There are so many wonderful designs available that celebrate every season and occasion under the sun... so we thought it'd be fun to collect a few of them, and organize them for you on a set of Holiday/Seasonal Pages. I'm a "seasons" nut... so we'll be adding to these all the time! We have so many other projects and ideas in the shop, and elsewhere
on the site, but this is a fun way to show you just a few ..... ENJOY!|
Autumn Cross Stitch Designs
Spring and Easter Designs
Christmas and Winter
Patriotic and Summer
Wilhelmina and Eat, Drink & Be Scary
from AB Designs
AB Designs has a pair of new charts for Halloween that over-the-top colorful, funky and wild -- just like so many of her other creations!!! Both are presented as the charts with a few button embellishments. Stitch them on Weeks purple, orange, green or yellow hand-dyed linens... there are tons of color choices!
The Witch's Inn from Barbara Ana
Oh this is cute!!! Make it a TWO-SIDED pin cushion!!! One side features the Witch's Inn with the welcoming key hanging from the sign. You could garnish this with pumpkin buttons, bats and spiders... all sorts of cute stuff. The other side, however, is too cute to pass up! It has the witch sleeping in bed -- inside the Bed and Breakfast -- her kitties on and under the bed with her! Witch shoes are underneath there too! Since 1692... has she been sleeping that long... or has this place been in business that long?
Front side finishes approx 7-1/2 x 3-1/2. Smaller design is 4-1/2 x 3. I think they'd be really fun finished back to back as a two-sided cushion! Offered as the chart, coded for DMC floss and stitched on 32ct Flax Linen (but you could choose some scary hand-dyed fabrics as well).
Halloween Royal Family
from Madame Chantilly
Isn't this a ridiculous little piece of Halloween charm??? By Madame Chantilly, this should bring a smile to your face, it does to ours.
Measuring 161 x 123, it is coded for DMC floss but you know, metallics and bead embellishments would be great on this! See what your stash holds in store for you!!! Just think this is darling! Offered as a chart.
Seedy Pumpkin Cottage from Praiseworthy Stitches
Praiseworthy Stitches has released their 8th annual haunted house scene and this year's is SO AWESOME! Seedy Pumpkin Cottage is full of wispy ghosts, shiny spider webs, black cats and carved pumpkins... and all of it is underneath the glowing Jack-O-Lantern Moon. Stitched on Picture This Plus's 32ct Echo Linen (an awesome grey/teal midnight-sky color), there is so much going on in here that it has enchanted us in the shop!
The model arrived today -- patterns should be here soon -- clay button embellishments and fabric follows later this week. Finishing approx 21 x 15... it is HUGE and quite the eye-catcher! Coded for DMC or Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyeds you'll need multiple skeins of 12 of the 41 colors called for, along with silver metallic for the spider webs, petite Mill Hill glass beads and a FULL clay button pack of spiders, ghosts, bats and even a little owl.
The white fence around the porch is really neat because it is done with long stitches of white thread but they have added three teeny orange beads to each railing post -- it glistens! Yes... this might take all year to stitch... but WOW, what a fun and creative seasonal decoration that everyone can enjoy year after year!!! Seedy Pumpkin Cottage is the place to be on The Big Night!!!!!
The Yikesberries from Erica Michaels
OH THESE ARE SO COOL!!! Erica Michaels has outdone herself with this pair of Halloween Strawberry Pincushions! Presented in chart format -- one is stitched on Picture This Plus's 32ct Jewel Belfast hand-dyed linen and the other on bitty 40ct silk gauze -- they each use Weeks or DMC floss. These are the first in Linda's new set of DARLING berries (I talk to her all the time, and I know a Christmas berry is coming!)
Anyway, your LINEN Yikesberry measures approx 2-1/2 inches wide and 4 inches long, features a stacked button stem and a bit of black felt for it's leaves. The GAUZE Yikesberry is only 1-1/2 inches wide and 2 inches long -- a miniature version of the larger. Each of the two charts are slightly different -- can you see the design differences in my pics? I have a pair of 4-inch scissors in there as well, so you can see the scale of these. Absolutely the CUTEST little things EVER... they finish in a similar fashion to Just Nan's little mice -- a stitched 'half-circle' area that is folded together --sort of like an ice-cream cone. You need these!
Pumpkin Row from Erica Michaels
Pumpkins at morning, Pumpkins at noon, If it weren't for pumpkins, we should be undoon. This is very cute -- lots of brilliant and bold color in the rows of pumpkins -- this is offered as a chart, and offers three different stitching and finishing options.
Presenting Spooks of the Month by Val's Stuff!
We have a new on-going set of fun designs by Val Danish -- they are Halloween-inspired monsters and what-nots -- one being released each month for the rest of the year! We have January, February, March and April NOW... so you have lots to work up already! Offered as sort-of-kits... you get the chart, the JABCO clay button embellishments, a cut of 14ct perforated paper, and a cut of black sparkly felt to back them.
Have you discovered yet, that each has special eyes, along with another button to dress them up? They call for either Weeks or DMC floss, and since they are done on brown 14ct perforated paper, they are super-easy and fun to do.
Cute as can be, Jan's Said the Spider to the Fly is 51 x 28 in stitch count, Feb's Whoo Dat? is 53 x 45, March's Boo Who? is 36 x 62, and April's Frankly My Dear is 64 x 35. We'll have an auto-ship for these... Val showed them all hanging from a twig tree at Market, they'd be cute mounted to the front of stand-up cubes, or even just finished as flat paper/felt magnets! You decide.
from The Victoria Sampler
Here's a colorful Autumnal Sampler that features little witches all stitching!!! Worked on 28ct Summer Khaki Cashel Linen with loads of oranges, greens, purples and black silk threads, it finishes approx 5 x 18. (You'll need a ball of #12 black perle for all the lace.)
Each scene it cute just by itself in this -- the stitcher at the top working her quilt -- the middle panel features a crow trying to steal her silk -- and the bottom scene might just be stitch group with someone working on the snack!!!
Pretty textured specialty stitches throughout, everything is charted very clearly and LARGE -- especially on the lace borders -- so you can see where your needle goes next. Offered as the leaflet with accs thread and button pack separately.
Mill Hill Autumn 2015 Button & Bead Kits
Our new bead kits are here!!!!!! Always oh-so-darn-cute... Mill Hill has been delivering us these awesome kits for almost 25 years, I think! Offered as complete kits, you get the 14ct perforated paper, all the DMC flosses, Mill Hill ceramic buttons, tons of MH glass seed beads, and the necessary needles. We LOVE them! You can stitch on the provided 14ct paper, or choose 14ct Aida fabric or 28ct Linen instead -- frame the paper and pillow the fabrics! ALWAYS colorful and fun to work up!
The Hocus Pocus Trilogy of Witches from Mill Hill
Mill Hill's next installment in this series of three-sies... we get cute witches for Halloween this year! Offered as complete kits of the 14ct paper, flosses, chart, needles, flosses and a few beads, each finishes approx 4 inches tall -- just like all the paper Santas we have.
These might be fun personalized as well! They are actually pretty cute to perch on a windowsill, and make fun plant pokes and decorations among your pumpkins.
Mill Hill Autumn Harvest Kits
Here are the miniature bead kits for the Fall Season of 2015. Always fun to work up -- the complete little kits contain all the necessary beads, flosses, everything.
These are perfect on a small ornament tree, as small magnets, in the olden-days when they first came out... they used to include a pin backing so you could wear them as a pin. (They go through the laundry beautifully -- I have accidentally washed several!!) Always fun!!!
Dancing in the Moonlight from Praiseworthy Stitches
Praiseworthy Stitches has a new Halloween Scene... a little smaller than their annual haunted houses... this will make a grand companion to frame and display with all your others! *There's an unusual party in the pale moonlight. Pumpkins are glowing, crows are singing and even the cat is yowling along. Everyone is rocking to the beat. See how the ghosts are swirling? But look, the skeletons have pulled out their top hats and canes They have started a sensational all-bone review! Don't miss your chance to join in the celebration!*
Stitched on Picture This Plus 32ct Haunted Linen (a gorgeous teal hand-dyed) with Weeks, Gentle Art and DMC flosses, it features Mill Hill beads and lots of handmade clay buttons by Just Another Button Company. 156 x 201 stitches, it'll finish approx 9-3/4 x 12-1/2 on the 32ct. Full of Susan and Pam's silliness, you could even personalize your grave stones! Offered as the chart, with fabrics and embellishments offered separately.
Playing with Jax from The Cricket Collection
Cross Eyed Cricket's Vicki Hastings has a new Halloween design -- a nifty arrangement of delightfully different pumpkins and ghourds! All five in the group are really cool... and I think my favorite is that black and charcoal one on the right. Stitched on 28 Sandstone or a yummy golden hand-dyed fabric, this finishes approx 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 and is worked in 29 DMC floss shades.
DO NOT MISS the little bonus Halloween owl -- Little Boo -- up there in the mitten design in the upper right corner! Vicki has a million different mitten designs for you collectors -- they have been topping TONS of her leaflets for years!
