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Beer ghost in the graveyard by Magical525 Beer ghost in the graveyard by Magical525
*humon's Beer ghost is in a graveyard looking for beer after the boys had had a spooky Halloween party in the graveyard. He's looking at the fallen beer bottle hoping to find a beer in it.

I made this for #stitchingpirates's 8 Colour challenge I had to use at least 5 of the following colours:

Black
Orange
Purple
Green
Silver
Red
Ecru
Glow-in-the-Dark

I made it a personal challenge to not just use 5 of them but ALL of the colours listed + some more to complete the picture. I used a previous pattern of mine for the beer ghost and then found some free clipart on the web to make the gravestone, tree and moon patterns. I'm using several greens and oranges. The red comes in the shape of 349, the purple is trying to hide in the embroidery and pretend to be brown but it's a really antique mauve ultra dark 3802 and the black is of course 310 and the same goes for the silver (E168), glow in the dark and ecru. I used 45 colours - 31 of which are in the tree.

Full colour list:
310 - black
318 - Light steel grey
349 - Dark coral
356 - Medium terra cotta
402 - Very light mahogany
413 - Dark pewter grey
445 - Light lemon
472 - Ultra light avocado green
700 - Bright christmas green
720 - Dark orange spice
721 - Medium orange spice
727 - Very light topaz
734 - Light olive green
745 - Light pale yellow
801 - Dark coffee brown.
801 - Dark coffee brown.
890 - Ultra dark pistachio green
900 - Dark burnt orange
919 - red copper
920 - Medium copper
921 - copper
922 - Light copper
946 - Medium burnt orange
947 - Burnt orange
970 - Light pumpkin
3340 - Medium apricot
3772 - Very dark desert sand
3776 - Light mahogany
3777 - Very dark terra cotta
3778 - Light terra cotta
3790 - Ultra dark beige gray
3802 - Very dark antique mauve
3826 - golden brown
3827 - Pale golden brown
3830 - terra cotta
3853 - Dark autumn gold
3857 - Dark rosewood
3858 - Medium rosewood
3859 - Light rosewood
3860 - cocoa
3861 - Light cocoa
3862 - Dark mocha beige
E168 - Silver
E940 - Glow in the dark
Ecru - ecru

As I didn't have enough black Aida (which is what I *really wanted*) and I was a bit short of funds at the time I decided to try my hand at making my own dyes from stuff I had lying around the house already and I made "black" dye from liquorice and brown dye from coffee. The black only made the fabric go a light greyish colour but it looks nice enough in my opinion.

It got a bit fiddly with some of the colours when embroidering the tree and I discovered a few stitches I'd missed before as somehow when there are lots of colours with only a few stitches I seem to overlook one or two. The red doesn't show as much as I'd expected but it's hiding in there in most of the leaves.

I wanted to add an embroidered border to the embroidery but it just didn't look "right". I tried several embroidered ones, a heavy chain stitch, cross stitch and something else I can't remember the name of and ended up ripping them all out because it looked "wrong". Another thing I tried and ripped out was mist going behind the ghost and in front of the tree - the idea was good but I couldn't work out how to stitch it and the feather stitch using white pearlescant thread I thought might work looked awful. In the end I decided that I'd let the dyed embroidery fabric speak for itself and left it as it was.

I blogged the whole process of making the embroidery on my blog which you can find here: 8 Colour challenge where there are also photo's of all the colours used.

Size: 4 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches / 11,25 x 14 cm
The tree is 4 1/4 x 3 1/8 inches / 11 x 8 cm
Stitched on 18 count Aida / 7 squares per cm Aida
Total stitches (excluding the silver stars) 2815

My best attempt at photographing the glow in the dark beer ghost - best seen in full res as the thumbnail will show as black.

I got my boyfriend who has a better camera to make a new photo and this is what it really looks like in the dark:


Edited to add:

Oh WOW!! I won :iconstitchingpirates:'s 8 Colour challenge!! Thanks so much :D :D

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:iconsmallbluemonkey:
smallbluemonkey Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
glow in the dark ftw! :D
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Indeed :love:
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:iconsmallbluemonkey:
smallbluemonkey Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
now, on to the december one! :happybounce: :santa: :rudolph:
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Soon... It's not yet December yet ;)
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:iconsmallbluemonkey:
smallbluemonkey Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
preparation is key, my dear ;)
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
All in good time - first I have a biscornu to complete. :P
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:iconsmallbluemonkey:
smallbluemonkey Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
for some reason, this seems to be going slowly... ;)
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Funny you mention that ;)
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:iconmiloceane:
Miloceane Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cuute! <3
I particularly love the colours of the tree.
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D

Yeah the tree worked out better than I'd expected :D
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:icongagbagchen:
GAGBAGCHEN Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Cool:iconpapmingplz:
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D :D
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elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations on the victory!! You certainly deserve it!!
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D :D
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GodIsAMultiGod Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
This looks awsome the scene, the colors you choose everything :) , congrats on wining the contest, do you think you will make a pattern for this?
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D I wanted to put the beer ghost in an outside scene and it all more or less fell together as I created the pattern. Which more or less also answers your question - yes I have already made a pattern for this :)
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:iconsmallbluemonkey:
smallbluemonkey Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
congrats on winning the contest :winner:

very proud of you as always :heart:
:cuddle: :huggle: :hug:
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks darling <3
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:iconsmallbluemonkey:
smallbluemonkey Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
any time <3

also looking forward to working on making a glow in the dark pic of this soon :)
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
<3

Hopefully with your camera we will be able to get decent photo's :)
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:iconsmallbluemonkey:
smallbluemonkey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
yes, that's what i'm kinda hoping :)
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D
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:iconrapideyemovement-14:
RapidEyeMovement-14 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012   Artist
Adorable! Love the varied shades of orange on the tree.
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D

Those leaves were the most work.. and used most of the colours too - over 30.
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JustLynnWeav Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work has Been Featured :) [link]
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh WOW! Thanks!! :love:
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:iconulla-andy:
Ulla-Andy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
this is cute
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D thanks :)
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:iconredambrosia:
redambrosia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! That little ghosty is so cute!
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D

He's one of my favourite Scandinavia and the world characters.. even though he doesn't really say much :)
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DeviantCookie Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Aaaaw :-)
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D Thanks! :D
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:iconmoonymina:
MoonyMina Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it's so cool!! I love this cute ghost, the composition, the colors, everything is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D I'm glad you like it so much :)
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:icongagbagchen:
GAGBAGCHEN Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Cool,cool cool cool:peace:
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D, Thanks :D, Thanks :D
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:iconm-g-studio:
M-G-Studio Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is so cute. I love it!
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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:iconmekkababble:
Mekkababble Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In love with.
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww thanks :dalove:
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:iconmarool:
marool Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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Karalora Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yay Beer Ghost! Although as far as the technical aspect of this goes, I think the tree is the best. All those fall colors...
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paws4thot Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Seconded, although I have also seen foggy night cityscapes that have had similar colour patterns to your self-dyed fabric.
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D

True - the effect I got was entirely accidental though :)
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:iconpaws4thot:
paws4thot Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
I'll take serendipitous and right over deliberate and wrong every time!
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Agreed - it worked out great in the end :)
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D

Yeah it was hard work doing the tree but worth it in the end :)
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sleepyhamsteri Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely adorable.
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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