Thursday, August 26, 2010

Trick or Treat Tree & Jack O'Lantern Crochet

The JCS Halloween ornament issue has so many cute designs for Halloween that I would love to just stitch them all. I wish I had more little kids in my life to stitch for. I picked the "Trick or Treat Tree" by Pat Thode for my first finish from the magazine. A bit of a wonky finish, but that's par for the course when I do these things. I added a few cute buttons from a Dress It Up pack. The rick-rack worked out ok after hand basting first. And one more use for the crocheted treble chain as a hanger.


I was searching for Halloween motifs to crochet, and it occurred to me that I could use potholder patterns but crochet them in bedspread weight thread instead of using worsted weight yarn. So I tried it with this Jack O'Lantern pattern from Leisure Arts and turned it into a needle case. It has a clear plastic snap for a closure. I'd never tried the plastic ones, but I think I like them. I added it to few things I sent to Cathey (Ms Pumpkin Patch herself). I'm sure I'll use this idea again.



28 comments:

Karen said...

Annie, I think you did a fabulous job on the ornament and the crocheted needlebook is lovely and so unique!

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

What great pieces! Your work is beautiful as always!

Miss 376 said...

Two lovely finishes. Love the needlecase

Jackie said...

I can see you're getting into the spirit of fall! It's just so blazing hot here. Love the Trick or Treat Tree. Great tip about hand basting first. The needle case is a great idea too. You've always got such nice finishes. I need to get busy!

Nan said...

I love your finished pieces. I've had my eye on the same cross stitch pattern and I love the way you finished it.

Silverlotus said...

Great job! I love the needlecase. How clever are you?!

Annette said...

I love that piece you stitched, and the buttons on it, with ric-rac...so beautifull...
What a cute pot-holder, saw the presents you gave her wow how beautifull...

I was looking for some fun crochet pattern and came across this for Halloween:
http://www.planetjune.com/blog/free-crochet-patterns/pumpkin/http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/halloween.php

Here are many patterns
http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/halloween.php

Carol said...

This is the first I've seen that Trick or Treat Tree stiched up, Annie--you did a great job. I saw the crocheted pumpkin needlecase on Cathey's blog and I have to agree, it is just perfect for her--very thoughtful of you to send her all of those goodies :)

Deborah said...

Your pumpkin needlebook is awesome!Great idea. I love the ornie, as well.

Theresa said...

Your finishes never stop amazes me!! What a fabulous idea for that crocheted needle case!!!

zoomcity said...

OMG, Annie, so, so cute!!! GASP! I love your jack-o-lantern, too. :o)

Brigitte said...

You created a great ornament with so many nice little details, the hanger, the ricrac edging, the little buttons. Looks beautiful. And so does the crocheted needlebook.

Vonna said...

What sweet little halloweenie DELIGHTS you've done. That Halloween tree ornament was one of my personal favorites in the JCS Halloween mag and you've done it up righteous! Love that Jack-o-needle minder too!

Lucy said...

I'm stitching the Green Witch from that JCS....your ornament if fabulous! Love the pumpkin...nice idea!

Pumpkin said...

Adorable finish Annie! I'm still waiting for my issue :o(

There's my pumpkin needle case!!!! :o) As you know, I just LOVE it!

Blu said...

The ornie looks great! The needlebook is just stunning! It's so cute!

♥ Nia said...

That ornament is so cute and funny! I really like that design!! Your ornament looks very pretty :)

I saw the needlebook on Pumpkin's blog :) Such a sweet gift!! Great job ;)

Mylene said...

The trick or treat ornament is just so cute.

and WOW! the crocheted needlebook is so lovely and very neatly finished. Great job!

Elaine said...

The ornament finish is gorgeous Annie and what a cute needlebook.

Anne said...

Happy Halloween for sure with your goodies! You've done a beautiful work of the tree with the ricrac and the crocheted hanger. I love the crocheted pumpkin needle holder. :)

Nancy said...

I love the ornament and your crocheted pumpkin too! Wonderful finishes Annie!

Lois said...

The ornament looks great! I love how the rick rack looks. Love your crocheted pumpkin needlecase!

Margaret said...

OMG! I just love your Halloween ornament! Beautiful finishing! And the crocheted needlebook! How wonderful is that! You're so creative. :D

KarenV said...

I love your Trick or Treat Tree (that's a tongue twister of a name alright!) and the jack o'lantern needlebook is fabulous! You do such great stuff, I enjoy seeing what you come up with.

Siobhan said...

Annie, that is SO cute!! I love the ornament, and the needlebook is too adorable. What a neat idea!

nima said...

wow...lovely pumkin needlecase...i would have never thought of making a needle case from the potholder pattern...thank you so much for sharing this idea.

Lovely ornament too.

Vinniey said...

Your Trick or Treat Tree look so cute, Annie. I love your crocheted needlebook, it's look so nice in bright color.

Rachel S said...

Awesome finishes, Annie!