Oct. 31st by Brenda Gervais | Cross Stitch

Oct. 31st by Brenda Gervais

Pattern: Oct. 31st
Designer: Brenda Gervais (With Thy Needle and Thread)
Fabric: 36 ct Legacy linen by Picture This Plus.
Threads: I used the called for threads. Weeks Dye Works - Straw, Tiger's Eye, Pecan, Palomino, Sage, Caper, Pelican Gray and Olive. Gentle Arts - Cinnamon, Woodrose, Walnut, Pumpkin Pie, Toasted Barley, Wood Trail, Toffee and Wheat Fields. Classic Colorworks - Eggshell and Perfect Piecrust. Classic Colorworks Belle Soie Silk - Limestone

Oct. 31st  Designer: Brenda Gervais

She's finally finished! I absolutely love this one. I decided to frame it once it was finished. I took it to be professionally framed but the cost was going to be just over $100. I love her . . . but not that much! So I found a stock frame from Michael's and laced and framed her myself. I'm pleased with the results.


 I used 32 ct Iced Coffee linen by Fabric Flair. This is my first time using Fabric Flair and I liked it. I stitch in hand and it draped just right. Fabric Flair is a printed fabric and it is printed on one side only. The other side is just white.

I used all of the called for threads with the exception of Limestone (Belle Soie Silk). I substituted Caterpillar from Classic Colorworks.

I stitched one over two which is my choice on 32 ct. I like the rustic prim look and two over two is just too bulky for me.

The only change that I made to the pattern was to add stripes to the apron. I used Gentle Arts Pumpkin Pie and just backstitched the stripes in. My reasoning for this is to help the visual effect. With the called for fabric and the fabric I chose the apron is very close in coloring to the background fabric. It makes the witch's bosom look enormous. (Just glance at the picture and I think you'll see what I mean.) When I added the stripes it changed the perspective. I think it would also work to change background fabric color to one that contrasted with the apron color.

This is a nice sized piece. The frame I used was a 10 x 13. I also think that it would make a cute fall pillow. There aren't any specialty stitches so you could do it on 14 ct aida if that's what you prefer.

Enjoy the stitch!

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