The new Just Cross Stitch Halloween 2013 Special Collector’s Issue is out! This magazine is jam packed full of fun and spooky charts.
Normally I don’t decorate much for Halloween, nor do I do much Halloween stitching. It’s not that I don’t like Halloween, I just don’t have time. Hopefully once the kids get a bit older I will have time to go all out. I do have loads of autumn decorations packed away. I found have several things I really want to stitch from this magazine. I think shipping orders lately has gotten me in the mood for this time of year. Lately I have had to ship a lot of floss orders, and I can kind of guess what projects people have planned based on what they buy. Lately it has been lots of greys, browns, and oranges.
Flipping through this issue, I think it is about time to start a new project that will be really fast to stitch. I never did get to start on my Egyptian project; we were away for 6 weeks this summer and I did not do ANY stitching! Shocking, I know! But the lighting wasn’t the greatest and I didn’t have my stitching “spot” like I do at home. So I did lots of reading instead. I still have the Egyptian project ready to go, but I think for now I will do a few quickies. First up will be Double Double by Lizzie*Kate. I have never stitched a Lizzie*Kate design before (I know, another shocker! Who hasn’t stitched anything Lizzie*Kate before?!) I could actually finish it this weekend if the kids give me some time to myself. There’s also a great Edgar Allen Poe chart that features the verse “Once upon a midnight dreary” and a pictuer of a cemetery complete with Lenore’s grave and, of course, a raven. But it is a huge project so will have to be moved to my “some day” list. I also like Silver Creek Samplers’ Happy Halloween design and a great project from Ink Circles (a mandala design, of course!) Another quickie would be the Goody Trask 1692 design which is sort of a primitve sampler, but pretty simple and fast to stitch. I’ve read The Crucible many times and love anything to do with the Salem Witch Trials. Elizabeth Talledo has a one-color design in the magazine, and I would love to stitch it, as all of her designs are so interesting. And lastly, there is a really neat design that utilizes an Altoids tin to make a little keepsake box. The stitching covers not only the outside but the inside as well. I better get stitching!