January 23, 2012

January IHSW and TUSAL

Hi everyone! How were your weekends? We had 166 Hermitters, our biggest yet!! Thank you ALL for participating. These weekends are such fun for me. :D I'm looking forward to checking out your blogs and looking are your gorgeous WIPs and finishes. CLICK HERE for the list of hermitters and get ready to drool!! :D

I spent my weekend on Chinese Garden Mandala, and here's a breakdown of what I did:

1. The ming vase (I think those are plum trees with fruit?), bamboo, and flower bush for Part 10. Since I had the opposite side available on the scroll frame, I also stitched (but didn't take a picture) of the bamboo and flower bush. I studied the charts for Parts 9 and 10 really carefully to make sure these were charted the same. They were indeed, and since I'm a lazy scroller, I decided it's in my best interest to work on them in tandem. ;)



2. I found out a while ago (while backstitching the goldfish) that the Edmar Rayon can be broken down into 4 individual plies. That soooo explained the thickness of the red rayon above the doorway and the black in the doorway. So, I frogged and redid both sections at half the previous thickness and I LOVE how it looks now. :D

Before:  The rayon around and in doorway was a protruding mess
and the algerian eyelet on the most right looked awful. YECH!!!

After: The doorway actually looks like it's leading inside!! :D
The algerian, while still not perfect, definitely looks better, don't you think?

3. What are those little blue dots, you ask? My pitiful start on the next phoenix at 11pm last night. LOL!!



As if going through IHSW pictures isn't exciting enough, it's also a new moon today, which means it's time for January's TUSAL post! I've decided to take my ORT jar amongst my plans and flowers this year. Here it is, nestled in my begonia plant. All the silks are nicely fluffed up too. I can't believe that's all from stitching Butterfly Lace and Chinese Garden this month.

61 comments :

cucki said...

wow beautiful stitching..it is really looking so sweet..
lovely orts :)
hugs xxx

Susan said...

Great progress. I do the same thing with my Chats, figure out how to move the scroll frame as little as possible. Thanks for the tip on the Edmar, I haven't used it yet, but it's in several of my kitted projects.

Annie said...

Hi Joyce

Great progress and beautiful stitching - so much detail.

Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

Another lazy scroller here! CGM is looking gorgeous - can't believe there are only 2 more parts to go!

Diane (di) said...

Wow... 166 Hermitters. Congratulations Joyce!! I remember wondering if/when the count would get to 100. :) Your progress on CGM is stunning. I really like the changes you made; you can really see the doorway and the area around it much better now. Beautiful!

Anne said...

WOWZA! 166 blogs to look through and I'm just catching up on my regular blog reading! I've been at it for over an hour and half now!! Amazing progress Joyce darlin'!! Love the plum tree! I see what you mean about the thick doorframe. Looks loads better. But I don't see how that eyelet was bad. Looks great to me!! Beautiful begonias!! I can never grow them! They always die on me for whatever reason. My Nana can grow them though. She always has loads of begonias. Back to stalking!!

HMBW!!!

Ineke said...

Beautiful stitching Joyce! And the result of redoing the Edmar is amazing. Congratulations on so many Hermitters. I really enjoyed the IHSWeekend.

Lesleyanne said...

Congrats on 166 hermitters. Your stitching is beautiful as are your orts.

Pauline said...

Great work!
You have done a lot this weekend!

Ruth said...

Wow 166 Hermitters, fantastic !. You got lots done for your weekend and the door is looking better to me anyway. Its always good I think to move the frame as little as possible or am I just being a tad lazy.Looking forward to next months IHSW already lol

Melissa said...

Thanks for hosting IHSW!

I think the door looks much better now :)

Great start on the phoenix, and your stitching is beautiful as always!

Stitching Sweetie said...

Thanks for all the wonderful pics!

Dana said...

I love that crosstitch! I enjoyed my first ever IHSW! Got a lot done...now off to look at others blogs... :) Dana

Yvon (jioya) said...

the CGM is looking very good, i love the colors and you did an amazing job with the frogging and restitching.
I forgot that it was also time for the TUSAL so i will post that tomorrow.

Hugs Yvon.

PS i will enjoy myself with a huge bloghop tonight 165 blogs to visit.
What will February bring?

Mireille said...

So nice work, and yes the door is beautiful.
I will now put my work on my blog. I did IHSW but not with embroidery.
hugs,
Mireille

SoCal Debbie said...

Your Chinese Garden Mandela is really gorgeous!

Agi said...

good idea with the edmar, I was fighting with this last time, but next I will split the little monster! I really love IHSW there are so many new blogs to check, thanks for the idea!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Just recently found your blog and participated in my first IHSW. I can't believe how many BAPs you have in progress (and finished!). I'm in awe. Your stitching is beautiful.

Heli said...

Oh wow, nice progress on Chinese Garden! (I want my Evening in the Park kit already!!!) And I agree with you about the doorway, it really looks better in the "after" picture.

demeter83 said...

Oooh, it' all looking absolutely beautiful.
I'm getting a little concerned that I am becoming tempted by some of the chatelaines, this can't be good for me.

Katie said...

Beautiful update. I agree with you changing the red. It looks a million times better now. Love your TUSAL in the beautiful flowers.

Annie said...

Hi Joyzes

Thank you for the suggestions you posted on my blog.
I'm new to this so I will try tomorrow to pit your suggestions in place.

I'm sorry if I mispelt your name anywhere.

I get called Sally or Annie so I don't mind which.

Sarah said...

