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Last minute Halloween FFOs

Happy Halloween!

I managed to FFO a few of my Halloween smalls this afternoon:
Here's Rats! and Black Crow, both by The Stitcherhood, from the 2016 & 2015 JCS Halloween issues. They're posing by my favorite Halloween decorations, handmade dolls I bought over the years at a local art/craft fair. Here's Rats! close up:
He's mounted on a little wooden Halloween craft ornament I got deeply discounted at Michaels last week.

And I got the Spooky Friends FFO'd! These guys are by Crafty Like a Fox:
My glittery orange Styrofoam skull is very pleased with his new friends.

VERY happy to have those out of my 'unfinished' drawer.

I hope you all have a fun, safe Halloween!

October Smalls SAL & other smalls

My October small for the Smalls SAL, run by Heather of Stitching Lotus:
"Fran & Frankie" by Crafty Like a Fox on Etsy. I had hoped to turn it into a little something along with Fangtastic by now, but haven't gotten to it. Stitched on 32 ct "Dwarf" Belfast like Fangtastic, though the fabric didn't photograph well this time. Fran's dress and the 'lightning' are stitched with glow in the dark thread.

This month I also finished parts 1 and 2 of the Ship's Manor 'Beautiful Sea Quaker' SAL:
Using Ship's Manor threads on 32 ct "Loki" evenweave by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

And "French Country Squirrel" by JBW Designs:
I used Silk 'n Colors "Big Leaf Maple" silk floss for the majority of the design, and Victoria Motto Sampler Shoppe threads for the little pair of acorns. I stitched it on VMSS 32 ct "Parchment" Belgian linen, though the linen is much more yellow than this picture shows…

"Cats on Parade" finished & a new (tiny) SAL

Finally finished "Cats on Parade" this weekend, and framed it last night.
I objected to spending $30 on a nice frame, so I got an inexpensive frame, roughed it up a bit so it would hopefully look less plastic-y/MDF-y, and then dressed it up a bit with black lace 'matting.'

I do like how it turned out, though someday I would like to get it professionally framed, with glass. I laced the fabric onto the backing board and secured the black lace with a couple of small glue dots on the back, so I'm hoping my frame job will be easy enough to undo with minimal damage.

Also, I joined another SAL because I've been bummed at not being able to keep up with the Joyful World SAL - wait, let me finish, this does kind of make sense - and each installment of the Ship's Manor "Beautiful Sea Quaker" SAL is really small (35x35 stitches), which I can totally keep up with! So that counteracts the bummed-ness. Plus the colors are very pretty and what a great deal on t…

Needlework Galleria, and a finish

There was an event called the Needlework Galleria in St. Charles, MO this past weekend; that's not too far from where I live, so a friend and I went on Saturday. Neither of us were able to attend any of the classes or anything on Thursday or Friday, but we were VERY EXCITED to shop the vendors!!!

I managed not to spend all of my 'fun money' (mainly because I was breaking my stash diet and felt a bit guilty about that), but if I had been able to go more than one day, I'm sure I would have. On Sunday I was thinking of everything I'd seen and loved and not purchased, and wished I could go back and get it all. :)

What I did get:

- ScissorTail Designs "Holly Tree"
- Rosewood Manor "Birds of a Feather" (on sale!)
- JBW Designs "French Country Squirrel" and "Very Merry Winter"
- Rovaris "December 25" and "Pawprint" keychain kit
- Romy's Creations - 2 skeins of a gorgeous Christmasy red
- …

A few seasonal FFOs

I did a bit of finishing this weekend: a mini from Prairie Schooler's All Hallow's Eve, Gobble by Bent Creek, and Lizzie Kate's Autumn Boxer.

I also pulled out a couple of FFOs from last year. They are both freebies. The first is Le Chat et Les Corbeaux from Gazette94; the second is Pumpkin Witch from Craftown. Le Chat et Les Corbeaux is the first thing I stitched last September after not doing any cross stitch for years.

As you can see, I find it easiest to simply frame finishes. I am getting a bit better at doing flat finishes, but I'm still not that great at it. I'd like to do more flat finishes and learn to sew well enough to do little pillows, but my problem is that I'm not really creative enough to make them look really nice. But I suppose some plain non-framed finishes is better than a million little framed ones. :P