Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Last-Minute Halloween Finishes...and a Freebie!

Hi, stitching friends!

"Finishing" is a four-letter word to me. I just don't enjoy the process. I stress out about making mistakes, ruining my stitching, not being perfect. I know some of you feel the same way (I read your comments!).

But a couple of things have happened lately that have changed my perspective.

1. Work has been CRAZY busy. So I have hardly had time to stitch, let alone finish things. And I am stubborn. If you tell me I can't do something, I want to do it.

2. During a "Real Housewives of Cross Stitch" (Priscilla and Chelsea) video lately, Priscilla made an off-hand comment that went something like this: "What? Are the cross-stitch police going to come and get me?" I still laugh every time I think about that. Who are we trying to please?

3. Seth Godin's blog from years ago when he said the key to trying new things (and succeeding) is living by the mantra: THIS MIGHT WORK. It might not work. But hey, how will you know if you don't try?

4. If I mess up and have to stitch something over again, so what? I had fun stitching it the first time. Why would the second be any different?

So, with that being said, I have three (THREE!) finishes to show you. I have been a busy girl the last couple of days.

Halloween House Trio
by Waxing Moon Designs
Stitched on 28-count coffee/tea-dyed linen with called-for over-dyed threads
(except for DMC 310 when I ran out of Wrought Iron!) 

I mounted each of the stitches on sticky board, then glued them to black felt. I cut out around each one with pinking shears.

My mom had purchased this extra-long frame at a thrift store for another project. It didn't work out for that, so I kept it and painted it with black chalk paint. I attached some fall flowers and a burlap/plaid bow at the top, then added some ribbons across the inside of the frame to resemble clothes lines. I used miniature clothes pins to attach each stitch to the lines.
The "Tricks" house.... I love the little ghost and the swirly smoke.
The "Halloween" house. I love, love, love "Fragrant Cloves" for the word Halloween. It's in my top-five favorite overdyed thread colors.
The "Treats" house. That ghost! So cute.

The next finish I have to show you is "Midnight" by Barbara Ana Designs.

Midnight by Barbara Ana Designs
Stitched on 28-count antique white Monaco
with DMC threads
I love the colors in this. Never in a million years would I have chosen teal for a Halloween piece. And I love the green skin of the witches, don't you? The only color I changed in this was in the main basket at the top. I used a lighter gray for the decorative pattern in the bowl. It originally called for a much darker gray that I didn't think provided enough contrast.
I mounted the stitching on foam core using the traditional lacing method. I cut circles from various colors of wool felt I purchased from Sweet Emma Jean on Etsy and blanket stitched the edges. Then I glued them around a plaque I picked up at Hobby Lobby, covering up the sentiment that was painted on the plaque. I liked the leafy things on the ends (there is a word for them, but I can't think of it... laurels, maybe?) so I let them show. Then I glued the mounted stitched piece over the top. Voila!
Love those witches!

Freebie time!

Don't you just love freebies? I do. And I'm so enamored by the freebies over at La Comtesse & Le Point De Croix. Her work is so lovely. The colors. The feminine touches. The leaves and flowers. Pretty.

Pumpkin House by La Comtesse & Le Point De Croix
Stitched on 32-count Winter Brew by R&R Reproductions
with WDW and TGA overdyed threads
I stitched "Pumpkin House" a week or two ago, and today I finished it into my very first flat-fold! Thank you, Vonna, for your awesome tutorial. It was a lot of fun to finish - I'm not kidding. I did just say "fun" and "finish" in the same sentence. (I did spew a few swear words while trying to make my cording - I always do.)
You can find the pattern for "Pumpkin House" right here. She does not list the colors she used, and I wish I knew which color she used for the words because it is GORGEOUS. So I made due with the colors I had: DMC 310, Weeks Dye Works (WDW) Sage, WDW Carrot, The Gentle Art (TGA) Shaker White, TGA Mulberry, TGA Fragrant Cloves, and TGA Banker's Grey. I think it turned out sweet!
Here is my new flat-fold nestled in with my other fall finishes and Halloween decor.

Happy Halloween, friends! I hope you have tons of fun. Until next time, happy stitching!


  1. Meg, your finished finishes look fabulous. I love how you used that long frame for the Waxing Moon pieces. Where did you get your miniature clothespins? I think your efforts in finishing turned out well.

  2. Well, Meg, you may considering finishing a four-letter word, but I think you are totally wrong! Your finishes are a fun, fabulous, and fantastic! You really outdid yourself with these and should be very proud. Love the idea of the long frame (darn, I had my hands on one of those at Goodwill the other day and put it back!). And the wool circles are wonderful on the second finish. I will have to check out that Etsy shop. And your first flatfold is great--would you believe I have never made one. I am just too lazy and simply lean my finishes up against something else :)

    Great job--your house will look especially grand this year for Halloween. Hope you have a fun day tomorrow!

  3. Oh my what a great post love all your cross stitch and your finishing has the wow factor . Love every one thanks for sharing.

  4. I especially love the house finishes. This is a pattern I will be looking out for, reading blogs is great for cross stitch inspiration. x

  5. So many wonderful finishes. I like them all.
    My favourite is the Halloween House. It looks great with the little ghost.
    Happy Halloween and Hugs, Manuela

  6. Your finishes look great to me! I love that freebie. It's been in my to-do pile for a couple of weeks and I really need to get it stitched. Yours is so pretty.

  7. Wow, all fabulous finishes, very creative! I really love the frame you used for the Halloween House Trio, it's perfect!

  8. Wow Meg, your finishes are all three fantastic...and clever...and creative!!! Keep 'em coming!!!

  9. Meg, I'm more than impressed!!! The first finish counts as three!!! What a great idea to hang them on the long frame with the clothespins. That is just a darling idea!! The stitches are so sweet too! I love the freebie and will have to add that to my to do list. I haven't attempted a flat fold like that but have been wanting to. You can take that 4 letter word out of your vocabulary when it comes to finishing because your work is excellent!! I love the Midnight colors and how clever of you to lay it on the matching pennies. Such creative finishing. I"m so impressed with everything you have done!!! Have a great Halloween enjoying all your creativity!! Mary

  10. Hi Meg! Girl you are going to win the "most creative" award of the Halloween season for sure. Your finishes are WONDERFUL. I love the long frame with the three stitches with clothespins more than I can tell you. It is adorable. And you did such a great job with the wool circles and the blanket stitch...love how that looks. I'm guessing you are loving HLobby these days. The freebie is so adorable and I will be making that one for sure. Have a fun Halloween...when is the candy coming out??? RJ

  11. Oh Meg! Og Meg! Your finishes are so darned creative - you just slay me! The houses...wow! The penny finish to the Barbara Ana design - no words other than amazing!

  12. I really like Halloween House, especially the idea for the finish.
    I also like Pumpkin house, I have never finished it that way myself.
    Greetings, Martina

  13. These finishes are fantastic! You did a great job on each one of them!

  14. Well, for someone who does not like finishing, you certainly are amazing at it. I love all your finishes. I adore Barbara Ana, she is always so clever in her designs and color ways. I can't wait to see what you come up with next. Hope you have a lovely day. ((hugs))

  15. For someone who says she doesn't like finishing ---you rock girl! Those are amazing. I love the one on the wood so much. How creative was that idea! And you flat fold is great. I would never know it was your first one. I still have a ways to go, but I am going to keep on working on it. Priscilla is right ---no one is going to get us if it is not perfect. We usually see our flaws more than others. Great job though!!!

  16. I'm positive you should not call finishing a four letter word anymore! You've done a stunning job with these projects! Can you finish for me? :)


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