Monday, February 20, 2012

IHSW Recap

Thank you all for the kind and encouraging comments and welcome to my new followers.  I had a very relaxing weekend, which is probably what I needed more than anything, the stitching portion was just a huge plus.

We had our first official snowfall of the season considering how the rest of the winter has been, this will probably be our *only* snowfall.

We didn't get a lot, maybe 3" or 4", but it looks so pretty this morning

And the sky is the most amazing shade of blue

Unfortunately, it is supposed to be close to 50 F today and 70F by Thursday so it will all be gone in the next couple of days, but it snowed so my New England brain is finally content.  Some day I hope to get myself acclimated, I thought I was close this year but apparently not.

As you didn't come to an IHSW post to read about snow, here is what I stitched this weekend:

Snowgirls by Country Garden Stitchery
Stitched on Silkweaver's 28-county Mulberry Mix with Weeks Dye Works Threads
is Snowgirls from Country Garden Stitchery, as I mentioned in my previous post, this is a new to me designer and I really like the whimsy of the design.  I pulled the fabric from my stash I belonged to a Fabric of the Month a few years back and this was one of the pieces as the pattern called for Weeks Dye Works Light Khaki and I wanted the design to show a bit more.

My focus for the weekend was Secret Victorian Garden by Chatelaine.  This is my before:

And here is where I stopped last night:
Secret Victorian Garden by Chatelaine
Stitched on 32-county Carol's Meadow from Silkweaver's Fabrics with recommended Fibers and Beads

To accommodate my stitching style I turned the piece over so the bottom left in this photo is the upper right in the first photo.  The fabric is actually a very light green with hints of pink/purples, not beige or blue.  I was able to finish half of part nine and get a start on part 10.  I have today off it's President's Day here in the states, so I plan to continue with part 10.  As the last parts are divided by quarter, I will continue on to parts 11 and 12 before moving on to the bottom left.

I have also been contemplating my WIPocalypse plan.  As the idea is to finish things, I think that once I make one rotation through my list I will pick out two or three pieces to focus on and add the others in as I have finishes.  I do reserve the right to change my mind again, as I rather enjoying seeing a different project each week.


Kim said...

Nice progress. Victorian Garden is just beautiful.

Giovanna said...

Wow, that's a lot done - beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful projects. I love the Mulberry color fabric!!

blessings, jilly
visiting from IHSW

Cathy said...

Wow you got alot done on your Secret Garden. It is lovely.

Anne said...

Lovely start with Snowgirls! I love that mulberry linen you are using! The Chat is looking gorgeous! Loads of progress there!!!

Nicola said...

Your Chatelaine is magnificent.

Catherine said...

Beautiful stitches! So glad you got your snow fix!

Kate said...

Beautiful stitching!!! :)

♥ Nia said...

lovely stitching :)

Joysze said...

Gorgeous winter photos, Susan. Love them.

OOOOOH Victorian looks soooooo goood!!!

I haven't gotten to emails yet, I saw one from you.... so I'll be there soon-ish.... LOL!!!

Erica said...

WOW Your Secret Victorian Garden is just amazing!
I am sure I wouldn't get through that without some frogging! LOL