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

Monday, May 21, 2012

May IHSW: Three Squares

Hey Blog Buddies,

The May International Hermit and Stitch Weekend has come and gone and I am happy to say that I stitched three squares in my Rainforest Revisited project (my goal was at least two):

This square is a bit on the dark side
and not too contrasty--
not one of my favorites, I must admit.
(It's actually a bit brighter in this photo than in real life.)
It also took me quite awhile to stitch
because there were a lot of
over-one and over-two stitches.

This is a really fun design--
although the color in the photo is off.
What appears to be beige is a lot more gold IRL.
And the pinks are a bit more orange.

This little cutie stitched up really quickly
because a lot of it was over four.
One more square
and I'll be at the halfway point
in the project!

It was quite crazy in Chicago yesterday,
and today promises to be more of the same.
Needless to say, we didn't go into the city
let alone anywhere near the Loop or McCormick Place!
It was a really good weekend
to hermit and stitch!!

Hope your weekend setting
was a bit more serene.
Thanks for visiting!

And thanks for all of your kind comments, too!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Think Summer

Hey Blog Buddies,

I started (and finished!) a little summer design this week.  It was a nice change of pace doing something small and quick.  It's called Think Summer by Lizzie Kate:

For those of you familiar with this design,
I substituted the big hook
right in front of the fish
with some bubbles
and my initials and date.

I've been looking forward to the
International Hermit and Stitch Weekend
that starts today and ends Sunday.
My plan is to see how much I can get done
on Rainforest Revisited.
For those of you not familiar with IHSW,
go here to find out all about it.
There's still time to sign up!

Happy hermitting, everyone!
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 14, 2012

CT13 -- Done!

Hey Blog Buddies,

I'm very excited that CT13 by Alessandra Adelaide is actually finished!  At the end of its turn in the rotation, it seemed so close to being done that I went for it.  All it took was three extra days.

This was a big project for me (207 x 168 stiches).  I know it's nothing compared to the HAED projects that some of you are doing.  I really don't think I would have the patience to do those, but I admire all the ones that I see.

The pattern suggested stitching the entire piece in one color, but I decided to add the green and gold, and I'm happy with that decision.

Here are a few close-up shots:

I used the following Gloriana silks:
Pionsettia for the tree;
Holiday Green for the pot;
and Lacquered Gold combined with
Kreinik gold blending filament for the star.

Hope everyone had a good weekend.
Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

WIPocalypse 2012 - May Report

Hey Blog Buddies,

This past month my WIPocalypse rotation just got kicked to the curb!  It was a combination of my trip to Fargo, ND, for the Nordic Needle Retreat and some obligation stitching.  Oh well, that's the way it goes sometimes.  But I did find a little time in the past three days to work on CT 13.  I guess DH must be getting a little tired of the swirly red tree, because when it reappeared on Wednesday he said:  "Haven't you finished that yet??"

Here's where I left off last month.

Here's where I am as of today.
We had a bit of lopsided three growth!
Isn't it weird what different lighting
will do to the color?
The top photo is more representative
of the floss color.

I also have a little bonus finish to show you!
I'm including it here just because.

This is a model for a Ukrainian whitework workshop
that's being offered by my Guild in September.
I think the design is cute as a button!
And the workshop will eventually be
opened up to the public,
so stay tuned.

That's it for this full moon.
Happy stitching...
...and thanks for visiting!