Basic Skills Necessary:
- If you know how to cross stitch, you're golden. If you can figure out how to begin and end threads and how to make an X, you'll be okay, too.
- The pattern includes cross stitch, backstitch, and wonky eyelets.
- Finishing instructions and a link to a finishing tutorial are included.
Glow-in-the-dark tag, pendant, or bookmark.
This is a quick-to-stitch Halloween pattern with endless finishing possibilities.
Kreinik's glow-in-the-dark thread and Rainbow Gallery's Sparkle! Braid make this pattern sparkle and glow, like a jack o' lantern should.
The Gentle Art Simply Shaker hand-dyed threads give the Jack 'o lantern a perfectly natural look, provided you don't stitch it in stripes. There's a link in the pattern to a tutorial about getting a natural, non-stripey look with hand-dyed threads.
The model was finished as a tag for a child's trick-or-treat bag, but consider making it a necklace pendant, key chain fob, or bookmark. Stitch the pattern over one thread for Halloween earrings.
Finishing instructions are included.
Sizing / Finished Measurements:
- Stitch count: 35W x 36H
- Approximate design area on 14-count fabric (that covers 28-count stitched over 2 threads, which is what I did): 2.5 x 2.5 inches
- I'll list what I used, but feel free to make substitutions.
- 28 ct. Cashel Linen, Shadow, by Picture This Plus, two pieces, 4 x 4 inches
- The Gentle Art, Simply Shaker Sampler Threads: Carrot, 7081 and Picnic Basket, 7060
- DMC 6-strand cotton, Black, 310
- Rainbow Gallery, Sparkle! Braid, Yellow, SK24
- Kreinik Glow-In-The-Dark Thread, Lemon-Lime, 054F, #4 braid
- DMC #8 pearl cotton, Black, 310
- Felt batting, optional
You Will Also Need:
- All the usual stitching supplies: hoop or frame, needle, sharp scissors, eyes, fingers, brain