Halloween Cross-Stitch Roundup

Looking for a crafty way to celebrate the year's scariest season? How about cross-stitching some Halloween projects to deck your halls and accessorize yourself in spooky style! I've rounded up nine of my favorite cute and creepy cross-stitch designs, which were all published in one of Just CrossStitch magazine's annual Halloween special issues. Click on the links to visit Annie's Catalog, where you can purchase a print or digital copy of the issue that contains your chosen pattern.  Happy Halloween--and Happy Stitching!

Dark and Stormy Night Bookmark
Mark the pages of your horror novel with this mood-setting bookmark.(Just CrossStitch Halloween 2019)

Snake Eyes Cuff Bracelet 
The snake eyes on this cuff bracelet are sinister and stylish. (Just CrossStitch Halloween 2019)

Monster Movie TV 
This design was inspired by my lifelong love of campy sci-fi films. (Just CrossStitch Halloween 2017)

Nevermore Stained Glass 
What's Halloween without a reference to Edgar Allan Poe…

Cross-Stitch Minis: By the Sea

Floss & Fleece: Cross-Stitch Minis: By the Sea chart

Floss & Fleece: Embroidery floss key for Mini Cross-Stitch Motifs

Last month on the blog, I shared some mini cross-stitch motifs for spring. You all seemed to like them so much, I decided to the same with some summer designs. In anticipation of beach season (which, in my opinion, can't come soon enough), here are a crab, lobster, sun, seashell, starfish, sand dollar, and school of red fish for your cross-stitching pleasure. I included a key for the floss colors I used, but you can experiment with any colors you like. The motifs are teeny-tiny, so you can stitch each one up in minutes and make all sorts of summer accessories and decor.

To jump-start your creativity, here's a peek at two of the projects I used these mini motifs in . . .

Floss & Fleece: cross-stitched lobster ornament

The lobster became a beachy ornament with help from some scraps of red felt and a bit of gingham ribbon.

Floss & Fleece: cross-stitched sun watch

I used the sun design to upcycle a broken watch into of fun summer bracelet. Who cares what time it is during the summer, right?

Of course, you can always stitch up the motifs as they're shown on the chart and frame them. Remember, the thread count of your fabric determines the size of the finished design: 11-count Aida creates a 4 1/2"-square design; 14-count creates a 3 1/2"-square design; 18-count creates a 2 3/4"-square. Happy stitching!