Stitchy Witchy Challenge


The rules for this year are the same as the last two years (daily stitching rather than 13 days. Right now my plan is to list the particulars on each project the first time it shows up in the rotation. After that – you will get the ending picture for the day.

Oct 1 – Halloween Countdown by Fox&Rabbit This is a frame + 31 part SAL stitched on 16 ct something or other

Oct 2 – Bob’s Burgers – kit from Taylor&Cromwell started April 2021. I really don’t enjoy dark fabric…. I am about 75% complete and would really, really like this in my DONE pile. I am in the Hampton Inn in Vancouver.

Oct 3 – Continuing the Countdown –

after having managed to get to the cruise terminal, fight through luggage drop off and finally get on my ship.
Oct 4 – Barbara Ana Mystery SAL – Bonkers – this is Part 2/2 on 14 count printed AIDA from DMC

Oct 5 – Halloween Countdown

Oct 6 – The Haunted Library by Lola Crow – a 10 Part mystery SAL – finished up the random stitches in both the Poe Shelf and Dracula

Oct 7 – which left me free to start/finish the Headless Horseman Shelf

Oct 8 – Witchy Stitchers Supernatural SAL on 16 ct moonstone from BeStitchMe. This has been on going since late summer – the latest edition is Fairie

Oct 9 – Then there is the Mini-Haunting SAL from Abbie Sue which I just started..and am hoping to get all 4 parts done this month. On what I think is probably a Forbidden Fiber Co Aida

Oct 10 – CountDown additions

Oct 11 – And starting Part 2 of mini-haunting

Oct 12 – Decent progress on the first ghost

Oct 13 –


Oct 14 –

Oct 15

And Mad Hatter’s Dream is complete

As is the ClownShelf in the Haunted Library!

Oct 16 – and the Harpy (Supernatural SAL)

Oct 17 – after putting in a few stitches here and there per day – the Stitching Witch – Tiny Modernist is complete.

Oct 18 –  finally finished the words – the bats and backstitching around the first few squarea

Oct 19 – and then there are the zombie hands as well as more outlinging

Oct 20 –  Continuing to stitch a few more squares


Oct 21 – finished the first Ghost and started the seconf

Oct 22 – the Ghost of Books not read…

Oct 23 –  and significant progress on Ghost 2. I am working off a printed pattern = oh, so not fun..

Oct 24 – and since I have four or so projects in rotation – but finished the Barbara Ana – I started Butterfly Dreams on some Aida from FortNight fabrics

Oct 25 – the Third Ghost – and border words.

Oct 26 – progress in spite of a serious amount of frogging

Oct 27 – technically didn’t exist in my world (except for the two hours between 0000 and 0200 when we did another time zone change AND went west across the international Date-line which erased the 27 from existence). Even so … I managed a few stitches in both Frankenstein and the Raven

Oct 28

Oct 29 – and Part 10 of the Haunted Library has been released.  More than a few hours has gone into this today – Mary Shelley writing ….

Oct 30

Two things to report –

  1. the Haunted Library is finished –


and secondly – started the Funky Peacock by Marroomy Designs on 16 ct opal some color or another from Fortnight Fabrics

Oct 31

and challenge finished and completed. As is the Peacock. (it is amazing how much easier it is when stitching all in one color – 1635 stitches today of the 24xx total in the pattern)


Is a challenge run by the folks at as a 13 day challenge. From 19 Oct – 31 Oct 2019 the requirement is to stitch at least an hour a day. For those on Facebook – post starting and ending pictures every day. For the rest of us – email to Donnett. I figure I will post them here, rather than the main portion of the blog since this will be an anniversary present for Dani and Alex. Leaves me till 14 Nov to get it complete.

14 Count Aida in parchment. The thread is DMC 939 (rather than black. I have an abundance of both in any case) stitching will be four strands.


19 Oct

and, after looking at the pattern for a while, I decided to switch to C823 for the next set of words just to add a bit of sparkle. Since this particular floss is a bit fluffy, three strands are providing good coverage.

20 Oct

after an hour (or so)

I am actually using a timer to make sure that I am stitching at least an hour (for the challenge) and then going on as I have time. Since this takes some, but not an intense amount of concentration (ok, I have had to take out three stitches twice) I am also listening to short stories (Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Paladin series

21 Oct

1 hour. 21 Oct 2019


22 Oct

23 Oct

24 Oct

I should mention as well that I am also using some of the light effects threads. DMC E series. that includes the castle (I will never ever try four strands of metallic again by that method), the Star Wars shield (see previous comment). The Galaxies comment was stitched in C (?). From there – I went with one strand each of C & E – doubled with the needle in the middle and knotted at the end. Almost no fraying. Stitching carefully – the Dalek (E317) , and the Enterprise (E415&C318) were a breeze compared to the previous areas. Of note – from a meter a way – you can’t see much of a difference in the two methods. And one uses a lot less metallic.

25 Oct

and to see my starting point – end of the row above

after an hour..

26 Oct

27 Oct

28 Oct

a bit of a detour to another project

days start

finish for the day

29 Oct

the game controller

30 Oct

finished today –

31 Oct

——————- 8-< ———- cut line —————–

and I finished the cross-stitch today – 10 Nov.

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