Spooks and Spells and Magic Potion Scissors
from Kelmscott Designs
Kelmscott has taken her "Lorna Doone" butter cookie Lace scissors and colored them for Halloween! Rinky-Dinky colored scissors to tuck into fun cases and attach to showy stitched scissor fobs... these are kind of fun! Kelmscott's LACE scissor design -- we think they remind us of Lorna Doone Butter Cookies... and NOTHING is scary about that!
Just for fun... bright colors... scissors measure 2-3/4 inches long with 1/2 inch blades. They cut OK... not too awkward in your hand... they are meant for decoration rather than your favorite 'go-to' stitching scissor.
Scare Up Some Fun With Pine Mountain
Oh Wow... Over the years Pine Mountain has come up with some awfully cute Halloween designs -- this pic shows just a few of them! Always cute fabrics pre-sewn into fun and creative pillow styles, you always get a cross-stitch fabric panel sewn right into the ready-made pillow sham or wrap. The little 6 x 6 pillows are great for beginning stitchers while some of the larger pillows are large enough to group on a chair or EMPTY couch! (I'd scare away anyone who wants to SIT on them and smash them on that couch!!!) Great verses, fresh fabrics, complete kits -- these are a great value, too!">Oh my gosh -- all you owl-lovers -- this is for YOU! A stick tree full of silly owls... this measures 176 x 255 in stitch count. Coded for silks in 10 shades of grays, gold and browns, think about doing dome of these separately and in BRIGHT colors instead!
Get out your aqua, salmon and yellow and stitch some of these to match some old dishes or canisters you have!!! Every one of these little guys is just precious... they come in very size and shape! Offered as a leaflet.
Fall in Love With Pine Mountain
Pine Mountain's specialty is their beautifully coordinated fabric pillows. They are constantly coming out with fun designs that are stitched RIGHT INTO the fabric panels on their ready-made pillow shams and wraps.
Recently, they sent us a flier that shows some of the favorites in the collection -- and since we have them all -- we thought we'd treat you to the pretty pic. Everything is labeled... you can get a quick overview of the 'flavor' of their seasonal designs! THEN... go look at everything on the Pine Mountain Pages... I just forget how cute everything is!!!
Halloween Chronicles from Cherished Stitches
So stink'in cute! This small pillow is stitched on 32ct hand-dyed linen -- a little more on the mangy side than it looks in the pic -- with Weeks hand-dyed flosses. Full of tiny Halloween motifs you have space to add your initials and the year - or possibly a scary verse stitched over one? The design itself is small -- just 70 x 70 stitches.
Offered as a complete kit you get the chart, hand-dyed linen and threads, the black satin ribbon and the AWESOME distressed acid-green spider fabric for both the front and back finishing. This is DELIGHTFUL and such a neat addition to that Sampler Basket of your tiny cushions! I think I really like the green and black together -- no screaming yellow, orange and purple, which are also cool -- just that puckering green on black!
A Smidgen of Halloween
from Heart in Hand
Heart in Hand has a new tiny design, and it's really cute! Just a bitty medley of even bittier stuff, it finishes approx 3 x 4 on 32 -- but choose something else to do it on if you want to.
The small card chart comes with an orange button (down there by the 31st) and a few green and white beads you'll use in eyes and that top border. I think that green jack-o-lantern is so funny -- he steals the whole picture! Just a *Smidge* of a thing!
Gobble & Give Thanks
from Heart in Hand
Here's a neat piece -- perch it flat on your table or horizontally on the wall! Absolutely precious, this has a stitch count of 21 high by 269 wide -- so it is approx 1-1/3 inches by almost 17 worked on 32ct Lambswool linen. It would be so cute as a stuffed cushion filled with walnut shells -- decorating the dining room table or perched on a windowsill!!!
Charted for DMC or overdyeds, there is a set of clay buttons embellishing -- it has leaves, birds and pumpkins. Quite a fast piece to work up, the chart is printed very large inside the leaflet, and I'm thinking just an evening or two TOPS to get this stitched! It is CUTE! Offered as the leaflet with buttons separate.
from AB Designs
This is SO CUTE! Ms Amy has outdone herself with this fun pagent of Trick-or-Treat hopefuls! Worked on the delicious 30ct Weeks Peoria Purple Linen in both Weeks and Gentle Art overdyeds, it finishes a petite 6 x 9. You can do the whole thing, or split everyone up and make smaller individual stand-ups.
Colors are fun, subject matter is over-the-top creative... you could even do those stars in metallic, and put beads in the witch's dress. Offered as the chart with packet of mini metal brads and rubber band embellishments!
Back in Stock! Last Stitch Cemetery and Dark Shadows!
Two of our favorite Hinzeit patterns have floated through the shop doors again! Cute charms and even cuter motifs to put them onto... that Last Stitch Cemetery features graves for *Started & Forgotten*, *1/2 Stitched*, *Too Old* and *Lost Interest!*
Both are Hinzeit's classic 3 x 13 finsihed size, offered as charts, and include the set of charms.
Bittersweet Pumpkins from Just Another Button Company
Just Another Button Company and Art to Heart have teamed up again to bring us 4 MORE cute quilt designs in Cross Stitch! Bittersweet Pumpkins features a pair of pretty spectacular pumpkins stitched in lots of gorgeous Autumnal shades of DMC, Weeks and Gentle Arts or Anchor flosses.
They've garnished with a small smattering of buttons -- but if your stash has some cute ones that are 'homeless' -- add them! Stitched on Week's 30ct Parchment and finishing approx 8 x 9 ... you might want to look at Week's Straw or even Zweigart's Dirty Linen ... just a color that is a shade darker than that Parchment -- so the right pumpkin (which is stitched in GAST Peach Ice Cream) shows up better. It is WAY TOO CUTE to be lost against the background fabric, and I think it is now. Anyway, adapted from Art to Heart's quilt designs, this is a beautiful piece of needleart! Offered as the chart with button set.
Harvest and Halloween Delivery
Plum Street Samplings has a pair of new releases... kind of celebrating the Mail System!
Witches Night Out
from Blackberry Lane Designs
Blackberry Lane has introduced a stunning sillouette of witches playing in their lairs... presumably in anticipation of Halloween!
The main design features a big tree -- branches flowing everywhere and surrounding each of the design vinettes. It measures 136 x 465 stitches! (That's 9 x 29 on 32ct!!) Stitched entirely in black, as you can see, lots of different fabric colors look good with this.
Every little section is enchanting -- there is so much going on in each. All of the smaller projects are take-outs from the main design -- Marie has re-charted bottom edges so they can stand alone. VERY imaginative... quite a stunning piece... this is offered as a chart.
Widow Black's B & B from Praiseworthy Stitches
Praiseworthy Stitches annual huge haunted house has arrived!!! Widow Black has opened her very own Bed and Breakfast to *Guests.* Tasty Delights are served every afternoon in her private parlour... she thinks it is simply delightful that many of her guests have been tied up for the entire afternoon... and that many linger way past check-out time! Widow Black does remind guests that they may have to share their rooms with her long-time boarders... who love to watch for fresh arrivals!
Stitched on 32ct Murky from Picture This Plus with 31 different hand-dyed or DMC flosses, you will need multiple skeins of 12 of the colors in here. There are Mill Hill beads scattered about, and a JABCO button pack with three gravestones, three bats, 4 spiders, two jack-o-lanterns and a little owl! There is so much going on in this piece -- it is CHARMING -- and makes the best companion to Croaking Toad Manor, Ravenmoon Hall, Buzzard's Roost Inn and Black Cat Manor.
I don't know about you... but I think Pam and Susan are out-doing themselves every year! Offered as the chart, we have the fabric cut separately, as well as the clay button packs! (Fabrics for the previous 4 Haunted Houses are now here as well, if you are needing them!)
Halloween Sampler from Cottage Garden Samplings
Here's a cute piece full of exciting words that tempt the imagination towards mischief! Nothing like Frankenstein, Voodoo and Zombies to set a tone... Stitched on Week's Havana linen -- we have that fabric in several counts -- choose the seven hand-dyeds or DMCs from your stash. If you don't have the exacts, you'll have great matches!
Stitch count on this is 160 x 157 -- neat font, cute elements, you could always add a smattering of cute buttons as well!! Offered as a chart.
Halloween and Christmas are right around the corner -- according to these new releases!
Classic Prairie Schooler style, I think my favorite is Trick or Treat!
#188 Trick or Treat is so fun. Check out all the activity in that Halloween Evening scene! Ghosts flying from chimneys, little people scurrying everywhere, toadstools and spiders, it is just the cutest. I love that row of characters down in the lower front!
#189 Boo Moon is a collection of 9 different ornaments stitched in only 3 colors of DMC floss -- 3371, 921 and 729. I love the little skeleton with the keys, and check out that little bat that is hanging upside down!!!
#190 Happy Christmas features a sleepy village against the deep midnight black winter sky. Finishing only 5-1/2 x 7-1/2 on 18ct black aida, there are only 8 colors of DMC floss in here!!! The snowflakes look like stars in the sky and the dark windows tell you that everyone is fast asleep. You can hear the quiet... all except for Santa's sleigh bells up in the sky!
#191 Nordic Holiday features 9 designs that are all the same size and use the same two colors of DMC floss -- 699 and 817. Simple and classic with a Nordic design inspiration, you could repeat and repeat these to make a cool table runner!
