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Cross-Stitch Skeletons

This dancing duo of Halloween haunts utilizes DMC Light Effects thread to add a menacing metallic quality.

Cross-stitch skeleton project

Photography: Commonthread by DMC

Source: Martha Stewart


This pattern for cross-stitched skeletons, courtesy of Commonthread by DMC, makes an adorably spooky Halloween decoration. It features two dancing skeletons that are stitched using DMC Light Effects embroidery thread, which gives it a luminous glowing dimension — perfect for Halloween.


  • Aida fabric
  • DMC embroidery scissors
  • DMC Light Effects embroidery thread (E967 and E5200)
  • DMC 7" Round White 2-in-1 Embroidery Hoop
  • Glue


  1. Using two strands of DMC Light Effects embroidery thread, embroider the skeletons design following the cross-stitch design.
    Cross-stitch skeleton project materials
  2. Place the fabric into the hoop, making sure that your fabric is nice and taut.
  3. Trim the fabric down to about 1/4" to 1/2" from the hoop. (Tip: While you are cutting, just press the fabric down over the edge of the hoop.)
  4. Glue the edges of the fabric onto the back of the hoop.

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