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Halloween stitching and Thread Holders

Halloween stitching and thread holders. Mini black cat sat on two pumpkins, he is wearing a purple jacket and holding a spider. This is a cross stitched scissor fob with black beading around the edge.

Halloween stitching and thread holders have been my focus lately, I have repurposed some I designed way back in 2013!

Halloween patterns are one of my favourite patterns to stitch, and of course we had to have another mini cat .

I made another scissor fob and trimmed it with Mill Hill beads around the edge. A cute white ghost peeping at the side with spook, boo, and fright stitched in orange DMC thread.

Halloween stitching and thread holders.

Cross Stitch Planner

Cross stitch pattern work in progress featuring a black cat, pumpkins and a spooky friendly ghost.

This pattern looks cute stitched on white Aida but I also stitched it on this Sage Green fabric and loved the effect. A little pillow and ornament is going to be part of this set.

You can stitch along with me if you like, I am planning to finish this by the end of September. The free pattern is available below.

To ensure I stay organised I am currently using my new printable cross stitch planner. I have completed the first sheet and plan to add a couple more, it will be available in my Etsy shop soon.

I always thought I was pretty organized but now I really need these as I have lots of works in progress.

Floss Tube and Thread Holders

Watching cross stitchers on floss tube can be quite addictive. At the beginning of this year I noticed a lot of cross stitchers were talking about thread drops.

Mmm, I used to call them thread holders but now they are floss holders, floss keepers, thread keeps, you name it there is a name for them!

Corset thread holders

Back in 2013 I had already designed some corset digital thread holders for my readers to download here . I actually forgot that I had already made digital thread holders.

All you need to do is print them out onto card stock, cut around the edge and punch a 1/2″ hole at the top and bottom and add them to a thread ring.

Some of these images for the corset design are too large for thread holders to go on the ring, I initially used these to wrap thread onto them and also for use as ribbon holders.

I will re-purpose these and upload a pdf soon.

After watching quite a lot of floss tubers using the thread rings with the cards to hang thread, in particular, Nell on Little Yellow House Crafts, it did seem to be the latest craze.

Nell shows how she makes them here. in this video.

Mischievous Stitches also explains how she makes them here.

Also, The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch showed some gorgeous thread holders on rings with cabochons and charms attached. They were made by Etsy sellers, and I really wanted to make my own.

I already had the cabochons in my stash and the charms from my Etsy store so I decided to put a mini cat selection of thread holders together.

The Boo to You cross stitch pattern is available here. and the printable thread holders/drops, 3″ corner gauge and needlebooks are available here.

Halloween stitching and thread holders/thread drops to hang your thread onto.

Pastel shade thread holders/thread drops.

I have a re-purposed freebie here for you, I designed these digital thread holders in November 2014 and published them on my blog for you to download.

Using the tips I have seen on Floss Tube I repurposed them for today’s cross stitcher. You can download the thread holders, drops, (whatever you want to call them ) from this previous post here, or at the bottom of this post.

Just print onto card, cut around the edge and punch a 1/2″ hole at the top and bottom and pop them onto a binder ring.

The pretty bee charm looked so cute!

I think you can cut them on a Cricut or Silhouette machine, I am not sure.

Be warned, thread holders/drops are addictive! I really love these and forgot how lovely it was to make them, the swirly design is so cute and delicate.

Last but not least, as promised here is the free Halloween Mini Cat pattern…

I hope you enjoyed seeing the halloween stitching and thread holders.

As always, Happy Stitching!




  1. june peart
    August 27, 2020 / 9:44 am

    Love your header .
    I always use to use thread holders I must start again.
    Have a happy week hugs.

  2. August 27, 2020 / 1:03 pm

    Now it’s been a while since I was on your site and check, I love your cats and I completely miss your boo cat on etsy when I ordered, I will do that later, it’s really nice with these thread holders that you can make yourself, the ones you have are so nice, it gets a little extra when you embroider and have nice holders and scissors.
    I would appreciate an organizer because here it’s really messy sometimes, I have way too many things going on at the same time (smiling)
    Now hope you and your family are well.
    Wish you a good week

  3. August 27, 2020 / 1:33 pm

    Thank you Lynn!!

  4. Donna
    August 27, 2020 / 3:11 pm

    Good Morning! I was just thinking about your site and that I hadn’t seen anything from you – I was going to check this morning and here it is! Taa-Daa!
    Love the new Halloween pattern. I need something little to hang in the RV!

  5. Shelley
    August 27, 2020 / 4:43 pm

    Thank you for the free pattern and all the information for making thread holders. Greta post!

  6. August 28, 2020 / 3:48 am

    Oh my goodness what a sweet post, the needlebooks are adorable, Boo To Youi is so sweet.
    Thank-you for the link and the lovely thread holder s to print, I love the corsets so pretty.
    I try not to watch you-tube, it is addictive and hours later when my eyes are drooping I have to give up and get away from the computer.
    I hope all is well with you and your family.


  7. Betty
    August 28, 2020 / 6:12 am

    Thank you.

  8. Anne Marie
    August 28, 2020 / 12:56 pm

    Such cute projects – love your floss holders. Thank you Lynn for always being so generous. Hope you are healthy and keeping safe – this virus just does not seem to be going away soon.

  9. September 23, 2020 / 1:39 pm

    Lynn: What a sweet fall cat design, so cute.
    I love your floss keepers, I do have the corset ones from the first time you posted them, they are lovely, I will have to show them on my blog on my next post.
    I love Floss Tube, you and I follow some of the same floss tubers.
    Have a lovely day.