This Year’s Stitched Ornament

Every year for the last thirty or so years we have hosted a Christmas breakfast for our closest friends. Every year I paint, bead or cross-stitched an ornament for each family, which means about 30 ornaments. I often begin right after Christmas so I finish in time.

This year I designed this Rudolph whose mask barely disguises his shiny nose. I figured it will help us remember (as if we could forget) this strange year.


I used 32 count Crystal Doubloon Lugano from Picture this Plus, edged it with pom poms from Lady Dot Creates and added a button from Jesse James. Since my husband is stitching some of the pieces, we are using a variety of fabrics and perforated paper, which you can see on the Frony Ritter Designs website.


Cackling Witches Brew Pub

This and several other patterns are part of a special Limited Edition group of cross stitch patterns that I am selling on Etsy, due to their my selling a specific amount of each.

This was stitched on 32 count Carrot Linen from Weeks Dye Works. I painted a fence board plaque black and mounted the stitched piece onto the boards.

Eek! A Halloween Cross Stitch

This design was inspired by my own home, where the spiders come piling in at the end of summer. Unlike this cross stitch where the critters are helpful, my spiders are useless for anything but hanging around.

I used hand dyed fabric from Fabric on a Whim, and set it off with a little sparkle from Kreinik. The cute little broom embellishment was from The Bee Company. I found the Hanger from Tim Holtz products.

The pattern is in the October 2020 issue of Just Cross Stitch.

Repurposed Altoid Tins

These little patterns are in the 2020 Special Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch. I stitched them on Ecru perforated paper and mounted them on my used Altoid tins, after I painted them black.

Specific finishing instructions are available on the Just Cross Stitch or Frony Ritter Designs Facebook pages. Due to this being my first Facebook live, be prepared for a few bloopers.

If you are wondering what to put in them, some ideas are—candy, more Altoids, a thumb drive, a love note, jewelry or money.

Old Crow Brew Cross Stitch

Here is the latest in the Fall Series from Frony Ritter Designs. I have always liked crows, but I was looking at the crow logo while at my local brewery (This was prior to the pandemic. Since the outbreak I finally have an excuse to stay at home and stitch.) I decided to make a design with a crow for Halloween.
I stitched it on several fabrics before settling on 20 count raw linen from Wichelt. One I mounted on a beer Crowler lid, one I made into a coaster, which is shown here. And two of them I made into ornaments for my Halloween Tree.

Nutcracker Cross Stitch

This design is in the 2020 book, A Cross Stitch Christmas from Craftways. These nutcrackers are inspired by friends who have a house full of nutcrackers at Christmas time. I wanted them to be soft and whimsical, so I used pastels. To sparkle them up I used Mill Hill Beads and Kreinik blending filament on the gumdrops.
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Snowballs for Sale Cross Stitch

This pattern, in the August 2020 issue of Just Cross Stitch, was born on a paper napkin while waiting for a pizza in Portland. Oregon is always a winter wonderland, even in the summer when we ran into a (fake) snow covered hill where they were filming a car commercial.

‘This pattern uses Galaxy Aida from Mystic Fabrics, beads from Mill Hill and trim from Lady Dot Creates. I found the bucket at Tuesday Morning.

Repurposed Easter Eggs

Plastic eggs got a serious makeover when I used old paper and Modge Podge to cover them. Then I used scraps of cross stitch fabric, since I don’t throw any fabric away, and stitched simple patterns on them. After that I added embellishments. My goal was to make something that my adult sons might actually display in their homes. The patterns are available under free patterns at FronyRitterDesigns.com.

Oh Hoppy Day Cross Stitch

Thinking of this pattern made me smile, as I imagined a dance between three of my favorite things—bunnies, carrots and Easter eggs. I smiled even more as I stitched it using some of my favorite colors.

I stitched the piece I put on a lunch pail with 14 count peaceful purple and the one I mounted on the fence on 28 count Peaceful Purple linen both from Wichelt. I took elements of the piece to stitch the egg. I stitched the egg on 32 count Peoria Purple from Weeks Dye Works. The carrot button is from Just Another Button Company.