Saturday, April 21, 2012

April 2012 IHSW

I decided to join a stitch-along sort of group called the International Hermit and Stitching Weekend (IHSW) this weekend.  Check it out!

I'm working on a large, French-style sampler called Sarabande, from Long Dog Samplers.  I didn't like the colorway that was originally charted, so I changed the six original colors to varied shades of purple/lavender and teal/turquoise.  The lightest lavender floss I chose is a metallic floss, and I found a beautiful white evenweave fabric with filaments of metallic lavender and turquoise threads running through it.  I think the end result will be very striking.

Here's a picture of the original charted project, as well as my work in progress (WIP), with a close-up of the section I'm currently stitching.

Sarabande sampler, originally charted in shades of gray, brown, rust, and black.  A bit somber for my tastes.
 Overall work so far.
Where I am now.

Happy Stitching!



  1. This is looking wonderful, I am going to enjoy watching its progress! Love that you have changed the colors to your own tastes.

    1. Thanks, Rosemary! I worked on it last night and am getting ready to stitch some more tonight.

  2. The Saraband sampler is amazing! I really like your color choices of turquoise and lavender. It's beautiful.

    1. Hey, Debbie. Thanks for your nice comments. I love French samplers. They have so many possibilities for color changes, if you want, and the collections of little motifs keep me from getting bored.