Sunday, 26 July 2015

Jo's July Ornament

Back in June I chose a lovely design for the Free Choice - Boo Mansion - only to realise that it could have been saved for July - Haunted Houses!  Oh well, it gave me the chance to choose another house design for this month.  Once again I turned to my trusty back issues of JCS and found a great little design in the 2013 Hallowe'en Special by Jamie Kile of Knotted Tree NeedleArt:

A Little Hallowe'en House

I choose a nice muddy green for the fabric.  It's a 32count linen called Dark Reed Green from Willow Fabrics.  I used the recommended DMC conversion with a couple of minor changes.  I blended two shades of purple for the house rather than use a variegated thread.

I don't enjoy stitching plain borders and this had a double row of plain stitches.  So I changed them to extra large Xs stitched over four threads instead of two.  Then I changed the corner blocks to twelve-legged eyelets instead of plain Xs.  They look a little web-ish to me.


10 comments:

Ranae Ehmen said...

I love the purple house and what you did with the border, super cute design

cheryl said...

I love the changes you made to the border. Cute and creepy!

AnaCristina said...

Cathy said...

Nice! I love the changes you made to the border!

Marcy said...

Nice! I love the purple house. I'm with you on plain borders ... you're changes look great.

Kaisievic said...

Fabulous finish, Jo - I love all of the changes that you made.

Stitching Noni said...

I love this one! So cute.... :o)
Great idea to change the border - looks heaps better than a plain row of stitches
Hugs xx

Annie said...

That is such a cute haunted house:) I love the changes you made - it added the little bit extra to the design:)

Rita said...

Cute one!

Carla Eldridge said...

I just realized I have two months to catch up on...*sarcasm* OH DARN! Your little house is adorable!