My Creativitis

The Rantings of a Crazed Woman with Chronic Creativitis

Oct 24

Here are the final free patterns and instructions for the Halloween Chess Set!   If this is your first visit to my site, you should be sure to check out all of the other Posts in the Halloween Chess Set Category so you have all the info you need to create your own complete set.  The last very necessary piece to finish your set is the Witch Queen!

Witch Queen

 

 

Below are the links for the patterns and the instructions for the Witch Queen, which are all in pdf format.  As I mentioned in the past four posts, the patterns need to be printed the correct size. I’ve found that the best way to accomplish this, as far as I know at this point, is to right click on the pattern links.  Then click “save link as. ”   Select where you want to save it and rename it if you wish. After you’ve saved it, you have to go find it,  open it, and print it. When you print, be sure to set your “page scaling” to “none.”  If you don’t do that, your patterns could very likely end up the wrong size, which could make your characters look a bit odd. To check your sizing, measure the witch hat brim. The outer circle should be 2  1/2 inches, and the inner circle should be 1  1/4 inches.

 

Pattern Link:

Witch Queen Patterns

 

Instruction Link:

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for Witch

 

The back of the Witch Queen

You’ve probably noticed that the strands of yarn on the witch are still intact, while the strands on the She-devil were separated into finer hairs.  This was intentional.  I left the witch’s hair like this to make it more ‘stringy’, rather than frizzy.  You can do it any way you’d like, of course!  She’s your witch now.

 

Incidentally, I may have failed to mention in my instructions that the inside circle of the witch’s brim is to be discarded.  Just to clear that up, if there was any doubt. . . don’t try to use it anywhere in this project. Unless you want to, of course.  After all, it is a free country. And if you do find a use for it – in this project – please let the rest of us know, in case we want to be frugal, too.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed making your own chess set, or at least contemplating it.  Or maybe you were just curious.  Anyway, I’ll have more ideas in the very near future, so keep checking in!

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Aug 20

 

My family has a passion for doing crazy things,

Which brings me to the reason for making Queens and Kings.

The Green Team

My Mom was born on Halloween, her name, it means ‘bewitched’

Which worked out really well when my mom and dad got hitched.

For Dad, you see, loves Halloween and can dress-up fit to kill

And visit certain neighbors and give them quite a chill!

The Orange Team

So that is how this chess set became a family game.

And now I’ll introduce you to each playing piece by name:

 The first piece is my mother, because she is The Queen

And she makes the cutest little Witch that you have ever seen!

Grandma Witch

My dad became The King because she had married him,

And he, for many years now,  has dressed up to be The Grim.

Grandpa Grim

From there the pieces of the game just seemed to fall in place,

And every family member came to occupy a space.

I am the oldest child in our family of four

And three of us got married to create a dozen more.

I’d like to introduce them now and tell you how they fit

(Although it takes a minute to come up with all this wit.)

My husband’s name is Bill and he is the other King,

And dressing up as Skeleton has often been his thing.

It was the costume of his choice before we’d even wed,

And to this day he’ll bring it out to fill the heart with dread!

Skeleton Bill

But  for myself my favorite thing to dress up – and to play,

Is simply a She-devil,  ‘cuz that’s what people say

Is hiding deep inside of me and sometimes will slip out

To pull a little prank or two, to make somebody shout.

Devil Sheri

My brother is Count Dracula, and his costume is the best!

His dentist made him vampire teeth, and that is not a jest!

His costume is distinguished and he always looks well-dressed.

As he plays the role of Bishop in our family game of chess.

Dracula Darryl

His wife, whose name is Patti, is standing by his side

And she is rather Ghostly as she quietly doth glide.

Her position on the board is always as the Knight

And with her playing in the game, we’re sure to do alright.

Ghost Patti

 The other Knight across the board, upon my parents’ team

Is a character whose very sight will often make you scream!

But our Mummy is so cute and sweet she simply steals your heart,

And my sister is the fitting one who gets to play that part!

Mummy Denise

The Bishop who stands by her in this wild little game

Is, of course, her husband, and Louis is his name.

He has the part of Frankenstein, a mighty man of strength,

And to protect his King and Queen, he’ll go to any length!

Frankenstein Lou

The Castles, oh so fitting, in this gruesome little game

Are the headstone and the coffin, both of which are very plain.

But their looks can be deceiving as so many of us know

For inside of them is just the place for all our ghouls to stow.

Castles

 And now I’ll introduce to you our precious little ones:

The characters we love, who play the parts of all the pawns.

Our youngest brother, Jim, is represented by the Bat.

Jim, The Bat

And each and every grandkid is distinguished by a Cat.

Willliam, Samantha, Robyn

 

Bryce, Nathan, Jared, Justin, Jake

 

Ben, Tim, Emily, Sara

 Now Jim has never married, and he likely never will

But some grandkids have started up that matrimony hill.

A few of them have kittens and have started on their way

To make their own adventures in this world of work and play.

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