I’ve been digging the kitsch of the embroidered cross-stitch lately. Whether it’s used in the traditional manner, sewn onto a knit or crocheted piece as embellishment, or stitched ironically onto an unintended for fabric — it’s easy for a hand-stitched “X” to mark the crafty spot!
My favorite haunt these days is at home with my family, which lends itself perfectly to a play on words worthy of the Halloween decor season. Here’s a simple project that whips up wickedly quick making it an easy ode to your Haunt Sweet Haunt. Here’s how:
Place fabric in hoop. Using chart below as a guide, cross-stitch letters onto fabric. If you’re using web fabric as shown, keep in mind that grid lines won’t be perfectly symmetrical — no worries, just fudge it as necessary! Press if fabric bunches at all from stitching.
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Cut fabric down so it’s about a 1″/2.5 cm or so larger than the inside of your frame. Using glue gun and either a Hot Glue Gun Helper or other spatula to press down fabric securely (without burning your fingers), adhere fabric to inside lip of frame taking care to stretch piece as you go.
Hang on wall or add to a spooky vignette on your mantel!
Dear YarnYAY! Community & Supporters,
It’s with all of the feels, and a deep breath, that I announce that month’s will be the last monthly box, as we begin the process of closing YarnYAY! by Vickie Howell.
Five and a half years ago, this business essentially fell into my lap. I was just wrapping a tour promoting the launch of The Knit Show, and in the middle of writing my 13th book, The Knit Vibe when an executive from CrateJoy approached me about co-founding a subscription box for knitters. The arm of their company that ran subscription box businesses with creators and entrepreneurs who already had a following would handle the capital, fulfillment, customer service and sourcing. I would be in charge of project design, pattern writing, product curation, marketing, media content, and anything else creative. I had longtime been wanting to add a retail aspect to my overall offerings, but with a very full plate hadn’t yet figured out a viable, responsible way to do that. This seemed ideal.
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Have you met her? This is final shade of VH Montoya Merino, Sputnik Spruce, and she’s practically perfect in every way. Hand-dyed by the amazing @spunrightround I could not love this non-traditional, holiday palette more!
Get this limited edition run of Sputnik Spruce in the YarnYAY! December box. Now available at YarnYAY.com (link in bio)!
Ok, reposting the December Unboxing, because it looks like I chose the wrong posting option last time, so only 90 seconds came through. The vid’s 7 minutes, so hopefully this time it works! (It’s posted in full on my Facebook page, YouTube, and YarnYAY.com, too.) Thanks for your patience!...