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Monday, September 17, 2012

September IHSW: A Finish and a Start

Hey Blog Buddies,
I've really had a blast reading all the comments about everyone's animals.  If you're wondering what I'm talking about, go to my giveaway post, and enter while you're there.  You've still got a week left to get a chance to win!

It wouldn't be an IHSW (International Hermit and Stitch Weekend) if I didn't finish something, right?  So to keep my streak going, I finished (and framed!) Secret Pumpkin Patch by The Trilogy:

I visited Inspired Needle in Lemont, IL, earlier this week,
and found this perfect little weathered black frame!
So, I was able to frame the piece right away,
and it's now up on my shelf--
never mind that we're only halfway through September!
Framing a piece with a stitched border
that is very close to the frame is challenging,
but I did the best I could and it didn't turn out too bad.

After this small success,
I was inspired to try to finish Grandma's Roses
from the Nordic Needle retreat in April.

All it needs are some bullion knots
to make a rose in each corner.
Several months ago, moonsilk stitches was kind enough
to show me how to do bullion knots on canvas.
What she said seemed to make sense at the time,
but did I go right home and finish up the project?
When I picked it up yesterday too much time had passed
and I just couldn't figure it out,
so I put the piece away indefinitely--bummer!

To cheer myself up, I started a new piece:
Quaker Cardinal by The Workbasket.
(I'm kind of easy to cheer up...)
I've been itching to start this project for some time.

This photo simply does not do the fabric justice--
it's the prettiest fabric I've ever stitched on.
I won it (the fabric) as part of a giveaway hosted by Robin
Thank you again, Robin!
Since this photo was taken,
I have completed the other leg.

To see what my fellow hermitters
have been up to this weekend, click here.

Hope you had a fabulous weekend
with some time to stitch!
Thanks for visiting!


robindefender said...

Aw! I love that little pumpkin and kitty piece. And that frame is perfect!

cucki said...

Aww they are so cuteeeee
Kitty is super cute
Great start
Love xxx

Giovanna said...

Great finishes, they're both so pretty - congrats!

Moonsilk Stitches said...

Great finish.Bring the roses piece tonight and we can practice again or check out Mary Corbet's tutorial here That piece is too pretty to give up on.

Emma said...

Your finish looks great and I hope you figure out those knots! :)

Pauline said...

This is nice and beautiful!

Silverlotus said...

The pumpkins look great. The frame is perfect.

Beth Pearce said...

Secret Pumpkin Patch is terrific! You are right, that is the perfect frame for it - congratulations on the finish!

Sarah said...

Lovely Stitching. Grandma's roses looks gorgeous even without the knots!

Chris said...

Lovely projects. The Halloween finish is so sweet.

Bea said...

That's a great finish - the frame IS perfect.

Love the rose piece - please don't give up on the corner stitches.

Kasey said...

I sure hope you're able to figure out those knots. I'm in awe of those who learn the really cool stuff like that. Your work looks amazing!

Carla said...

Love your pumpkin finish! You did a great job on the framing!!!
Hope you can figure out how to the's a beautiful piece!

Julie said...

Perfect frame for your little finish. Grandmas Roses is so pretty, I like that one.

The Maiden said...

I love the inquisitive kitty in secret pumkin patch, and the framing came out wonderful!

September said...


Just found your lovely blog.

Your finish is great and I love your Grandma's Roses project too.
Pretty new start too!

Anne said...

Adorable finishes! I love the pumpkins! Grandma's roses are lovely too!!

Joysze said...

I like how you think of IHSW.... FINISHING something. ;)

And it looks great!!! Love the frame too. :) Grandma's Roses is almost done too.... it's so pretty!! :D