Mill Hill Presents Frightful Delights Kits
Well... take comfort in knowing that Halloween is NOT right around the corner... but that Mill Hill is sending early offerings just in case you need lots of time! 4 New kits arrived today -- very bold and colorful -- full of orange, green, black and purple Halloween color. By artist Debbie Mumm, each design finishes 5 x 5 on the provided 28ct linen, is worked in DMC flosses and garnished with some Mill Hill beads.
A word about the linen... the orange is pretty and bright -- easy to see. The black is BLACK and terribly hard to see to stitch on. You'll have to have good lighting to tackle those two. Offered as complete kits of the charts, linens, beads and flosses it feels strange to be describing Fall while we're still in Winter!
Sit a Spell from JABCO
From Art to Heart's Acorn Hollow quilt design book... this very sociable witch might be inviting you to meal that you don't want to be a part of -- LITERALLY! Very cute... she is stitched on Week's 30ct Kudzu linen in 12 different shades of Week's flosses. She is garnished with a frog, spider (I love how he's dangling from the word 'spell'), and calico pumpkin button.
Lots of cute color, the lines in the black dress make it look like Art to Heart's original fabric colors in the original fabric design!!! Finishing approx 6 x 7, this is offered as the chart with button pack.
Croaking Toad Manor from Praiseworthy Stitches
Praiseworthy Stitches has another annual haunted house, and this year's is just as busy and (charming?) SCARY as the rest!!! Presented as a chart with clay button set additional, this finishes quite large -- just like all it's companions. A whopping 15 x 20 on 32ct -- if you are CAREFUL (only 1-1/2 inches on the sides)... we can get this on a fat quarter(18 x 27) of Thunderstorm for you. (otherwise the 21 x 26 cut is $43.68!)
The design is full of great details -- just so much to look at and enjoy. There is a toad in the pond with a witch hat... He's the culprit who's stirring up the landscape! Charted for DMCs or lots of Gentle Art and Weeks overdyeds. It also features a smidge of silver metallic and a few Mill Hill beads.
Quaker Gone Spooky from ByGone Stitches
Well...... here's an unusual graveyard... the markers are all Quaker-inspired motifs! The design elements in here don't seem to go together -- those headstones are a surprise -- but the parts are stunning! The tree is stitched up and down in rows (NOT across!) with hand-dyed to get that incredible wilting movement. The wrought iron fence is gorgeous -- wouldn't that be incredible to have around your house??? (Well, if it is old, and you give out really *good* candy at Halloween. I wouldn't go through that gate just for those orange and black taffy things!)
The little animals -- see that little mouse? -- and the owl with the *Attitude!*. The headstones are just awesome! Offered as a chart, the stitch count is 237 x 284. 15 x 18 On 32ct... dig out the perfect linen and some pretty overdyeds and you're set!
The Trick or Treat All Through the Year Seriesfrom Cherrywood Design Studios
Cherrywood has a new series of 12 Halloween designs -- releasing in pairs over the next few months. The first is Peace, Love... Always a larger and smaller design... always stitched on Week's hand-dyed linens using Crescent's flosses and Week's wools to finish, and JABCO button embellishments... this set is AWESOME! We saw and photographed all the models for the entire series at our Spring trade show a couple of weeks ago -- with the strict rules that we cannot share pics ahead of time!!!
The Cherrywood gals have really done a nice job with this set -- cute, unique and unusual designs, GREAT finishing suggestions, wonderful colors -- all offered as charts. I think you'll be pleased with what is in store for you!!! Peace Love and Candy corn stitches up to be 5 x 7. The little wool banner/rug/mat trimmed with wool candy corns measures approx 9 x 11. The set of 6 charts releases every month-ish, and finishes the first week of October. We're starting an auto-ship for the charts. If you want the linens, wools, buttons or threads... write your wants into the box, too!
Lizzie Kate's Mystery Sampler is Finished!
It's pretty scary that I cannot find ANY reference to an ACTUAL NAME for this delightful piece -- except *The Mystery Sampler!* We love it... we can't wait for our shop model to be finished... we love the colors and the verse... we just don't want any of those *Bumps in the Night!!!*
LK's 3-part Halloween-themed sampler is now all here. Three individual charts (color key is in chart #1), your finished piece runs approx 5 x 13. Available now is the trio of charts... flosses and fabrics offered separately... BOO!
from The Drawn Thread!
Drawn Thread has a new piece -- a companion design to Be My Valentine -- it's a series of MINIATURE blocks that include bitty Halloween motifs and letters to spell out 'Trick or Treat.' Really a very tiny thing -- 2-1/2 x 6-1/2 -- Cynthia has used a few Satin Stitches and a smattering of glass beads to embellish her squares a bit -- but each square measures ONLY AN INCH on 28/14 count and even smaller on the recommended 32ct Dirty Belfast.
So cute, you can make some initial scissor fobs if your name has the right letters... you can stitch a set of small ornaments for a little tree branch... you could stitch these all in one horizontal row (1 x 21!) and hang it above a doorway... or you could stitch them all vertically (again 1 x 21!) and hang it on a skinny wall somewhere. You could even finish them into individual cubes to make a set of alphabet blocks! Offered as a chart. As you can tell from the pic -- rich rusty oranges, fun greens and purples and lots of black!
Spiders 'n Bones and The Tricky Witch Treat Bags
from The Drawn Thread!
Here's a fun set of 8 x 8-ish treat bags that feature your stitching on both sides. Offered as two separate charts -- the skeletons are one, the witch is the other. The simple designs are stitched on 18ct Natural linen and measure approx 4 x 4 each. Cynthia has the charts placed on one piece of fabric, so as you construct your little bag the fabric is folded across the bottom.
Cute designs, both are stitched in DMC with bits of hand-dyed floss from your stash. Our charts include the black or orange mini-buttons featured in the bats and witch dress. Super quick to stitch... what a fun way to use cute Halloween fabrics for finishing along with flourishes of cool ribbons! They would also be cute as hard-sided buckets -- either way -- cute centerpieces to hold that precious Halloween candy!
Spooky Bellpull from Falling Star Primitives
Falling Star Primitives brings us a new design -- a medley of small Halloween motifs scattered between alphabet letters -- all finished into a wall hanging.
Measuring approx 4 x 9-1/2 on 28ct, this is stitched with 5 colors of regular DMC floss and then *antiqued* to give it a mangy and old personality. Embellish with a stick hanger, and a rusty old key... your choice of coffee or tea to stain your needlework... this is cute and quick!
Halloween Quilt Sampler
from Rosewood Manor
Rosewood Manor has a new sampler that is full of Autumn color and Halloween attitude! All tucked inside her Blackwork border of acorns, you'll find 15 different quilt blocks worked with 8 different shades of Weeks overdyeds. Amber, Eggplant, Lancaster Red, Moss, Sweet Potato, Teal Frost (retired color!), Indian Summer and Swamp Water... pull them out of your stash... a gorgeous collection of color!
Finishing approx 7 x 14 (not too big at all!), the leaflet comes with a stunningly REAL looking sterling spider charm that is featured on the Cobweb square of the sampler. If that little guy showed up live and in person on my wall, I'd be freaked out!!! Offered as a leaflet with Mr Scary Spider charm, this is a fun diversion from classic Halloween... into traditional quilt motifs!
Spider Moon from Just Nan
Oh My Gosh... Nan always out-does herself with her Halloween pieces... and Spider Moon is no exception! *Beneath the spider moon * Ghosts drift out to play * Bones begin to dance * Monsters start to sway * Witches cackle tunes * Owls hoot and prey *... Night will end soon -- beneath the spider moon!* Now... look at the bands in this 15 x 6 sampler stitched with DMC floss on 32ct Stone Grey Belfast Linen. Check out that Spider Moon! (just like the clouds and veins you see sometimes!) The cats and bats. Then... the drifting ghosts. Next... the dancing bones! They're cute -- but probably upstaged by the swaying monsters!
I love the witches -- they always wear purple -- a great fashion color for the season. The owls are SERIOUS... and the spooky graveyard tree against the moon is spectacular! (Check out the trunk -- could it be another swaying monster???) Finally, we are treated to Nan's handpainted Grim Reaper Charm perched atop one of the tombstones! If there isn't enough Halloween mischief happening in here for you -- it's another scary scenario for you!
Offered as the leaflet with embellishments, this is stuffed FULL of Nan's Halloween Humor and Imagination. Just the best... and this is only one of several new Halloween designs!
from Plum Street Samplers
Well... if this isn't the cutest picture for Halloween! A pair of festive dachunds dressed for The Season, do you think they are deciding who gets to use the fire hydrant first? Plum Street delivers this cute design -- stitch count of 157 x 65 that will look great on tons of different fabric choices.
Worked with Gentle Art and Crescent Colours hand-dyed flosses, Paulette has kind of dedicated this pattern to her little Yorkie -- a most mischievous little beast! Offered as a chart -- reminds me of her Boris and Olga pair!
