It seems so strange that last month's hoop art was all about the bright summer sun and here we are, only a few weeks later, thinking about Halloween. It's like someone flipped a switch. We finally got some desperately needed rain, and I heard my furnace kick on for the first time yesterday, even though we had a 90+ degree day just last week. I say we roll with it and make this spooky craft!
To make this you'll need:
6" embroidery hoop
silver or white acrylic paint
one yard of white tulle, 56" wide
Take the hoop apart and give it a couple of coats of paint. Set aside to dry.
If you're cutting from a larger piece of tulle, cut at least 36". I had a large piece, so mine is 40". Cut both ends into points. I have an acrylic ruler made for it, but it doesn't need to be that neat and uniform. In fact, a more jagged edge will look more ghostly.
Fold the tulle in half width-wise, then in half again, so you have four layers. Center the hoop 15" up from the left edge, with the inside hoop under the tulle and the outer hoop on top. Tighten in place.
Cut the eyes from the black felt. You can use my pattern here, or choose a different shape.
Stitch the eyes onto the tulle, centered in the hoop, using thread or embroidery floss.
Hand stitch a long basting stitch with doubled white thread, starting from the right edge about halfway down the hoop, over the top about 1/2" away and over to the left edge.
Carefully pull the thread to gather the tulle behind the ghost's head and knot the thread. This step will keep the tulle from poking out from behind in the top part of the hoop.
Fold the fabric down behind the hoop so both layers are at the bottom.
Using the wire, create a loop at the top of the hoop for hanging.
I suspect this tulle was left over from my daughter's wedding. It takes some of the spookiness out of this guy, but since she just informed me that Halloween is her favorite holiday I guess it's all okay.
Besides, spookiness is all in how it's presented, isn't it?