While I was getting lost in the old cobblestone streets of the ancient seaport town of Denia, Spain, I saw a beautiful painted tile. The tile featured birds, flowers and a vase. I began creating a variation of the design in my mind and then not only was I lost, but then i was bumping into things as my mind was busy creating this design.
The perfect thread to make this look old was The Gentle Art thread, and I stitched it it on linen. The pattern is in the June 2022 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine.
My favorite designs tend to be small. These have been some of my favorite things to design, partly because they can be personalized. I now have five charts of mittens, each with four designs, and designs for tiny tags to go on them. The two most recent will be available at the Nashville Needlewoek Show.
Check out my website for different finishes. They can be ornaments, gift tags, wine charms, put inside mason jar lids and filled with candy (of course, candy is one of the twelve main food groups, potato chips being another).
The chart contains instructions for both cross stitch and cross stitch and beading.
This was my favorite forbidden phrase while begging for candy as a kid (and maybe a little now too). I began designing this pattern with the phrase and then began to think of funny feet, which would be tiny legs with bulbous feet.
Then I got out a special fabric I had been saving for a special occasion, Eek! Linen from Picture this Plus. The colors were then chosen to match the fabric. I finished the piece by painting some raw wood black, lining the piece with some orangish pom poms I got from Stampin’ Up on closeout, and decorated with a 1” black grosgrain ribbon with a black swirly star from Just Another Button Company.
inspired by a Sassy Friend of mine, this new series of charts features quips for all occasions. Here are the first four. I made them into pillows because it seems to me sassy people throw pillows a lot. These charts will be released at the Nashville Needlework Market March 4., along with other charts I will be featuring here.
This year’s fall pattern was inspired by Acorns and Threads. Since this store was inspirational to me in becoming a cross stitch designer, I designed this to help celebrate their 25th anniversary. The design features 25 acorns.
Since we are all still wearing masks sometimes, I also provided a tiny pattern with the squirrels wearing masks.
Here are some new patterns to stitch that are versatile. They can be stitched over one thread on 28 count linen and made into jewelry, or on 14 count and mounted on tins, featured on a wooden box, on clothing or made into an ornament.
I used 28 count linen from Wichelt for the fabrics, and made cording out of one of the DMC colors I used in the stitched piece to frame it.
These cross stitch patterns began as a suggestion from the never ending idea fountain that comes out of my son’s head. I saw people wearing “I’m vaccinated” buttons, and I figured if we can’t have lollipops because we didn’t cry during our shot we could have a sign or a button, and combine our celebration with other holidays.
The shamrocks were stitched on 28 count Morning Dew Jobelan from Wichelt over two threads. The hearts were stitched on 14 count Silver Aida from DMC/Charles Craft. These patterns would also go well on 18 or 22 count fabric and made into pins. I mounted my finished pieces on a 4” square canvas and painted an easel black in order to display.
This pattern began as I was trying to distill what I wanted to say to those I loved in as few words as possible. Since I stitch most of my patterns at least twice, I framed the first one and set it on my husband’s nightstand. The second stitching, which is featured on the pattern, I mounted on a piece of stained pine so it looks like a postcard. I stitched the third one on 18 count fabric so it could fit in this tin envelope I found at JoAnns.
A combination of requests from stitchers for some of Rudolph’s friends to join him, and my husband getting tired of stitching the same ornament over and over again, have inspired me to add two more masked friends.
They are the same size and fabric as what we lovingly refer to as Rona Rudolph. Check fronyritterdesigns.com to see the variations in stitching and finishing for ideas for your ornament. Please stay safe and happy stitching!
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.