Halloween by the Book: A stitchalong by Climbing Goat Designs. Text with background image of a skull on some books.
Halloween by the Book Stitchalong: Photo of Dracula, the first character, with the words 'Stitch a ghostly selection of spooky classic characters'
Halloween by the Book Stitchalong: Detailed PDF booklets emailed out every week during the stitchalong
Halloween by the Book Stitchalong: Each pattern booklet contains: Image of the piece so far; Thread key; Full pattern on one page, for screen use; Full pattern over two pages, for printing; Close up pattern of the current section; A short piece of writing about the character. Each booklet comes in two versions - colour and black and white.
Pattern release schedule: Every Saturday from 17th August to 26th October 2024. People join throughout the SAL - it is never too late!

Halloween by the Book Stitchalong

Regular price £15.00 £0.00 Unit price per

This listing is to purchase the Halloween by the Book Stitchalong! Every week a new section of the pattern will be revealed, building up a fun piece of spooky and creepy characters from classic books. 

Each character is portrayed as a ghost rising up through the piece. The first character to get your teeth into is Dracula!

When you purchase the stitchalong, you will receive by instant download an introductory PDF booklet giving all the information you need to prepare to stitch the pattern. This includes a thread list, pattern size, and suggestions on choosing fabric. You will also receive a PDF of cross stitch instructions.

You will then receive the other sections by email on the following dates:

Part 1: 17th August 2024
Part 2: 24th August 2024
Part 3: 31st August 2024
Part 4: 7th September 2024
Part 5: 14th September 2024
Part 6: 21st September 2024
Part 7: 28th September 2024
Part 8: 5th October 2024
Part 9: 12th October 2024
Part 10: 19th October 2024
Part 11: 26th October 2024

Each section is emailed out at 9am UK time. The emails will be sent to the email address you've typed in the request box. Note that the initial automatic email with the first download link to the introductory booklet will be sent to the email address on your order, not the email address in the request box, if the two are different.

***You will receive the patterns by digital download and email, and not by physical mail. No physical products are included in this purchase.***

If you’re not already in the busy and friendly ‘Climbing Goat Designs stitchers’ Facebook group, please come and join us there if you’d like to chat and share your progress: https://www.facebook.com/groups/climbinggoatdesigns or search for the group name on Facebook. And to share on Instagram the stitchalong hashtag is #HalloweenBookSAL

The stitched area of the finished piece is: 119 stitches wide x 115 stitches high

On 14 count fabric this is approximately 8.5 x 8.2 inches or 21.6 x 20.9 cm
On 16 count fabric this is approximately 7.4 x 7.2 inches or 18.9 x 18.3 cm
On 18 count fabric this is approximately 6.6 x 6.4 inches or 16.8 x 16.2 cm 

These dimensions do not include the border of fabric you will need to leave around the design. I recommend you leave a further 2-3 inches all the way round (which means that you need to add 4-6 inches to your size measurements), or as much fabric as you need to mount it in the hoop size of your choice, if you want to mount it in a hoop.

The pattern was model stitched on ‘Cabbage’ printed fabric by Fabric Flair. This fabric is available from Lakeside Needlecraft along with a fabric, threads and hoop pack for this stitchalong. The model was stitched on 16 count fabric in a 9 inch hoop.

You can also use mid-coloured fabric of any other colour you prefer - blue, green, purple and so on would all be fine. Any mid blue fabric in particular would work well. If using green you need to make sure the green threads will show up. 

You need to make sure that both the very dark colours and the very light colours of the threads used will show up well, so don’t go for fabric which is too dark or too light. White, cream or very pale fabrics won’t work because of the white and cream threads used in the pattern. Doing a ‘floss toss’ of the called for threads on any potential fabrics can help you see if the colours will show up well enough. 

24 thread colours are used in the design. You will need 1 skein or less of all the colours. The pattern features full cross stitches, a very small amount of backstitch, and a tiny number of fractional stitches. There are no French knots.

On each section release date you will receive two pattern booklets, one with colour patterns and one with black & white patterns. The pattern booklets include split page and single page patterns, and an enlarged pattern of that week's stitched section.

Skill level: Suitable for all skill levels including beginner (though not ideal for absolute beginners).

Patterns are for personal use only. 
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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Kathleen Winger
Halloween SAL

I’m looking forward to starting this project. All I’ve gotten so far from Climbing Goat have been beyond compare!

Spooky fun

Since this is a mystery SAL. I haven't seen it yet, but it sounds like fun.

Valerie Raftopoulos
Superb Cross Stitch Designs.

Excellent service from Climbing Goats Design as usual. I can’t wait for the SALto start.