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Thanks to all who entered the give-away for a spot in my online workshop. Let’s hear a big YAY! for Christine who was randomly chosen as the lucky winner! I will be emailing her details asap as the workshop begins Monday October 12th.

Now let’s hear a big BOO! for the rest of us…a nice Halloween *BOO* that is. I’ve had this pumpkin idea in my head for a bit and finally had a moment to whip one together. It’s time for Halloween decor, Stat!

Do you remember Hoopie the Snowman that I made last year? Well Jack the Hoop-o-lantern is the new guy in town! He’s made from a scrap of felted wool sweater placed in an embroidery hoop that I spray painted black. Then I pinned yellow felt to the back and reverse appliqued the features with black embroidery floss using a backstitch. After stitching, I cut away the orange to expose the yellow. The stem is a rolled piece of felted sweater ribbing, fringed, and glued on top of the hoop where the screw was. (see last year’s snowman post for more details)


Wouldn’t a whole row of these look adorable? That’s my intention…to use different size and shaped hoops with a variety of “carved” faces. For now, though, he’ll have to hang amongst the florals on my studio wall. He’s a easy going guy, I don’t think he’ll mind.


Want more embroidery hoop ideas? My pal Maya recently posted her beautiful hoop dreams. She thought her doilies looked sweet and nostalgic. I thought they’d look great with a big black spider lurking on one of them. But that’s just me. :)

Hope you have a chance to make a few of these this weekend. Oh boy next week is going to be a doozy. My online workshop begins Monday. (If you’re a participant, look for your log-in email later today!) Also next week: my new organic fabrics for fall!

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  • the long thread

    That’s a super cute idea!

  • giddygoat

    I recognize that yellow and green fabric….! I still have little left in my stash.

  • susie

    OMG, so clever! I love him.

  • Christine

    I’m still stunned that I won!!!

    SOOOO HAPPY……

    Thank you, Betz, for the opportunity to take the class.

  • Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com

    So cute – what a great and simple idea. I love it!! That’s why you’re so awesome!

  • mamalion

    Hee hee, I vote for the spider…

  • mayaluna

    I LOVE Jack! I also get such a kick out of your clever mind! I think I have a back spider somewhere around here, too.

  • kendra

    adorable! i love the cables! must find orange sweaters…

  • Lianna

    What a clever idea!!!

  • RID

    Funny idea!

  • KSedlak

    I know I just loved that snowman. And this pumpkin is adorable too. The cable sweater is perfect. How clever you are.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Wendy

    Ok, now THAT is adorable!

  • Ink & Button

    So cute! Just discovered your blog and I love it! :-)

  • Barbara Keenan-Bailey

    Love the Hoopie’s. You have inspired me to do one for my grandson, that is just way too cute!

  • julie k

    I think I have an orange sweater in my stash… Off to make my own little Jack. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Heidi

    Happy for you, Christine! You are very lucky! Enjoy it!

    Thanks for the great idea again, Betz!

  • Dawn

    What an awesome idea! It’s almost like embroidery hoops were MADE for this.

  • mjb

    The cable-knit makes it super cute!

  • Jodi Renshaw

    How did you get this idea? It’s genuis!

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