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

Monday, March 19, 2012

March IHSW: Another Finish!

Hey Blog Buddies and Fellow Hermitters,

The weather in the Chicago area this weekend hasn't been conducive to staying inside and stitching (day after day of 80+ degrees and sun in March!), but I did get in a few hours here and there--enough to finish the small project I started a week ago:  "I Stitch..." by Calico Crossroads.  This was a freebie chart that I must have had for quite some time, because the copyright on it is 1997!  That doesn't necessarily mean I acquired it in 1997, but still.  When I ran across it, I thought the tongue-in-cheek saying on the chart was a hoot:  "I stitch.  Therefore I am."  Don't know why I hadn't stitched it ages ago!   I put it on my list for this year so it wouldn't fall through the cracks again.  (I am much more focused with a list!)  So here is my finish-finish of "I Stitch..."

Sorry for the bad lighting.
I never seem to finish things in the middle of the day--
only after the sun goes down.

A few close-ups may give you the idea...

Yes, that is a real needle in there,
threaded through the backstitching.
I had to sacrifice one of my petite No. 26's
for this project.

The row just under the THEREFORE is
eyelets backstitched with two strands of contrasting floss,
followed by Smyrna crosses outlined in ecru.

There are beads embedded in large crosses
in both the top and bottom bands.
The suggested finishing as a bellpull
is a little retro, but it did appeal to me
because I could do that myself fairly quickly.

If you want to check out
what the other hermitters have been up to,
go to Joyce's blog for the links.

Hope your weekend was as lovely
as it was here.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!


Happy Baker said...

I love it, the colors are bright and it gives you a happy feeling when looking at it.

Carla said...

Congrats on your finish! It's lovely!

CalamityJr said...

What a fun design!

Bea said...

That's a fun design and a lovely finish - fully finished at that. I think the IHSW is a good thing.

Diane (di) said...

Oooh, I really like this.
And oh so true, too! ;)

Congratulations on a really cute finish!!

milly said...


Congratulations on your lovely finish!

Happy stitching.

lesli said...

What a lovely finish! Congratulations! I love all the vibrant colors!

Beth Pearce said...

That is terrific! I really like the way you finished it. Congrats!

Anne said...

Lovely finish and I adore the saying :D

geeky Heather said...

Very cute; I love the multicolored beads!! Congrats on the finish!

Michele said...

Very nicely done. XD I love the colors.

Jennifer M. said...

Lovely finish! I like the specialty stitches and the needle as an embellishment was a great idea.


Sally said...

I love your finish! Love the threads you used.

Pam said...

I found your blog through the IHSW site after my first hermitting weekend and have thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Fun blog and fun finish

Joysze said...

This is a beautiful finish!! :D The colors are so happy. :)

Mangogirl said...

gorgeous stitching :)

JoAnna said...

Love it! Congratulations on the finish!

Maureen said...

cute little finish!

Maureen said...

cute little finish!