Olde Hallow's Eve
Adapted from the artwork of Lori Brechlin/Notforgotten Farm
Hooked by Kris Miller
Here is a really fun and simple rug to hook for Halloween! I only used three different wool textures....an orange plaid, the ever-popular reversible black stripe, and a speckle tweed that was ivory and black. You could use a light value of gray to get the same look for the wings.
I decided to jazz up my mat by making some quillie circles and using them for spooky eyes on the pumpkin. I also wound some quillies in black and orange...I placed one in the big O at the top and then used two for the smaller dots between the letters at the bottom. You know how I love to hook letters! The lettering is a little bigger so they would be easy for a novice to tackle. And they are kind of wonky so you don't have to worry about precision for this mat.
My husband is a professional picture framer and he's always thinking outside the box and beyond the limits. He built a gravestone display out of wood, texturized and painted it, then mounted my mat on it. We had it in our booth in Lancaster in 2011 for the ATHA biennial. I picked up a few leaves from outside to add to the spookiness.
I have to admit that I'm not sure quite where this is right now...not the easiest thing to store and my husband wrapped it up and squirreled it away somewhere (he is notorious for doing that). I think I'm going to have him dig it out for my new studio shop!
But you don't have to build a tombstone for your mat...it's only 16" x 16" so it is the perfect size to place on a table or display on a cupboard. And it's simple enough to have it hooked in time for your spooky decorating and gatherings!
You can find the pattern here: