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)