Tuesday, 22 May 2012

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend

Well I've had a really successful International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW)!

I managed to finish TT Violet Sometimes!



I'm really happy with how it turned out, but I feel a little guilty calling this my first HAED finish as it's a small chart so feels like I'm cheating.  Thank you to everyone that has provided such supportive and helpful comments along the way, it's very much appreciated!

I also managed to put a few stitches into Henry VIII but not enough to really notice any progress.  This will be my next focus piece as it's so close to a finish it makes sense to push on and get that last bit done.

I also have to tell you how lovely people in the cross stitch community are!  In the past month I've been lucky enough to be gifted 2 HAED charts, Mini Memory (Nene Thomas) from Sam and QS Snap Dragon Fairy (Jasmine Becket-Griffith) from Liz.  I really cannot express how much this kindness is appreciated and I cannot thank you enough.

 
Mini Memory
QS Snap Dragon Fairy



















Just as a final note, one of the HAED artists, Fred Winkler is being retired at the end of June.  He's an amazing digital artist and I love his works, thanks to Michele for the "head's up" so that we have a chance to snatch up his charts before they are no longer available and if you are quick, there is a 50% off sale just to help you a little.  Although I have enough charts to last me a few years, I'm still going to purchase a few of Fred's as they are lovely.  These are a few of the ones I like, it may prove to be expensive!










   



































10 comments:

  1. Congrats on your finish.Love the colours.
    Mini Memory is very pretty,lucky you. :)

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  2. Congratulations on such a lovely finish! =)
    My first Haed-finish was a storykeep and I am really happy about it. I know that it is not comparable to the BAPs others finish, but for me it was a really big step. I know that it will take a few more years to complete my first big project, so I don't think it's cheating to call a smaller design one's first Haed finish =)
    When you finish your first BAP, you can still say "it's my first finished monster-Haed" ;-D So you can be happy twice!

    I love the charts you bought. I am currently resisting the sale (yay, one more day to go!) but I am also eying a few of Fred Winklers charts ;-) His season designs are wonderful =)
    So I am especially looking forwad to see your work Winter =)

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  3. Congratulations! Violet is stunning! I doubt I'll ever have the patience to finish a HAED and I admire those who do.

    Hugs,
    Veronica.

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  4. I love your Winklers too. I may have to pick up one more. I didn't see it when I was looking, but I love it on your blog. Grats on the finish. The colors in it are beautiful. And grats on the RAKs too. Awesome!

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  5. Go now, they're on 50% sale!
    I didn't think I was much of a fan of Fred Winkler, but a couple of those are really lovely!
    And that is a gorgeous finish by the way, and don't feel guilty about a small one being your first finish, my first will be a QS, small gives us the impetous to keep going!

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    1. I know, 50% sales are deadly! I didn't think I was that much of a Winkler fan but when I went to have a look at his work just to see I found there were a lot I was very fond of. It also doesn't help that very time I visit the HAED website I see more charts I need to have! I do have a very understanding OH who gives me a little freedom and doesn't moan at me too much!

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  6. It's an HAED pattern and you finished it - it counts! LOL You did a great job - it looks fabulous.

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  7. Congrats on your finish, she is stunning! I picked up a few more Winkler patterns too, I think I am a HAED horder, lol.
    Thank you and big hugs for the RAK'd chart for my b-day, it was a total surprise and I absolutely love it! I have never stitched a JBG, and I am very excited to start it. Thank you again, you are wonderful, and you made my day!

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  8. Congrats on the finish!!

    Have fun picking out patterns :)

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  9. Congrats on the beautiful finish. Of course it counts, especially since the smaller pieces have alot more confetti to achieve the detail. I love this chart I have the full version but that won't see the light of day for a few years yet LOL!!! Love your choices of Fred Winkler, I think he is an amazing artist too. Winter is my fav out of all your choices. Good luck with the sale. xo

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