It was a good weekend for International Hermit Stitching Weekend. Cold, snowy and definitely a stay-at-home-and-stitch weekend. I worked on one small project and finished it ... hooray! Before the weekend I had the top brown and word done only. From Carriage House Samplings:
I didn't use any of the designers threads (oops, and I see that I'm not actually finished, part of the wood on the bottom, right is missing, will fix that after I'm done here). The pattern called for a grey beard but I like Santa with a white one so I changed it. And because the white didn't show up well against the fabric, I darkened the sign with a half stitch. I also made his eyes brown and smaller. They were a little creepy ... big, dark and hollow ... kind of skull-like. His eyes are supposed to be green but I didn't like them green and/or was too lazy to find a good green thread.
This guy is destined to be a gift for either my nephew or my stepmom .... I haven't decided yet.
Well I'm a day late but hopefully not a dollar short for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL. I added another gifted item to this SAL because it's pretty and calls for Spring to get it's sorry arse here asap. I'm sick of the cold and snow already!
This was a fun little stitch and all I need to do now is put it into the frame it came with. The kit used ivory Aida but it was so horribly stiff I didn't want to use it. I changed the fabric to a soft white 28 ct even weave I had on hand. I'm going to give this to a friend who loves pansies. I like it so much that I'm going to stitch it again for myself . But first I have to match the dmc thread colors to the kit's threads. I received this lovely kit at an EGA function. I can't remember if it was at a past Christmas party or maybe the summer picnic.
I also have an update on Nevermore from Prairie Schooler which will be a birthday present for a friend. It's coming along nicely and should be on time for her birthday.
I also finished February's skeleton for the Halloween Ornie SAL. It's a redo but one I'm keeping for myself. And since the first one was in brown and I'm tired of stitching with brown right now, I changed the palette to a cooler blue/grey. What do you think of the effect? It looks creepier and kind of ghostly to me compared to the more realistic brown. And, yes, I'm going to add another spider but it'll be silver instead.
It's the second full moon of 2015 already and time for the WIPocalypse update. I did pretty well on my projects this month. First up is the Great Pumpkin Conspiracy from Cross-eyed Cricket. This one went from here
Secondly, Mary Wigham went from here
Unfortunately, Autumn Log Cabin didn't get a single new stitch in it. But because I did so much on Mary Wigham, I'm okay with that. Actually, I'm more than okay. I am tickled pink! She's so close to happy dance day my feet have started tapping.
Even though it's only January, I'm working on Halloween. Nevermore is working out much better on the 22ct fabric. I finished the mansion and didn't swear at it once. Which is good because I need to finish it by March for a birthday gift.
I'm participating in the Halloween ornie SAL again this year. We are to stitch an ornament a month. January's topic is a fav of mine (who am I kidding, they're all favs of mine) ... witches. I picked a larger project from Cross-eyed Cricket called Fright Flight for this witchy month and for May (aka pumpkin month).
And now she'll have to wait until May to get her balloon filled because February is SKELETON month.
First up is Ho Ho Ho Santa from Prairie Schooler. Before the weekend, I had Santa's beard and the tree stitched. And now he's done :) My first 2015 Christmas ornie finished during the first IHSW.
Next on my weekend stitching spree is Rocking Around the Tree. Before the weekend I had all the green thread done in part 3 of this SAL. Now I have the entire part 3 finished. Well, except for an arch at the bottom. It's supposed to be green but I'm afraid I'll run out of the green before finishing the top. And since I'm using stash threads, I won't be able to get more of that dye lot. I think I'll make it but until it's done, I'll be on pins and needles. You may (but probably won't) notice that the white stripes are more defined in this picture. I wasn't happy with them (to pale compared to the rest of the parts) so I stitched over the x's and now I'm happy.
My third project for IHSW is a re-start. I'm working on Nevermore from Prairie Schooler for a friend's birthday. I started it in 28 ct over one a few weeks ago. I've stitched over 1 on 28 ct before but this time it's not much fun. I'm having problems with the lack of hole size and it was getting to be tedious and something to be avoided. Even though I have the mansion almost finished, I decided to re-start this project on 22 ct hardanger fabric. Good decision .... I happy to report the stitching is fun again.
I think I'll finish and save the first, tedious mansion for myself and turn it into a Halloween ornament.
And that's it for January's bit of hermit stitching. Now off to visit other stitching hermits ... bye!
Since it's the 15th of January, it's time for my first ever Gifted Gorgeousness SAL post. And I actually have a finish! Now before you let out a big congratulatory 'woohoo' .... please note that I didn't set my stitching sights too high for my first gifted gorgeousness project. Here you have it, an adorable (albeit teeny tiny) Cuddly Dog by Mouseloft:
I also worked on part 4 of Rocking Round the Tree (not part of the GG SAL) and am almost finished with it:
I've stitched other projects since my last post but didn't get pics of them, so they can wait for another day. I do have one more project to show, however. I finished this one sometime before Christmas but never took a picture until now. Pat's Papillon Sampler .... all I need to do is finish it into a small wall hanging for my friend and give it to her.