Wednesday, 18 October 2017

October - Pumpkins: Lili

Hello!

I have only one pumpkin to show:


 The finished piece:


Design by The Prairie Schooler - All Hallows Eve (Book 180)
Fabric: 40 count Oil Green by xjudesign
Floss: DMC (White and 921), Weeks Dye Works Concord, and BarbaralCreations Black Tulip

See you next week for more pumpkins!

Happy stitching,
Lili

Monday, 16 October 2017

Spooky Words and Pumpkins


Each month during 2017 I will be stitching on the design Halloween Happiness by Sandra Cozzolino / Imaginating.  I have picked a portion of the chart that fits with the themes with the aim to get it all fully stitched by the end of 2017!

Halloween Happiness (Sandra Cozzolino)
Fabric: 28ct plain purple fabric
Threads: all DMC
Started: 1 January 2017
Finished: 1 October 2017

Yep! You are reading correctly... I have finished "Halloween Happiness"!  I had planned to finish this on Halloween night (ie put the very last stitch in / attach pumpkin button on the 31st October) but I was so close at the end of September that I just had to keep stitching....

I still need to work out if I am going to frame it or finish it as a flat fold... but I am happy to say it's done!  I really enjoyed stitching this piece and love so many different elements of it - the witch is still my favourite character though!

So now that all the spooky words and the pumpkins are done I need to try and think of something to stitch for November and December!  I think my December stitch will most likely be the start of next year's Halloween stitching... more info to come on that but as a hint think Lizzie Kate!

Til next time, happy spooky stitching!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Jo's October Finish - Pumpkins

I have chosen a number of different spooky designs to stitch for Dark October this month, several have pumpkins so watch out for more posts from me!

But the first one is Jardin Prive's Happy Hallowe'en Night which features a trio of spooky pumpkin faces:


Stitched on 32 count Cognac Linen which is one of my favourite orange fabrics, there is just a hint of brown tones rather than bright orange.   Good job I bought a large piece to cut down as I have used it a lot!

Here is the full size of the fabric:



I'm also taking sign-ups for the annual Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop.  Each participant will be given a letter of the alphabet which they display on their blog on 31st October.  I will list all the participants on my blog and we hop around collecting all the letters to make a mystery phrase.  One lucky person wins a prize!   Provide your own candy and treats LOL  

If you would like to be a participant, just leave a comment here or on my blog.

Monday, 2 October 2017

September - Spooky words



Well, things didn't go as planned last month.  The project I was working on was left in Colorado where I was visiting my sister.  Along with two other pieces in my project bag.  **sniff**

So I started this cute little project from The Primitive Hare.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Saturday, 30 September 2017

September - Spook Words.

SpookyTime, a free cross stitch pattern from Lizzie Kate.

11 count fabric Dohler originally white dyed by me with fabric light grey paint

Anchor Cotton Thread

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Friday, 29 September 2017

September: Spooky Words - Lili

Hello!
My progress on this piece:


I'm so happy with this project, I love the design so much!
The words "All Hallows Eve" is my choice for this month.


Design by The Prairie Schooler - All Hallows Eve
Fabric: 40 count Oil Green by xjudesign
Floss: DMC (White/921), WDW Concord, and BarbaralCreations Black Tulip

Happy stitching,
Lili

Monday, 11 September 2017

August - Creepy Trees


Each month during 2017 I will be stitching on the design Halloween Happiness by Sandra Cozzolino / Imaginating.  I have picked a portion of the chart that fits with the themes with the aim to get it all fully stitched by the end of 2017!

I'm back!!! I managed to finish my creepy trees "H" the other day and have now started on my spooky words.  I am hoping to get this piece fully finished by the end of September - all I have left is the word Happy and the spooky words that go around the design which shouldn't take too long, hopefully!

Halloween Happiness (Sandra Cozzolino)
Fabric: 28ct plain purple fabric
Threads: all DMC

August: Creepy trees "H"
September: Spooky words started

See you again at the end of the month with a finish - if the tipsy witch plays her cards right that is!!
Til next time, happy spooky stitching!

Friday, 8 September 2017

Jo's September Finish - Spooky Words


Scary and Spooky words!




And the whole piece, finished in plenty of time for Hallowe'en!


The design is Hallowe'en Happiness by Sandra Cozzolino for Imaginating.
The fabric is a 32 count Lime Green Murano
I used the recommended DMC.

Monday, 28 August 2017

August: Creepy Tree


My creepy tree is from the JCS Halloween Collection. As stitched it looks like just an Autumn scene. The magazine model has two bat buttons in the upper corners. I will have to look around for something to adorn my ornament.

Spooky Tree
Elizabeth Designs
JSC Halloween Collection

Friday, 25 August 2017

August: Creepy Trees - Lili


Hello!
My progress on this piece!

A lots of trees! :)

 
Design by The Prairie Schooler - All Hallows Eve
Fabric: 40 count Oil Green by xjudesign
Floss: DMC (White and 921), Weeks Dye Works Concord, and BarbaralCreations Black Tulip
See you next month!
Happy stitching,
Lili

Thursday, 24 August 2017

August - Creepy Trees

Because I love black crows and black cats!


Part of Haunted Holler, by The Sticherhood.
 
