IHWS September 2013 and autumn in Austria

Hello dear friends and followers,

last weekend was the third September one, and this means IHWS! (for all of you, who do not know what IHSW is, click here). It was the first time I joined in the fun and although I did not hermit as much as I had planned, it was a very enjoyable experience.

So here is where I started on Friday after work:

Lizzie*Kate - 6 Fat Men

And this is what it looked like yesterday evening before I went to bed:

Sorry for the creases, I didn't want to waste any time ironing. :-)

Here in Austria autumn is well on its way and this is the perfect time to do a little hiking and check if the grapes are already ripe (I live in an area where a lot of wine is grown).
Wachau - a World Cultural Heritage

The grapes do not look bad ...

On the upper photo you can see the ruins of Dürnstein castle, which is where according to the legend the English king Richard Lionheart was incarcerated. Today tourists can enjoy the beautiful landscape without taking the risk of not returning home. ;-)

I hope you all have a wonderful week!


My ring pillow

Ah, I see my little blog already has 2 (!) members, only one week after going online, which makes me very happy. :-) So hello out there!

I have not much progress to show on my lizzie*kate project, but one of the advantages of having just started blogging is that I can show you projects I have finished in the past.

DH and I only got married 2 months ago after having been together for 15 years and I thought that this special occasion was well worth a special stitching project. I did not succeed in finding any wedding sampler I really liked and so I decided that I would stitch a ring pillow. I wanted something special and being all but a fan of laces and rushes, the design had to be a little different from the ones typically stitched for weddings.

I finally found a wonderful pattern by Faby Reilly that uses variegated and metallic threads, beads, some speciality stitches like satin hearts and is finished as a biscornu. Here is the little beauty:

Faby Reilly, Love - Wedding Ring Biscornu

I originally had planned to use it as a pin cushion after the wedding but so far I have no yet had the heart to remove the satin band and stick my pins in...

I hope you all have a wonderful stitchy week!