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Sunday, April 22, 2012

IHSW

Thank you to everyone for the comments on my last post.  Midsomer's population has been reduced by another seven since last week - three in one show alone I never would have thought that bell ringing was such a dangerous hobby!

Another International Hermit and Stitch Weekend has come and gone. Thank you to Joyce for organizing this once again - although I believe she found something other than stitching to do this weekend.   I had grand plans for a very intensive stitching weekend, but was in a bit of a stitching funk yesterday.  As a result I spent the majority of the day reading, doing housework if I was doing housework instead of stitching you know it was a real funk!! and playing around in iTunes it took several hours for me to decide on eight new songs - turns out iTunes is rather like blog reading, you start in one place, follow links and end up hours later nowhere near where you started! Today turned out to be a perfect hermitting day - windy, pouring rain and cold so I was able to settle in and get some stitching done.

On the frame this weekend and for the coming week is Papillon Creations' Eightsome Reel

Papillon Creations' Eightsome Reel
Stitched on 28-count Chai Tea Jobelan with HDF conversion
I was able to stitch the red/blue medallion and gold/grey circle on the right.  This puts me at half-way.  It is going to be a push to finish this one as I as I believe I have mentioned before am not enjoying stitching with these fibers but I am too stubborn far along to throw in the towel.

Last week's project was Chatelaine's Japanese Octagonal Box. 

Chatelaine's Japanese Octagonal Box
Stitched on 32-count ice blue Belfast with recommended threads and beads
One more bonsai and a bit more of the slope of Mount Fuji done.  In order to get the colors more true to life, I tried scanning instead of photographing, as suggested by Jo, and it worked.  Unfortunately, I cannot get the scan to copy over to my blog, but I will continue trying.

Here is the link to the list of International Hermit and Stitch participants for April in case you want to end up miles from where you started...

17 comments:

doris said...

Both of your projects are biggies. Wonderful work!

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Fiona said...

Wonderful work :) as for the scan dilemma, make sure the scan image is saved as a jpg and that the file size isn't too large and that should work :) x

Giovanna said...

These are both lovely - great going!

Chris said...

Beautiful projects and progress!
Have a great week.

Tammy Bergeron said...

Love the Japanese one its stunning!!

Anne said...

Papillon Creations is so beautiful with all the lovely colours and delicate lace-like circles!! Your Chat is gorgeous too! Are you going to do the box when it's finished? I hear you on the clicking on blogs, following links and getting lost!! I do that all the time!!

Joysze said...

AHAHAHAHA!!!! Looks like we were both ventured off a little this weekend, Susan. ;)

Oh!!!! I think I saw that bell ringing episode!!!!

Eightsome looks so pretty. More than halfway is a good place to be and YES, you can finish this!!!!! :D I know you can.

JOB is scrumptious, Susan. Have you tried putting your scan into your online album and then linking it to the blog? I owe you emails.... quite a few of them!!!!

milly said...

Hi Susan

Your projects are looking beautiful!

Bea said...

Both projects are lovely. Sorry to hear the threads on Eightsome are a pain.

♥ Nia said...

Both beautiful projects!! :)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Glad the scanning worked. Fiona and Joysze have said what I'd say!
I've switched to Photobucket because my Picasa album was almost full (my photo files were very big) and I just add pics there then copy the link into the blog. It's actually quicker than loading them via Blogger.
I love the progress on your Octagons and the Eightsome Reel.

Melissa said...

The Octagonal Box is absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to see more :)

Mangogirl said...

gorgeous stitching :D

Dani - tkdchick said...

You are so right about iTues, it is almost like blog hopping! I've wasted so much time on there! LOL

Your weekend piece by Pappillion is lovely but your Chatelaine is amazing!

Catherine said...

Very pretty stitches!

Brigitte said...

Both are very pretty projects. I particularly love the Chatelaine, I have never seen it before on someone's blog (but I don't read all the blogs out there, of yourse, lol).