Welcome to the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL Blog's contribution to the May Monster Madness Blog Party hosted this year by Little Gothic Horrors!
For our visitors from the other blogs, we are a group of Cross Stitching Hallowe'en fans who choose a different theme for our stitching each month and show our finished pieces. For the completely uninitiated, cross stitching is a form of needlework where different coloured threads/flosses and fabric form a picture or pattern made up from tiny crosses on the fabric.
Hallowe'en is pretty big in the Cross Stitch World, not as big as the C event which takes place a few weeks later but still very popular. The designs range from the cutesy cartoon to the primitive style. Witches are probably the most popular design to stitch but you can see from our themes there are many other subjects which can be rendered in cross stitch.
Cross stitch is very simple to start, you need some fabric and some thread (or floss as it is called in the USA) and a needle. On the chart there will be a selection of symbols on a grid. Each symbol will relate to a different coloured thread. For copyright reasons we are not allowed to show actual charts online but I have cropped a tiny section to illustrate the process:
First a selection of designs based on the most famous Monster of all - Frankenstein's Monster. Now, as a warning, many designers actually call the Monster Frankie or Frankenstein instead of Monster. Not my fault - that's the name of the design!
Monster by Durene Jones
stitched by Carrie
And now some random Monsterous Creatures: