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.
Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone got what they wanted for the holidays and you are getting lots of stitching done.
I put the last stitch in my January stitch tonight, so I am sorry for the wrinkles. I stitched Nevermore from The Prairie Schooler. It is from Book #196. I loved the Raven and felt it fit the theme for this month so well. I used a piece of fabric from my stash and the called for DMC.
When we first started this blog I made a series of posts beginning with each letter of the alphabet starting with A. Unfortunately, they ground to a halt after L. So in honour of The Alphabet Club hosted by Chiara I have decided to resurrect the original posts and link up each month with the rest of the Alphabet Club posters. To learn more about this SAL follow the Alphabet Club link to Chiara's blog.
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!!
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 Frankenstein:
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 Monster subject? I'm also looking forward to seeing what people choose for the Bad Fairy theme in September.
Jo gave me an idea when she posted her lovely bats this morning! This idea then led to another idea..my Halloween ornaments will all hopefully look like they are badly stuff with straw. They aren't stuffed with straw, but they are stuffed badly to give them a kind of creepy rustic look.
It's the Raven and Spider from the freebie Pattern of the Month Series May 2015 "Halloween" by Stoney Creek.
Somewhere on Etsy I found the perfect ornament tree for the Halloween ornaments and if I can find it again I'll grab it up as these will go amazingly well on it.
Thank you Jo for the inspiration AND for helping me have a first finish of the year along side you.
This month's theme is Winged Creatures. That could be Owls, Ravens, Crows or in this case - Bats.
I have stitched this month's design already! Only 18 hours into the New Year and I had a piece to show. This is actually the header from a Just Nan design called Counting Bats. The whole piece is a rhyme a little like the magpies' One for Sorrow. You will have to wait for each month to see what each number means. By a strange co-incidence each section of the design ties in perfectly with our monthly themes*
Because I seem to have altogether too much time on my hands today I have made a little collage using extracts from the main design and rotating them in Paintbox.
The design is stitched on 28 count lilac line, it's a much nicer colour than in the photos. I'm using AVAS silks for the main design but switched to DMC for the over 1 words. The AVAS seemed too "bouncy" and wasn't lying nicely.
So, I've set the example - what have you got lined up for this month? Do you like the themes this year? I've made them a little more open to interpretation this year. eg Winged Creatures can cover a lot more than simply saying "Bats".
* of course it's a co-incidence, anyone would think I set the themes deliberately to fit in with this piece!