Monday, 22 February 2021

February 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 - IHSW on Facebook.

Having completed my WIPGO choice on Thursday, I decided to dedicate IHSW to Number 6 on my board which was called and worked on in January.  I knew I could finish it this month.

Here is the Spring Sampler started back in 2012 when I joined a forum called Samplermakers.  They gave us a selection of motifs to arrange into a sampler.  I charted it out and started stitching, got the fence, the plant pot and the right hand tree done and there it stopped.  I just stalled on the left hand mirrored tree.  I pick it up every Longest Day Marathon and work a little bit on it.  I decided this year that it really needed to be off the list and completed.  Voila!

stitched on 28 count Slightly Lilac evenweave from Sparklies

The year was easy to update, I'd charted it for 2012 so all I had to do was swap around the 1 and 2 and make 2021!

Hoping it will fit a standard frame and I can display it this Spring.

I used the Tiny Decision app to decide what to stitch next and Gathering Eggs came up.  Started back in 2017 but never a real focus piece so on the list for this year.  I completed the girl herself and now just have the background to do.

stitched on 35 count Vintage Country Mocha linen

I decided to stitch the background in just one strand so the figure stands out more.  2 strands is quite dense on 35 count but the coverage is fabulous.  I'm going to work on her until the end of the month.

I started a new bath-time project, another ornament from the Gift of Stitching magazine series.  This one is Quaker Diamond Noel from November 2009, another Rosewood Manor design.  I have completely changed the colour scheme so it co-ordinates with my other ornaments.

stitched on 32 count Reed Green linen

There will be some bright red and some gold beads added as well as these two greens.

Finally, the next IHSW will be 19th - 21st March 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 by leaving a comment on my post.


Kaisievic said...

Congrats on your happy dance, your sampler came up beautifully and I do love the fabric that you used. Gathering eggs has really progressed since I saw her last - she is so very pretty.

The Liberal Lady Kay said...

I thank you for I have enjoyed the IHSW for at least a year now, probably longer, LOL. I wish I could be as creative and dedicated as you are!! Thanks!!

Barb said...

I think the girl in Gathering Eggs is so pretty! What a lovely design!

BeingBored89 said...

I love the little peacock in the Spring sampler! And the colors of the girl's dress are so pretty! Can't wait to see that one completed with the background!

Christine said...

Well done on the sampler finish!

Sheryl said...

I like the colours of the Spring Sampler, you must be pleased to see it finished and I adore the Gathering Eggs design, so pretty. - You always find the most unusual fabrics to stitch upon.

Mary's Thread said...

I love Gathering Eggs. That is just such a sweet picture. Your Spring Sampler is cute too!

Mary said...

All you had to do was reverse the 12 for 21!! Such a pretty finish. My favorite is the girl gathering eggs, that is just such a sweet stitch.

Carol said...

Love seeing your progress on Gathering Eggs, Jo! Such pretty colors in that one and I think the idea of using just one strand for the background will be perfect. Hope you can finish her this year :)

Tiffstitch said...

Great finish! And so nice to have an older WIP complete. Love the ones you're working on now too.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

How satisfying to complete an older project. I like your colour options for the Rosewood Christmas ornaments that you are stitching.

Leonore Winterer said...

What a productive weekend you had! That sampler is a spectacular finish, and I'm sure Gathering Eggs will join it soon.

Astrids dragon said...

A lovely finish for spring, an oldie but a goodie!
Gathering Eggs is so cute, hopefully it won't take you long since you've made the background easier to finish.