Thursday, September 1, 2011

JCS Halloween Collection - Let's look at it together.... Part 1

Well worth the wait.  Incredible collection!!  I can't help myself but to look at it and think WOW!! From that WOW, comes my personal, unsponsored, unpaid objective review.  These are my views. (insert all disclaimers here). I am going to be as unbiased as I can be.  Let's look at it together, shall we.....

The 98 page collection is filled with trees, goblins, witches, owls. spiders, crows, pumpkins, Frankenstein and all other creatures found in a Halloween night.
Pages 2-3 have the Contents, Editor's note and credits. Highlited designs, Penelope Pumpkin Witch(Brooke's Book's Publishing), Candy Corn Buddy (Flowers 2 Flowers), Ghosts (The Stutchworks), A Spirited Mandala (Ink Circles), and Halloween Wreath (Sharon Pope).

Pages 6-8 Spirited Mandala (Ink Circles) stitched on Voodoo linen from Picture This Plus.
Pumpkins, ghosts, gates, moons, haunted trees, crosses, all stitched in black against a very pretty hand-dyed pumpkin colored linen that looks a bit like an orange sunset. 

Pages 9-11 Wicked Night (The Primitive Hare) It's the headless horseman on stretched out horse.  Very interesting take.  Easy stitch, one color on Legacy Linen.

Pages 12-15 Boo to You (Praiseworthy Stitches) Trio consisting of Needlebook, Tin and spider pincushion with a felt bag. Motifs of a black cat with pumpkin, ghost, hee hee stitched on Picture This Plus linen.

Pages 16-17 Chapter Pages for Double Double Toil and Trouble section.

Page 18 Babs and Boo  (Fresh Threads Studio) Ornament size 10" x 10" on Picture This Plus fabric.  Patchwork-like witches hat with ghost on a spirals and block background.

Page 19 Scaredy Cat  (Blue Ribbon Designs) Ornament size 10" x 8" stitched on Weeks Dye Works linen. Black cat on a Jack-o-Lantern with bat flying above. (seen on cover).

Page 20 Treats Bag  (Val's Stuff) Ornament sized 9"x9" stitched on Weeks Dye Works Linen. Happy, half pumpkin sitting on the word "TREATS" with purple all-around stitched border. (seen on cover).

Page 21 Halloween Cat Tree (Brittercup Designs) Ornament size 10"x10" Triangle shaped. Outline of black cat laying on floor, body and tail are the center of tree.  Green and orange branches with jack-o-lantern tree topper stitched on Queen Anne's Lace. (seen on the front cover).

Page 22 Ghost (Sue Hillis Designs) Ornament size 9"x9" stitched on Jobelan. Circle shaped. Bird house with ghost hiding behind it. Starry night with crescent moon.

Page 22 Halloween Owl (Casey Buonagurio Designs) Ornament size 8" x 8" stitched on Black Belfast linen. Colorful owl against dark background, checkered body, big cute eyes. (seen on cover)

Page 23 Ghosts (The Stitchworks) Heart shaped ornament 10"x10" stitched on Mountain Mist Linen.  White ghosts and bat against black stitched background.

Pages 24-25 Knock Knock (Blackberry Lane Designs) 9"x8" wallhanging stitched on Picture This Plus fabric. Black crow atop a Jack-o-Lantern being sniffed out by two mice. Easy stitch, one color on pumpkin colored fabric.

Pages 26-28 Witchy Tea (Gail Bussi) 13x 15" stitched on hand-dyed chai tea Jobelan from Wichelt. Witch Teapot, Frankenstein, pumpkins, ghosts and bats "Brewing up a cup of witchy tea".

Pages 29-31 Happy Halloween (The Sunflower Seed) 12"x11" on R & R Reproductions Fabrics. Big pumpkin with Happy Halloween written on it.  Classic take. (seen on cover).

Pages 32-35 Halloween Wreath (Sharon Pope) 16"x15" design stitched on Picture This Plus fabric. Composition of two pumpkins, Frankenstein, ghost, black cat, bats, witch, spider and spiderweb all on on a wreath. Colorful and interesting. More advanced skills used.
Let's get a cool drink and come back in couple of minutes.  Do you have a few favorites already? I sure do!!

See you soon...

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