Saturday, May 18, 2013

May 2013 IHSW 1

I am finally working on something I can post as part of the International Hermit and Stitch Weekend!  It's not a gift - it's for ME!

Since July of last year, I've been working on this Teresa Wentzler design published in an old Just CrossStitch Magazine.  It is a small piece, but I've put it down to work on other items over the past several months.  Then, when I was really rolling along getting it done, I broke my finger in a car accident at the beginning of April and couldn't stitch for about 6 weeks.

Happily, I can stitch again, so here are a few pics of "Delft Flowers".  I am nearly done.  I just  need to backstitch the inside of the basket-weave ring after a few single stitches that I missed on  my way around!

To give you more of an idea of the small scale of the work, this was originally designed to decorate a mason jar top!  I don't like the idea of it getting all dusty, though after this has been a bit of work, so I plan to frame it in a round frame.

Almost done with the center bouquet (October 2012).

All cross stitch done.  Ready for backstitching (March 2013).
Almost done (May 2013).
 Happy Stitching!


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bittersweet Finish

It has been sooo long since I've blogged!  I've been busy, though, as you will see.

About 5 years ago, my sister, Diane, married a man who's last name was King.  The new Mr. and Mrs. King lived in a beautiful, older home that was furnished and decorated very nicely.  One of the rooms had beautiful burgundy walls, and dark furniture in it.  I decided I'd stitch an embellished monogramme K for the newlyweds.  I finished stitching the K in gold metallic gold and made it a little interesting by using half-stitches, but alternating the direction of the stitches.  Then, I began stitching the flourishes around the K in burgundy to match the room.  I was about a quarter of the way through the flourishes, when my sister's husband was diagnosed with leukemia.  Sadly, he passed away within a month. So, I set the unfinished piece aside.

My sister was lucky enough to meet another wonderful man who she fell in love with and they have now been married for about 2 years.  They were the recipients of Frog Happy - from my January blog post.

As time passed, I decided I didn't want to throw away the K, so I began stitching it again, deciding to give it instead, to one of my very best friends, Kathie!  I've known Kathie for many years, but I've never stitched anything for her.  Well, I finished the K for Kathie and had it framed for her, hoping it'd match the d├ęcor somewhere in her house.  Turns out she has a burgundy comforter on her bed!

Monogramme Ornamental - K (Rouge du Rhin),
Stitched over two on 28 ct. cream Lugana,
Completed May 2013

I think I'm done with most of my gift projects, so you will probably be hearing from me more often. 

Happy Stitching!