Spooky movies often have mischievous ghosts scaring people silly, especially those crazy people foolhardy enough to go traipsing through cemeteries in the dark of night. While some ghosts scream like banshees, others never make an audible sound and are said to only be heard with special recording equipment. So, what else is a little ghost to do than make a little sign to help him share his Halloween spirit!
This sweet little punch needle design has been mounted to the inside of a box, using a rope for a hanger to give it a rustic feel. However, you could easily mount a small sawtooth hanger on the back instead. You could also use fabric glue to add it onto the front of a pillow to create sheet chic Halloween décor or a sweet little basket or canister to add a pop of color to your home!
The background of this design has been full filled in with a medium shade of gray green, but you’ll notice there are lighter and darker shades of this same color in there as well. These added lines are completely optional, but I think they give the piece a nice energy. It’s kind of like ghostly waves of energy are coming from our spirited little friend!
Though most of us, myself included, are terrified of all things that go bump in the night, I think I may make an exception in this case. Even our scaredy cat, Zippy, seems happy to hang out with him! After all, this little ghostly guy is far too cute to run away from. He seems more likely to sit down beside you and drink a cup of hot tea than chase you through the shadows. I think he may only be trying to get our attention with that sign, just hoping that maybe one of us will drop our treat bag or at least share a few pieces of candy with him!
Tips & Tricks
Notice something odd about the sign? It’s backwards! Punch needle patterns are worked from the back of the design, so the patterns are made in reverse! This way, when the project is viewed from the front, the letters will be read in the correct order.
Punch needle projects are not for bathing…or laughing (Okay…so maybe they are so cute they’ll make you smile)!
When your design is complete, trim away the excess weavers cloth, leaving about a half inch border of cloth all the way around the design.
About every half-inch, make a small cut from the outer edge almost to the loops, going all the way around the design. This will let you more easily iron the curved edges onto the back of your design before gluing your design down with acid-free fabric glue to a decorative box frame.