Trick or Treat (by Elizabeth Needlework Designs) is available as a free chart to members of the Pumpkin Seed Stitchers Facebook Group. Each month, a new free chart is uploaded to the group, so if you aren't a member, I recommend you check it out! With a few simple colorway substitutions, you can stitch the chart using only Halloween Ornament box contents.
From Halloween Ornaments Box:
- 16 count Picture This Plus Swamp Aida (could also be stitched on the 40 count PTP Swamp linen in the Detail Oriented Box)
- Anchor 403 cotton thread
- Dinky Dyes Boulia silk thread
- Classic Colorworks Beanstalk silk thread
- Weeks Dye Works Pumpkin Crewel wool (substitute Valdani Life is Beautiful cotton thread if stitching on a higher count fabric)
- Flexible Magnetic Sheeting with Adhesive (available at your local craft store - see below for the brand I used)
- Scissors to cut the magnet (don't use your stitching scissors!)
- Tapestry needle
The colorway conversion of this project is pretty straight-forward - black for black, purple for purple, etc. The only think I chose to change was to stitch the brown part of the stem in green along with the leaves. If you would prefer to leave it brown, you could use the Dragonflylotus Designs Walnut silk included in the Christmas 2014 mini-box or some other brown from your existing stash.
I stitched the pumpkin by stitching the outline first, then filling it in a circular fashion, since I knew I did not want horizontal stripes. While I like how my silly pumpkin looks, if you want a more standard-looking pumpkin, try stitching it vertically, so the thread variegation suggest the natural bumps of the pumpkin.
I did make a few changes to the chart as I stitched. I found that the purple did not have enough contrast with the dark green fabric, so I added the backstitching around the words using a single strand of Anchor 403. As you can see from my instagram photo here, the letters just fade away into the background without the addition of the backstitch.
The other big change I made was the border - rather than use the existing border of satin blocks and cross stitches, I framed the piece in nun stitch to give it a secure outline for when I cut it out. Honestly, I wasn't sure how well the adhesive on the magnet sheeting would hold, and I didn't want to risk my work unraveling.
Once I finished stitching my piece, I carefully cut it out along the edge of the nun stitch and mounted it on the sticky side of the magnetic sheeting. It was challenging to get the piece mounted squarely on the sheeting because as soon as the fabric touched it, the adhesive grabbed on and wouldn't let go! Definitely did not need to worry about the adhesive not being strong enough, so nun stitching the border wasn't really necessary, but I do like the way it looks. I did find the sheeting a bit difficult to cut, and of course ended up with adhesive on my scissors, so be sure you don't use your nice fancy Dovos when cutting out your magnet!
Have you made a stitched magnet before? Was it a success? Tell us about it in the comments!
Until next week, Happy Stitching!