Welcome to the Spookiest Blog on the Block! Each month we have a different theme. You choose your chart, fabric and threads. Share your progress as you go along and post your finished piece by the last day of the month. You can join at anytime throughout the year and choose which months you wish to stitch with us. Happy Spooky Stitching.
Hi, I'm Stephanie, aka Ms. OhSewcrafty on my blog, YouTube, and Instagram. As it's my first time posting here (thank you, Jo, for the invite), here's a brief intro: I'm a longtime stitcher and crafter, jack of all trades. January's stitch was super fun and it became apparent that I will love stitching Lizzie Kate's Boo Club, it is a nice break from my BAPs. The bat silhouetted against the moon is pretty cute. I am using a mix of overdyed threads (the ones that seemed variegated) and the DMC subs, on Dirty belfast linen.
Instead of stitching an ornament this month, I stitched some bats on my "Halloween Pumpkin" from the 2012 Just CrossStitch Halloween Issue. I stitched all of the right-hand side border bats, only to discover
that the last time I worked on it I had made a tiny mistake and was off
by 2 threads. If I had noticed, I would have only had to frog about 5
stitches and a little back stitching. Instead, I had to frog out the
entire row of bats ... yuk! Well, I frogged them all out and
I hope your Halloween stitching isn't driving you batty!
Here we are for the first post of the New Year and I'm hoping to use one of my larger pieces each month. It will be a little bit trickier this year as I haven't planned the themes around any of my stitching!
January is Winged Creatures - Owls, Bats, Crows, Ravens etc.
There are two tiny bats on Jardin Prive's Happy Hallowe'en Night:
Here is the whole piece so far:
There were also bats on my Dracula Book Cover by Dam Good Crafts:
Here is the whole piece so far:
Next month is Candy Canes and Food so I am not sure where I will go for that. We shall see!
Slightly later than planned, but here is the post for the themes for next year. Noni and one or two others are stitching the Lizzie*Kate Boo Club series which make perfect themes for us. You can stitch-a-long with them or choose individual designs which fit the themes.
January - Winged Creatures
February - Candy Corn and Food
March - Black Cats
April - Spiders
May - Green Things
June - Creepy Trees
July - Pumpkins
August - Haunted Houses
September - Witches
October - Monsters
November - Ghosts
December - Free Choice
Here is Boo Club, in case you haven't seen it before:
Thanks to everyone who has been posting all year, I really love seeing your spooky stitching and hope you will continue into 2018!
I live in Brazil and we don't celebrate Halloween like in Canada or USA for example. But in schools of English has some party with students at school (inside school, never in the street). I LOVE to stitch Halloween patterns because I love Halloween! I had English class when I was younger and now I am studing again.
I don't have a costume to dressing up Halloween but I have a Halloween tree with many finisheds ornaments.
Each month during 2017 I will be stitching on the design Halloween Happiness by Sandra Cozzolino / Imaginating. I have picked a portion of the chart that fits with the themes with the aim to get it all fully stitched by the end of 2017!
Halloween Happiness (Sandra Cozzolino) Fabric: 28ct plain purple fabric Threads: all DMC Started: 1 January 2017 Finished: 1 October 2017 Yep! You are reading correctly... I have finished "Halloween Happiness"! I had planned to finish this on Halloween night (ie put the very last stitch in / attach pumpkin button on the 31st October) but I was so close at the end of September that I just had to keep stitching....
I still need to work out if I am going to frame it or finish it as a flat fold... but I am happy to say it's done! I really enjoyed stitching this piece and love so many different elements of it - the witch is still my favourite character though!
So now that all the spooky words and the pumpkins are done I need to try and think of something to stitch for November and December! I think my December stitch will most likely be the start of next year's Halloween stitching... more info to come on that but as a hint think Lizzie Kate!
I have chosen a number of different spooky designs to stitch for Dark October this month, several have pumpkins so watch out for more posts from me!
But the first one is Jardin Prive's Happy Hallowe'en Night which features a trio of spooky pumpkin faces:
Stitched on 32 count Cognac Linen which is one of my favourite orange fabrics, there is just a hint of brown tones rather than bright orange. Good job I bought a large piece to cut down as I have used it a lot!
Here is the full size of the fabric:
I'm also taking sign-ups for the annual Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop. Each participant will be given a letter of the alphabet which they display on their blog on 31st October. I will list all the participants on my blog and we hop around collecting all the letters to make a mystery phrase. One lucky person wins a prize! Provide your own candy and treats LOL
If you would like to be a participant, just leave a comment here or on my blog.