Beautiful stitching!! I wouldn't have even noticed about the door if you hadn't pointed it out, but now that you have I think you're right, it stands out far better now :) worth the frogging

Take care,
Sarah

Topcho said...

Wow, great work! The door now really looks like it's leading inside, so it was totally worth the frogging!

valerie said...

Wow, beautiful stitching! I think those are the cutest clouds ever! I love them. The vase and phoenix look great!

nikkin said...

CGM looks awesome, your stitching never ceases to amaze me! Thanks again for running IHSW this year, its great fun for all of us!

/hugs,
Nikki

Tiffany said...

Beautiful work this weekend, and I can tell the difference with the new Edmar Rayon stitches, it does look better. Can't wait to see the phoenix grow.

Bonnie Brown said...

Love the TUSAL pic
My IHSW post is up :)
http://bbrown426.blogspot.com/2012/01/ihsw-tusal-retreat-and-wips.html

Jennifer M. said...

Very pretty stitching. I love the detail work of these designs. Is this piece being stitched over one?? The stitches look microscopic to me...then again I am blind so it could just be me. LOL

Jen

The Maiden said...

I love the latest additions to your mandala, so delicate! Every time I see a new element I think it could stand alone! I cannot wait to see it done, and I understand about the scroll frame, I am a lazy snap framer and must finish every stitch before repositioning. Joy

Tabitha Orr said...

Oh wow so much inspiration, so much to learn...I worked all weekend at what I think will be an unsatisfactory border to a free hand embroidery I am working on but we shall see and I can always cut it out and redo it later. Thanks for doing this and can't wait till next month!

Ewa said...

You're right - CM does look a lot better now. Sometimes frogs are a good thing! Beautiful stitching as always, Joyce. And remember, if that CM needs a home... I've got a nice blank little wall that would be happy to receive it!

Tammy said...

love the change in the doorway, it dose look better and leading inward!
I want to start Alpine Seasons in the summer and suggestions or advice for starting one of her gardens?

Kate said...

Great progress! and hardly a pitiful start - cant wait to see the rest of the phoenix. The whole thing is just awe-inspiring.

♥ Nia said...

that's such a huge project!! It's looking gorgeous!! :)

Julie said...

Just love the colours of this one.
The 2nd pic doorway i like better.You see more of the doorway and its not so bulky.(Hope thats what you meant) ;).

Thanks for your comment too.

Patches said...

Gorgeous

Veronica said...

Chinese Garden Mandala looks great! I'll keep the Edmar Rayon tip in mind when I do start stitching mine.

I managed to hermit some last weekend! Had thought I wasn't gonna have time. Will update my blog soon with my progress.

I'm back in PJ now. Yays! Happy Chinese New Year. Gong Xi Fa Chai!

Hugs,
Veronica.

Giovanna said...

Your Chinese Mandala is progressing beautifully - lovely stitching!

Lonneke said...

It does look better. It is so pretty to look at. All the different stitches and beautiful colors!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Yuki said...

Wow is wonderfull progress!

Lisa Dunn said...

Your Chinese Garden Mandala is so pretty. It looks like you got a lot accomplished this weekend too.

Your orts look lovely among your begonias. :o)

Ziggyeor said...

Oh that is gorgeous! Love the look of the door.

Anne Marieke said...

Your Chinese Mandala is absolutely beautiful and your stitching is perfect. So much detail! Martina has outdone herself with this one.

Happy stitching.

missy-tannenbaum said...

Wow, your stitched mandala photos are always so pretty, and this is no exception! I can't believe how much detail you fit into all of the objects included, and really look forward to seeing the phoenix!

Reaper said...

I love how your mandala is looking. All the detail in this piece is simply exquisite :-)

Mindi said...

Beautiful progress over the weekend! I love the bright colors.

TammyK said...

Great progress and such detail. Looks awesome!

Vickie and Alex said...

Your Chinese Mandala looks great! Every time I see an update it makes me want to bust out my kit NOW. :)

Colleen said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai!!! Chinese Garden is so beautiful. The detail is awesome. Great progress. Congrats on 166 of us Hermitters for January. Maybe the Feb.IHSW will be even larger!!
It is great fun! Thanks Joyce

Carla said...

Wonderful progress!
the changes you made on number 2 make the piece even more beautiful!
nice colors on your ort jar :)

Vickie said...

You caught me just as I was messing (up? with?) with my blog. My new identity should work.

Dani - tkdchick said...

What a spectacular piece!!! That Ming vase alone is detailed!!!

Thanks for staring up the IHSW!!!

Juls said...

Just so beautiful!!!!! Thanks for your words of encouragement they mean the world to me!!!!

Kaisievic said...

Oh, my God - that is so amazingly beautiful!

Hugs, Kaye xoxox

Sally said...

Your Chatelaine is looking gorgeous!

I may join the hermitters next time. Any old excuse to sit and stitch is good for me!

Valentina said...

Chinese Garden is growing so beautifully!

Karen said...

Chinese Garden is looking AMAZING! I'd like to hermit, but I just can't - though I have been doing mostly stitchy stuff, so I'm close :) I CAN TUSAL - I started keeping my orts last October, just because - I should go sign up one of these days...

Mangogirl said...

gorgeous stitching :D

Xeihua (Sara) said...

Yay 166 :D... IHSW is growing fast ;) and I love your progress on the Mandala ... the Ming vase is stunning :D

Stitching Noni said...

Your Chinese Mandela is beautiful. I don't know where you find the time to stitch these gorgeous designs. Thank you for showing the pics of your stitching, I find your stitching truly inspiring & after reading your blog I want to rush out do one... But at the moment I know my time limitations! One day ;0)