Whether you’re an embroidery veteran or simply looking to try something new whilst getting into the spooky spirit, look no further! This tutorial will show you all the basic cross stitch skills needed to make your very own spooky keepsake of none other than our beloved JimBob after a trip to his local pumpkin patch. This activity is something for you to do and enjoy at your own pace, during spooky season or all year round!
- Cross-stitch pattern (click for downloadable PDF)
- 4” x 4” square of Aida (I used 16 count in white, but you whatever you have is fine!)
- 5 embroidery threads (the pattern provided lists the colours I personally used but you are free to use whatever colour(s) you like!)
- Embroidery needle
- Optional extras – embroidery hoop (3” or 4” is recommended)
Firstly, take a look at the pattern and gather all your materials ready! Take your Aida and find the centre (you can either do this by counting or by folding it in half horizontally and vertically to find the point the lines meet).
Using the pattern provided, there will be an ‘X’ which is the central stitch – for ease to all, use this as you first stitch and work your way around the pattern from there (and if you get stuck and need a little extra help then please feel free to contact me!).
Going back to the pattern and the “X” – take the thread you wish to use for this section and cut a length. I recommend using around 12”-18” lengths but you know what a workable length is for you! There should be 6 individual strands of thread making up the length, you need to split this into groups of 2 strands (again, if you get stuck please reach out!) and thread your needle (do not knot the end of the thread!).
You are now ready to start your journey to becoming a spooky stitcher! I have also included a link to a page that has some great information for beginners (Particularly Step 6): https://stitchedmodern.com/blogs/news/a-beginners-guide-to-cross-stitch
I hope you enjoyed learning something new with me but if you get stuck and need a little extra guidance then you can find me on Discord as Gemmily. I would also love to see your beautiful creations which you can share with me on Discord or Instagram @gemmilyacnh Happy Halloween and Happy Crafting!
Contributed by Gemma
Gemma is a simple soul who is happiest when snuggled under a blanket with a cup of tea and her switch. Gemma’s best friend is her Frenchie who is almost always by her side (so if your snacks disappear or you hear a strange noise from your bunks at night it’s probably just him!) She loves the colour lilac, wears sunglasses 365 days a year and likes to pretend that every day is Halloween. Her days are filled with an abundance of magic, creativity, curiosity and love which she can not wait to share with you all! You can find Gemma on Twitter @gemmilyecho or Instagram @gemmilyacnh