Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 2014 IHSW 2

I'm just a little late in posting my International Hermit and Stitch Weekend progress.  I am pleased to report not just one, but two finishes!  I finished the Heirloom Memories Wedding piece, and also a Wooly Lamb I'd been working on in fits and starts for several weeks.  It's a simple little design, but the entire center of his body is made up of French knots.  I think I've had enough of them for a bit!

So, here we have it:

Heirloom Memories Wedding Sampler.  Stitched on 28 ct. Antique White evenweave.

Wooly Lamb.  Stitched on 28 ct. Lavender Linen.
I have several other pieces I'd like to finish before starting totally new ones.  We'll see, though...

Happy Stitching!


Friday, July 18, 2014

July 2014 IHSW 1

It has been quite some time since I blogged, as I had a hand injury and have only stitched sporadically for over a year.  My finger, broken in an auto accident is doing better, and I should be stitching and posting more now.

So, here's what I'm working on right now.  It is the Heirloom Memories Ornament from Victoria Sampler.  Of course, I cannot leave well enough alone, so I'm changing it a bit and making additions.  My co-worker is getting married in a few weeks, so instead of making an ornament, I will frame the finished piece.  I am adding the name of the bride and groom to the top and their wedding date to the bottom of the design.  I am also swapping out the colors of the forget-me-nots to match their wedding color - bright fuschia, and a lighter pink for contrast.  I chose a brighter shade of green for the lazy daisy leaves and backstitch to coordinate with the brighter flowers.

As far as hardanger goes, I find cutting the threads unnerving, but I love the finished look and how easy it is to stitch the kloster blocks.  The dove's eyes were fun, too.  I can definitely see more hardanger in my future projects.  I'm sure, with practice, I will feel more at ease doing the thread cutting.  Also, I need to invest in a good pair of tweezers for removing the cut threads!

Heirloom Memories Ornament - Original finish from the Victoria Sampler website. 

Heirloom Memories Wedding Sampler stitching on 28 ct. antique white evenweave.
Happy Stitching!