Welcome to the Spookiest Blog on the Block! Each month we have a different theme. You choose your chart, fabric and threads. Share your progress as you go along and post your finished piece by the last day of the month. You can join at anytime throughout the year and choose which months you wish to stitch with us. Happy Spooky Stitching.
Hi everyone! I'm new to the Halloween Ornie SAL, and I am so happy to be joining you guys on this fun SAL. My name is Lisa, and I live in Mississippi. I blog at Wyrd Needles. Fall is my favorite time of year, and Halloween is my favorite holdiay. :o) My plan is to use various embroidery techniques during the year, and I'm planning on finishing all my ornies as ornaments for a Halloween tree at work.
Here is my January Witch. It is a free cross stitch design by Lorraine Clarke called Wherever You Lay Your Hat that I found on Cyberstitchers.com. It was a fun and quick stitch.
I must confess that this is just an extract from a larger piece! I have been taking part in the DUCJC 2015 in memory of SoCal Debbie who was a member of this blog. Sadly, Debbie passed away very suddenly last year and is greatly missed by many of us who were never lucky enough to meet her in person.
A long term project I have been stitching on is Prairie Moon's Thine is the Trick and the Treat. As luck would have it I had a witch to stitch on it this month. Here she is:
And here is the current progress picture of the whole thing:
It is stitched on 40 count hand-dyed linen using 2 strands of DMC 310. The coverage is wonderful. For some of the fractionals I am only using 1 strand because they seemed a little bulky with two.
The fabric was a gift from my friend Karen so I don't know the name or the dyer.
I usually stitch one length of thread each evening while the Small Boy is in the bath. Slow and steady progress will see this completed this year and hopefully framed in time for Hallowe'en.
I decided to do something different this month. My witch is part of a larger pattern which I'll finish later in the year. This is the witchy half of Cross-eyed Cricket's Fright Flight. The other half is waiting for May ... pumpkin month.
I was originally going to split it into 3 months (witches, pumpkins and black cats) but there are so many better patterns with black cats that I changed my mind.
For my January ornament, I selected "Isn't It Fun to Be a Little Witch?" designed by Giulia Manfredini and featured in the JCS Oct 2014 Issue.
Stitched on 18ct. Aida, the finished ornament measures about 2" (5 cm) wide by 4" (10 cm) tall.
There are special buttons that were used with the original design - but I used buttons I had on hand. I just happened to have a faceted pumpkin embellishment which was the exact size needed for her to sit upon. In the original design she was holding a candy corn button, which I replaced with a wand.
Thanks again for including me in this group. I chose a freebie from the subrosa blog for my witch. It was a little big for an ornament stitched over 2 on (my usual) 32 count linen over 2 so I stitched it on a piece of lugana (I believe)...25 count over one. I'm please with how it turned out.
I should tell you how I "scored" the lugana. I haunt a local resale shop fairly regularly for cross stitch leaflets, magazines, etc. Sometimes I walk out empty handed but sometimes I find something exciting. One day I found a big plastic "bag" (from a bedspread) full of different colors of lugana, some even full yards. $10! I was a little disappointed in the count but there was so much fabric there, I thought I could figure something out to do with it.