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Haunted House

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It's less than a month to Halloween now, and I see pumpkins, hay bales and mums everywhere. I love decorating this time of year. In keeping with the theme of this newsletter, I selected a project for you that is both seasonal and easy to display; plus, if you use a removable adhesive to attach the design to the basket, it's even easier to store after Halloween. The silhouette of a flying witch, a trio of hanging bats and an eerily lit house combine to create a design that will add a little spooky treat to your stitching basket.

Designed by Mike Vickery


  • 15" x 15" piece of orange 14-count Aida
  • Basket
  • Desired amount of fabric
  • Mounting board
  • 1 1/4 yds. 1/8" cord
  • Craft glue or glue gun
  • Pattern Key & Chart


1. Center and stitch design, using two strands floss for Cross-Stitch and one strand floss for Backstitch.

Notes: From mounting board, cut one 9 1/4" x 9 1/4" piece. From fabric, cut one 1" x 45" bias strip for piping. Line inside of basket with remaining fabric as shown in photo or as desired.

2. Fold bias strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides facing and cord between; sew close to cord, forming piping.

3. Center and mount design over board. Glue piping to back outside edges of mounted design. Position and glue mounted design to front of basket as shown.

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