Friday, 27 June 2014

Lili's June Ornament

My freebie chart ornament for this month!!

Model from Teresa Murgida - "Field of Jack".
You can ask for this free model on Teresa blog, here.

Stitched on 32 count Vintage Country Mocha Linen.
With DMC floss.

(my blog here)

Thank you so much for the nice comments on my May Ornament!

Happy stitching,


Thursday, 26 June 2014

Jo's June Ornament

I hope that you are enjoying your "free" month this June, there is a whole list of links to freebie charts on their own page, see the tabs at the top of the blog.

I decided that Dr. Frankenstein's Kitty deserved a little playmate this month, so here are the lovely couple:

They are both designs from  Carand88 based on the microkitties animations designed by Hyraea

Frankenstein Microkit by HyraeaFrankenstein's Bride Microkit by Hyraea

Sunday, 22 June 2014

I is for Inky Darkness, Imps and Ireland

I is for Inky Darkness from A Dark Alphabet designed by Julie and Becky's Note of Friendship blog.

Inky darkness, because everything is scarier in the dark; if we can't see then our other senses take over, every sound is amplified, every creak, every echo sounds suspicious, every shadow hides - who know what?  We hide under our blankets and wait for the safety of dawn.  Shadows may be scary but they do make great silhouettes perfect for stitching, either black on white fabric or how about black on the new glow-in-the dark fabric from Sewitall?

But, without the dark we would not be able to appreciate the light:

Finished Piece from Quirkorium

What is an imp?  A small demon who is more mischievious than harmful.  Perfect for some trick or treating on Hallowe'en.   I found it rather difficult to find cross stitched imps but Nimue does have Mic and Mac who are rather sweet:

Back in this post about the Origins of Hallowe'en I talked about the Celtic countries where Samhain was celebrated; Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.  The Irish emigrating to America in the 18the Century would certainly have taken their traditions and superstitions with them.  Once again, it was tricky to find Irish Hallowe'en designs, there are any number of St. Patrick's Day themed charts to choose from!  So I thought I'd share some Irish Blessings instead to preserve us from the Inky Darkness and Mischievious Imps:

And just because I liked him, and he is a kind of Imp, there is this Leprechaun Fiddler:


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Another witch for June

I stitched a quickee for June.  It's Vintage Witch by Laura Rimola of the Little Stitcher.  I've had this one in my 'to do' pile for awhile.  After stitching the headless horseman in brown last month I didn't want to do this one in more brown .... yawn.  So I switched to a brighter rust color on gold fabric.

Love that nose.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

H is for Headless Horseman, Haunted Houses and Hallowe'en

H is for Headless Horseman from A Dark Alphabet designed by Julie and Becky's Note of Friendship blog.

The Headless Horseman has appeared in many forms of literature throughout history and throughout the world. Many countries have their own unique version of the headless horseman.  We find versions in Texas, Ireland, Germany, India.... the most known version is probably that of Ichabod Crane and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, based on a German folktale, first written down by  Karl Musäus.  It later was used as the basis of a story by Washington Irving. 

Becky researched the various stories of the Headless Horseman in this post here

Marcy stitched a great version of this monster in May, this one is by Primitive Hare:

Wicked Night by Primitive Hare

Sleepy Hollow by Glendon Place
This features the following spooky poem:
In a grave lies the horseman
His head is at his side
Be brave enough to take it
And again by night he will ride

The next H's are for Haunted Houses, every town, village and area has a house rumoured to be haunted, whether by a grey lady or monk or just because of creepy happenings.  Some ghosts seem to be quite friendly and people are rather proud of their haunting inhabitant but others are less welcome, causing people to flee screaming in the night never to return.

While searching for information on Haunted Houses, I found a great website which lists their Top 21 of Haunted Places and also gives details of Haunted Hotels where you can spend the night - ghosts not guaranteed!  There's one page for the UK and another for America.  Why not have a look and let me know if you've stayed in any of those hotels?

And here is some stitching:

Widow Black's B&B by Praiseworthy Stitches
This is the fourth in a series of four different Haunted Houses!

Beware of Hallowe'en - Bobbie G Designs

When Skeletons Dance by Drawn Thread

This was such an easy topic to find designs for, just Google "Haunted House Cross Stitch" and you will find many beautiful charts and designs for you to buy.

The final H just has to be Hallowe'en, which needs no description from me!  In fact, I covered the origins in this post here

Simply Hallowe'en by Waxing Moon

Hallowe'en Party by Just Nan