Twenty Minis

Option 1. Throw away scraps of cross stitch fabric and perforated paper. Option 2. Save all scraps and think of a way to justify hoarding. I chose option two and made a booklet of twenty small designs, which can be used to create magnets, wine charms, jewelry, ornaments, cards, tags and more. The booklet will be available the first week of April. However, you can get it now if you buy it from one of the stores listed on the home page of www.fronyritterdesigns.com. How did they get early copies? They came to visit Frony Ritter Designs at the Nashville Needlework market last weekend, said hello, and picked them up there.

St. Paddy’s Shenanigans

I am so eager for Saint Patrick’s Day that I am having a second party to celebrate this day. I made favor boxes that I filled with Sees’s shamrock chocolate. Because I believe in chocolate I also made Irish Car Bomb cupcakes. And of course, it is an excuse to display counted cross stitch.

Crosses on Eggs

The newest design in the Spring Series of counted cross stitch is inspired by the 1874 hymn by Robert Lowry. When I was a child the most fascinating hymn sung at Easter time was He Arose. The tone was gloomy and morose as people sang, “dead in the tomb he lay….” Their tone actually matched how many of them looked and acted at church. Suddenly mania breaks out when the tempo and mood of the song changes to say, “up from the grave he arose”. The song reenacts what seems like a play that moves from despondency to joy. The song got stuck in my head as I designed and stitched and re stitched it.

I also remembered the times this song spontaneously busted out of nowhere in a crowd–and no, I never started it. Walking with friends through a cemetery at University in the middle of the night we found ourselves singing this loud enough (to wake the dead). A few years ago one fall evening some friends and I were walking in Montpelier, Vermont. Two young men walking in front of us were singing this song. We joined in and when the song was over we just silently went to our various destinations. And several times this song broke out while putting together puzzles with friends on a cold evening.

This hymn, which graphically depicts the greatest mystery in Christianity, has triggered many hours of pondering, especially since I began working on this project and the song got embedded in my head.

Stitching on a Tiny Sled

Here is this year’s contribution to the Just Cross Stitch Holiday Issue. The sled is made by Foxwood Crossing and I used perforated paper and did a combination of cross stitch and beading.

I love the memories that sleds evoke. Of course, I never had the traditional light pine sled with red metal. My father, who had more ingenuity than money (and maybe common sense), used scraps to make a big sled for three kids. He used a Formica table top and affixed old skis to the bottom, and didn’t see the need for fancy extras, like a steering apparatus. We would all pile on and the weight of the behemoth set it off at warp speed toward the half frozen pond at the bottom of the hill. Since animals sense danger before people do, even the dog, who began the ride as part of the pile, could see trouble ahead and jumped off before anyone else. We would play chicken to see the last hold out before we would yell “bombs away” and jump ship. Maybe next year I will make a pattern of a huge pieced together sled with a pile of kids and a dog on it, sticking halfway out of a pond.

Snowflakes at midnight

No snowflake is exactly alike. The pile of snowflakes at the bottom of this picture proves it again.  While remembering the magic of snow silently falling in the middle of the night, I experimented with various colors, sparkly threads and beads until it felt just right.  I then stitched it small to make a necklace and then made the pattern using all Delica beads.  This chart is now available through your favorite cross stitch store now.

Halloween Stitching Ideas

Just Cross Stitch just released their 2015 Special Collector’s Issue for Halloween.  Of the 55 designs it contains, two of them are from Frony Ritter Designs.

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The card is stitched on Antique Brown perforated paper. The brooms are a cutout from Lifestyle Crafts.  While I have been asked what my favorite color is, and a geeky friend asked me to name my favorite mathematician upon our first meeting, no one has ever asked what my favorite shape might be.  I stitched it here, in ornament form–the Gothic arch.

Stitch a Wine Charm

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This charm didn’t make the cut in either of the wine charm kits, but I wanted to give you the pattern in case you had an odd number of guests.  You can also make it into a Christmas ornament.  

It is stitched on 14 count white perforated paper, 1.43″ square, using DMC floss, two strands.  . – 223, 1 – 224, 3 – 321, 4 – 666, 5 – 814, 6 – 700, 7 – 445, 8 – 726, 9 – 742.  Outline with one strand in 310 black.  If you enjoy stitching this, Frony Ritter Designs has four other kits to stitch.  

Summer stitching pattern

Every design has a birth story.  This one began while I was admiring the art and architecture of Vienna. Right in the middle of savoring the ancient beauty my eyes were suddenly assaulted by this hot pink bunny.  To prevent my retinas from being fried I immediately looked down.  I saw this amazing sewer cover on the sidewalk.  So I let the design incubate and it morphed into what you can now stitch.

 You can stitch it with or without the words, depending on whether or not you need to be reminded to live life deliberately. As usual, I stitched one version on fabric as did my mother-in-law, and did one on perforated paper that is a combination of stitching and beading using Mill Hill beads.

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Under glass

I found glass tiles and these copper  bezels at Collage Arts & Crafts Supply store in Sellwood which is in Portland, Oregon.  After I stared them down for several months and dared them to inspire me, this is what happened.

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I used my four sided knot pattern from the Celtic Series  and stitched it on 40 count silk mesh so it would fit on a one inch square.  

Cross Stitch a Tiny Easter Basket

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You can stitch this basket for dieters or people who do not eat much candy.  It is stitched on white perforated paper using DMC floss.  For free pattern and instructions look on fronyritterdesigns.com under free charts.