Thursday, May 28, 2009

My Halloween Biscornu!

A little before Halloween 2008 I began customizing a common biscornu pattern to have a Halloween Theme. I have to say that I simply love Halloween Stitiching!!! I truly do think it is the best one for my tastes. I could ramble on for a long time about how I made the design, and what I think about this and that, but I truly want to hurry up the post so that I can get back to stitching today! (As well as housework... >_>)

Here is the "front" which I originally hoped would be the back...the "Spooky Jack" button is so charming! This is using DMC threads, and an unknown (probably charles craft 14ct) cream aida. I started this before I knew where to buy linen! The bead is actually from the same Japanese maker who does the Mill Hill beads, but in a larger size sold in as a Jewelry-making supply.

And the back--you can see why it became to busy for the button, eh? so on this side I simply used a a purple bead with a brassy orange shine.

My dear boyfriend is afraid of these spiders!! :D

I am in love with this bat!! >_<

I worked for a long while testing out stars, and in the end couldn't decide...

...So I used both styles!

It also looks good on a dusty plum ground!!

And this side, too!

And even keeping me company beside my PowerBook! As you can see, I am like a doting parent who takes WAY too many pictures! I had been thinking of this finish for a long time, but what finally motivated me to commit to it is a desire to join the HalloSal, which seems to be a French forum dedicated to the Halloween Stitch-a-long which was organized by GenCat after last Halloween (Get it--HalloSAL?) There are many SAL groups for things regarding Christmas (That most-stitchy of holidays), but nothing much for Haloween which is gaining popularity in the stitchy world, from what I understand. I first read about this group WAAAY back on Lili's Blog (just google for xstitch blog and she's one of the first hits as "Another Cross Stitch Addict"--along with Becky SC!) So, I am eagerly hoping to be a member at least until the end of the year-long group! I will have to shake Speed up to get something ready for the first of June, when the next ornament is due to be shown.

As for the Tiny Treasures Exchange, I was a good girl and stitched up my project a few weeks ago--however I have had to wait on the finances for mailing and finishing! So, in case you have come here from that blog, fear not, I have not forgotten my commitment to you even though my blog falls silent on the subject!

Here is something else altogether, a current WIP: freebie from the Brooke's Books Interactive Yahoo group: "Winter Panty".

And one more for good measure!

P.S. Please visit Yuko's Be Happy Blog for a chance to win the lovely Lily of the Valley pin keep she has made to celebrate her 3rd Anniversary with Cross Stitch! The contest will be decided a week from Sunday, Japanese time.

P.P.S. Yuko has added yet another Lily of the Valley pinkeep in a drawing, so don't forget to enter both contests!


Lili said...

Wow! Lovely stitching there!
SO happy you're in the Hallosal.
Do not hesitate when there to ask for translations as about half the members speak English. Or ask on my blog.
Monthly ornies should be shown between 1st and 10th of each month but you will find out that rules are very flexible. It's all very friendly.
Enjoy your weekend!

Myra said...

I love your Halloween Biscornu. I am working on a Halloween piece now too! I am quite fond of your spiders and bats - you did a great job with the customization.

I have the fabric and pattern kitted up for that winter pantry design, someday....

PoshPlushies said...

Gorgeous stitching.

You've been a runner-up in my recent blog comp and have won a printable mushroom stationery set. If you send me your email address, I can provide the download link.

Either post a blog comment on with your email (I won't publish it BTW!) or contact me (poshplushies via flickr or etsy. Bye!

PoshPlushies said...

Yes you did win something! If you send an email to me at then I can send you a download link :)

Deb said...

Hi Berit - I wanted to stop by and thank you for making a comment on my blog. It's allowewd me to find yours! Thanks for the tips on using the cell phone. I did know about being able to not have to punch keys three times for the correct letters, etc., but I used that phone so infrequently I would always forget. So I would limit what I said to the kids - like Y was yes, N was no and K was Okay! My new phone is so much better. Love that biscornu that you made! So cute with the pumpkin button. I've added myself as a follower so I'll look forward to seeing future stitching projects!

Ann said...

Thanks for your visit and comment Berit, it's fun to 'visit' each other in the virtual world!!! Love your biscornu especially the spider, bat and star motifs.

Glenna said...

Cute biscornu and an adorable button!

Lili said...

Long time, no post.
Just to say Hi, and tell you I'm thinking of you. I hope everything's OK, sweetie.
I'll be off for a holiday next monday for almost three weeks. Will visit your blog then.
Many hugs,

Cindy F. said...

OH wow! Your biscornu is just too darn cute!! and I love Brooke's freebie on that fabric!!

Great blog!! and thank you so much for your sweet comments on mine! (((HUGS))) and hope you have a great week!

Becky K in OK said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love Halloween stitching! Your biscornu is great.