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?


Jacqueline Morris said...

Just brilliant! Love Eeeeek!! :)

Your Eek stitch is great, I bet it was fun to stitch too :)

Yes I am a huge fan of Alessandra Adelaide Needlework designs... I have stitched a few of them.

Love the way you lead it into enchanted... genius! :)

Great post! :)

cucki said...

Sweet eekkk..I love it so much..
Hmmm I think they all so lovely.i love enchanted from my heart xxx

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Lili said...

How cute the ghostbusters design!!

Nice post, Jo! :=)

Stitching Noni said...

I must admit that Nora Corbett and Martina's Chatelaines enchant me!

I love the designs you found for this post especially the spider banner, but I can't go past a TW or Joan Elliott design either!!
Hugs xx

Marcy said...

I love the spider banner. One of these days I'm going to stitch it.

SoCal Debbie said...

These are all such wonderful "E" designs. Your Spooky alphabet is great!

What is a conker?

AnaCristina said...

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