halloween cross-stitch

embroidery thread
Weeks Dye Works Thread
gravestone cross-stitch

While I was waiting for my test knitting yarn to arrive, I decided to do a little work on this spooky little cross-stitch kit my sister bought for me during a trip to Eugene, OR. The hubby and I have a love for eerie, witch-y things. One of our favorite places to visit in October is Salem, MA, and this miniature gravestone reminds me of the cemeteries we've visited in the area. 

Alicia over at Posie Gets Cozy got me hooked on cross-stitch a few years ago with her Winterwoods Sampler. Like knitting, this craft is extremely meditative in its repetitive motions.  While alphabet samplers are my favorite things to stitch (I'll share my finished pieces in another post), this piece has been a fun little project. 

The fabric is Zweigart's 28 count Cashel linen, which has a really soft hand and is very reasonably priced. I prefer to use Weeks Dye Works Hand Overdyed 6-strand embroidery floss. Made of Egyptian cotton, they have the most beautiful variegated colorways, which lend a painterly effect to the finished pieces. I can't wait to hang this one up when we decorate for Halloween!

Tell me: outside of knitting, what's your favorite craft?