Free X-Stitch #1: In the Night, In the Dark

Free X-Stitch Pattern #1
The Haunting of Hill House: In the Night, In the Dark

Hag Craft by Corinne Luz

“In the night,” Mrs. Dudley said, and smiled outright. “In the dark,” she said, and closed the door behind her.

Like just about everyone else I know, this October I fell in love with Mike Flanagan’s 2018 adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. Well, “love” does not nearly encapsulate the complication of feelings I have for the miniseries. It’s more a perfect blend of love, dread, desire, and awe. An attraction toward another rewatch, a repulsion from the Bent Neck Lady. 

And so I’ve chosen to honor this masterpiece by selecting an iconic image and perhaps the most famous quote from it as the subject of Horror Addicted Gals’ first free Hag Craft. 

In the night…In the dark.

(You can find any of these at your local craft shop)

  • DMC Aida 14 Beige.(You can use any type of Aida, or any color, really. But keep in mind that the final diamensions of the piece depend on how big the grid is. That 14 is your grid number — 14 sq per inch. The smaller the squares, the smaller the project).
  • DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss #321 (Red). You will only need to buy one of these.
  • A small piece of cardboard, matchbook-sized is perfect. When you unwind the embroidery floss skein, you’ll want something to wind it onto, unless you love Gordian knots. I don’t judge.
  • Size 24 Tapestry Needle (Note: tapestry needles are dull and will not draw your blood. 24 is the right size needle for Aida 14 cloth. You want these needles for this project. Yes, yes, you do.)
  • Scissors. Any sharp pair will do, but if you fall in love with stabbing things to create things, you might want to upgrade to embroidery scissors-prettiness like these.
  • Fray Check. When I first started cross stitching, I vowed to always finish all my edges by hand. No, I would never “cut corners.” Nope, not me. That me was a fucking sanctimonious pain in the ass. Fray Check is life. 
  • Embroidery hoop. Some people never use them, so you don’t necessarily have to, I prefer them because they keep an even, constant tension on the Aida.

The pattern below.

Just right click and save the image, print it out if you’d like to. The only thing I ask is that you do not sell the pattern or the result of the pattern. If you want to make a gift, go for it. 

Step 1: Buy your supplies. Oh, you did that.

Step 2: Print the pattern, or not. Just have the pattern handy.

Step 3: Cut a 7.5 x 12″ piece of Aida.

Step 4: Slather those raggedy edges with Fray Check while chanting, “I’m no better than the next Hag.” Leave to dry. I usually let mine dry overnight.

Step 5: I like to find what is roughly center on my fabric before I place it in the hoop. So I fold the cloth once in half horizontally, and once in half vertically, careful to make a hard crease only where all four points meet. If you are using one, now if the time to put the Aida in the embroidery hoop.

Step 6: Carefully take the embroidery skein apart and wind it around the bobbin aka matchbook-sized piece of cardboard.

Step 7: Unspool about 18″ of the floss and cut. Then separate one strand from the other five that makes up the 6-stranded floss. It will look like a thread at this point.

Step 8: Thread your needle with one thread, but double it over so you have two strands of about 9″ apiece. Knot these ends together and begin stabbing.

Step 9: When you’ve finished the pattern, remove it from the hoop, place a towel on a table and gently run a warm iron over the hoop marks to smooth them down. 

Step 10: Decide what you want to do with your Hag Craft. For example: you can make a tiny pillow or you can frame it.

NOTE 1: I try to start from as near to center as possible. It is quite easy to start out thinking you have enough room only to discover 7 hours into it that you only have room for “In the Night, In the” and no one wants that.

NOTE 2: If you use the Aida 14, the size of your finished piece will be roughly 2.5 x 4.5″.

Get to stabbing! And Post your finished pieces. I’m eager to see what you Hags make of the pattern. 

If you have any questions or need clarification, feel free to leave a comment below. 

Until next time, keep making things with sharp things.