Halloween Ornaments from JBW Designs
JBW has a new set of small Halloween designs -- 12 in all -- that finish into small 2-inch rounds. Stitched on Light Sand 32ct linen in either overdyeds or DMC's... the models are mounted onto fabric covered rounds, and trimmed with festive cords and ribbons. You can see orange stripes in the backgrounds -- that's not the fabric -- it's your stitching.
Offered in a trio of 3 small cards, each with it's own embellishment pack of charms, beads and clay buttons... real cute!
October 31st from Barbara Ana
What a cool little garden! Check out the candy corn flowers with resident spiders! Quaker motifs scattered everywhere, critters all over the place and of course that awesome cat, everything about this screams creativity! Offered as a chart, it finishes approx 6 x 6 over two on 40ct. (127 x 171 Stitches.)
Coded for DMC floss, get out your overdyeds and see what else you can add to make this your own. The model is worked on something mangy -- choose something dark enough so that the winter-whites will show up.
Halloween (The Moon Laughs) from Barbara Ana
This is a neat design -- and is offered in two different colorways. On lighter linen, choose solid or hand-dyed thread in just a black and gold for the moons and stars. The pic on the darker fabric features everything stitched in DMC flosses -- a combo of 12 classic halloween-y colors!
Stitch count of 99 x 171 -- Barbara Ana gives you 'official permission' to pick a hand-dyed linen color of YOUR CHOICE!!! (and I support that!!!)
Trick or Treat from Barbara Ana
Too Stinking Cute -- especially because it talks about stinky feet!!! 'Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!' I know there is lots more to that verse... the girls were reciting it while we were pricing these charts. The kitty atop the boot is perfectly sweet, and how can you not fall in love with these colors!
It calls for 5 solid DMC flosses and 6 more of DMC's Variations. Of course, you can pull overdyeds already in your stash... but the Variations might be tempting to try! Offered as a chart, 77 x 79 stitches.
Mr Baron Von Bat - The Needle Minder from Blackberry Lane
Blackberry Lane's Marie Driskill is amazing! Check out this Over-The-Top scary and realistic stitched BAT!!!!! *Mr Von Bat takes his job seriously and tries to be intimidating with his fangs, but he's too cute of a fellow to take seriously. He has a baby bat button (JABCO's little black bat) as a bowtie with two dickeys made with (Week's) overdyed wool where he guards his needles well.*
Stitched on 36ct linen, (fabric options vary for this) with DMC flosses (only 25 colors!) he measures 8 inches from wing-tip to tip and 3-1/2 inches high. He is stitched on BOTH sides -- so you see his back on the outside, and his tummy on the inside. You'll need to get a couple of those super-stong magnets to put inside his wing-tips to help then close. (A pair will do, but you might want more.)
Offered as the chart, the instructions to assemble are all here. You'll need the bat bowtie button, those dinky magnets and bit of Weeks wool to finish. I have never seen such a cute needle case like this... the design is incredibly detailed, such a different and unique subject matter .. this little guy is a MUST HAVE!!!!!!!!! Models are a possibility for us in St Charles and Houston!!!
Rest Ye Pins -- The Pin Keeper from Blackberry Lane DesignsWell, isn't this just the cutest stitched tombstone to hold some whimsical pins??? The poem included with the chart warns you to beware of the skeleton hiding behind the stone... he's waiting for YOU to come by! Choose a mangy hand-dyed or stony-colored linen (we have so many choices in several counts) in a 36 count to make this approx 4 x 4 in size.
The chart includes assembly instructions for this over-the-top-cute little thing! You'll notice JABCO's Monster Mash Pins garnishing the top, and a dangling purple spider on there, too. the whole thing is a really neat concept, with cute finishing. Offered as the chart with Monster Mash Pins separate.
Seasonal Garlands from A Kitty Kat Original
Aren't they cute? This is a collection of seasonal motifs -- all dangled together -- to resemble garlands. By A Kitty Kat Original, her set of 5 pieces enchants me! You can stitch them as is -- on one piece of fabric and frame them... OR... you can stitch them on perforated paper or make tiny fabric pillows and actually STRING them... and make stitched garlands! Her cover pics show paper shapes attached together via wire -- that makes them easy to flex and display just the way you want them. They'd be cute on a wreath, too... get some colored lights, some wild ribbon...
Offered as charts, you'll find those old-fashioned plastic *google eyes* featured on the personalities in all but the Ho Ho pattern... so retro and fun! Charted for DMC, google eyes included in charts!
Black Cat Hornbook
from Needlemade Designs
Oh... these are CUTE!!!! Be Needlemade Designs, choose your favorite kitty-color and stitch him on almost any count of linen, to finish onto one of Priscilla's Pockets hand-made chunky hornbooks! Stitch a black cat or a Siamese, and trim with a border of Nun's Stitch.
Offered as a leaflet, there is history of the Nun Stitch included, as well as advice about loving your kitty. Designer, Linda, warns that these are easy enough to stitch and give away as gifts... and the easiest way of finding new homes for your cats!!!
from Blue Ribbon Designs
Blue Ribbon Designs offers a busy Halloween Medley piece -- full of fun things for the season. You can always do any of these individually, but together they have lots of impact. I like those ghosts on the broom sticks! Entire piece finishes approx 9 x 13 on 28ct.
The smalls feature the metal finishing forms that we sell -- perfect disks of metal to keep a perfect shape. I think that house would make a really cute candy bucket, too! Lots of possibilities with this one!
Fern Ridge has outdone themselves this Season!!!
Wait till you see all of Pat and Peggy's amazing stuff! They are making a 4-1/2 x 2 x 1-1/4 inch wooden coffin scissor case -- complete with stitched linens inside! There is a colorful owl needle case kit, and a trio of Peyote Stitch beaded scissor fobs.
We have more of their cute things coming... but I didn't want to hold up any of THIS waiting for my second shipment. So here goes!
Candy Corn with Personality!
from Sue Hillis Designs
Sue Hillis has released a pair of leaflets with the CUTEST Candy Corn designs on them... you have to stitch the whole set of 8! Worked on Hand-dyed linen of orange and yellow... the most charming part of these is the Candy Corn FABRIC! Check it out. It is a 28ct evenweave Lugana-type of fabric that Sue has commissioned to be screened just for her designs. The fabric features large-striped areas of white, yellow and orange -- in the correct order -- so your corns turn out authentically!
Just the coolest stuff, the first fabric prototype has a bit of gray between the color changes... but our's will not have that. (It is due in the shop this week.) Just the cutest idea... stitch a bunch of these, and hang them on a knarley Halloween Tree! The stitching all finishes approx 4 x 4; the finishing template on the back cover is a bit larger. Love the cute rik-raks and trims on these, too!
from Sue Hillis Designs
Everyone is gathered here... what a colorful crew! 5-1/2 x12-1/2. On 14/28ct, the blocks by themselves are easy to do... you could even stitch them and finish as individual alphabet blocks! Then, all the creatures could stand alone, as well. I love that little skeleton!
Anyway, lots of bright DMC color, this makes a great holiday greeting... way fun to hang for the season! Offered as a leaflet.
Halloween Quadrielle from The Sweetheart Tree
Sweetheart Tree's 3rd stitched cube, this little charmer features 4 different Halloween-y scenes -- something not-so-scary on each side! Stitched on 28ct Lambswool Linen in Autumn shades of DMC floss, all are garnished with a generous smattering of Mill Hill petite beads and Sandy's awesome jet-black glass Paillette 'sequins.'
Offered as a complete kit of charts, linen, flosses and embellishments -- you will need some fun ribbons to tie that lavish underneath bow -- but with all the fun ribbons available these days, it might be a harder task than you can imagine! Our first Quadrielle, M'Lady's is really pretty as a shop model, so we expect this one to be, too. They finish approx 4 x 4 x 4 in size.
Spooktacular Halloween from The Sweetheart Tree
2 x 2 x 2... You get two black cats, two pumpkins, and two spiders! All gracing the cute picket fence (with a heart on it!), even the tree doesn't really *look* scary! Just a sweet holiday design, it finishes approx 4 x 4.
Offered as the complete kit of 28ct Putty Linen, DMC flosses, the embellishments include more of Sandy's silver flower beads, and a bright orange cat's eye heart bead that you can see hanging from the tree branch. Cute!
Autumn Buttons & Beads from Mill Hill
Mill Hill has released their Autumn 2011 Button & Bead Kits -- giving us plenty of time to stitch them before this fall! (gosh, isn't it *still* snowing in NY this week?) Quite a varied collection this year, we're getting the fall football games and quilts to keep you warm, along with a couple of cute Halloween designs! All finish approx 5 x 5 on the 14ct perforated paper included in the kits -- they'll be the same size if you stitch them on 14ct aida or 28ct linen as well.
Melody is a sophisticated black, taupe and red music graphic -- perfect for any musician or music-lover you know. Football Hero is colorful and FULL of family memories -- maybe change the SCORE word to your school colors? Log Cabin Quilt is charming! Can't get your whole quilt finished? I can't believe the details in all those different 'fabrics!' Haunted Mansion continues your Spooky Halloween Village of houses -- we have a library, the haunted hotel, and a few others that make up this growing little town. Wizard is new for Mill Hill, and Moonlit Kitties is stunningly bright!
