These Halloween cross-stitch patterns are a great way for those who love to embroider to celebrate the holidays with their craft. If this is you, stitch one up an embroidery design today!
Difference between cross-stitch and embroidery
Some people use the two terms to indicate a similar technique, that of stitching a pattern on a blank fabric background. In actual fact, there is a difference between the two.
Embroidery is the art of decorating plain fabric by using a needle to make use of thread or yarn. You can also use other materials such as pearls, beads and sequins in an embroidery project.
Embroidery stitches can also vary in length in one project instead of being all the same size.
Cross-stitch is a type of hand embroidery that uses specific X shaped stitches to form them into a picture. The threads are stitched on even weave fabric and usually end up being of uniform size and appearance.
Some sewers think that cross-stitch is less fluid and more boxy than normal embroidery. Cross-stitch is often used to embroider words.
In counted cross-stitch, the embroiderer counts stitches outward from the center of the fabric to make sure they get a final even look to the design.
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Do you need a hoop to do Halloween cross-stitch patterns?
Some cross-stitch patterns are done on an embroidery hoop or frame to keep the background fabric taut to ensure the even nature of the stitches.
Hoops are essential in normal embroidery projects to tighten the fabric as you stitch, but you can cross-stitch without using one if you find them cumbersome or prefer to work without one.
Cross-stitch kits come with all the embroidery yarn, background fabric, a pattern and directions. This can help even a beginning crafter to create their own work of art.
Halloween cross-stitch kits can be quite simple with just a few colors of yarn used, like the pumpkin design below, to those which use dozens of yarns with subtle differences for the more advanced embroiderer.
This makes the craft ideal for sewers of all skills and ages.Is embroidery your thing? Check out this list of Halloween cross-stitch patterns. From the headless horseman, to Frankenstein and the wicked witch, there is one for all tastes. ☠🎃🧛♀️ Click To Tweet
How to display cross-stitch patterns.
Often, finished cross-stitch patterns are framed and hung on the wall. They can be used in other ways, too.
If you like the design, there is no need to purchase special fabric to stitch the pattern on. Just grab some of your favorite jeans or a T shirt and sew away on some patches, or directly on the material!
I have also seen patterns backed with fabric and used as table runners, as dowel wall hangings and other ideas. Mug cozies, banners, tissue box covers and more can be accomplished with cross-stitch.
I used to do cross-stitch all the time. Alas, my eyes no longer allow this pleasure, but I still enjoy looking to see what patterns are available.
This is particularly true during the holidays. It’s amazing what pattern makers can come up with as patterns for those interested in cross-stitch to enjoy.
Halloween cross-stitch patterns
For a holiday like Halloween, there is an endless variety in subject matter to suit all tastes.
Pin these Halloween cross-stitch patterns for later
Would you like a reminder of these spooky cross-stitch and embroidery patterns? Just pin this image to one of your Halloween boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.
Are you fond of cross-stitching and needlework? Will you eyes still allow you the pleasure of this craft?
Admin note: This post first appeared on the blog in September of 2013. I have updated the post to add some new kits, new photos, and more information about embroidery.