This is the cross stitch version of a quickie. I stitched and assembled the top one on a flight from Salt Lake City to Nashville in two hours, while a fascinated and horrified young man next to me was being invaded by a craft room on the tray table next to him.
When I was about six I made a lantern with Tennessee fireflies in a jar until a Ranger threatened me with jail for false imprisonment. Luckily no fireflies were harmed in the making of this memory as I set them free to avoid embarking on a criminal lifestyle. But I still love fireflies and made this design as a companion to the dragonfly I designed last year.
I used Sulky Holoshimmer thread for the firefly body and lettering. And I used Kreinik rainbow blending filament added to color for the wings, and Kreinik glow in the dark blending filament for the tail, for a glow around the tail, and just for fun in the flower centers.
An as child, I always wanted the job of painting the sunset every evening. So I did the next best thing, and designed and stitched my version of what it looks like in my mind. Kreinik has micro Chenille in Peacock, which I tethered down like the little people tethered down Gulliver in Gulliver’s Travels. I added Kreinik Pearl blending filament to the wings and sprinkled the garland with seed beads.
When I finish snacking on my Altoids I repurpose the tins by spraying them with white. I then cross stitched on perforated paper and used acid free tacky glue to affix them. I used green hemp to wrap around the base. These designs that I made to celebrate my love of all things Irish (yes that includes a wee nip of Jamison and Middleton from time to time) are in the April 2018 issue of Just Cross Stitch.
Keep your snacks close, but keep your cross stitch closer!
Here is another design that I am bringing to the Nashville Needlework Show. All my friends who are under thirty including my offspring said, “Oh. A snowman selfie.” And I said, “Um…Yeah… That’s what I meant”, while thinking “That’s a great idea. Wish I would have thought of that. I was just squishing them together so I would have room for both.”
Here is my latest design in my Celtic Series. I stitched it with beads onto perforated paper and also stitched it on Jobelan using DMC floss and Kreinik metallic threads. It is sparkly, fun and the symmetry of the design is satisfies my need for order.
The pattern will be available at the end of this month.
Paper Smooches has die cuts that allow you to cut your own perforated paper. I have a friend who makes me laugh and has put me in stitches—twice and I have the Frankenstein scars and two new hips to prove it. I put this pattern on my website Fronyritterdesigns.com under free patterns.
Miribilia Designs has been an inspiration for me for many years. I have stitched many other of her designs. This is the most recent Mirabilia Design I stitched.
My sister gave me this die cut from MFT stamps so I could cut my own perforated paper in the shape of a tag. I suspect she wants me to stitch her some tags. Here is my first design. I used four strands of DMC floss and two strands for back stitching.
To get the pattern free go to Fronyritterdesigns.com.
Seems like a lot of things can go wrong at Christmastime. I imagined a scene of what could go wrong for Santa and how he would make the best of it (really I imagined the zany things that would happen if I were Santa). The pattern is in the December 2017 issue of Just Cross Stitch.
I used a beautiful fabric that is pale blue with sparkles throughout the fabric. It is Crystal Aerial hand-dyed Lugana from Picture this plus. There are also some Mill Hill beads and Kreinik thread to help the piece sparkle. For the fur I used Rainbow Gallery Wisper thread and teased it a little with a needle to make it look fluffy. It was so fun to use the different threads I stitched the design two times.