Wednesday, 30 April 2014

April Owl

I barely managed to get my tiny owl done on time this month. Nothing like waiting till the last minute. This is not the best picture. Though it doesn't look like it, this owl is one of the motifs from Behind the Gate and is stitched on the same orange fabric as before.

Behind the Gate
Blue Ribbon Designs

In Stitches,

Lili's April Ornament

My April ornament!

Model from the JCS Halloween Collection 2011.
The Prairie Schooler: Night Owl.

Stitched on 40 count Light Mocha Linen.
With DMC floss.

(my blog here.)

Thanks for the nice comments on my last ornament!

Happy stitching,

Monday, 28 April 2014

I am now a coven member, too...

Hi everyone,

Well, I think that this may be my first Halloween Ornie Sal finish for the year!  Oh no!  I feel so bad but taking a month off to travel through South-east Asia and Italy sort of mucks up your daily routine! lol!

Anyway, I heard a little rumour that instead of stitching an owl design this month we had special dispensation from Jo to stitch Spring Wittch, a freebie by Maja from The Snowflower Diaries as she has kindly offered to design us a special witch if we do - so here is my cute as a button Spring Witch.

... and you will be please to know that I have started my May piece already - it is Maja's Haunted House which has a ghost in it - so I think that counts as a monster.

Here is what it will look when finished:

Now, I am off to check what everyone else has stitched.


F is for Furies, Fairies and Frankenstein

F is for Furies from A Dark Alphabet designed by Julie and Becky's Note of Friendship blog.

In classical mythology the Furies were avenging deities, fearful goddesses from Tartarus who avenged wrong and punished crime. Usually the furies refer to three sisters, Alecto, Tisiphone, and Magaera, children of Gaia and Uranus.  They were placed in the Underworld by Virgil and it is there that they reside, tormenting evildoers and sinners. However, Greek poets saw them as pursuing sinners on Earth. The Furies are cruel, but are also renowned for being very fair.

You might have been surprised by the next F - Fairies, not really very spooky or Hallowe'eny you might think.  Sorry, Tink, this blog is not for you!!

This is the sort of Fairy you want at Hallowe'en:

After all, traditionally fairies were not the saccharine twinkle toed good guys, they were something to be feared, they would steal your babies and leave a changeling in its place.  Of course, they are dangerous to adults too - if you stumble across a fairy ring in the woods, don't step inside.  Some stories say you will die at a young age, others say you will be spend the night only to return to find a hundred years have passed.  Still more stories say you will dance until you drop dead of exhaustion.

And here's one from my own stash - Nora Corbett's Trick or Treat Fairy.  She was orginally in Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine in September 2008.  I believe you can get hold of a copy by contacting them direct.

Our third F is for Frankenstein.  I looked everywhere for a cross stitch of Frankenstein but couldn't find one anywhere.  This is the closest I could get:

Because the name Frankenstein belongs to the creator of the monster, Dr Victor Frankenstein.  In the book by Mary Shelley, the creature is simply called Monster.  And there are hundreds of great cross stitch designs for Monster!!

I love this one, based on Boris Karloff in The Bride of Frankestein:

If you prefer cute, you might like this one:

Or the Happy Couple for a quirky Wedding Sampler?

It's been a bit of an Etsy-fest this post.  The smaller crafters seem to be best for the more quirky designs.  Of course there are plenty of Frankenstein's Monster charts in the JCS Hallowe'en specials so maybe you will choose one of them for your May subject? 

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Ciao everybody!

ciao everybody!

I'm happy to join the Coven with my recent finish, the Spring/Easter Witch!

I decided to dress the sweet lass with Easter colours; soft yellows, lilac and pink - all Nina's Threads on 40ct. "Cloudy Sky" linen. sorry the linen photographed so badly, it's been raining all weekend so I rarely had good daylight exposure.
I'll post about her in my blog with a detailed list of what I used, and a better snap, hopefully tomorrow.
thank you, Maja, for the adorable chart - I really enjoyed sitching my very first Snowflower Diaries! ❤ :)

Noni's April Owl

Happy Owl-a-ween!!!

As you know April's theme was "Owls"... and I have finished my owl ahead of time (for a change!!)

So for my April stitching I decided to go back to my trusty Just Cross Stitch "Halloween Ornament 2013" special.  Now there are a couple of cute owls in the magazine but I just had to stitch the one designed by Diane Arthurs - "Owliver & Punky".

"Owliver & Punky" - Diane Arthurs
stitched 5 April 2014, finished 25 April 2014
I decided to stitch this little cutie on plastic canvas - I haven't used plastic canvas for so long so it made a nice change to do something different for a change!

