Stitching Saturday

Hey, I’m back to share with you my continuing journey with the Halloween SAL(A Storybook Halloween) hosted by Stitchonomy! For those of you not in the know, SAL means Stitch-A-Long. It’s where a designer, or group of designers, create a project which they release parts of on a timeline of their choosing. The Halloween SAL I am currently involved in releases a pattern every day. The Mystery Stitch-A-Long by Linen and Threads releases theirs once a month. These projects have a start and finish date, but the finish date is really when someone gets done – patterns are kept available for free for a time after the initial finish date so there’s really not a need to rush.

So, I started on 10 Sept which was a Friday, and my last pattern to date was done yesterday, 17 Sept. The patterns drop at 2pm Central Time, and I didn’t feel like waiting to share this with you!

This was how it looked when I first started:

As you can see, I changed the eyes on my cats because I didn’t like how they looked. I originally used a French Knot, but I didn’t like how big they were. I then changed over to the Colonial Knot which is smaller and for me, easier to make. All of the red dots you see are the Colonial Knot. I’m still not crazy about the look but with the size constraint, making a drop of blood that’s realistic isn’t possible. I’ve seen pictures of people using beads, and they aren’t much better.

I haven’t done the backgrounds on these little gems because I’m planning to use Glow in the Dark thread. It’s white in the light so I’m going to have to get creative to have everything still look pretty creepy in the dark. Any ideas on the cats? If I outline them, they will look more like bats, and I don’t think their eyes will show up.

Also, any ideas on the spine of the book? I think it’s a bit plain even with the sparkly letters. What about the pages?? It’s great the designer provided a floss list to use but is still allowing the use of other colors of the creator’s choice. Still, I could use any ideas or suggestions you have because I’m just not sure….

I am really enjoying this SAL, and I’ve found myself looking forward to the next pattern with a great deal of anticipation.

So, here are the blocks and the stories they’re related to:

Block One: Black Cats for Edgar Allen Poe’s Black Cat

Block Two: The Pumpkin King for The Nightmare Before Christmas

Block Three: A Moth for the Mothman Prophecies

Block Four: The Babuk(Sack Man) for (mainly) Czech folklore.

Block Five: Beetlejuice which is actually based on a book by the same name

Block Six: A Raven for Poe’s famous poem

Block Seven : A Fanged Mouth for Dracula

Block Eight: A House for The Haunting of Hill House


If you decide to join the SAL, the free version started yesterday with the frame pattern and floss list having been released for both paid and free versions last week, or maybe sooner, I forget. The paid version – joining the Pattern Club – had its patterns started last week. I joined the club so I could get started sooner and finish sooner.

This project is a lovely break from Fred, but I still need to get Fred done by the end of the year so I don’t want to be away from it too long.

If you do decide to join the SAL, let me know in the comments below with a link to wherever you’ll be posting your own journey so I can follow along! I’d love to see what others make!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Saturday Stitches

I’ve decided to change Saturday’s subject matter to all things related to stitching: cross stitching, sewing, embroidery etc. This doesn’t include crochet or knitting since that’s for Friday.

My first project is the Halloween SAL: A Storybook Halloween 2021 hosted by Stitchonomy. I am doing this project with Anita from My (mis?)adventures with yarn, and I’m hoping we can both keep up because they will be releasing patterns every day from 10 Sept to 11 Oct. I have done the first block, which you’ll see here, but I have yet to get the pattern for today so you’ll have to wait until next Saturday to see it along with everything I stitch this week. I am waiting for more floss because I don’t have all the colors on the list, but I am going to do what I can.

This part of the frame and the first block. The blocks are all related to stories so this first one references Poe’s The Black Cat.

The eyes and the tails didn’t come out quite the way I wanted them to but overall, the cats came out well. I am still not sure about the spine and pages of the frame which is a book so if anyone has any suggestions I’d like to read them. I am not changing the lettering or the gold on the pages, but if you think it needs more, let me know please.

This is the first SAL(Stitch-A-Long) of this kind I’ve ever done so I’m excited to do this. I am making this first one for myself so the small mistakes aren’t going to bother me.

Thanks for stopping in, and I’ll see you on the flipside so don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!