2011 Autumn Harvest Kits from Mill Hill
Here's the set of 6 smaller designs that coordinate with this year's larger Button & Bead Kits. The little football is great -- use it for a Christmas ornament for anyone who loves football! The Music piece is the same way -- both could be teacher gifts, something tucked on the front of a photo album... anything. The other 4 designs are all cute Halloween and Fall.
Make them into magnets, ornaments, pins to wear, pin 'em to a bulletin board for decoration... be creative! All are offered as complete kits with chart, perforated paper, flosses and beads and glass Treasure embellishments! Each finishes approx 2-1/2.
from Elizabeth's Designs
Elizabeth's designs has a really cool design for Halloween -- very simple, actually! Halloween is spelled out in plain letters, but each letter is 'garnished' with a spider web, bat or crow. The row of pumpkins below is very organized and full of Sweet Potato and Tiger's Eye Weeks Dye Work's color... and that saw-tooth border is simply Satin Stitches of Tobacco Road!
Stitched on Weeks 35ct Mocha Linen, the colors really caught my eye, the balance, and those charming spider webs that seem to cling to every nook and crook of those letters -- just like they stick in the nooks and crannies of my house!!! Offered as a leaflet, cute to add some crow or spider buttons, too!
Fall Arrivals from Pine Mountain!
Two for September, and two for Halloween -- I just LOVE that 'Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun!'
Pine Mountain delivers 4 complete kits of pre-sewn pillows that are ready for your bits of stitching in their center panels. Always cute, new fabrics and bright, happy colors... you can't go wrong with these!
Girlfriends and Eat, Drink are the smaller 6 x 6 style that features the pull-out aida -- leave the pillow at home, take the tiny square of fabric and bits of floss with you -- chart is in color, so they're a breeze to stitch.
The September Expressions pillow promises crisp apples... but I don't think Fall is scheduled to arrive in Oklahoma this year... (I think it's been cancelled) because it's still 100 degrees here!!!
Stack of Jacks from AB Designs
One of 3 new designs... AB Designs has the cutest new stack of pumpkins -- all decorated with Charcoal noses and wired Memory Thread smiles -- stitched in colorful overdyeds on Weeks 30ct Guacamole linen! Offered as the chart, with embellishments, Stack of Jacks measures approx 3-1/2 x 7 inches -- actually kind of teeny! It is the first in 4-seasons... Stack of Snow will be Winter's design, (coming the end of Sept.) Stack of Butterflies comes for the Spring, and Stack of Bees is the Summer edition.
The black Memory Thread is a coated wire that you bend and twist, to make any shape you want. It gets 'tacked' onto your finished stitching, and really POPS! I just love the colors on this one -- green linen and backgrounds, bright oranges and yellows in the pumpkins, and that purple moon! Offered as the chart with embellishments, the Memory thread is separate, and comes on a card of 3 yards, which will probably last you forever!
The Halloween Branch -- Hooty Hoo Owl and Border
from Bent Creek
Bent Creek has a new 3-part design joining their series of 'Branch' designs... this one features a cute verse; 'When the owl and witch together are seen, There's mischief brewing on Halloween.' So far, we have that chubby little owl, some ghosts and crotchety-looking spiders!
This first chart includes the chart for all you see, along with snap and button embellishments. The next two designs will come as small charts, with more snaps. (They usually run $7-ish.) Measuring 5 x 11 on 32ct, you can choose any fabric you like, and you can use either DMCs or overdyeds from your stash.
VERY cute... let us know if you want to join the Auto-Ship to receive the last two parts!
Presenting Autumn's Fab Fob!
from Lizzie Kate
Autumn Fab Fob is the companion to Lizzie Kate's Spring and Summer Fab Fobs (no Winter yet!) Stitched on Tobacco linen in fun shades of overdyeds, Linda has *a special stitch* in here!!! (Big news from Lizzie Kate Land!) Just darling... Linda has exclusive little scissors for her fobs -- Autumn's features green and purple handles to match the design!!! Measuring approx 2 x 3, the kit includes the linen and little orange button. You supply flosses from your stash.
Spring and Summer's Limited Edition Fobs are still available for now... and our very own Magic By Mona offers 'official LK finishing kits' for these -- because SHE finished Linda's models! Mona's finishing kits contain the ribbon pictured on the kit fronts, cording, puffy, mounting boards and backing fabric!
Autumn Glory Humbug from Just Nan
Just Nan's 4th Seasonal Humbug for 2010 is here! Rounding out her tiny set of 4 pin cushions, Autumn Glory is stitched on Light Sand Cashel Linen in DMC flosses. Sometimes described in the shop as *little pillowy-triangle-thingies* each little Humbug is covered with small stitched flowers and motifs and a tiny verse that is two threads high (!) that wraps around 'the bottom.' (But sometimes the bottom is on the top!)
Nan describes Autumn Glory: '...richly colored autumn leaves, luscious grapes, acorns, sunflowers and 2 little crows stitched over 1. Apples in red gold and Granny Smith form the bottom border and 'Shine on harvest moon' is the repeating verse.' Nan's Charm Garden Harvest Moon pin is included and features glass and crystal beads in those yummy autumn hues. We have the other seasons available as well... this is a cute set of smalls! Includes chart, fabric and pin.
from AB Designs
*Witchypoo's Main Squeeze!* ab Designs has sent us the cutest little Frankenstein monster to stitch, and we have plenty of time to finish him before The Big Day!!! The 5 x 9 Frankster belongs to previously-published Witchypoo, and while she is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Peoria Purple, The Frankster is stitched on 30ct hand-dyed Banana Popsicle. He features right, fun Halloween-y colors, and some DMC Black Memory Thread on his pumpkin's smile!
Actually, we think that Memory Thread is totally awesome, and it'd be fun on all the spider legs, too!!! Offered as the single chart, check out the trio of smaller matching pumpkins, with those same wired-thread smiles!!! Such a cute set of designs!
Punkin Witch, Crow and Spider
from AB Designs
Here are three 'Just a Quickie' pumpkins that match those carried by The Frankster and Witchypoo! Offered as small card charts, each little pumpkin is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Carrot hand-dyed linen, and features the mouth stitched with DMC's Memory Thread. (It's a thread-covered wire that you bend and curl... then simply tack onto your needlework.)
If you stitch Frankster and Witchypoo and these pumpkins... you'll have a trio of bright pieces... all on different lip-puckering fun colors of linen!
Autumn 2010 Button & Bead Kits from Mill Hill
What an awesome set of 6 new designs! 5 x 5 designs full of beaded color and detail, Mill Hill's selection this season are delightful! Always offered as complete kits of 14ct perforated paper, loaded with lots of beads and flosses, the Haunted Library is a companion to Haunted Hotel and the Opera House.
Gather Together is a charming country house scene... those Fall Blooms are like NOTHING we've had so far! Paisley Pumpkin is so darn cute... I'm tempted to stitch it without the border, too. Cabin Fever would make a great companion to 'Camping Out' and check out that ring of dancing ghosts!!!
Too darn cute! We always do our shop models on linen, so we can make hanging pillows out of them...
Mini-Autumn Small Bead Kits from Mill Hill
This year's 6 small beaded kit designs are here too! Irate Pirate is quite a switch from designs of the past, and he's just great! The leaves are classy, Trick or Treat is great to add to a Halloween tree of ornaments, Harvest Garden and the Mallard are two more classic designs... and that school picture frame is really a cute and different idea! What a fun way to cherish some old school pictures... stitch these for the Christmas Tree!!!
All are offered as small kits, complete with 14ct perforated paper, and all the beads and flosses. These are a great value, because of all the 'stuff' you get in them!
Great Pumpkin! from Threads That Bind
Shawn Williams of Threads That Bind has 4 AWESOME new Punch Needle designs that are full of silly Halloween whimsy, and incredibily intense fall color. I chose Great Pumpkin to showcase here... because I love the fact that the moon silhouetting the house is really a big, fat pumpkin!!!
Threads That Bind is undoubtedly the best Punch Needle designer out there... her stuff has such great color sense, none of it is too 'busy' or 'sloppy.' She uses good old fashioned DMC flosses in her designs -- so yours WILL turn out looking as good as the original, (you can actually find the thread at a shop!) and her designs all come clearly pre-stamped on HUGE pieces of antiqued Weaver's cloth. (Huge means like a 14 x 16 piece... so you can get it into a nice large hoop or stand.) Of all our shop models... hers are the ones that always draw the comments and inquiries!
Make sure you see the other three!
Witches Brew and Owloween from Hinzeit
Hinzeit has 7 new releases... colorful and so full of personality, here are two of my favorites! Witches Brew features 4 charms to embellish each of the ever-important ingredient jars -- a spider, bat, a very upset cat, and a scary skull and crossed bones! Talk about 'Mom's Favorite Recipes!!!'
Might need this to hang in the kitchen around Halloween time!
Owloween is very hard to spell, but easy to stitch for Halloween!!! Fun colors, that serious owl... his charm is a tiny Trick or Treat Bag. Both designs are offered as charts, with their embellishments, and finish approx 3-1/2 x 13.
