Welcome to Day 5 of Papertrey Ink's August release countdown. So glad you're here! Today we are featuring a whole bunch of Halloween-themed stitching dies designed by Erin Lincoln:
Stitched Witch Hat
Stitched Witch Boots
Stitched Moon & Sketched Stars
Stitched Little Ghost
Stitched Candy Corn
Stitched Beaded Cauldron
All of the new products will be available at 10 pm ET on August 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.
I've been wanting to make a penny rug mat for a while now, and these new Halloween dies were the perfect motivation!
For the center, I used the largest Stitched Circle, which is a great size for candle mats, small plants, a small candy dish, etc. The smaller circles around the perimeter are the third smallest Stitched Circles, I believe.
So the basic construction is to rmake a ring of smaller circles around the larger one. I was able to fit nine smaller circles around the larger one. Three of them have themed elements, and the other six are traditional stacked penny circles.
I stitched all the individual circles first using a blanket stitch on everything but the shaped die-cuts, then connected the smaller ones to the large one, and last connected the smaller circles to each other. You can see the extra stitches and knots where I stitched the circles to each other. I'm thinking there's probably a different way that hides the stitching better. I have a feeling I'm going to be making more of theses, so I'll figure it out next time!
Here it is all assembled.
Updated to add: I confess one I got everything for this die-cut, I thought it would take me forever to stitch up. But I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the blanket stitching goes. You're only going around the circle once, as opposed to the running stitch, which would require going around once and then reversing to finish. Also, the stitching holes just make everything go faster. I'm telling you, my fingers were flying through these! And look how perfectly spaced the stitches are, thanks to the holes!
Dies: Stitched Circles, Stitched Circle Holes
Stitched Moon & Sketched Stars, Stitched Witch Hat, and Stitched Beaded Cauldron
Other: Smokey Shadow, True Black, Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, Winter Wisteria felt
white embroidery floss, silver metallic embroidery floss
For more Halloween stitching inspiration, visit the Papertrey team. I can't wait to see what everyone came up with!
Thanks for visiting!