Wire Mesh Jewelry

This week I got my hands on a new product from DMC, stitchable wire mesh. One side is gold and the other is silver. I used one strand of DMC floss and stitched over only one mesh so I could make bracelets. When I make larger jewelry my family accuses me of making Mr. T starter kits, so I kept it small so as not to weigh them down too much. The bezels and bracelets I found at Fire Mountain Gems.

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.

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.

Batty About You

Time to begin your fall stitching. Batty About You chart is now available. As in all but two of my charts, instructions include both stitching and using a combination of stitching and beading.

I couldn’t squeeze in the history of bats and Halloween on the chart so I can tell you now. The ancient Celtic people used to make huge bonfires to ward off evil spirits at what we now call Halloween, and they called Samhain. It was the end of their year and a time the boundary between the material and spiritual world was thinnest and spirits and other wispy, scary things would come around. But bats also came around, to eat the bugs that were attracted to the light of the fire. That is the reason I made the Celtic knot a fiery color, to attract the bats.

The saying I used was a childhood phrase of endearment I remember hearing a lot, although I had to shorten it, because “you’re driving me batty” was too long. Feel free to change the words, or even leave them off.

Making jewelry from the cross stitch designs

Have you ever lamented the fact that you put so many hours into creating beautiful cross stitches and can only put them out for a holiday season and just a few people can see and appreciate your work? If you turn your work into jewelry then you can share your cross stitch masterpieces everywhere you go.

Here is what I used to make the purple necklace:
Fabric-Peoria Purple 30 ct. Linen from Weeks Dye Works
(I got this from The Finishing Touch in Louisville) 1 over 1
Metal frame from Spellbinders, Media Mixage MB2-0055
Beads are from my ancient bead box which include beads collected over my entire life. The lavender stones are amethyst.

To make the pink necklace:
Fabric-28 ct. Pink linen, 1 over 1
I changed the mauve colors to lighten them 814 to 3685, 3685 to 3687, 3687 to 3688
Chain-The Metal Gallery
Metal frame-Spellbinders Media Mixage, MB1-002
Lock, little key-Explorer by Traditions
Bigger keys-my charm box of things I have collected from various places.
I used two strands of DMC 814 to make cording that I lined the metal piece with as well as made a bow with it.

Think of wearing counted cross stitch as a public service. You can give others eye candy and promote the wonderful, relaxing and fun art of cross stitch at the same time.