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

Friday, 21 July 2017

July: Ghosts - Lili

Theme month is ghosts! 
I stitch four!

My choice is also a large piece.

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,

Monday, 17 July 2017

Cheryl's July Ghost

This little ghostie was an experiment.  I was stitching a blackwork pumpkin & thinking about my July ghost.  I wondered if I could make it look like a little ghostie was flying past a patterned wall & the wall would show through him due to his transparency ... hmmm.

So here he is! The entire stitched area is only 1-1/2" tall and just a bit wider.  But I think he turned out pretty cute.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Jo's July Finish - Ghosts

Working backward through the word Halloween I have now reached A with a sweet little ghostie:

And here's the whole piece so far:

Friday, 30 June 2017

June - Anything Green

Witch cauldron, free by Cross me not.

11 count fabric Dohler white

Anchor Cotton Thread Colour Code 235 Gray
Anchor Cotton Thread Colour Code 246 Green
Anchor Cotton Thread Colour Code 403 Black
Anchor Cotton Thread Colour Code 1003 Brown

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

June: Anything Green - Lili


"Anything Green" theme for this month:
A green snake!

And my progress so far on this piece:

Design:  Barbara Ana Designs - Halloween, The Moon Laughs
Fabric/Threads: 36 count linen Peach’n Cream (hand dyed by me) / DMC floss

See you next month with another project!
Happy stitching,

(my blog: Stitching Basket)

Thursday, 8 June 2017

June - Anything Green

The Eyes Have It by Vicki Hastings
The Cricket Collection #277

I decided to stitch each of these designs as an individual ornament for my Halloween Tree.

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Jo's June Finish - Anything Green

Since my fabric is green, both my designs could count for that alone!

But I made sure I did some green stitching too.

Here is a green lizard and some green froggies on  Happy Hallowe'en by Imaginating:


I also added the word "Happy" along the top:

On Witches by Oberlin Samplers I stitched an olive green letter with some green leaves and pumpkin stalks/vines:

And here is the full Itches designs!  Need that first W very soon.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

May: Black Cats - Lili


"Black Cats" theme for this month:
Two cats with red eyes!

My progress so far on this piece:

Design:  Barbara Ana Designs - Halloween, The Moon Laughs
Fabric/Threads: 36 count linen Peach’n Cream (hand dyed by me) / DMC floss

  See you next month!
Happy stitching,

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Jo's May Finish - Black Cats

I've been working on two different Hallowe'en designs this year.  The first is Happy Hallowe'en by Imaginating.

We have a sweet little black cat peering out from behind the N

Here is the whole piece so far:

The cat didn't take long so I started on the HAPPY letters

My second piece is Witches by Oberlin Samplers.  There is a cat on this one, but not a black cat!

I realised that DMC 3345 is the exact same colour as the fabric which is proving so hard to photograph.  So here is a picture with a skein on 3345 laid on it.  Get your skein and you'll know what colour the fabric really is!

Friday, 5 May 2017

May - Black Cat

I finished this up early because we're going on vacation next week.  This is a Homespun Elegance design from 2009.  Sadly, it looks like it has been discontinued.

Monday, 1 May 2017

April - Winged Creatures

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

design by Sandi Marshall

Thursday, 27 April 2017

April - Lili

My progress of this month:

Design:  Barbara Ana Designs - Halloween, The Moon Laughs

Thanks for visiting!
See you next month!
Happy stitching,

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Spiders and cobwebs - Anne S

After having an extra long weekend I managed to catch up on my Hallowe'en Ornie SAL by completing the missing March design.  I ended up stitching a smaller ornament instead of starting a larger project, which was my initial plan.  Anyway, here's my final choice - a freebie design by Jacquie Morris.


"Owl" freebie by Jacquie Morris (design still available on her website)
Stitched on 32ct Frosted Pumpkin Belfast linen by Silkweaver (the real colour is more red/orange than the photo shows)
Stitched entirely with DMC 310

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Before beads and button

March Catch Up

It's a pretty small spider but it was the piece I was stitching when I found this SAL.  The new needle roll kit from Shepherd's Bush.  I finally got it all sewn together.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017


I've just found out about this wonderful stitch along and I'm so excited.  I stitch Halloween stuff all year anyway because it is my favorite holiday.  

January catch up - A Celtic moon doodle

February catch up doodle.  I'm still working on March!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Jo's April Finish - Winged Creatures

As we progress through the year, I have been moving to the end of the word Hallowe'en and have now reached the N for this month's theme of Winged Creatures:

Here's the whole piece so far:

stitched on 32 count Lime Green Murano

Unlike Kaye, I am saving my cat for next month!

I'm useless again!!

Every year I sign up for this SAL, and every year I get sidetracked with other projects and crazy working hours at the start of the year, and I start months late.  Well, this year is no exception!

My choice this year is to once again work on larger pieces where possible, instead of individual ornaments.  So far my focus piece for most of the year will be Prairie Schooler's "When Witches Go Riding" sampler.

So far I've managed to include 3 of the first 4 months as follows (I decided to grid the fabric as I'll be jumping around a lot throughout the year):

  • January - The Moon
  • February - Witches
  • April - Winged Creatures

I still have March to catch up on yet - I can't decide whether to start a second larger design, or whether to do an individual ornament. I have both designs already picked out, I just need to pull my finger out and make a decision!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

OOOPS! I just sort of kept stitching and stitching and stitching....

A magical tale

It all started with Witchy Poo here, due to the evil curse she put upon me (lol!) I did not get her finished in time for February.  And then, of course, that meant that I was running late for March as well.  But, lucky for me, a True Love's kiss (from TraderVic, of course) broke the curse and then I stitched like one possessed (so maybe the curse was not broken after all? Oh no!) and somehow I found myself at the end of May, with my Black cat all stitched!  So, a happy ending as now I am months ahead!

February: Witchy Poo

March: Creepy Crawly Spiders

April: Winged Creatures

May: The Witchy Poo's Familiar, the Black Cat (Nobu, maybe? But does that then make me Witchy Poo??????)

And here is the whole piece so far.

So, feeling pretty happy with myself at the moment.

hugs, Kaye