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Author Blog — The Crow at the Crossroads

Free Sugar Skull Cross Stitch Pattern or Harvest Crows for Your Holiday Flair!


To add a little flair to Hector, I included several embellishments such as glass seed beads, a half zipper, a metal key with beads, polka-dot ribbon, a bat motif, and the grey flower.  Design is affixed to canvas bag with double-sided fuse webbing, and then whip stitched to ensure design will not pop off the bag.   You can add anything you like to tailor Hector to your desires!

Skulls aren’t just a Halloween motif!  From mystery enthusiasts to horror fans, from Halloween to to Dias de los Muertos  (the Days of the Dead) the skull lends itself to a plethora of design ideas.  There’s only one problem…corporation pattern makers of the day don’t see them as much of a salable item.  Not to worry!  In celebration of Samhain (the Wiccan Day of the Dead) I designed this counted cross stitch pattern for your enjoyment.  And, what is totally cool?

Hector (that’s what I named him) is free.

Stuff You Need to Know

Hector was done on 14 count Aida with DMC Pearl thread.  Although you can do the full cross stitch with regular floss, Hector was fashioned with a half-stitch method using the DMC Pearl Thread, which takes half the time (just in case you want to whip up a Trick-or-Treat bag for your favorite youngster).  You will find a great video on how to do the easy half stitch technique using DMC Pearl Thread at http://www.dmc-usa.com

Price for Pearl Cotton thread varies (much to my surprise), so be careful when you shop.  This project requires only four colors whether you use Pearl or regular thread:

Pearl Key

310 — Black (5) — one skein
413 — Dark Grey (5) — one skein
415–  Light Grey (5) — one skein
White — two skeins

If you prefer regular floss the following key provides that information:

Legend for Hector the Sugar Skull by Silver RavenWolf. This key provides regular embroidery floss information.

The actual size of Hector the Sugar Skull is approximately 6 inches by 8.5 inches.  I left his forehead plain white so that you could add your own sugar skull design — flowers, swirls, beads, etc.  There is plenty of space to add a variety of elements that will make Hector (or you can change him into a Hector-ette if you so desire) your unique creation.

Silver RavenWolf Sugar Skull

Counted Cross-Stitch Hector The Sugar Skull Pattern by Silver RavenWolf.

 Total Cost of Hector using DMC Pearl floss from South Central Pennsylvania over-the-counter prices — $12.75 plus tax.

14 Count Aida — $5.99
4 Skeins of Pearl — $6.76

silverravenwolf sugar skull bag

A great trick-or-treat bag that even adults will love! Hector was designed for my thirty-year-old daughter.

Not into skulls?  Then you might want to try my The Gathering –  Crow Harvest Home Pattern — its free too!

Crow crosstitch by Silver RavenWolf

The Gathering — as shown in virtual stitches. The upper right hand corner is empty so that you can add your own lettering such as a harvest blessing. This design was originally one of my ATC cards.

You can use the DMC Pearl, or you can use regular embroidery floss following the legend below.crossstitch legend for Silver RavenWolf design

Legend for The Gathering — Crow Harvest

Here is the pattern in symbols:

The Gathering by Silver RavenWolf

Draw your own additions right on the grid to fill in that upper right hand corner.

Are you inspired to turn your own designs into counted cross-stitch?  I used the PC Stitch program.

Supplies used to create Hector the Sugar Skull by Silver RavenWolf.

This is a wonderful program, although it definitely requires hands-on design manipulation.  For example, the program gives a wide variety of colors when the image is first converted — which is wonderful for the detail enthusiast; but, may create an image too involved for your needs.  As an example, Hector first appeared with over fifteen colors even though it was a basic black and white design.  I factored those colors down to four, and then manipulated the shading to suit a cross-stitch project.  The Gathering had many, many more — which I fine tuned.   Hector and The Gathering were produced with version 10 — you can find this software at http://www.pcstitch.com

Don’t want to design your own?  Would you rather use a design you’ve already seen and make it more magickal?  No problem!  In the example below I took a pattern from this year’s Just CrossStitch 2012 Special Halloween Collector’s Issue pages 15 and 16.  I added sequins, changed the tree, and added a border.  Before framing, I inserted a Lucky Black Cat herbal formula behind the design.

The original design was shown on orange Aida — something not available in my rural area, so I used a sparkle version and added a little color of my own. With the addition of the magickal herbs, no one really knows just how enchanted this little cat really is!

I do hope that you enjoy my holiday offering this year!  The designs given that are mine are free for you to use in any project — and you are certainly free to sell your work.  All I ask is that you do not sell the pattern, or offer it in a collection of patterns for sale.  Happy Holidays!

Silver RavenWolf

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17 thoughts on “Free Sugar Skull Cross Stitch Pattern or Harvest Crows for Your Holiday Flair!

  1. Steph on said:

    Silver & Everyone,
    I just got an interview for a company I have wanted to work for several years. I have been out of work for 1 year next month. I have been drawing this towards me diligently. ALWAYS ADD ‘OR BETTER’ in your spells. This pays a whopping 26,000 than my last job, or the exact amount of employment checks, or a third more than my last job. I am perfectly qualified for the position, too.

    Please, please, let me know how I can ‘charge’ myself to be hired for the position! Any insight would be invaluable.

    Thanks so very much.

    Love & light,
    Steph

  2. Elena on said:

    Thanks for the pattern Silver. You know I do love my sugar skulls. Of course I would have to add my own Mexican flair and put some bright flowers on there too..lol. Thanks again and have a Blessed Samhain.

    Blessings,
    Elena

  3. Silver, As an avid stitcher myself I wanted to make sure you have discovered everythingcrossstitch.com. I live in a fairly rural area myself and our local craft stores have very basic supplies and they have had everything I’ve looked for. I also subscribe to a magazine from the UK where I found out about water soluble canvas and “waste canvas”. The waste canvas will be perfect for adding your sugar skull to a tote :) Thank you so much for the designs, I’m still trying to figure PC Stitch out. Have a Blessed Samhain.

    • No, haven’t seen that yet. I’ll look for it. I’m still trying to figure out PC Stitch, myself. The only thing I really don’t like about PC Stitch is the pixel measurement. I have many great designs; but, when I convert them, they come out huge! I’ve tried to manipulate the size and the pixels in my primary program (photoshop) and it has been a task and a half. I will figure it out! lol Thanks so much for the info!

  4. Shannon on said:

    These are breathtaking. I don’t cross stitch, but I bead and these can make gorgeous designs using teeny tiny glass beads. Oh, if only I had the time…….

  5. What? I don’t keep you in stitches enough as it is? ;) You’re so creative. I love it.

  6. Bonnie on said:

    Thank you for the pattern, can’t wait to start stitching.
    Blessings.

  7. bipolarwhenitcounts on said:

    Thank you so much for the designs! I have been looking for a good sugar skull design that i could work with for a while now and you have just given it to me. Happy Samhaim!

  8. Hello! Just thought I would tell you that I have nominated you for the Witchy Blog Award: http://brennaxadaira.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/the-witchy-blog-award/ ! You’ve been a huge inspiration to me on my path and thought it only fitting to nominate you.
    Blessings!
    Brenna Adaira

  9. Deirdre on said:

    Thank you for the patterns. I will adapt them for gros point. I’m not as young as I used to be. Gros point is a lot easier on the hands and eyes

  10. You are so my kind of crafter (pun totes intended!) I need to make one of these bags for myself!

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