Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet . . .

October's "ornament" I finished into a stand-up over the weekend so I could take it into the office for the month.  It's a Stoney Creek pattern stitched with DMC on ivory 28 ct Jobelan.


Here's my black cat ornament for September.  It's a Lizzie*Kate stitched with DMC on mushroom evenweave.  I used a much lighter fabric than illustrated in the pattern.  I just love Lizzie*Kate!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Lili's September Ornament

My September ornament!

Model from NikysCreations - Petite Halloween Sampler.
Design is from the magazine Just Cross Stitch - Halloween Collection Book 2014.

Stitched on 32 count natural Linen.
With DMC floss.
Tassel was made using DMC Perlé 8, colour 922.

Happy weekend!
(my blog: Stitching Basket)

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A row of Kitty Cats and my very late June finish.....

... I actually managed to finish my September Halloween Ornament on time!

This is a row of cats from JCS 2014.

... and this is June's freebie chart pick but I am not sure where I picked it up from, sorry.

... and here they are together.

... and I have actually started on a Trick or Treat design.


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Jo's September Ornament

There were so many different Black Cats to choose from this month it really was difficult to pick just one.

I searched through all my downloaded charts and my JCS issues, paper and digital and finally decided on this companion piece to Boo who is our logo this year.

The design is by Val's Stuff and comes from JCS Sept/Oct 2009.  I don't know too much about Val but she does cute designs.

I stitched this on the same 32count evenweave as Boo and changed the border colours to co-ordinate with Boo too.  I found the perfect button for the star but couldn't find a blue moon so I made a beaded moon instead.

Now I just have to decide how to finish these two.  Here they are together:

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

My black cats are done !

Woohoo!  I'm early this month.  I finished Yeow from Prairie Schooler already.  Isn't he creepy?

And, since this one has a black cat also, I thought I'd share it.  Wicked, a freebie from

Love that creepy castle.

Sunday, 7 September 2014


Happy September everyone!  I'm a little late for August--had the ornament stitched and finished but didn't get around to taking a picture of it in the right light.  This little cutie is from the new JSC Halloween issue.  I stitched them over 1 on 25 count black Jobelan with DMC glow in the dark floss. Finished them into a ghost shape.  Enjoy!

L is for Lightning Bird, Lantern and Leaves

L is for Lightning Bird from A Dark Alphabet designed by Julie and Becky's Note of Friendship blog.

A mythological creature in South Africa the Lightning Bird is the size of a human, black and white in colouring and it summons thunder and lightning with its wings and talons.  It is associated with witchcraft and has quite an appetite for blood.  Sometimes it takes on the image of a young man to seduce women. 

Another name for this bird is the hamerkop.  This bird is known to decorate its nest with anything from handkerchiefs to bicycle tires!  In the Zulu culture someone who spends much time in front of a mirror is called thekwane, their name for the hamerkop, because they are like the bird that is found to spend hours beside the water's edge looking at their reflection. 

I couldn't find any other cross stitch designs of a lightning bird but I did find these sweet little buttons which are available in a book:

L is also for Lantern which we make from pumpkins on Hallowe'en.  We had some of these designs for J for Jack O'Lantern and here are some more!

(laughing being another L word)

I've been using one particular sampler to help me find the words for this alphabet, the Lizzie*Kate Hallowe'en ABC

And now I have another one!

I'm taking the final L for Lizzie*Kate's ABC which gives us Leaf.  Of course leaves are more of an Autumn thing than specific to Hallowe'en but they do make lovely cross stitches.

(one of a series of four)

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

August's Ghosts ... complete with manor

Even though I'm late getting this posted here, I did get my ghosts finished before September.  The reason it took so long to get them done is because I had to stitch the house for them to haunt first.  And that took a bit of time.

Plus over the long weekend I assembled a few of my Halloween stitchings into ornaments so they will be ready for this year.

Monday, 1 September 2014

August Ghosts

Today I finished up my ghost, another of my Behind The Gate Ornaments.
Just a few more to go.