I was thinking of how snow fell so silently and nonchalantly when as a child I lived in snow country. Snow lazily made it’s way to the ground, unlike the rain that announces its arrival so loudly. I wanted to design something that gave this feeling, and add a slight Celtic flavor at the same time. I stitched it two ways. One is on perforated paper and uses mill hill beads, and the other is on Aida and is all cross stitch. You can find this pattern in the February 2020 issue of Just Cross Stitch.
Here’s what I do with my leftover fabric and floss. This is for a game I made up because I am in charge of shenanigans and games for our local annual Rotary wine tasting trip. I call this game, “the best pairing.”
After stitching the words, I backed them with fabric. I then laminated them because I know my friends are spillers and I didn’t want them to get stained. Then I punched a tiny hole and put beads, tiny rotary wheels and other stuff I had in my room o’ stuff. Each pair of words matches exactly its pairing partner other than the word so they are a set, but each word can also describe its owner by itself.
As each person gets off the bus, they grab a charm out of the bag. They find their partner and take photos with their pairing partner and send them to the judges. Prizes will be given for most original, silliest and most beautiful photos.
Here are some of the word pairs: love it/lick it, suck it up/buttercup, king/queen, lucky/dog, wild/free, spooky/batty, hot/spicy, huggy/kissy, pro/con, grumpy/dopey, lol/wtf?/ human/kind, peppery/salty, fun/frolicky, witchy/scary, silly/serious, bad/ass, super/cute, devil/angel, crazy/sane, drunk/sober, biter/licker, Bonnie/Clyde, feisty/tame.
(Ok. I am in charge of the games every year, but I provide the shenanigans as a bonus.)
These designs were originally patterns from the Halloween Wine Charms kit. I used a die cut from Paper Smooches and used acid free card stock to make perforated paper. I used six stands for both the stitching and the outline.
I went out to the Wild West, otherwise known as my art room and found things laying around and made them into cards.
This is the latest in my ongoing love affair with stitching on paper. The patterns for these are in the 2019 Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch. The handmade buttons are from Just Another Button Company. I cut out my own perforated paper using a die cut from MFT Stamps. And they would also look cute stitched on 14 count perforated paper and mounted on a tiny chalkboard.
Stitching many of my smaller designs into cards and tags to combine my love of stitching and papercrafting.
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.
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.
This year I learned there was a name for leftover bits of stitching floss. They are called “orts”. I had coined the word “flivers” by joining the words “floss” and “slivers” and used that term until I was enlightened. My husband, when he finds threads on the floor or his clothes, or in his soda, calls them “sniblets”. (Unlike mine, his word doesn’t make sense.) There is even a needlework store in Florida called Needle Orts.
I loved my ort colors from my recent chart, Stay Cool My Friend, so I kept them and made paper. Here’s how.
1. I cut my orts into small pieces.
2. I tore scrap paper into shreds.
3. I let in soak in water for an hour or so.
4. My husband, suspecting what I was up to, hid the blender because he remembers when I fried the blender with paper pulp. In the days when a floppy disk was a frisbee grandma made of polyester and a memory stick was a prop used in New Age group therapy, I had to print out copies of my thesis every time I changed it. I both wanted to avoid wasting the piles of paper and use the recycled paper to make Thank You cards to my professors who endured the paper Avalanche I foisted on them (and because they let me cross stitch during class). So this time I used a mortar and pestle.
5. Grind paper to pulp, mix in orts. Some people add a little white glue. If you want your paper to be less porous add a little cornstarch.
6. Spread onto a screen and flatten with a sponge or hand.
7. Let water seep out and let dry.
8. Pop out of screen and admire.
9. Use to make cards and tags and stay cool my friend and repurpose your orts.
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.
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.