One Stitch Ahead
The actress stands in the doorway leading down to the root cellar. The electricity goes out. The audience rumble begins: "Don’t go down there!"
Why does this Halloween movie cliché work every time? My theory is that we have all had the creeps in our own home at one time or another.
That is what propelled our staff to create a "Halloween Around the House" theme for this year’s special Halloween issue of Just CrossStitch.
Starting at the front door and ending in the garden outside, readers will roam through a house and garden filled with spooky surprises.
And if the movie scene is a cliché, the designs you will find in this issue are originals—even those that are based on a traditional theme.
A ghost floating like steam from a latte, a bottle fly emerging from a pear, and a bloodshot eyeball are some of the creepy ornaments dreamed up by creative designers.
In addition to ornaments, you can stitch pillows and pictures depicting some of the things you really, really don’t want to find lurking in the shadows of your home. For example, a nest full of mice, a bottle of green poison, and spiders, spiders and more spiders!
You will also find some not-so-scary squatters for your house. We have little witch fairies, jolly round pumpkins, and lots of birds and birdhouses.
We hope you have as much fun looking at the photographs and stitching the designs as we enjoyed putting together this annual Halloween treat.
And about that girl at the top of the stairs in our classic horror show, for once she heeded the movie audience’s warning and didn’t walk down those stairs!
Stay in stitches!