Next month's theme is "Monsters" and this time I have no idea what to stitch!!  Fingers crossed some inspiration comes along sooner rather than later!!

So til next month, happy Halloween stitching!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

A tiny owl

I finished my April owl.  He's just a little guy but spooky cute none the less.  This pattern is called Acorn House from designer Jeannette Douglas.  I changed the border a bit from the original.

Monday, 14 April 2014


My owl for April is an adaptation of Owl-O-Ween in the 2013 JCS Halloween Issue.  Designed by Marie Driskill of Blackberry Lane Designs, I left the checkered border off and just went with the owl because I wanted a round shape.  I love how realistic he looks!  Stitched with WDW on 16ct black aida.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Monday, 7 April 2014

E is for Eek, Eisoptrophobia, Ectoplasm and Enchantment

E is for Eek from A Dark Alphabet designed by Julie and Becky's Note of Friendship blog.   There are lots of things in this picture to make you go "EEK!" from spiders to ghosts and bats.

One friend of mine was told that to keep spiders away you should place a conker in each corner of the room.  So every time we visited in the Autumn there were little piles of conkers all over the floor as the children wanted to play with them.

Spider Banner - Cross Stitch Pattern

I found a great list of Hallowe'en related phobias while searching for Things That Make You Go EEK including this one:

Eisoptrophobia - fear of mirrors, or seeing oneself in a mirror 

E is also for Ectoplasm -  a supernatural viscous substance that supposedly exudes from the body of a medium during a spiritualistic trance and forms the material for the manifestation of spirits.

Ghost Dance - Cross Stitch Kit

And when you have ghosts, who're you gonna call? 

Pixel People - Ghostbusters - PDF Cross Stitch Pattern - INSTANT DOWNLOAD

The final E is for Enchantment, the act of putting someone (or something under a spell).  Sometimes used as a curse (Sleeping Beauty's Enchanted Castle) or as a Love Spell, we also use the word to describe something which captivates our attention - "your stitching is enchanting!"

Teresa Wentzler has to be the Mistress of enchanting designs and here is one fittingly called The Enchanter:

Preview Image

Teresa has this to say about the design on her website:
This piece was designed in response to numerous requests for a "wizard". Since I am an avid reader of fantasy, inspiration for this project was certainly not lacking! The challenge, of course, was to come up with something original: ideally something that was a synthesis of my favorite impressions from all that I'd read and/or seen. I chose to show a young wizard (mage), perhaps an apprentice, studying and practicing his art. Exactly why I decided to show this aspect instead of a grander portrait of a wizard in full regalia doing something appropriately fantastical I'm not sure. Perhaps it's because I feel the process of "becoming" (growing in knowledge) is a journey that never truly ends....

And here is another Enchanted design -

Which designer enchants you most with their creations?

March Owl

I decided for my March Owl I would do something Halloween Themed.

I found this freebie from My Owl Barn.

I completely redid the color scheme. 

It is stitched on 18 ct White Aida.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

We have a Spring Witch Coven!

Jo mentioned in one of her recent posts that three (3) to thirteen (13) witches make a coven... and then when I was deciding what to stitch Jo also commented on my post that three witches can make a coven, and we almost had a coven as two of Maja's Spring Witches had already been stitched...

So I stitched the Spring Witch, and we now have a coven of the Snowflower Diaries Spring Witches for March!
Spring Witch (The Snowflower Diaries)
Started 23 March 2014, Finished 4 April 2014
For more info on my Spring Witch, pop over to my blog....

So now onto the April stitch which is "Owls".  I have already picked my owl design out and started stitching. I am stitching another design from the Just Cross Stitch Halloween 2013 special edition magazine.  Will post an update soon.....

Thursday, 3 April 2014

My Owl

This is a little guy that I got off of Pinterest.

I did him on 18 ct Adia cloth and used 2 different reds, black Dmc floss. He took me less than 20 minutes.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

My very own Halloween owl

Here is my Halloween owl for the month of April... 

I have really enjoyed stitching this... I searched for a design to stitch but could not find one so I set about to create my first chart!

Yes its created by me!!

Its only got whole stitches and done in one color... DMC 310 - black!

Here is the chart if you would like to stitch it...

If you do stitch it let me know and I will put it on my blog :)  

Happy stitching....

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

March Witch

This month I managed to stitch 2 ornaments. The witch's hat and the witch out for evening ride (maybe).
Behind the Gate Ornaments 
Blue Ribbon Designs
In stitches,