Halloween Bits from Erica Michaels
Erica Michaels has OUTDONE herself with a new set of miniature seasonal designs! Halloween Bits is the first of 6 40ct Silk Gauze designs that all fit into Olde Colonial's tiny 1-1/2 x 2 inch frames! Halloween, Christmas, Valentines and Hanukkah come to mind... her set is fantastic! Anyway, all are debuting at Market next weekend... but she sent the tiny Halloween one NOW, as a teaser!
Charted -- so they can be stitched on ANY size fabric... the cut of 40 ct is included with the chart, in case that's your favorite! Luscious overdyed colors from your stash are used -- and as you can imagine -- just little schnibbles of all! ... Watch for the rest of EM's designs in a week or so!
Vintage Halloween Stockings from Blackbird Designs
Blackbird Designs will be releasing a little book of 13 Halloween Stockings -- to match their on-going series of mini monthly stockings!!! Blackbird Designs will be releasing a book of 13 Halloween Stockings -- to match their on-going series of mini monthly stockings!!! It has 36 pages and lots of color pictures for you to enjoy! In addition to the 13 stocking patterns, there are several other projects too. Due to release in mid-August... we're taking reservations for it NOW, because along with the book (Price unknown right now), you'll need the R & R hand-dyed linens -- and we have to make sure we've ordered enough!
Stitched with Weeks, Gentle Art and Crescent overdyeds, I imagine we'll offer some thread sets, but details right now are sketchy, and I can't give you specifics about threads. 5 Of the little stockings are stitched on 30ct Cafe Kona, 5 on 18th Century Brown, and 3 on Witches Brew. We're offering the book, or book and linen cuts.
Blackbird is one of the companies that doesn't reprint sold-out patterns, so we want to MAKE SURE you don't pass this one by before it's gone! We just love those little stockings... so we *can't wait* to see the new collection! Fabric Set ($57.50) includes 1/4 yd each of Cafe Kona and 18th Century Brown (enough for 6 stockings each) and 1/8 yard of the Witches Brew.
The Boys are Back in Town from JABCO
Just Another Button Company has a new freebie chart that is a real show-stopper! Hey -- some new bachelors to choose from!!! Stitched in overdyed flosses on Weeks 30ct Gunmetal Linen... your three gentlemen have great heads on their shoulders... so you couldn't go wrong with any one of them!
Finishing approx 5 x 6, the chart is a freebie WITH the purchase of the Just Another Button Company clay button set. So Darn cute, it's SCARY!
Articulated Characters by Mosey 'n Me!|
Oh my gosh... check out this set of darling charms -- each has arms and legs that dangle and swing around -- making them come *ALIVE!!!* Designed by Frank of Mosey 'n Me, Charland has re-created his talents in these tiny works of art! We've had some of these for a few years... but they deserve a bit of special attention because they are truly exquisite, and *darn cute!* Perfect in sewing cases, on fun stitched pieces, earrings, a necklace... get creative!
Spellbound! from Fern Ridge
Fern Ridge has, once again, delivered us a charming sewing case with matching beaded scissor fob! The Witch's Case features a really cool metal spider web charm on it's front, Weeks Dye Works 30ct Carrot Linen, fuchsia silk linings and the most delightful colors of silks -- both solids and hand-dyeds! The witch is tempting stray Halloween spiders to join her brew! Inside, against the fuchsia silk, you have 4 pockets to store necessary needlework implements. Not tons of stitching, but there are a lot of beads on the edges. The spider on the back is glass!!!
Offered as a complete kit of all the fabrics, silks, beads, linings and findings, there is even a color pic of the inside of the case, which is a real help. The Spellbound fob is peyote-stitch bead work. It's complete kit contains a huge wired spider that you bend a bit to attach to the fob (WAY TOO authentic for me!) and lots of black crystals and beads to adorn the fringe -- which you string apart like a web! Just the most imaginative thing!
Witch's Hat Scissor Case
from Historic Stitches
This is a fun, quickie design, that can dress up your Halloween decorations! Offered as a chart, this scissor case design would make a cute ornament, and little bits of it would make cute scissor fobs.
Stitched on black fabric, (aida is suitable for this design, lots easier on the eyes) the case finishes approx 5 x 5, and is large enough to hold the Uncommon Scissors brand of witch scissors. Bright DMC colors, no special stitches, just a cute design, kind of pricey, though!
Fall, in Pieces
from Funk & WeberThis is a really cool design... a medley of leaves, stitched within a leaf shape... stitched to look like a puzzle... or NOT! This stunning piece is stitched in 33 different overdyed shades of Sampler Threads, along with DMC's 996 Electric Blue for that crisp blue sky background. 51 skeins of thread needed, your Fall Leaf Puzzle finishes approx 12 x 13 on 28ct.
The pattern can be stitched like the cover shows -- a puzzle, with the scattered pieces, just BEGGING to be put into place -- OR you can FIND the missing pieces and stitch them in! Keep the black backstitched puzzle piece lines on there, or leave them off! What a fun piece bursting with Fall color, what a cool presentation! Offered as a chart, F & W has a few other intriguing designs, too!
Creepy Crawly from Blue Ribbon Designs'The stitching tools from my basket, are laid to rest in this tiny casket!' If this isn't the cutest little set of sewing pieces for Halloween... they are a hoot! Blue Ribbon has created such a fun little set of things... the (almost 5 x 7) casket to hold scissors and threads, a needlecase with a tombstone front, and the 'pushed-up daisies on the back, the black cat pin keep, and the bat scissor fob. When you open your casket, you'll find the 'preserved threads' and a stitched skeleton!!!
WAY, WAY cute, this project took a lot of creativity, and it just brings a big smile to your face! I don't think you'll find another available on the market, quite like this! Offered as a chart, all the finishing instructions are included, stitching is done with overdyed flosses.
3 Black Cats from Cherrywood Studio
Here's a really cute design that is actually a Halloween band sampler that has been finished into an accordian-shaped story book. Stitch the whole thing normally, or break it up into the smaller panels. Each is grommeted and then tied together with pretty ribbon. Framed sampler is worked on 28ct Lambswool, and measures approx 4-1/2 x 11.
The book is stitched on 30ct Weeks Dye Works Carrot hand-dyed, each page measuring approx 3 x 4. Garnish with Just Another Button Company buttons, or stitch all the tiny motifs, this is just too cute all the way around!!! The verse reads, Three Black Cats, in black hats. They all jumped into the Halloween brew. They teased the ghosts and goblins too. Have you ever seen such a Hullabaloo? Offered as the chart, those little grommeting 'guns' are available at the scrapbook store, or places like Hobby Lobby! Too fun!
All About Halloween|
from Homespun Elegance
This little cat is *The Cutest!* Stitched on 10ct Black Tula in shades of Weeks overdyed flosses or #5 Perle, the cat is stitched, then simply sewn around the edge and stuffed. They cut away the excess fabric and FRINGED him! He is precious!!!!! (and measures a life-size of 11 x 8!)
Of course, you can do the whole thing in the monochromatic theme that is also shown on the cover... but look at how much personality that cat delivers!!!!! Offered as the chart.
Murky Manor from Glendon Place
This is quite the busy 'party-house'... all decked out for Halloween! By Glendon Place, Murky Manor finishes a whopping 12 x 13 inches, and is stitched in 47 shades of DMC with touches of metallics and beads. The colors are bright and bold, and the general activity of the house is charming!
See the skulls on the fence posts? You can either stitch them, or use Just Another Button company's skull buttons!!! Very festive!
Check out Cheryl's other new design, Monster March, too!
from Trail Creek Farm
Susan has designed a really cool Treat Bag for Halloween! She has out-done herself with this one... and I just love it! First, the kit contains the READY MADE 12 x 13 black and white checkered totebag, complete with yellow polka-dot handle. Next, she's taken 30ct Honeysuckle Weeks hand-dyed linen, and hand-screened a pattern on there -- to give it the Banana Popsicle flavor!
Fun, funky squares of a background pattern -- very subtle behind your stitching. Next, you stitch the witches and pumpkins, using Weeks hand-dyed flosses, and finally attach all to the bag with the included fabric-covered buttons! Stitched area measures approx 5 x 6... but with the bag, you get lots of visual impact for that 5 x 6 inch area! Awesome, bright colors, the screening on the linen is such a cool, fresh idea... this is darling!
Cute door decoration or fun candy bag! Kit includes the bag, screened linen, chart and covered buttons. You add the flosses from your stash. (She's even tied the package together with orange, yellow and black checkered ribbon that you can use to dress up the tote!)
Bone Appetit from The Cricket Collection
Well... *never* trust a skinny cook! Chefs 'Click' and 'Clack' are stirring up a big pot of haunting stew... that YOU are welcome to try! (I'm on a diet!) What a fun kitchen decoration to offer a lighthearted warning that this IS the haunting time of year... 'and one must beware of that which is simmering in the soup pot!' Stitched on 30ct hand-dyed, it uses regular DMC flosses, finishes approx 9 x 9, and has a couple of little blackbird embellishments.
Offered as a chart, Vicki has also included a really cool strawberry pin cushion design in here... that is only pictured in the top little preview area of the pattern cover! It finishes approx 2-1/2-ish inches around, and is stitched in a medley of awesome fall colors. Full of little maple leaf motifs, she includes the finishing templates and instructions for the emery-filled berry and wool topping.
