Eek! A Halloween Cross Stitch

This design was inspired by my own home, where the spiders come piling in at the end of summer. Unlike this cross stitch where the critters are helpful, my spiders are useless for anything but hanging around.

I used hand dyed fabric from Fabric on a Whim, and set it off with a little sparkle from Kreinik. The cute little broom embellishment was from The Bee Company. I found the Hanger from Tim Holtz products.

The pattern is in the October 2020 issue of Just Cross Stitch.

Halloween Cupcakes

Combine three of my favorite things—cross stitch, Halloween and cupcakes and you get this. The hatchet cupcake was inspired by a dessert I had many years ago at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C. I devoured a lethal dose of chocolate cake which had a cookie hatchet dripping with raspberry syrup embedded in the middle. Now I can add bloody hatchet to my bucket list of weird cross stitch design components.

This pattern is available in the 2018 Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch. I used DMC floss, Mill Hill Beads and Dense Fog Jobelan 28 count by Wichelt. Because of the non-standard frame size I found a piece of pine fencing, painted it black, and used cording, lace and a button to finish.

Things that Scare Me

I have achieved one of my goals in life…making a cross stitch design with a pair of underwear somewhere in it. When I was trying to think about what would be really scary, my fear of laundry monsters, which persists to this day, came to mind. Actually, my husband, who does all the laundry, reminded me of my aversion to (all) housework and this design was born. The words are stitched in glow in the dark thread from Kreinik to remind us what really is scary in the dark.

The pattern is in the 2017 Special Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch.