need your suggestions for the next poll.  Any thing, no matter how obscure, weird or random will go into the poll.  Keep the theme suggestions to a single word or two - so you could have Cats, or Blue, or Holidays, or Warmth etc.  Really anything which could be illustrated in cross stitch.

Looking forward to reading them all!

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

July Pie, Stitch From Stash and TUSAL

A Three-For-The-Price-Of-One today!

Let's start with Pie:

As you can see I got another two full weeks on the Discworld Mappe which went from here:

to here:

I made some great progress on Marie Suarez's My Lovely Sewing Tools.  From here:

to here:

stitched on 40 count white linen

I finished all the centre block and stitched most of the right hand block, the final one.  Next month I have to complete that and the border then add the embellishments.  Should be on course for a finish next month!


Now on to the TUSAL.  July is a Two-TUSAL month, the Totally Useless SAL created by Daffycat where we all show our ORTS.  Here are mine with three current projects:

You've seen My Lovely Sewing Tools above.  The one on the top left is my current Just Nan small; Butterfly Welcome and the one on the bottom left is the replacement for my 10-a-Day project which I finished last week.

Butterfly Welcome stitched on 28 count Colonial Blue evenweave

stitched on 28 count Jobelan in Dragon Shades from Polstitches

When I completed Summer Typography, the next project should have been Winter in the Square.  I even got the chart and linen out and put it in the project bag.  But then I looked at my WIPocalypse projects and thought it might be better to start one of those instead.  This is a Just Nan sampler called Summer Night.  At approximately 90 x 50 I thought I could average one row of 500 stitches every 5 days.  So I wrote a schedule out and this is the first six day's work, almost all the top 15 rows.  The plan is to complete it in the 42 days of the Summer Holiday.

Finally, let's finish with Stitch from Stash.  We start a new accounting period in the Facebook Group so everything resets to zero again.

JCS Hallowe'en mag£9.50

Probably due to the fact I had to pay for my new glasses so very little spare money this month!