Both designs in this pack are dynamite... you'll want to stitch them ASAP! For Bone Appetit, Weeks hand-dyeds Straw, Kudzu, Scuppernong or Guacamole would be great color choices of fabric, for the berry... you might want a darker -- Onyx, Gunmetal, Aztec Red, Chestnut or Havana, as the topper is Chestnut Herringbone (but I like Houndstooth better!)
Harvest Trio from Mill HillMill Hill has licensed the artwork of Jim Shore and charted his designs into cross stitch! The first three publications are here, and they are stunning! Offered in leaflet form, each is stitched with DMC flosses and embellished with Mill Hill beads and MH's Jim Shore buttons.
Santa's workshop finishes approx 12 x 15, Harvest Trio finishes approx 5 x 12, and Awaken finishes approx 8 x 10. So colorful and pretty, we've packaged the beads and buttons together if you need them!
Halloween Line Up from The TrilogyTrilogy celebrates Halloween in a big way, with lots of teeny weeny motifs, all lined up in the cutest way! Offered as a leaflet, Halloween Line Up joins the seasons already published, and is just as charming. Finishing approx 5 x 5 on 28ct linen... (our Spring Line Up shop model is worked over one thread so it's half that size!) every row features such fun little things.
Check out the owls at the top, then all the spiders... then the precious and scary Trick-or-Treaters at the bottom! You have Superman down there, an angel, I think a pirate, and definitely a mummy... Great colors of DMC OR hand-dyed!
Two more new designs are available for you on our Trilogy page.
Four New Halloween Designs from Cross-Eyed CricketWell, it isn't very often I get a call from the shop saying basically "lookee here!" But I did yesterday when these came in! So, here are the four new designs from Cross-Eyed Cricket. Again, you have to put up with my descriptions until Lindy is back, but I think you'll have more than enough to decide that this is a very cool set of Halloween designs that you *must* have for your stash.
Based on the legendary poem, Sleepy Hollow is shown stitched on 3 panels, totaling about 15 inches wide!
If ornaments are your thing, Ghosties & Ghoulies and Things That Go Bump in the Night will fill the bill.
Ghosties & Ghoulies even comes with basic finishing instructions.
The Eyes Have It gives you three separate designs, including one for a matching jar label and lid.
How about using some of the DMC Effects threads for some of these -- one even glows in the dark!
Thanksgiving Harvest Fairy
from MirabiliaMirabilia's final (joins Halloween, Christmas, Valentine, Easter and New Year) of her six Holiday Fairies, she is stitched on 32ct Natural Linen in 13 shades of Crescent Colours overdyed flosses, and is highlighted with Mill Hill beads of coral and iridescent green. "She sets the table, she lights the candle, and she kisses her family. She gathers from her garden as she walks in the brisk Autumn air. She counts her blessings for love and beauty and all the gifts of the earth."
Lots of pretty lavenders, pinks and reds, she finishes approx 6 x 7-1/2. Offered as the complete kit of limited edition chart, linen, needle, flosses and beads.
Autumn Snapperland!from Bent Creek
'Autumn is a second Spring, when every leaf is a flower.' Bent Creek's final celebration of the Four Seasons -- in Snapper Card Designs! Presented in 4 small individual designs, Harvest Time is the first, with the barnyard and scarecrow outside. Autumn Walk is the second... the trees wander and follow the hikers a bit. Pumpkin Hunt and Turkey Farm finished it up!!!
Each square design is a small 'Snapper' card, that includes a snap as its embellishment. Tying all these small squares together is the complimentary border chart and embellishment package... just like we have been treated to for Winter, Spring and Summer Snapperlands!!!
A really cool series... we just finished an auto-ship for the rest of the cards in this set.
Pretty Pumpkins from Glendon Place
Have you ever seen a more festive collection of pumpkins????? New from Glendon Place is this such an incredible design full of 52 colors of 'good ol DMC' floss! Swirls and paisleys, checkerboard stems and shaded leaves, the color and details are just wonderful!
Stitched on a light-ish green -- you can use hand-dyeds or some of the Zweigart green linens -- this finishes approx 10 x 15 on a 32ct. Just gorgeous, you could get ambitious and stitch the entire thing, or simply the right or left pumpkin by itself. Offered as the chart, it's a definite -- at least for your stash, if not your walls!
Autumn in the Square
from Just Nan
Wow... Nan's fourth and final Season in the Square is here, and it's luscious! (We'd had our hands on the model when she was here for Queen of the Needle, and I wished we could have just hung onto it...!)
Anyway, pretty Autumn colors in the pumpkins and vines that surround the little Falling Leaves Vision charm in the center of the garden, this finishes approx 6 x 6. Delicate, just like the other three, there are 8 squirrels in here, along with apple trees and grapes!
On Duty from Country Threads
He's watching the pumpkins... crows circling overhead... the early Autumn sky promising a star-filled evening sky... all is well in the field! This piece is really an eye-catcher! Offered as one of Country Threads newest Punch Needle Patterns, it finishes approx 5 x 6, and is punched with a 3-strand needle.
Done in DMC flosses, this is one that our Antiquing Finish Spray would be good with -- to add just a subtle undertone of 'dirt' and 'age!' Such great colors, that Harvest Moon behind him is just the best!
Offered as the design stamped onto weavers cloth, with at least 4 extra inches all around for your frame, if you use one, ... you add those flosses.
Moonlight and 11:58 PM from Fern Ridge
This stitched and beaded needlecase and scissor fob set is over-the-top with Halloween personality!!! You'll see from our pics, that each has so many fun little details in the beads and stitching, I don't know where to begin my description! Designed by Fern Ridge, these are offered as complete kits that contain all the necessary beads, threads, findings, charms, fabrics, needles, lining fabrics and linen, beading threads... just everything... except you!
The needlecase features a beaded edge, a sterling spider and skeleton charm, is stitched on 28ct Silvery Moon Cashel Linen in silks, silks and more silks, and overdyeds flosses -- all of which are included in the kit. With special stitches and finishing instructions, the verse -- in a crooked alphabet font -- reads, "Moonlight and it's 11:58pm. Don't just stand there! Come on in. Our Stitch-in is about to begin. The linen we use is a spider's web. Our threads are the hanging moss. The needles we use will delight and amuse. So, come on in. There's no time to lose. It's 11:59 pm and the stitch-in is about to begin!" Lots of black, greys, bronze and brown... this is CHARMING! Finishes approx 4 x 4 when closed, and because of all the cool beading around the edges, this feels heavy in your hand.
The RIP fob is stitched in Peyote Stitch. It's trim features a sterling skull charm, hematite stars and amber beaded accents...all the beads have a frosted matte finish... and make this look old and weathered! So creative and unusual, this is such fun!
Halloween Fairy from MirabiliaThis is the third in a set of 6 seasonal fairies... each offered as kits, and each, limited in edition. Joining the Christmas and Easter Fairies... this was has been released in plenty of time for you to stitch it for Halloween! Nora describes her, 'Not so terribly frightful is she who flutters in the Hallow's Eve.'
Stitched on 32ct Natural Linen in a palette of Crescent's overdyed colors of dusty Tangerine, Dandelion, Bunny Honey, and assorted others, she is subtle in color, and features beaded accents in her hair, and on her wings and dress. Finishing approx 7 x 7, she is offered as the complete kit of chart, linen, complete skeins of all needed flosses, and a needle.
Buttons & Beads for Fall 2006 from Mill Hill |
The Mill Hill 2006 collection for Fall is here!!! An excellent set this year... Boo House is stitched on black perforated paper, Trick or Treat Collage is on deep green, and the rest are on the favorite brown. We always do our shop models on linen... so we'll choose the corresponding 28ct colors to the paper. Loaded with great oranges, purples, blacks and golds... the set includes a great haunted house -- complete with flying ghosts, and a colorful cornucopia.
Quite a bit of the stitching for these is done in floss -- but the other is all beading. Such a pretty effect, especially if you have a place for them that lets them catch the light. Those beads just glisten! Several of the frames shown in the model pics are decorated with the smaller bead kits that are also new this year. Make sure to click the pics to see everything.
All are offered as complete kits of the chart, 14ct perforated paper, tons of beads, all the flosses and necessary Mill Hill handmade buttons. We have always done our shop models on linen instead of the paper, and finished these into doorknob hanging pillows, or something for the kitchen windowsill. So, we are offering the additional linen cuts, if you are interested. This is a darling batch of designs!!
Autumn Harvest Mini-Kits for 2006 from Mill Hill |
Mill Hill's set of mini-ornaments and pins for Fall and Halloween 2006 are here! Quite a nice batch, each is offered as the complete kit of chart, perforated paper, beads and more beads, flosses and any necessary Treasure embellishments. Each of these features a small cross-stitched piece that is cut out separately, and then sewn on top of the stitching already done... so there is a 3-dimensional quality. The Boo Ghost is cute, the Halloween House is really cute, and the Plaid Pumpkin tops the list as my personal favorite! Each finishes approx 2 x 2... cute as little ornaments or pins.