11 count fabric Dohler originally white dyed by me with fabric light grey paint

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Jo's August Finish - Creepy Trees

I've now completed the main letters on both Happy Hallowe'en by Imaginating and Witches by Oberlin Samplers in readiness for Spooky Words in September!

Here are my Creepy Trees which form the H of Hallowe'en:



And here is the whole piece:


There weren't any trees on Witches but I wanted to get it ready for next month:





Thursday, 10 August 2017

May, June & July catch up!


Each month during 2017 I will be stitching on the design Halloween Happiness by Sandra Cozzolino / Imaginating.  I have picked a portion of the chart that fits with the themes with the aim to get it all fully stitched by the end of 2017!

Oh my goodness... I haven't posted here since April - are you serious!! I can not believe it! (Channelling my inner McEnroe!)

So without further ado, here is where my gorgeous Halloween Happiness is at now:

Halloween Happiness (Sandra Cozzolino)
Fabric: 28ct plain purple fabric
Threads: all DMC


May: Black cats - stitched the "N" tree and cat
June: Anything Green - stitched green words, frogs x 2 and orange "L" with lizard
July: Ghost -  ghostly "A" and started (almost finished) small tree "L"

Hopefully I will be back on track with posting at the end of August!  But for now, happy spooky stitching!


Sunday, 6 August 2017

All caught up! Jul/Aug for Anne S

Wow, I really got 'in the zone' this weekend with my stitching - I think I even surprised myself yesterday!!  Here are my choices for July and August.

July - Ghosts



"Happy Halloween" by Simple Stitches (freebie)
Stitched on 32ct summer khaki (or dirty?) Belfast linen
with my own choice of DMC threads (similar to the charted GAST)

August - Creepy Trees


I once again went back to Prairie Schooler's When Witches Go Riding to stitch the main tree - this is where I can see the colours are very different between the witch and the tree, so I guess I'll have to re-stitch the witch etc before I'm 100% happy with it.


May/June catch-up for Anne S

I've been pretty useless keeping up with my SALs again this year - gee, what a surprise!  Eventually, though, I do put needle to fabric and do a bit catch-up session.  That's what I've been doing this weekend, starting to catch up on our Hallowe'en SAL.

May - Black Cats


For the black cats theme, I continued working on Prairie Schooler's 'When Witches Go Riding'. Unfortunately I'm chewing through the Crescent Colours Blackbird thread way more quickly than expected, and I only have one skein left, which isn't enough to do all the dark areas ... so I opted to use DMC 3371 instead for the top banner and the borders. Also unfortunately, the colour is very different to the Blackbird thread, which leaves me in a quandary ... whether I should unpick all the other three elements I've stitched and re-do them all again in DMC 3371.  If I do end up doing that, it'll be at the end of the year, I think. You can't even tell that the dark thread is an overdyed thread, so in hindsight I should have just used 3371 in the first place ... but that's the thing with hindsight, it only seems a good idea after you've already put the effort in! ;)


June - Anything Green


Oh my goodness, it took me a very long time to decide on what to stitch for this theme. As it turns out I'd made my decision, but when I was in my stitching room I spied a totally different design, and ended up stitching that one instead.  This was my chosen project, and I have to say I really love it! The colours are a lot deeper/brighter in real life, though.


"Jack o' Juggle Spell" by Cathy Dean for The Victoria Sampler
Stitched on 32ct summer khaki (or dirty, I can't remember) Belfast linen
Stitched with recommended threads, with the exception of replacing Kreinik #4 braid 010HL with 011HL. I also subbed the black beads with ones I had in my stash, and added two extra legs on the dangling spider.

Next up is July, and another theme with lots of project choices, but I'm opting for a very quick stitch option to help me catch-up. With any luck it won't be long before that one is sitting in the finishing pile, as I fully intend to start stitching that one tonight :)  Then I'll be all caught up, and it'll be back to When Witches Go Riding for August's theme of 'Creepy Trees'.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

August - Creepy Trees

A good excuse to stitch this design that I've always loved.

Spooky Tree
Designed by Breanne Jackson

2013 Halloween Special Collectors Issue from Just CrossStitch

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Gwen: July Ghost

After some trial and error, I finally came up with a pattern to stitch for this month's theme.
My ghost is a freebie from Hobby Loco. More about the selection process and my finishing plans on my blog
 I stitched him with Kreinik #8 054F.
And yes,he glows it the dark! 

(slightly out of focus, will try later for a better picture)

Monday, 31 July 2017

Rita's July Ghosts

Hi, remember me?  I'm SO behind with this group (I've been traveling and model stitching-one was a big one) that if I'm to have a ghost of a chance (get it?) to catch up, I needed to get going this month.

My ghost is part of the design "It's Midnight" by Teresa Murgida.  It appeared in the 2016 JCS Halloween issue.  I thought I'd cut a piece of 32 count natural  linen but I think it's really 28 count.  I subbed WDW chalk, CC Blackbird, and GAST Bittersweet for the called-for colors.



Happy Spooky stitching!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

July - Ghosts


Prairie Schooler Freebie 2013

11 count fabric Dohler originally white dyed by me with fabric light grey paint

Anchor Cotton Thread Colour Code 314 Orange
Anchor Cotton Thread Colour Code 403 Black