I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Monday, February 20, 2012

IHSW: A Happy Dance That's Been Almost 10 Years in the Making

Hey Blog Buddies,

I did it--worked diligently during International Hermit & Stitch Weekend (IHSW), and  I put the final stitches in yesterday!  If you're a regular reader of this blog, you are probably tired of seeing her face by now--not, however, as tired as I was of putting my painfully slow progress out there.  So here she is, the Uptown Stitcher by Libby Sturdy:

She is now all dolled up
and ready for her first shopping expedition!

I was fretting the most about how I was
going to do the trim on the hat.
Well, the netting for the lace went on fine,
and the instructions for the flowers
were simply to make loops of different sizes.
So I did.
Didn't really have to frog anything
while I was doing it.
(Notice that she has earrings to match her necklace.)

Her @#%^& shopping bag
was another story, however.
I said I wasn't going to redo it, but it was
just bothering me too much to leave it alone.
I can't say that I'm pleased with my third attempt,
just that I dislike it less than the other two.
I'm not going to bore you with what is wrong with it
that I can't seem to fix after three tries.

I put cording around the body of the purse
because some canvas threads were showing
where I plunged the unwoven threads
attached to the purse into the main canvas.
I think that part turned out well.

And to treat myself for finally finishing
the old biddy the lovely lady,
I started a new project:

This is the first square from
Rainforest Revisited by Needle Delights Originals.
One down, 31 more to go!
This project should cause me
a lot less grief than Ms. Uptown Stitcher!
It's the companion piece to
Rainforest Crunch, which I stitched last year.

A big thanks to Joyce for hosting the IHSW!
To see the progress of all the other participants,
go to her blog for all the links.

Happy blog hopping
and thanks, as always, for visiting!


Ruth said...

Well done on the finsh she is lovely and I think a treat was definitely in order.

cucki said...

she is so sweet.. a big well done deary..
hugs and love..
she is so cute..
happy cucki too :)

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

She is beautiful with all the details added. Congrats on a job well done :)

Lelia said...

congrats on finishing your
lovely shopping lady.

job well done

Sarah said...

Wow, congratulations on the finish! I love her three-dimensional look and her fascinator is just wonderful. Rainforest looks great, I really need to try out some canvas work this year!

Heidi said...

A finish for a hermit weekend sounds like bliss and your old biddy is just too cute! Congratulations. It is fun going around visiting other hermits as I am finding new blogs.

Hugs from Holland ~

Happy Baker said...

Only you see the mistakes to us Ms. Uptown is a splendid piece of art!!! A job well done on your part...again my inspiration. J

Kate said...

Congratulations, she is really cute! Your new start looks to be lovely!!

Beth Pearce said...

Congratulations on your finish! There are so many cool stitching types in that piece, I could look at it a dozen times and still see some new ones - lotsa great work! I love the new piece as well. You needlepointer are going to ge me back in that came soon!

Carla said...

Congrats on your finish!! I think you did a really good job!!
Can't wait to see more of your new start :)

Anne said...

She's looking pretty fantastic!!

TammyK said...

Congrats on the finish, she's soooo cute!

Stitching Noni said...

I love the way that your shopping lady is finished - she is stunning! Well done on the fabulous finish ;0)

♥ Nia said...

Wow! Your stitcher looks fabulous :D Great work!! :)

Meari said...

Uptown Stitcher turned out so adorable! You did a great job. I don't see anything wrong with her bag either. Kudos.

Joysze said...

ROFLMAO.... "Old biddy...." that cracked me up! Hehehe.

Now.... SHE LOOKS AMAZING!!!! Congrats on your finish. I love her lace, I love her stitching bag. Well done... you must be SO pleased. :D

Love your new project too, I keep telling myself that one of these days I wanna do a Needle Delights. :D Till then, I'm going to live vicariously through you. :D

geeky Heather said...

WOO HOOO!!! Major congratulations on finishing her! There's a lot of work there. I love the flowers on her hat!

Shaunterria Owens said...

Your shopping lady was worth all that effort - she looks incredible. Congratulations on your well-deserved finish!

Mangogirl said...

beautiful stitching :D said...

Your sweet lady is mistakes anywhere I can see!!!
You deserve a new porject. Can't wait to see this one...loved Rainforest #1. Beautiful work.

Maureen said...

Oh congrats on the finish. Your rainforest piece looks interesting...looking forward to seeing progress on it.