Saturday, 5 March 2016

H is for Headless Horseman, Haunted Houses and Hallowe'en - Revisited

When we first started this blog I made a series of posts beginning with each letter of the alphabet starting with A.  Unfortunately, they ground to a halt after L.  So in honour of The Alphabet Club hosted by Chiara I have decided to resurrect the original posts and link up each month with the rest of the Alphabet Club posters.  To learn more about this SAL follow the Alphabet Club link to Chiara's blog.

H is for Headless Horseman from A Dark Alphabet designed by Julie and Becky's Note of Friendship blog.

The Headless Horseman has appeared in many forms of literature throughout history and throughout the world. Many countries have their own unique version of the headless horseman.  We find versions in TexasIrelandGermanyIndia.... the most known version is probably that of Ichabod Crane and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, based on a German folktale, first written down by  Karl Musäus.  It later was used as the basis of a story by Washington Irving. 

Becky researched the various stories of the Headless Horseman in this post here

Marcy stitched a great version of this monster in May, this one is by Primitive Hare:

Wicked Night by Primitive Hare

Sleepy Hollow by Glendon Place
This features the following spooky poem:
In a grave lies the horseman
His head is at his side
Be brave enough to take it
And again by night he will ride

The next H's are for Haunted Houses, every town, village and area has a house rumoured to be haunted, whether by a grey lady or monk or just because of creepy happenings.  Some ghosts seem to be quite friendly and people are rather proud of their haunting inhabitant but others are less welcome, causing people to flee screaming in the night never to return.

While searching for information on Haunted Houses, I found a great website which lists their Top 21 of Haunted Places and also gives details of Haunted Hotels where you can spend the night - ghosts not guaranteed!  There's one page for the UK and another for America.  Why not have a look and let me know if you've stayed in any of those hotels?

And here is some stitching:

Widow Black's B&B by Praiseworthy Stitches
This is the fourth in a series of four different Haunted Houses!

Beware of Hallowe'en - Bobbie G Designs

When Skeletons Dance by Drawn Thread

This was such an easy topic to find designs for, just Google "Haunted House Cross Stitch" and you will find many beautiful charts and designs for you to buy.

The final H just has to be Hallowe'en, which needs no description from me!  In fact, I covered the origins in this post here

Simply Hallowe'en by Waxing Moon

Hallowe'en Party by Just Nan


Heather said...

Awesome choices!

cucki said...

Lovely x

Khristine Doiron said...

I never realized that so many places had their own headless horseman tale. That was fun to read :)

Kaisievic said...

Fantastic post, Jo, I so enjoyed both the background and the gorgeous designs.

Stitching Noni said...

Fantastic "H" stitching! Great post :o)
Hugs xx

jocondine said...

Is that a "haunted" post? Those stitchings are beautiful. I can feel so close sometime to horseman, headless too. But for less scary reasons. We have a lot of expressions like "tête en l'air" closer to head in the clouds we used to say too. xxx

Barb said...

All those wonderful Halloween designs are candy for the eye!

Brigitte said...

This a post full of Horror Halloween things - Headless riders and Haunted Houses just give me the creeps, lol.