Hello! I know I am very irregular with my blogging. I apologize for that. I find pockets of time for things I want to do for myself and I usually decide to stitch during that time so I don’t blog like I should. It is what it is at this point in my life and I’m trying not to feel bad about it. I do enjoy sharing my projects and connecting with other stitchers and crafters through the blog so I will continue to do my best and post when I can. I love reading other’s blogs and try my best to comment when I can as well.
Today I want to share a finish! This is another challenge piece. It was a WIP that I carried over from 2014. Here is Whacky Witches in Stitches from Clouds Factory and I absolutely LOVE this piece!
Isn’t it great? I really enjoyed working on this design. This was released in 2014 as a mystery SAL that I obviously didn’t keep up with. There are so many fun, little details in this piece that made it a real pleasure to stitch. The border was fairly easy to stitch and I just stitched it as I went so I wouldn’t get too bored. The house in the center was the only thing that bogged me down a bit. It was getting a little tedious so I just took a break from it for a bit and went back to it when I was ready. Once I got that finished the rest really stitched up quickly. This is stitched on 32 count belfast linen called Stormy Night. I’ll go over some details in the photos below.
The top of the border and the word Halloween stitched up nicely. I loved that she used an eyeball for the letter ‘O’. Even the style of the lettering is different and really looks great.
These two witches are waiting at the bus stop with a black cat. I’m not sure why this is so funny to me, but it is. I think maybe they are dressed up too? I’m not totally sure but it tickles me to think of witches waiting for a bus. Are their brooms broken? Out of floo powder? Whatever the reason, I’m sure it’s a very good one. Haha.
This may be my favorite block. This witch’s potion has gone awry and exploded all over the place. Her pouty face is priceless. I love the details of the test tubes and jars and the bat in this block as well. So funny.
This witch is running from a ghost which is just silly because aren’t witches way more powerful then ghosts? I like the ghost in this block though.
Blocks 4,5 and 6 are part of the larger middle scene which I liked about this design. #4 has a spooky tree with an owl and a graveyard. What I love are the two zombies emerging from the graves, one is a head and one the hand is reaching up. Such a great detail and I didn’t really notice until I had stitched it so that was a nice little surprise. The clouds in this section are stitched with a DMC variegated because the color that called for really blended into the fabric. I like the effect of the variegated floss. Also, I used Mo’s Sale “Mouse” for the tree.
This is the big haunted house, at least I assume it’s haunted, it’s a Halloween design so it would be haunted right? This is the part that slowed me down some on the pattern. There are a lot of color changes in the house, but it ended up looking really good.
This witch got caught in a storm and poor thing lost her hat! The jack-o-lanterns seem to be laughing at her, which isn’t very nice at all. I love her red hair!
This witch is hanging out in the graveyard in a tree, with an owl. OOooooOOOOOooo! I liked the little stars and tombstone details in this block. The owl is pretty cute too.
The party block! These witches are getting down; breakdancing and disco to the hottest up and coming witch DJ around. This is such a fun block; the little bunting, the cool DJ, the breakdancing with showing her bloomers and the other with staying alive. Even the bat is on the fun. That’s a party I’d like to be invited to.
This is the magical baker. She has made a pretty cake with her wand and even has a little mouse helper (just look at the little chef hat!). There are even a few candy corns for good measure. I did get off count on this block but it’s not noticeable and so I didn’t fix it. It’s fine.
I would highly recommend this design to anyone looking for something a little different to stitch up for Halloween. It’s funny and whimsical and was a real pleasure to stitch. It was fairly straightforward with full crosses and just a little backstitch. Easy peasy. I’m not quite sure how I want to finish it yet. I’m leaning towards stretching it onto a canvas but it would look pretty great in an oval frame. So I may see if I can find one.
Until next time! Happy stitching!