I. Love. Halloween. I’m all excited because tomorrow is October 1st and that means I can start celebrating a month of Halloween. Horror movies for weeks. Spooky, scary. No, one day isn’t enough, dangit! It’s the best holiday in the whole universe. If you know me in person, or were reading along this time last year, you probably know this about me already. Some people start celebrating Christmas in November; I like a month of Halloween.
So of course Little Dorrit & Co. had to make a Halloween embroidery pattern, right?! Meet our new Dracula pattern: all spooky drama with trees and mountains and bats and a gloomy, scary castle! With more than a little nod to Vlad the Impaler and his influence on Bram Stoker. ‘Cause we’re nerds. It’s how we roll.
Our Dracula pattern is quite heavy on the embroidery – as you can see. We like ’em juicy – don’t you?! We’ve done our best to keep it manageable – we’ve kept the stitches large and using lots of strands to cover space efficiently, and we’ve kept the stitching to back stitch and simple straight stitches wherever possible so that those areas go quickly. But in case you need a quicker project, we’ve also included a larger version of just Dracula and his cuddly bat friend to stitch up on their own.
As always, our Dracula embroidery pattern includes a full stitch and color guide and special stitch instructions where needed. And as you can see, I’ve made my finished embroidery into a trick-or-treat tote! Ok, I might be a little old now for trick-or-treating, but grown-ups can have a Halloween tote too, right?! So, coming up tomorrow: a tutorial for turning your finished Dracula embroidery (or just a piece of fabric, if you like) into a charming little Halloween tote!
But in the meantime, we want to give one of you lovely, spooky people a free copy of our new Dracula pattern! Hurrah, a Halloween giveaway! All you have to do is tell me about the best Halloween costume you ever had (or just fancy dress costume, if you’re not a Halloween celebrator), what you’re planning to dress up as this year, what your children are going to be, or maybe just a really awesome costume idea!
Here’s mine: when I was about 12, I went out with a friend as a pair of dice. We painted large cardboard boxes, which had head-holes cut out of the top, wore all black underneath and painted on rosy little cheeks. After trick-or-treating, we went down with her parents to watch the Halloween parade and were pulled into the parade by the local high school, nicknamed ‘Dice – who had a pair of dice marching with their band as well! They let us march with them to the end of the parade and we danced around and waved to people like superstar dice. I think that was the last year I trick-or-treated – I went out in style!
Tell me your stories and win a free embroidery pattern! Entries will close and The Random Generator will chose a winner next Wednesday, the 9th of October, at midnight, UK-Time. And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a trick-or-treat tote tutorial!