Monday 19 February 2024

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.

This year I am trying something different for IHSW - an A-Z Challenge!  These usually take place in April and people stitch one letter every day except Sunday.  I don't want to swap projects daily so thought I could do 2 or 3 letters per IHSW instead.  

February is C and D.  I usually work Fridays so don't include that in my Hermit Weekend but as luck would have it, I worked earlier in the week because of the annual stocktake.

So for Friday I stuck with my Focus Piece which begins with a C - Cricket Collection Spring.

I went from here:

to here:

stitched on 32 count Marie's Daffodil from Chromatic Alchemy

On Saturday I looked at my spreadsheet and decided that Coffee Fairy from Yiotas XStitch would be my project for the day.  This was a kit that was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.  The design is full coverage but a huge amount is background so I decided to use this piece of mad fabric and omit the background.

Here's a really bad photo of where I started from:

And here's where I finished and a much more accurate photo of the fabric:

stitched on 28 count Monarch evenweave from Sparklies

For Sunday there was only one D - Bothy Threads 12 Days of Christmas, this is where I left off last month when it was B:

to here:

stitched on 32 count grey linen

I also managed to squeeze in 7 more leaves for my Temperature SAL from The Steady Thread:

stitched on 28 count Meadow Mist linen from Silkweavers

A new high of 17 degrees and yellow for the first time.

Next month I have a choice of 2 projects for E and 3 for F.  Although that might change when my WIPGO numbers are called.

As a general rule, I want to choose the oldest project for each letter.

Finally the next IHSW will be 15th - 17th 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.


Mary said...

Beautiful stitching. I love the Bothy Threads wip; the colors are gorgeous. I can't wait to see more progress on Coffee Fairy.

Katie said...

Beautiful progress on everything.

Clare-Aimetu said...

I really enjoy seeing your projects grow, your temperature tree looks lovely

Rachel said...

Another successful IHSW and... wow... mad fabric indeed! I hope the Coffee Fairy doesn't get too lost in the background.

Carol said...

Wonderful progress on all, Jo! I can hardly wait to see the next installment of progress on 12 Days :)

butterfly said...

Love all you WIPs great stitching , have fun. Hugs June.

Leonore Winterer said...

I think Coffee Fairy enjoyed the attention - that finished picture looks great, I love the fabric and the colour transitions look very smooth for a full coverage. I'm guessing with the background removed, she's not actually a massive project?