Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Top 10 Halloween/Autumn-Themed Charts
It's that time, Top 10 Tuesday time! Make sure to check out Kate and Tiff's Blogs to see their take on this week's topic, they are WAY better at this than I am! I am horribly wordy and I'm not sure why. I don't speak much in my day to day, so that might be why, I've got a lot of built up words just dying to get out. But this time I did include pictures, so you can skip the long and boring reasons why these are on my list!
This week's topic is Top Halloween/Autumn-Themed Charts, and since my craftyness extends only to cross stitch, this is going to be a very cross stitch-centric list. I decided not to scour the internet looking for great charts...it's too close to Disney and I don't need to spend any extra money right now (those damned control issues!), but instead I've decided to only pick from my existing stash. It also feels kind of weird doing a stitch-themed list during a time when I'm not stitching, especially since my stitch mojo is really strong right now and I want to be stitching. I just can't stitch and plan Disney at the same time...my focus is singular at this time of year, but once I get back, all bets are off!
Oh, and FYI, I've had most of these photos so long that, if they aren't already watermarked, I have no clue where they came from, so forgive me if I'm violating any copyright issues, it is definitely unintended!
#1: HAUNTED MANSION PORTRAIT CHARTS
As a diehard Marc Davis fan, I probably should be lusting after his versions (the Disneyland versions), but my love of the Disney World versions is far greater, so these are the ones I've chosen. Maybe one day I'll do both sets because they are quite different, or even do the Disney character versions, but my loyalty is to these first. Numerous sellers have these listed on Etsy, but they are typically as one picture instead of four individual charts as I plan to do them. Maybe I am crazy after all!
#2: BELLE OF BONAVENTURE - JASMINE BECKET-GRIFFITH/HAED
HERE and it comes in a Faces chart as well. Unless things change, this will be the next HAED-JBG chart I stitch after I finish the Bouguereau Princesses. I'm not sure I would technically categorize it as Halloween/Autumn themed but considering the cemetery in the background, it gives me an excuse to include it in this list. It actually reminds me of Phantom of the Opera, the scene in which Christine visits her father's grave, but I'm not sure if that's what JBG had in mind or not. Nonetheless, I absolutely adore this pattern.
#3: THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW #2
#4: PRAIRIE MOON'S THINE IS THE TRICK AND THE TREAT
#5: HALLOWEEN TWILIGHT - JASMINE BECKET-GRIFFITH/HAED
still available and has a mini version as well. I've got the full version because I think her artwork lends itself better to full-sized designs especially because of the banding between the eyes, but that's just my preference. Again, unless plans change, this chart will be the JBG I do after Belle of Bonaventure. Unlike most people, Halloween isn't just a holiday for me, but a way of life. I don't put Halloween decorations out for a month a year, but if it's something I like, Halloween-themed or not, it will stay out year round. If I ever finish this chart, it will stay on the wall forever (that is if I can find enough wall space to hang it up in the first place).
#6: SLEEPY HOLLOW MURAL
#7: BAT BANNER
#8: GLENDON PLACE'S SLEEPY HOLLOW
#9: A NIGHT OUT AND THE PERFECT POISON - ANNIE RODRIGUE/HAED
Night Wish, which will hopefully be a next year's start), but I still adore these charts and both A Night Out and The Perfect Poison are still available on the HAED site. I will admit though, the monochromality of both of these (even the purple one) scare me quite a bit considering the size of these charts...that's a lot of one color! It's probably the reason why I haven't bought any other Annie Rodrigue patterns even though I really like a lot of her art. It has a dark yet light-hearted quality to it
#10: MINI PUMPKIN PIXIE - JBG/HAED
completed one). This is my favorite in my stash and it, as well as the full version, are both still available from HAED as of now. I just figured the mini might be a better stitch option considering the flatness of the background and the fact that there really isn't banding between the eyes like her other work. Guess I'll find out eventually how it stitches up!
Of course I have numerous other Halloween charts in my stash, but it is just a top 10 list after all. I also have some autumn-themed ones as well, but Halloween takes precedence for me. I'm curious to see Kate and Tiffany's take on this topic...I wonder if they stuck with cross stitch or branched out to other crafts. Let's all go see, shall we?