Saturday, September 4, 2010

Halloween Greetings

This design by Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers from the Halloween issue of JCS just reminds me of the place where one of the 'Real Witches of Salem' would hang her hat. This is not a color palette that I am generally attracted to, but it was so perfect for this piece that I really enjoyed working with it. I love the look on the 36-ct linen from Vikki Clayton. It was from a grab bag of assorted colors and sadly, no longer available. I stitched it all in DMC and the main change was to replace the date on the lower left with a flower that is more or less in the same style as the other motifs. The little leaf buttons came in handy to dress it up after a quick finish.

The colors are more true to life on the indoor photo, but the flash insisted on making an appearance, so I took and an outdoor shot too.







My crocheted elephant and giraffe motifs found new homes. I appliqued each of them onto a batik fabric and sewed each one up as an envelope style needlecase. If you call your blog "Giraffe X-ing", as Theresa does, you clearly are meant to own the giraffe needle case.








And if your son is fascinated by elephants and is also learning to x-stitch like Dawn you are perfect for the elephant case.



32 comments:

Theresa said...

Awww~~~~ Your Halloween Greetings is sooooo cute!!!! Can't believe we are heading for Halloween already!!!

I LOVE your giraffe needlecase!!!!!! It is now in my bag traveling around with me~~

Lee said...

Love the colour of the linen it suits the design really well
Thank you for the idea of a simple needlecase will keep it in mind for my junior stitchers

Pumpkin said...

Excellent Annie! That is a perfect fabric color for that design :o)

LOL! The needle cases are adorable and definitely went to the proper homes.

Karen said...

Annie, I really love that ornament! And the crocheted animals are so nice on the needlecases!

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Your work is so beautiful!

Thanks again!

Jackie said...

Halloween Greetings came out wonderfully. I like the flower you added.

You found a great idea for your crocheted items. They look really good! I wonder what's next?

Deborah said...

Love the ornie! it came out great.

TammyK said...

Both of your projects are just too cute :)

Miss 376 said...

The buttons go perfectly with the ornament. I just love what you've done with your crocheted animals.

Blu said...

Halloween Greetings is so cute! Love the buttons you've added.
The needlecases look great.

Kirsten said...

Sheeeeeeeeep!!!
Oh, and even a royal one!
So cute :-)

Brigitte said...

You are so right about the colours in Paulette's design - they are perfect. Great finish! And your needlecases are just beautiful, very special.

KarenV said...

I love how your ornament turned out - it's my favourite out of that issue :)

Love the needlecases too, great job.

Moreen said...

Love your Halloween ornament Annie and those little leaf buttons finish it off just perfectly.

Your crochet giraffe needlebook is such a good idea - might have to pinch that one.

It all looks lovely.

Silverlotus said...

Your Halloween Greetings in lovely. And I agree, it does look like something a Salem witch would have had. :)

And what a great way to use your crocheted animals!

Annette said...

What a beautifull Halloween ornie.. Love the leaf buttons and teh back fabric too.
Wow what did you made, How great is that, great idea...

zoomcity said...

Love the ornie. The ribbon and buttons you used to finish them are perfect!

Margaret said...

Wow! I love both your Halloween Greetings and your two crochet needlebooks! Great stuff!

Carol said...

Your Halloween Greetings is darling, Annie. The leaf buttons are a perfect touch...

Giraffes, elephants, what is next!! Your crocheted pieces are such fun and that is no kind of you to pass them along to other stitchers.

mainely stitching said...

What GREAT finishes, Annie! I just love that Halloween design, and as always your crocheted animals just delight me. :D

Lois said...

Love your Halloween Greetings! What a nice way to finish it with the leaf buttons.

Great job on the needlecases!

♥ Nia said...

Adorable ornamente! The ribbon is so pretty and it looks like a roof, making a little house :D
Your crochet always amazes me!!!

Siobhan said...

Fabulous finishes, Annie! That giraffe is just perfect for Theresa! I love the Halloween finish, too.

Mylene said...

Love your Halloween piece, perfectly finished!
And great job on the crocheted items, soooo cute!

Daffycat said...

Oh, your Halloween finish is perfect! And what great RAKs, Annie...you are such a dear.

Sandra said...

The Halloween ornie came out fantastic! Love the style.

Both crocheted animals look wonderful with the contrasting backing colors. Great idea to turn them into needle cases. Glad they've found good homes.

Nancy said...

I love your Halloween stitching! I'm getting away from the overdyed threads more and more. Not that I will give them up completely, but you can create such beautiful pieces using DMC (or Anchor) like you did here.

The needlecases are wonderful, and the way you have finished them is so unique and clever!

Elaine said...

Halloween Greetings is gorgeous Annie and your needlecases are adorable.

♥ Nia said...

Just passing by to wish you a great weekend! :)

Rachel S said...

So cute! Everything looks great!

Danielle said...

I let out a tiny gasp when I saw the Plum Street Samplers Halloween ornament. I LOVE that finish!!! Amazing. I especially like the hanger with the buttons. I may have to finish mine the same way when I get around to stitching it. Fabulous!

shakatak66 said...

Your Halloween finish is truly gorgeous - you've made me take a 2nd look at this one! :D