Wednesday, 29 January 2014

My January Stitch

This little cutie I got from Happiness Is Cross Stitching Blog. It was one of her freebies. It is done on 18 count Adia cloth. The colors I used for the cat and spider is black, the collar is red, the mouth pink and the eyes blue Dmc floss. It took me a day to complete.

My January Finish!

This cute skeleton heart came from My Tvorilki's Blog.
It took nine days to complete.
I stitched it on 14 ct red aida cloth.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

January Ornie

My January finish is Oct 31 by Nancy Boyarsky of Glory Bee.  It appeared in the September/October issue of Just Cross Stitch in 2009.  It's stitched on 32ct "Ancient" Belfast linen from Picture This Plus with DMC floss.  I finished it with fabric binding just like a quilt and added a vintage key hanger.

Cathi - finish of my January ornament

I finished my January ornament:

I made a little hanging pocket for the upcoming season (in some months...) ;o) Well, it is not an ornament in the original meaning, but I normally use these hanging pockets as wall ornaments and see them therefore as ornaments... :o)

Happy Stitching



My free choise for January Ornament is a freebie from Betty.
I enjoy blackbirds!


Monday, 27 January 2014

Jo's January Ornament

Just Nan Batty Jack from Just Cross Stitch magazine Sep/Oct 2008
Stitched on 28 count lilac Belfast linen using DMC.
Added spider charm and made into a little bag as part of my Hallowe'en Blog Hop prize.
Backing fabric shown below:

Sunday, 26 January 2014

January Ornament

I finished my January Ornament.  I stitched Boo to You by Lizzie Kate.  It was found in a special issue of the Just Cross Stitch Magazine.  I used a piece of fabric from my stash and threads I had on hand.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Debbie's January ornament choice

I picked a very simple free Skeleton chart from Sheena Rogers Designs newsletter from October 2012.  It shows a solid background with no stitching on the skeleton to let the white fabric show through.  But I'll use a colored fabric instead and stitch the skeleton with white floss.  I hope to have it done by the end of the month!

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Hi! and my January Ornament

Hello! I am very glad to participate in this blog! Perhaps some of you know my blog and that Halloween is my favourite holiday! :o)

I decided to stitch a freebie from Matilde, an Italian stitcher and designer - here is a link to the freebie: it cassetto dei bottoni

I am already stitching this design, and soon it will be finished... :o)

Happy Stitching


Monday, 20 January 2014

Lili's January Ornament

My January Ornament!

Model: Teresa Murgida - Primitive Acorns: My Old Shoes.
Fabric / Threads: 32 count Antique White Linen / DMC

 Thanks for looking!

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Gypsy's January Ornament

Since January is a free choice I am choosing to do a cute skeleton heart from My Tvorilki's Blog.

I look forward to posting my finished piece.

Thank you Jo for inviting me to join in on this SAL.

I will post it as soon as I'm done with.

I look forward to this SAL each month.


Saturday, 18 January 2014

Origins of Hallowe'en

So I've started stitching my first Hallowe'en ornie of the year and I was thinking about Hallowe'en and how it all started.

Like many of our modern festivals Hallowe'en has become more secular after years of being a Christian celebration built upon a Pagan festival.  Other examples include Easter and Christmas.

Plum Street Samplers

The Celts celebrated the feast of Samhain (the name comes from the Old Irish for Summer's End) as the first and most important of the four quarter days in the Medieval Gaelic calendar.  The other three being Imbolc (1st February), Beltaine (1st May) and Lughnasa (1st August).  Samhain marked the end of the Harvest Season and the start of the darker days of Winter.  It was seen as a time of year when spirits and the fae could cross the borders into our world more easily usual.

Gryphon's Moon

When the Celtic countries became Christian the Church realised that converting the old Pagan festivals into religious days was the best way to get the peasants and common folk to change their ways.  After all, you can't go dancing naked round the hill-tops if you are praying in church all day!

Janet Morningstar

For Christians, 1st November is All Hallows' Day or All Saints' Day which makes 31st October All Hallows' Eve.  Hallows' Eve being shortened to Hallowe'en with e'en meaning "evening".

Waxing Moon Designs

So many of the modern customs have their roots in traditions started by the Celts or the Christians and molded, changed and adapted across the years.  I wonder if the early Pagans or first European Christians would recognise our current celebrations?

If you'd like to read more about the origins of Hallowe'en I started at this Wiki page and wandered around from there!

I thought it would be fun to look at different aspects of Hallowe'en each month to tie in with our themes too.

nb All images in the post can be clicked to a stockist's page.  These are designs I chose to illustrate the topic and to do a little enabling, they are not designs I have stitched myself (yet!)

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Lili's January Ornament


For this month I pick up a small design.

A cute pattern from Teresa Murgida - Primitive Acorns: My Old Shoes.
Fabric/Threads: 32 count Belfast Vintage White Linen / DMC floss.

Sorry I don't have a picture. I will post soon the finished piece.

Welcome to Hallowe'en Ornie SAL!!

Happy stitching,

Monday, 6 January 2014

January Ornament: free choice

Hi! I´m so glad to participate in this SAL because I love halloween and I love cross stitch.  Here in Brasil we doesn´t have the halloween´s tradition like in other countries but... I love halloween. Did i have said it? LOL  My choise for january ornament is a Halloween Cross Stitch Freebie Pattern by Betty Dekat of primitivebettys.

I will come to share my finished piece on the last day of the month. 
See you later!

thank all of you!


Saturday, 4 January 2014


Thank you Jo for inviting me.  I am really looking forward to stitching Halloween ornaments again this year.  I love anything Halloween and this is a great way to have more ornaments for my Halloweeb trees.

My pick for January is Boo to You by Lizzie Kate. It can be found in the September/October 2012 issue of JCS Magazine.  It is the annual Halloween Issue.

I look forward to seeing everyone's stitches this year.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Challenge!

Welcome my fiends to the 2014 Hallowe'en Ornie SAL Blog.

I have chosen the themes for this year with the help of your suggestions and my 11 year old son who is a big fan of Hallowe'en.  I hope you like them.

We will start the year with a free choice, I thought this was only fair with the late start!  Maybe there was a design you were planning to stitch last year but didn't get round to it?  Maybe you have a WIP you'd like to finish now Christmas is out of the way?

Please post your ideas and starts now then a photo of your finished piece by the end of the month.  Or the beginning of next month!  To join the blog you will need to contact me with your email addess, mine is on the right hand sidebar.

I'm planning a page of links to freebie charts to help those of us who are taking part in "Stitch from Stash" this year so feel free to send me any links you have.  Please note they must be genuine freebies not Pinterest copies.


all from Hyraea