I have a weird relationship with Halloween – I love the concept, but I hate to dress up. I guess “hate” is a bit of a strong word, but I’m really, really, really not interested in dressing up. Not even if it was a pretty epic, perfectly suited, comfortable costume. Heck, I don’t even like regular dressing up (I’m very much a jeans and comfy shirt/sweater kind of gal). But, lord, help me, I love to decorate for Halloween and I love Halloween themed things. My favourite quilting project is still my Frankie and I can’t wait to make the wee Halloween quilting projects I have planned for this year.
Naturally, this love manifests itself in cross stitching, too. When I first started cross stitching, I altered (slightly) a free jack-o-lantern chart to make a Halloween chart that proved to be frustrating and tedious to finish (the pumpkin is done, but the glow in the dark spider web motif with black background makes me cringe every time I try to convince myself that I should finish the project, even though I really want to finish it). So, while browsing my favourite Canadian online cross stitch store, Traditional Stitches, I was completely incapable of resisting a few charts:
The first is one that I’m making for my niece, because it’s cute, just like she is. It’s a chart to make a necklace (or, decoration) by Primitive Jewel, called Squirrel’s Night Out. I started it yesterday while watching a movie and might possibly have stayed up a bit late working on it. I’m using threads by Dragonflylotus Designs Handspun Thread (Sunlit Chestnut, Sunlit Burnt Orange, Brushed Silver, Sunlit Clover, and Sunlit Carbon)
Side note: Primitive Jewel also has an adorable crow with a witches hat (discovered here). Love it! Want to buy it!
The second is one that I bought because I thought that my favourite threads (Dragonflylotus Designs Handspun Threads) would be perfect for the adorable pumpkins and gravestones. I didn’t bother getting the buttons for embellishment. Embellishments are fun, but I’m too damned cheap to be bothered. It’s the Shepherd’s Bush chart, October Comes.
The last is one that I just fell in love with. I thought that I might have to “suffer” with using “normal” threads (yer typical DMC cotton threads) because of the Hardanger bits in the chart, but after a bit of back and forth with Liz (my handspun thread supplier, as noted above), I’m now thinking that her petite silk threads would be a great options. It’s Victorian Samplers’ chart, Trick or Treat.
Of course, the likelihood of me getting the second or third charts even started before next year is pretty minimal. I’m already super behind with other projects and Christmas is fast approaching. Nonetheless, I can’t wait to do them!