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.

Halloween Stitching Ideas

Just Cross Stitch just released their 2015 Special Collector’s Issue for Halloween.  Of the 55 designs it contains, two of them are from Frony Ritter Designs.

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The card is stitched on Antique Brown perforated paper. The brooms are a cutout from Lifestyle Crafts.  While I have been asked what my favorite color is, and a geeky friend asked me to name my favorite mathematician upon our first meeting, no one has ever asked what my favorite shape might be.  I stitched it here, in ornament form–the Gothic arch.