Ghastly, Ghostly Ghouls!
from Just Nan
I'm thinking this is a delightful seasonal companion piece to Nan's High Hopes design! GGG is a delightful design that finishes approx 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 on 28ct Cobblestone Cashel Linen, and features the one-inch miniature pewter coffin charm which actually opens to reveal the dead skeleton inside!!! (Dead skeleton, I guess, is redundant, isn't it?)
Absolutely over-the-top with rich reds, oranges, rusts, chartreuse, and purples, the spooky Halloween garden is filled with spiders, ghosts, cats and toads... quite different than the spring garden of High Hopes!!! Available as the leaflet with the coffin charm, this is absolutely charming... and you need it! Silks or DMCs are called for... whichever you wish!
from The Sunflower Seed
What a silly grin sported on each of our featured guests!!! We stitched our model of this on an outrageous hot neon orange hand-dyed linen -- and believe it or not -- the bright colors all look good together! The red stars, yellow moon, orange Jack-o-Lantern and Black Cat all POP on that bright linen!!! Stitch something they'll notice from across the room... they'll think you're nuts... but this IS cute!
Offered as the chart, finishing approx 6-1/2 x 7 on 28ct hand-dyed linen (I forget our color) it's stitched in a variety of Weeks and Sampler Threads overdyeds.
Thankful Sheep from Shepherd's Bush
One of four new mini-designs by Shepherd's Bush... Thankful Sheep joins the family of other little sheepies for the holidays!!! (We have a patriotic one, a Halloween one... and a few others, I believe!) Anyway, Thankful is standing beside the Mayflower, and he's dressed with his Sunday Best Pilgrim Hat! (A cute clay button!) Offered as a small complete kit of 32ct Liberty Gathering Gray hand-dyed linen, and 8 different hand-dyed and solid shades of silk threads, he finishes a mere 3 x 3! Very cute... make him into a little box stand-up!
Make sure to visit our Shepherd's Bush pages to see the rest of the new things this time around... quite a fun little batch!
Nuts Stitch Here
from Trail Creek Farm
Oh my Gosh... this is the cutest little acorn pillow... and it even has a matching square-tasseled pillow companion! Nuts Stitch Here is one of Trail Creek Farm's new Plumper Pillows - you get the already made and stuffed little pillow with the four already-covered fabric buttons, the ribbon hanger, luscious hand-dyed Colorscapes Linen, fabric to line the back of your stitching, acorn charm, and chart for this appropriate design. All you add is an hour or two of stitching and the schnibblets of overyded floss. After you stitch, just button it onto the finished pillow, and your DONE!!! The acorn pillow measures approx 6 x 7 x 3, and features a hanger that's large enough to fit around a doorknob. Wonderful browns and greens... this is sooo fun!
from Trail Creek Farm
Trail Creek has released quite a nice set of Autumn and Halloween designs for us... and I love them all!!! Featured here is 'Fall Color'.. but make sure to see the rest on the TCF's page. They are offered as kits, with all the necessary 'stuff', so they're actually a very good value for your stitching budget! Fall Colors is offered as a 'Plumper', one of Susan's pillows plumped full of charm, chart, buttons and fabric!!!
Fall Colors is stitched on Picture This Plus Colorscapes hand-dyed linen, using just bits of overdyed flosses from your stash. The orange plaid pumpkin pillow that measures a whopping 12 x 12 x 6-ish inches is already made and stuffed. Your kit contains the pillow, the raffia tie for the bow, chart, acorn charm, the backing fabric to line your stitching, all along with the four covered buttons for the needlework as well! Darling... the little design measures just a bit over 3 x 3... but has such a cool, impressive presentation. Very well done!
from Raise the Roof
This is quite the happy Jack-O-Lantern!!! The candy-loving guy is sporting a mouthful of delicious clay buttons from Just Another Button Company, and luscious overdyeds by the Gentle Art! Finished into a great big stand-up box by our very own Mona... Sweet Tooth finishes approx 8 x 8, and will make a dynamite Halloween decoration. Offered in leaflet format, the buttons are available separately... and our model is done on 28ct Cobblestone, and we have that as well. This is such a cute design... make sure you see the rest of Raise the Roof's things!
Spooky Spots from Shepherd's Bush
Oh, I love this set of patterns... joining French Heart, Thoughtful Heart and Patriotic Thoughts spot motif samplers already published... this is a medley of the alphabet, intermingled with all sorts of tiny Fall and Halloween motifs that match the letters! Stitched on 32ct Autumn Blush hand-dyed linen, the complete kit features silks from Gloriana, and Soie D'Alger, and hand-dyed Silk 'n Colors by Threadgatherer. All are rich browns, weathered plums, burnt cinnamon, light caramel, and some mossy greens -- such a pretty fall color palette! Finishing approx 5 x 6-1/2, the design features some clay buttons, too, a little bat, jack-o-lantern, tiny witch hat, and a star. Look closely, there are words stuck in there all over the place, as well as lots of fun stitches for added interest! This is just like all the rest in this set... you keep finding things each time you look at it, and it's fun to stitch because of all the busy-ness in it!!!
Autumn Garden Sampler
from The Victoria Sampler
The Fall garden in VS's series of delightful, skinny little samplers, this one is just as cute as all the rest! The eighth so far (Rose Arbor, Cottage, Butterfly, Woodland, Noah's, Winter, and Seaside are the others...) this is stuffed full of tiny details and motifs. Winter Garden, taught by our Gale, is our featured Linen Stitching class this Fall in the shop!
Anyhow, the overdyed cottons and silks used are yummy, (burnt orange, sable, mulberry, harvest grape...!) the piece measures a mere 2 x 8, and is an absolute delight to stitch because of all the variety of stitches and textures. You never get tired of any of it, because the rows are all so short, they finish in a jiff! Miniature pumpkins, scarecrows, birds and acorns... very cute! Offered as the leaflet with thread packet.
All Hallow's Night
from Birds of a Feather
This year's totally, awesomely scary pumpkin faces join our other two Halloween favorites by Birds of A Feather! The same flavor as Scared Silly and Fat Cat, All Hallow's Night is stitched on the very distressed hand-dyed linen of 32ct Sparrow, dyed by 'Birds.' Great, bright overdyed colors of Weeks Dye Works flosses, I don't know what about these draws people -- you either love them, or can't stand them!!! (I hope you're of the former!!!) Anyway, available as a single chart, we do carry the fabric -- which is just one of the most wonderful shades of hand-dyed linen available -- and COLORFAST!!!
from Raise the Roof
Here's a delightful new design from a new design team, that is just charming!!! Witchy-Washy is the clothesline of ... possibly your favorite teenager??? We've just smiled when this came in this week! Stitched on 28ct linen -- choose something with a little color, if you like -- this finishes approx 7 x 15, and features a fun set of clay button embellishments from Just Another Button Co. (Bats, crows, pumpkins, a cat, spiders... etc)
Wouldn't this be cute in a laundry room??? The skirt and bra really DO remind me of my 16-yr-old daughter's clothes, and I think this would be cute in her bathroom, too!!! Available as the leaflet with fabric and clay available separately, it's stitched in both Weeks and Sampler Threads. Really, Really cute!!!
Haunted House & Halloween
Two scary releases by Hinzeit... these are charming... just like their package contents! Each is available as a chart and includes all the silver-toned charms shown, as embellishments. Halloween finishes a whopping 5 x 26 on 28ct, Haunted House runs a bit smaller at 3 x 13. Just something fun and fast for the season!!
Stars in Their Eyes
A Becky Boo's design from A Stitcher's Hands
One of 6 new designs from a designer with two distinctive looks... this is a darling line-up of the season's best charmers. These are stitched in overdyed flosses on the most wonderful shade of Blue Wing linen. I just fell in love it this one! Finishing approx 5 x 11, this is a chart.
See the other new designs, too!
from Birds Of A Feather
This truly a silly design that looks really scary!!! That primitive pumpkin has startled the otherwise-calm cat sitting on him... and you see the result! Stitched on an exclusive 32ct hand-dyed linen, in Weeks Dye Works overdyed flosses, the embellishments are Mill Hill candy corn buttons which adorn the frame. (They'd be perfect on a pillow edge, too, if you'd rather finish it that way.) Just a silly little thing!
Batty Hatty & Boo
from Just Nan
Just one of the newest from Just Nan. A creative Halloween band sampler, she is available in a leaflet, with an embellishment pack, along with several other new patterns we've featured on our Just Nan page. Also exciting, for Nan's angel collectors, is Grace -- this year's small angel. Enjoy!
There are also new embellishments in this release, as well as a preview of the 2001 Collaboration design, which you'll find also on our Just Nan page along with a description of each design.
Another very long and thin alphabet by Bent Creek, Spooky Row is full of the cutest Halloween motifs! The cauldron at one end... and my absolute favorite -- that little buzzard/vulture guy down at the other -- this is stitched in black, browns, oranges and creme overdyeds.
Spooky Row by Bent Creek now has a package of embellishments! A darling set, it includes quite a few new clay pieces from Just Another Button Company. Notice the cute Jack-o-Lantern guy, and those new "Wild" pumpkins! Cute, each Row-Pack, dreamed up by the gals at Abecedarious in Atlanta, really adds a lot of charm to this series of Bent Creek Rows!
The entire series of "Row Designs" is so much fun to have! All our models are hanging together in the shop... and they look great!
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