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Sunday, January 19, 2014

January IHSW: A Blast from the Past

Hey Blog Buddies,

Did you ever pick up a stitching project that you hadn't worked on for 13 years?  That's what I did during this International Hermit and Stitch weekend, and it wasn't easy!  The project was Mates, from my Turtle Trot listEvery project on that list is something I want to finish (or at least make significant progress on) this year.  Here's my before photo:

I had forgotten a lot of the details about this piece.  I remembered that it was stitched on Aida cloth (a little easier to work with and besides none of the ground will show when finished), but it's 18-count and I couldn't figure out if I had used one or two strands of floss.  (I should have figured out by the coverage of the black that it was two.)

One of the things I had done was to tape the edges of the ground with masking tape.  Don't judge:  it was 13 years ago and I didn't know any better!  I've kind of gotten away from using Q-snaps (they're a little too heavy for me to hold, and I don't have one of those wonderful but expensive gripper frames), so I took the piece off of the Q-snaps (yes, it had been on them all this time--are you horrified yet?) and decided to mount it on stretcher bars!  That should also help with getting some of the wrinkles out.  heheh.  When DH heard the pounding, he came up to ask if I was starting yet another new project.  When I showed him my "new" project, he was quite surprised and he remembered it right away (I was impressed!)--it is kind of distinctive.  At this point I still wasn't convinced that I was going to take a stitch on it.

By the way, I found the highlighter that I was using to mark off my stitching progress in the bag along with the piece and it still works!

 Do they even still make these?

This project kind of reminds me of a HAED, only not so big.  I guess it would be one of their "quick" stitches - ha!  There are "only" eight pages of charts.  I don't believe I would ever purchase a chart this large (and with so much confetti stitching!) today, but there is a lot of stitching already finished and it would be a shame to give it away (I wouldn't throw it away), plus I really like how it's turning out!  So, after circling it mentally for quite some time wondering where to start, I just plunged in.  Here is what I got done this weekend:
After quite a few hours of stitching, it doesn't look like anything was done to it, does it?  I'll give you a hint:  I filled in areas under "her" throat and also areas on the bridge of "his" nose. 

I'm not a patient person, but working on something like this will either teach you patience or you'll be throwing the piece down on your driveway and backing over it with your car (no tread marks on it yet!).  Maybe if I can stitch just a tiny bit on it each day, I'll make decent progress on it without driving myself crazy.  That's the current plan.

In non-IHSW stitching, I worked on Debbie Stiehler's pumpkin earlier in the week.  Here's where it's at now...

I'm halfway done!   Here are a couple of close-ups--they're a little more interesting.

Last but not least, I finally got Rosewood Manor's Rose Watercolor Butterfly framed--  I finished stitching it last July!  I brought it to my new favorite framing shop this past Wednesday and got the call that it was ready the very next day--crazy!

I have no idea why I let it sit so long.  Love the butterfly, but those of you who've been reading this blog awhile know that it was the blackwork that attracted me to this design.  Speaking of which, I must get another blackwork piece going this year, and I have just the project in mind. I already have the chart and I can scrounge the fabric/threads from my stash so I won't have to spend any money.

Of course it's blackwork--darning stitches are often used in blackwork!  Gosh, I may have had too much caffeine today.  I should stop now.

Don't forget to check out my giveaway here.  Deadline to enter is midnight, Chicago time, Monday, January 20th.  You can check on the other hermitters' progress hereHope your weekend was groovy.  Thanks for visiting!


Carla Eldridge said...

Holy Cow!! This is beautiful and I hope you don't set it aside for another 13 years :D

Linda said...

I'm so happy that you decided to continue with Mates. Its a gorgeous design. The framed piece turned out great.


Kate said...

Beautiful wolves and blackwork!! some of my wips are that old too but I still love em ;)

Sally said...

Wow those wolves are gorgeous!

Pull the other thread said...

The wolves are beautiful. I'm so glad you decided to bring them out to show us. Lovely progress on pumpkin and that framing is wonderful. Fantastic post :)

Fidike said...

If you want to give away the Mates I am here! My husband is a big fan of wolves, he would love it. No, I am joking, I hope you will finish it one day!:)

The Pumpkin and the blackwork patterns are beautiful as well!

Tiffany Pincombe said...

Great progress on Mates! I have one like this, White Wolves and although it hasn't been untouched for 13 years, I may have had it that long. :) Maybe we can cheer each other on. I've read of rotating stitching projects so you get a few stitches into the most dreaded piece every 3rd or 4th stitching session. Good luck! And beautiful work on the others too.

Julie said...

I've just posted about a project that's not seen the light of day for 4 years...your oldie makes mine feel ok now lol.

The wolves are lovely

Katie said...

Wow. It's a beautiful piece. I bet it was really pouting sitting away that long. I can see your progress. I agree with you it's alot like a HAED. The close ups of you Pumpkin piece are fantastic! The framed Rosewood piece is perfect. Love the blackwork piece you have picked out.

Emma/Itzy said...

The wolves are looking great, and just think how happy you will be by the end of the year when you can compare photos! :)

Anne said...

Your story about the wolves piece is hilarious! But, keep going as it looks beautiful.

Lesley said...

I love Mates and I think your a few stitches a day idea is a good one.I am finding the piece I am stitching for our son a bit like this,a lot of confetti at the moment.
I lovelthe colours and stitching in your Pumpkin and your butterfly is beautiful. Look forward to seeing your new Blackwork design.

CraftyPretender said...

nooooo don't drop Mates ... just plug away at it and it will be done before the next full moon. It is beautiful!! Joysze made this one too, and the finished product is a stunner - you won't regret it for sure!

Xeihua (Sara) said...

Mates is gorgeous and I've made some good progress on it :)
I also loved the other projects you have on the go, and the Blackwork on the butterfly is stunning :)

Joysze said...

OH!!! I LOVE MATES!!!! I stitched that for hubby years ago. It's going to be so great to see yours take shape. :D

Love the colors in pumpkin. It's such a beautiful piece and Butterfly Manor is beautifully framed. The simplicity of the frame sets it off perfectly!

Melody said...

I remember seeing the model for mates hanging on the wall at the cross stitch shop in Moline, IL. My hubby saw it as well, and said he really liked it, would I want to stitch it?? I said no... I'm not tackling that one. It's fun to see your progress on it. It is going to be beautiful when you are done. Keep plugging away, it will get done.