IHSW or International Hermit and Stitch Weekend always starts on the third Friday of the month.  It's a chance to lock yourself away and focus on your stitching for the weekend.  You can take part on your blog or via the Facebook page - IHSW on Facebook.

Once again I started the weekend off with my Alice in Wonderland SAL from Cross Stitcher magazine.  I had already stitched the Mad Hatter earlier in the week and just needed to backstitch him on Friday:

The Mad Hatter before and after backstitching

This fabric colour is more accurate

The whole piece so far, I added a little bit more border at the top:

stitched on 32 count yellow linen

Then I moved on to my Discworld Mappe and stitched the rest of the "Blowing Man" as Emily calls him:

Starting point on Friday morning:

Current progress:

stitched on custom-dyed 32 count Murano from Sparklies

The next IHSW will be 19th - 21st June so make sure you note the date in your diary or come and join us in the Facebook Group - IHSW on Facebook.  If you don't do Facebook then you can check in here by leaving a comment on my post. 

That weekend also includes The Longest Day in the Northern Hemisphere.  This is when I usually do my Longest Day Marathon where I dedicate an entire day to stitching every single one of my WIPs.  That is simply not going to happen this year with my son at home all the time.  So I have decided to start as usual on the morning of the Longest Day (Saturday 20th June) and continue until I have stitched on every WIP.  Which will be sometime on Sunday.  It won't be quite the same, but nothing is right now!

Finally, Stitch Maynia has continued with my Just Nan-a-thon:

15th May - Owl Winder Pocket

16th May - Pansy Basket

17th May - Peacock Tapestry