Sunday, 19 January 2020

Little Stitches Art - Pumpkin

I decided to participate this year in the Halloween Ornie. I am going to stitch designs from the special issues of Just Cross Stitch as I have all the collection. I chose for this month a lovely Pumpkin Pie. It is completely stitched but not finish. I have a broken wrist and I can stitch doing a great effort but I am not able to do any type of finishes with the plaster. Once it is removed I will update with my completely finished pumpkin.

In my blog Little Stitches Art you can find more details about this pumpkin.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Lavender & Lace Enchanted Alphabet Spooky Conversion

I promised to dedicate an entire post to this design once we got into the New Year, so here it is!

The chart is called Enchanted Alphabet designed by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum under the Lavender & Lace label in 1991.  Here is the original cover photo:

I have always liked the alphabet but was not keen on The World's Frilliest Child and her Bunny on a Leash.  Then one day, I hit on the idea of a Spooky Conversion!  I had a large piece of orange hand-dyed fabric from Sparklies which was wide enough if I removed the child and moved the letters closer together.  I decided on a simple conversion of:

every colour = 310

I started the project in July 2016 as part of a SAL to stitch one letter of an alphabet each month.  I kept up with the schedule and completed Z in August 2018.  And that's when the fun started!

Since then I have been adding little motifs from other charts to add to the spookiness.  Here are some close-ups.

The pumpkins, ghosts and cats are all Just Nan designs from her various Hallowe'en charts.

The raven is from a sampler featured in Cross Stitcher magazine.  
To make it fit, I stitched it over one.

The owl is from the same sampler in Cross Stitcher magazine

The white dove from the original design was stitched in black and grey.
The gate is from the Hallowe'en Night design by Jardin Prive I stitched in 2018
I added a little over one owl on top of one of the gateposts

The moon was a photo of the actual moon which I ran through Pic2Pat.
The bats on the left come from a freebie design
and the one on the right comes from the Cross Stitcher Sampler.

The little frogs are Just Nan too.

This is the cover of the Cross Stitcher magazine issue 349 with the sampler by Maria Diaz on the front cover:

And now - the whole piece!

stitched on 32 count Murano in Tigerlily by Sparklies

I'm really looking forward to getting this one framed ready for Hallowe'en this year.  It measures 20 inches wide by 8 inches tall so it's unlikely I'll be able to get an off-the-shelf frame.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Cheryl's January Pumpkin

I decided to start the year off stitching this cute pumpkin, "Freebie Boo!".  I stitched it over 2 on 32 ct dark pumpkin fabric with dark brown floss.  I am pondering my finishing options.

It is indeed a freebie chart and can be found here:

Friday, 3 January 2020

Themes for 2020

Once again, it has been a quiet year for me and this blog!  But if anyone wants to keep stitching and posting I am happy to keep providing themes.  Here are the themes for 2020:

January - Pumpkins
February - Black Cats
March - Haunted House
April - Witches
May - Ghosts
June - Mummys and Monsters
July - Spiders and Insects
August - Bats and Dracula
September - Hallowe'en Words
October - Owls
November - Candy Corn
December - Free Choice

And here are my Spooky Finishes for 2019:

Mystic Sampler by Primitive Needle

Raven by Nora Corbett

Enchanted Alphabet by Lavendar & Lace
(my spooky conversion)

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Cheryl's October Bat

October Bat by Durene Jones
This month I stitched this cute bat by Durene Jones.  This is one of Durene's many freebie charts that she has posted on her facebook page here:

I had several scraps of Aida fabric in various counts, and some leftover tie-dye, so I dyed several  pieces.  This Aida is 11 count (which I don't stitch on too often), but it turned out pretty good!

Happy October!

Friday, 7 June 2019

June - W is for Witch

All done!!

Witchy Tea

2011 Just Cross Stitch Halloween Collection
Designed by Gail Bussi

Monday, 3 June 2019

Gwen: May O is for Ocotber

I stitched early in May. Don't know why I'm late posting. It's mostly FFP's just need to add the stuffing to make a small pillow. Still trying to decide if I want to take it out and redo the shape. 

