Monday, September 22

IHSW for September - my first!

This weekend I participated in my first International Hermit and Stitch weekend, which is hosted by Joysze.

I did go to Drag Bingo on Saturday and a movie festival on Friday, but I was looking forward to a quiet weekend after all of the craziness of the gaming convention.  I spent most of the weekend binge watching the last season of Once Upon a Time (why isn't American Horror Story on Netflix yet! arrrrgh!)

The first thing I worked on was Just Nan's Miss Witchy Mouse.  It was so cute I couldn't *not* stitch on it, and I had a piece of linen in my stash that was perfect for it.  (More info in the link above).

I finally got back to working on Deco Spirits.   I had gotten the #8 Kreinik I needed, and spent a couple of hours ripping out the metallic that didn't work out so well.    And then I did the building bits.   When I finished with that, I worked on finishing the star, and after the Kreiniks, the Treasure Braid was such a pleasure.  I really don't like working with metallics over all, but their effects are so nice, I never think to swap them out for something without sparkle.

So here's the Before and After:

Apparently my ott lite is definitely affecting my photography.  KER POW, blue!

And just for fun - a slightly blurry shot that caught some of the pretty sparkle!

I am really enjoying Deco and I think I'll stick with it through the block.  It's what I had planned for my rotation, but I don't force myself into doing something I don't enjoy.


  1. That mouse is too cute. I can see why it was a must stitch. Nice job finishing it too - it's the finishing that stops me from doing projects like this. You don't see Deco stitched very often - love the colors in it.

  2. Thanks, Susan! I figured I could manage to finish something that small :)

    As for Deco - I had purchased it back when it came out and had given it away. Recently someone posted pics of it on Facebook, and I had to have it! It was my new start for the summer and I'm really enjoying it :)

  3. Anonymous11:03

    Glad to see you back stitching again, Suz! I was reading about your new digital and physical inventory, and I agree that nothing is so satisfying. OH! Here is a nothing thing you might be interested in... wipocalypse!
    I know it is almost the end of the year, but it has been repeating every year for a few years now. I really enjoy it.

  4. Thanks Nicole! I started WIPocalypsing in July! :)

  5. I haven't stitched that JN critter yet, in the spirit of Halloween I should stitch her up soon!

    So nice to see art deco being worked on. I think I used #4 braid instead of #8. Whenever I see a pattern calling for 8 I always get 4

  6. Hey Dani, thanks for stopping by!

    I was really unhappy with the coverage with just the #4, but I really liked the coverage with the under stitch in #4 and the over stitch with #8, so it worked out eventually :)

    And 2 strands of PTB for the star that calls for the gold kreinik.

  7. THe witchy mouse is soooo cute!

  8. Thanks! I am going to stitch on my jingle mouse for the Minis challenge (both if I can!).

  9. I'm so impressed with how much progress you made with Deco Spirits. I haven't tried metallics yet, but will soon. They seem a little intimidating.

  10. I've just found your blog through the Mega Mini Monthly Madness sign up page. I've just purchased Miss Witchy Mouse and it's lovely to see yours all finished up. Can't wait to see the others!

  11. Thanks Justine and Diann!

    Diann - I will admit that I far prefer using the Rainbow Gallery threads over the Kreiniks, as far as working with Metallics. I find them so much easier to work with.


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