I was able to stitch on my WIP "Cats, Bats & Pumpkins" from the JCS 2013 Halloween issue, page 64. It's stitched on Charles Craft white Monaco with Sullivans floss. I find it a very fun stitch and look forward to Annie-free-lap stitching sessions whenever I can get them.
|I'm stitching the top pillow with the bats.|
|Design 1 as of 9-17-13|
The pattern called for Sullivans metallic floss. After using DMC metallic floss and loathing the experience, I discovered Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid. Once I found RGPTB, I never looked back and I refuse to use anything else when a pattern calls for metallics.
As my LNS is 2.5 hours away, I had to buy a couple of colors online. My favorite online cross stitch store 123 Stitch doesn't yet carry RGPTB, so I used Needle in a Haystack instead as they carry the full line and have pictures of the colors on their website in addition to giving excellent service.