November IHSW with SALs and Added Turkey


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.

I started IHSW on Friday for a change, thanks to being furloughed there was no work!  Leonore and I have been working on a Just Nan band sampler again.  We chose Snowfire Christmas this time and it's rather larger than our previous SAL!  So I decided to spend the afternoon finishing up Band 8.

stitched on 32 count Burgundy Linen
(same colour as DMC 816)

Saturday saw another new start for Rachel and Tiff's Naughty November SAL.  I recently joined the Gift of Stitching Facebook Group and we're having an Ornament SAL there so this was a chance to hit two challenges with one design.  

I chose Red Berries by Rosewood Manor from the December 2006 issue:

stitched on 32 count mid green linen

That was a nice quick finish.  I used DMC 4045 for the green and 221 for the red stitches.  I used Mill Hill petite beads in red and gold for the baubles and the stars.

I finished the design on Sunday and even had time to FFO an ornament for yet another SAL - FFO Weekend in the Just Cross Stitch Ornament SAL FB group.  I'll share that in Rachel's FFO Gallery in December.

At bathtime I continued with my Owl Winder Pocket from Just Nan:

stitched on 28 count Tan Jobelan

So that's the SALs, but where does the Turkey come in?  Regular followers of Astrid's Blog will know all about her annual Turkey posts where she shows the artwork from her local Primary School.  Each child is given an outline of a turkey which they personalise with a bid for us not to eat the turkey.  It's my favourite post of the entire year.  Due to Covid Astrid was unsure whether she would be able to get photos of the children's work so she invited us to join in!

Here is my masterpiece:

Do you like him?  My son actually came up with the idea but declined to draw him so I used Paint to render him in all his finery.  A match for any 1st Grader I am sure!

Finally, the next IHSW will be 18th - 20th December 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.

November IHSW with SALs and Added Turkey