Creepy Cross-Stitch by Lindsay Swearingen

Halloween is just around the corner and Lindsay Swearingen has a new book, Creepy Cross-Stitch, that will help your place to be the most Boo-tiful house on the block.

Lindsay has some super awesome (and creepy!) patterns in this book. (Including cats! Ghost cats!) One of the unique things about this book is that though you can use these patterns to decorate your home for Halloween, a lot of the patterns can be used to decorate your home all year long and make it creepy (in a good way!).

Photo credit: Anya McInroy

An example of this is “Springtime in the Graveyard”. Page Street Publishing has generously allowed me to post a copy of the pattern which you can find below so you can get a sneak peak as to what Lindsay’s book is like.

Also, quite a few of these patterns have a black background so if you’ve been waiting to try to make a project with black aida, pick up this book and get to stitching! Stitching on black aida can be challenging but Creepy Cross-Stitch has a wide variety of projects with different sizes. You can pick out a smaller project to try using black aida cloth before diving into the bigger projects.

Photo by CraftingGeek

Or, you can be like me and try some hand dyed fabric to stitch on! I finished my project on this little display I found over at Michael’s. (I glued my project over the wood board underneath.) Super simple finish, but I like the overall look of the project!

The book itself is charming and I can’t wait to get started on my next project! The charts in the book are nice and crisp and the photos are really excellent. There is also a Kindle version available for those who prefer a digital copy of the book.

One small thing I noticed at the beginning of each section there is a recommendation that you’ll need 1-2 skeins of thread for each project, but for smaller patterns like “Springtime in the Graveyard”, I only needed one skein, stitching with two strands. If you do need to go out and buy thread, I’d suggest that you check the pattern first so you can buy the appropriate amount.

Want to stitch your own “Springtime in the Graveyard”? (Of course you do!)

Click here for the instructions
Click here for the chart
Click here for the color key

Reprinted with permission from Creepy Cross-Stitch by Lindsay Swearingen, Page Street Publishing, Co. 2021. Photo credit: Anya McInroy.

If you do stitch this up, be sure to tag Lindsay @tuskandcardinal and, of course, you should go buy the book to support her!

Happy crafting!

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