Ocotober 31
Lizzie Kate Tingles

Sunday, 26 May 2019

May - O is for October

Gee, I'm starting to feel a little self conscious here.  But I'm actually caught up and ready to move on to the next thing. 
This little design is from the 2009 JCS Halloween issue.  Nancy Boyarsky of Glory Bee is the designer.


Wednesday, 1 May 2019

April - L is for Loot

I modified this pattern to delete the Frankenstein monster and added candies.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

March 2019 - Jack O'Lantern

Witchy Tea
2011 Just Cross Stitch Halloween Collection
Designed by Gail Bussi

Making progress on this fun design.

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Feb 2019

Too much going on this year and none of it is stitching related.  I did finally finish Zero from the Nightmare Before Christmas.  It's a pattern that I needed an excuse to stitch.  It is a free pattern from

Lili's March Ornament


First, thank you so much for your sweet comments on my January and February update!

Since my piece from the last post don't fit with all the themes, I decided to pick another small design from another book by The Prairie Schooler.

My ornament for this month:

Model: The Prairie Schooler - Book No.181 – Heads Up!
Fabric/Threads/Trim: 36 count Vintage Country Mocha/ DMC / Pom Pom by Dames of the Needle in Watermelon Juice colour

Thanks for visiting! Happy stitching,
(my blog: Stitching Basket)

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Jan 2019: Haunted House

Playing catch up again. Here is my Jan Ornie, Old House by Cheryl Smith,

Old House

Monday, 25 February 2019

Steph's Spooky Character

Does a bat count as a spooky character?  Well, I say it's a vampire, shapeshifted, so I'm going with it.  Spooky House only got one evening this month, but that was enough to finish the (partial) page and even do most of the backstitching.
Happy Haunting friends!  

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Lili's January and February

I decided to stitch The Prairie Schooler – Boo Moon and try to fit some of the blocks with the year themes.
My January (Haunted House theme) and February (Addams Family or any spooky characters theme) stitching.

For January, Haunted House theme:
 For February, any spooky characters theme:
Design: The Prairie Schooler – Boo Moon
Fabric/Threads: 40 count October 31 hand dyed linen by Barbaral Creations/DMC

Happy stitching,

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Loretta's Haunted House

Chart:  Moonrise - Ornament #III
Designer: Whispered by the Wind
Fabric: 28 ct Whooligans linen (Fabric Flair)
Thread: DMC

Monday, 28 January 2019

Steph’s January Haunted House

It was great to pick up Spooky House after it was on hiatus for a few months.  I did a lot of backstitching on the bottom and started the top half, from the left side.  The backstitching was extensive but it also re-energized my mojo for  this piece.

I loved stitching the black bat flying across the moon.

Monday, 21 January 2019

January 2019 - Haunted House

This is an oldie from Dimensions "Halloween Quickies" by Brian Jackins.  I felt like doing something bright to cheer an otherwise dreary month.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Themes for 2019

First of all, my apologies for neglecting this blog just lately.  When life gets busy, something has to give and you all seemed to be happy stitching and posting which was good.

If people would like to keep stitching into 2019 that would be wonderful.  I will do my best to join in when I can. 

I had a look at the Hallowe'en SAL in Stitch Maynia and thought it would be a nice idea to follow their themes so that those of us who belong to the FB group can join in both SALs in the same month.  I expanded a couple of categories just for our blog.  So here they are:

January - H is for Haunted House
February - A is for Addams Family (or any spooky characters)
March - L is for Lantern, Jack O’
April - L is for Loot
May - O is for October
June - W is for Witch
July - E is for Eek (or anything scary)
August - E is for Eyeballs (or any body part including skeletons)
September - N is for Night
October - B is for Bat
November - O is for Orange and Black
December - O is for Owls

I did fully-finish my Hallowe'en piece for 2018 and here it is:

Jardin Prive - Happy Hallowe'en Night

Stitched on 32 count Cognac linen

I had a couple more spooky finishes in 2018:

Dam Good Crafts - Dracula

JBW - Smiling Jack O'Lanterns

Plum Street Samplers - Brew Ha Ha

Just Nan - Haunted Autumn Mouse in a House

And I completed the lettering on my Spooky conversion of The Enchanted Alphabet by Lavender and Lace: