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Witch Wall Hanging In the Hoop

Witch Wall Hanging

Stitch a festive Halloween Witch Wall hanging or mug rug that’s reversible, to show whether the witch of the house is “In” or “Out.” The spider is stitched in heavyweight Sulky Filaine Thread, which when brushed takes on a faux-fur appearance. The following instructions are for a door hanger that includes a basic tie for hanging. To create a mug rug, simply omit the ties and construct in a similar fashion.

NOTE: This ITH project is done in two hoopings, and at least a 6×10 (or 260mm x 200mm) hoop is required for the project.

the Witch is In/Out In the Hoop Hanger



Be sure to read the design color chart when embroidering this project. Near the end of the stitchout process, the spider will stitch. This motif is done in Sulky FIlaine Thread, which is a very heavy 12 wt. acrylic thread. This thread “blooms” when brushed with a Filaine Wire Brush, mimicking the appearance of faux fur. The cool effect makes for a spooky spider that pops off the wall hanging with 3D hair.

witch wall hanging spider closeup

It’s very important to make a few machine modifications when swapping this thread during the stitchout process.

  1. Slow the machine speed as low as it’ll go.
  2. Turn off the auto-thread cutter function, if possible.
  3. Change the needle to a size 100/16.

swapping needle for Filaine on witch wall hanging

There is also a multi-page instructional PDF that guides you through the design steps, included with purchase of the design collection and/or Machine Embroidery Palette.

Load the Witch is OUT design FIRST and complete that stitchout. Once this side of the reversible wall hanging is complete, the instructions direct you to layer it over the Witch is IN design to complete the wall hanging.

the Witch is Out stitchout completed in the hoop


As mentioned previously, to make a mug rug simply omit the hanger (made of fabric or ribbon) and skip the hanger basting stitch steps within the design. Follow the directions to finish the project in the same way.

Make a hanging pillow by stuffing the wall hanging with a bit of fiberfill until the desired plumpness is achieved. Or omit the hanger and stuff to create a shelf-sitter pillow.

All variations are reversible, just like the wall hanging! Grab your Witch is In/Out Machine Embroidery Palette and create one today!

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