Easter Egg Stitching

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Here is the evolution of the latest design from Frony Ritter Designs.

1. I was wandering the earth seeking chocolate.  I found this metal egg filled with a chocolate in a candy store a few years ago. I was so enchanted by the design on the outside I bought it and even forgot about the chocolate in it for several years.  When I opened it there was a powdery, white ball inside that was once delicious chocolate.

2. In the meantime I daydreamed about the egg and it morphed into a totally different design in my head.  During a boring lecture I sketched it. I realize it looks nothing like the original.  This is what imagination can do to memory. It is also the phenomenon behind “fish stories.”

3. I then stitched it using lots of pinks and blues.

4. I liked it enough to put it on the computer and changed it several times.

5. Since for many Easter is about the resurrection of Christ, I stretched out the flower so it could also be seen as a cross.  What you see is all in how you want to look at it.  (True of life too.)

6. Snack break.

7. I had been seeing a lot of cool sunsets lately, and wanted to steal some of those colors for this design. So I used Riviera coral Aida from Wichelt and peaches and corals for floss.

8. I also wanted to stitch it on perforated paper. I used the same colors but the background made it look totally different.

9. I used the last two stitched pieces for the chart, one version totally stitched and one using stitching and beads.

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So here is the new egg with last year’s eggs, ready to decorate a springtime tree.

Cross Stitched Necklace

I decided to make something with my tangled ball of threads and my two inch square of green fabric I couldn’t throw out that kept haunting the bottom of my cross stitch bag. I stitched one of the shamrocks from the Trinity Prayer Chart on 28 count Morning Dew, one strand over one square. I used 002 Kreinik gold cording and DMC floss. Then I found a square black bezel from My Jewelry Shoppe. Now my cross stitch bag is slightly lighter and neater and I’m ready for St. Patrick’s Day.

New Cross stitch Wine Charms

The third and fourth wine charm kits are here! They come with everything you need to make charms that fit around a bottle or glass, but the patterns also work great to stitch jewelry.

I stitched them and used beads in place of floss and put them on cards also. The Celtic Cross Wine charms are companion pieces to the first wine charms, as they use many of the same colors.

Celtic prayer cross stitch chart

The Celts had a prayer called a Caim, which is a prayer of encircling oneself with the protection, encompassing love and blessing of God. A beautiful Caim sung by the Celtic rock group Iona in their album, Journey into the Morn, inspired this piece. Since St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Trinity to the Celts I added shamrocks.

An alternative border which is a St. Patrick’s Day greeting is also available for those more inclined to party than pray. Better yet, stitch them both and do both.

If you haven’t stitched the other shamrock from the Celtic Series of patterns, it would make a great companion piece to this. The ornament version is nestled in the bottom right corner.

More Christmas Ornaments

Frony Ritter Designs was honored to be in the Christmas Issue of Just Cross Stitch, available most places where cross stitch supplies are sold. You can see our ornament which is the bell on the front cover. Start now and you can have all 75 ornaments stitched by next Christmas.

Repurposing bottles

On a recent plane flight I noticed the attendants were giving out cool bottles. I immediately thought of decorating them and filling them with candy for Christmas table favors. So I took a couple, and convinced those around me to take a couple and we emptied the contents for the sake of using them for a craft project. In all honesty, drinking the alcohol within also helped us to cope with the rabid weasels, disguised as children, who were (never) seated on the plane in front of us.

I used paper, baker’s twine and die cuts from Lifestyle Crafts to repurpose these bottles.

Cross Stitch for Christmas

I needed some place to put my beloved bunny slippers. So I created a woodland habitat for them. I decided to put my cross stitch designs to work and made them do what they were created to do, which is just hang around. I made a tree for the blue, purple and green ones, and a tree for my red and green ones since the two sets of colors didn’t seem to get along very well together.

Of all the famous sayings about bunny slippers my favorite is this one by Dean Koontz: “Bunny slippers remind me of who I am. You can’t get a swelled head if you wear bunny slippers. You can’t lose your sense of perspective and start acting like a star or a rich lady if you keep on wearing bunny slippers. Besides, bunny slippers give me confidence because they are so jaunty. They make a statement; they say, ‘Nothing the world does to me can ever get me so far down that I can’t be silly and frivolous.’ ”

However, you do not need bunny slippers to have an excuse to decorate a tree with cross stitched ornaments. You can put cats, dogs, fish bowls, teddy bears, ferrets or weasels under your tree–or for the less adventurous, just presents.

Stitchin’ in the kitchen

If you can’t get cross stitch out of your mind, just go with it. I did. And I turned molasses crinkles into stitched cookies. I rolled them and cut them out, then used 7 mesh plastic canvas and put it over the cookie. Then I sifted powdered sugar over the cookie to make the grid. Last while thinking of stitches I decorated them with vanilla frosting.

New Christmas chart

Here is an ornament you can stitch with a knot within a knot. Also tucked within the knot is the word Noel. You could also personalize it if the name you want to write has four letters and they are not massive, like “w” and “m”. My friend Leon pointed out you don’t even have to change the letters to stitch his name. I already knew that since every year my children change around my NOEL stocking holders which hold four cross stitched stockings. Eventually they ran out of word combinations like LONE, LEON, and not yet invented words like OLEN and ENOL. So they cut out and taped on their own letters that looked so similar I did not realized they made their own words until after many guests had probably seen and politely avoided asking why my stocking holders said “FINK”.

Speaking of inventing new things, due to a bead spilling accident I discovered the very best surface for stringing beads–a piece of plastic canvas. The beads fall perfectly to skewer them and they don’t run away from the needle when they see it coming.

Repurposing Snack Boxes

I went to a San Francisco 49ers football game and struck gold. I was given a snack box (or three) to take to my seat. The snacks were great, and the box was even better. While others were discarding their used boxes, I tucked mine under my sweater so I didn’t overtly look like a bag lady. I gazed around furtively, in case anyone were to try to separate me from my treasure.

I used Martha Stewart paper, ribbon, EK Success punches on card stock and the corrugated sleeve of a cup of Starbucks coffee to make a Halloween treat box. Oh yeah, the game was good too.