A last minuet Halloween Door for the OVWSG Studio
I was up to my ears in layouts for the upcoming guild sale when I got an email that inquired if I could make a door display for Halloween as I had for Christmas last year. Hummm…. Yes, I could probably figure out something. OK, add that to the to-do list!
For Christmas you might remember, I had made a landscape for the guild studio door with card stalk and wrapping paper. I populated it with 3 sheep representing the spinners, weavers and felters. I should again try to represent the guild in the decoration. I was considering spiders and ghosts, now I just need an appropriate background.
Off to Dallarama! Sure enough, I found a black commercial lace table runner and a tablecloth of the same cheap commercial lace.
1-2) Black Lace Table cloth draped over the front of the guild door, with the Black Lace table drape as a swage above the door.
I bought a bit more candy and found three googly-eyed “cute” spiders in black and black and silver. Perfect! They will cover the spinners and weavers. Ann Brought a large purple spider and a couple more of the smaller ones. (you will see those a bit further down).
3-4) One black and one black and silver googly-eyed spider sitting on top of a shopping box and teal plastic bag and wicker basket. Close-up of the googly-eyed spider with plastic legs.
I started 2 little people who would be holding up a larger ghost. To save wool I had Glenn buy a Styrofoam ball as the core of the ghost.
5 starting one of the little figures, starting to warp wool over the head of the armature.
My original idea was to make a ghost and have the little figures holding it up, sort of like the ghost girl I made in…. was it 2018. This time I was aiming for a larger ghost and smaller figures, I am not sure I got the scale quite what I wanted but it sort of worked. I will show you our door and then show you some of the other doors also decorated in Heartwood house.
6-7 OVWSG Studio Door, Black lace showing spider webs, 6 small spiders, 1 big purple spider and felted ghost and 2 figures underneath running the ghost. Close-up of Ghost and trick-or-treaters (Could it be the ghost is running away with them.)
8 ALSO black background, ghostly castle and pumpkins with bags of candy stuck to the door.
9 Heartwood house office door has paper ghosts
10 the Laundry Co-op has bats and had wrapped their door in white garbage bags leaving large yellow eyes peeking out between them.
11 ALSO Children’s room (it’s a daycare) has a black background, spider webs, a witch with purple hair and a bag of candy
12 World Accord had a creepy tombstone scene and bats with googly eyes
13 PWC ( People, words & Change) door with crows spider web and pumpkin lights
14 Multifaith Housing Initiative card with ghosts, cats, tombstones, trees bats cats on a card
15-17 Options Bytown has several doors on the second floor (Ghosts, bats, cats and lots of fake spider webs)
18 the Unitarian Sanctuary Door, 3 Ghosts and black candles
19 ELTOC (English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community) their door had a purple background, a scary figure, bats cabbages(?) and a fire. They had a spooky soundtrack playing and were giving out candy
When I returned to the guild studio I found that again one of our swag spiders had made a break for it!!
20 I am not sure where the spiders are trying to get to but it is odd these two keep making a break for it. Even stranger, they always land on their little legs.
21 All the groups were now ready for the kids from the daycare to drop by.
22 one of the black and silver spiders was set to guarding our Swiss milk chocolates in a white wire basket
23 there is a small Werewolf next door!!
24 Yes! It was a werewolf!!! I gave him Some of our Chocolates so the looms would not be chew toys!!
The rest of the day was spent prepping for the Guilds Sale and Exhibition with an early social. I think we are almost ready for next weekend!
25 grids, quilt wrack, boxes of things to go to the sale and one of the signs (we are not sure where the others disappeared too but we have 4 days to find them!!)
I hope you are having fun, have leftover Halloween candy to enjoy and not quite so busy!
10 thoughts on “A last minuet Halloween Door for the OVWSG Studio”
All very creative stuff on those doors!
At the risk of sounding ‘Bah Humbug’, I will say that I dislike Halloween. It was never ‘celebrated’ when I was young – it’s a modern import and has become an evening of dread for householders when youngsters ‘demand money with menaces’ and older ones often causing damage or frightening people.
Of course the shops love to hear the tills ringing, but I pray for torrential rain for the evening of every October 31st.
Oh dear. I’ll get down off my soapbox now before I get pelted with rotten tomatoes 🙂
i dont remember menicing anyone as a kid but i do remember getting dressed in my snow pants and parka then putting my costume on over that! maybe its too warm were you are, so the kids can linger outside longer? we had a limited time before you were just too cold to be out! these current kids are less hardy but i dont miss the lack of snow geer at haloween. i dont know who has our weather but i hope they dont give it back!
I hope you avoided the hooligans and got lots of felting fun in on halloween.
That all looks great fun. I think that it’s a great idea for you all to decorate your doors for the season.
What is that furry thingy peering round the Heartwood house office door? It looks very interested in what is going on, as does whatever the eyes on the Laundry Co-op’s door belong to (their trail of bats looks good too.) The witch on the children’s room door looks as if she’s been in for a lip filling session (I always think that a lot of the TV “celebrities” who’ve had that done look like ducks!) World Accord’s owls (always known as Wols in our family) look good against their purple background. I was so busy laughing at the ghosts in the Unitarian Sanctuary door that I completely missed the black candles. ELTOC’s door was clever too – the witch(?) looked good.
But of course, yours was best, Ann’s purple spider looks very luxurious, I wonder if that was why the other spiders kept making a break for it. Perhaps they were shy to be with such a splendid being.
That little werewolf was very solemn, perhaps the ghost told him not to smile?
Looking forward to seeing what you do for (can I mention it now it’s November?) Christmas.
Thanks Ann! i was a bit panicked since i didnt have as much lead time and was working on guild stuff at the same time! i would like to have spent more time on the felted component but there are only 24 hours in a day and i have to spend a bit of that sleeping!!(2 hours blocks mostly). i think Ann McElroy should do the Xmass door!! i had fun last year i dont want to hog all the fun! I wonder what she would design?
it was fun to go look at all the doors. it was too bad that more of the daycare kids were not there to check out the drecorations. But the sollum werewolf was realy cute. he had a home made costume, with a tale!
the door decorating was a fun idea, i wonder if other companys or orginizations do that?
Incredible door displays & lovely that the company participates even for the adults.
Whilst I don’t like the thought of kids knocking on doors just to gather as many sweets as possible, living in a village we know all the little ones & enjoy seeing them dressed up. This year the tables were turned as we had our 4 yr old grandson staying….some houses (even with no children!) had the most amazing creations.
Great door again Jan! i agree that Ann needs to work on the Christmas door 🙂
Wonderful job, I love it all. Especially the little boy, who looks like he is not too sure of the protocol!
It was a great door Jan. That werewolf pup looked a little shy. I don’t know about the Christmas door. Maybe we can work on it together at some of the socials.
Great doors all around Jan. A very creative bunch in your building! I’m sorry to say the Werepup stole the show. The little darling.
I’ve not seen “door dressing” done anywhere else but it’s a nice idea and I love seeing what goes on in this building every year. Even the simplest of designs, such as the three ghosts and candles, look effective. As for the cutest werewolf ever…..he really didn’t look too sure of it all!