Cackling Witches Brew Pub

This and several other patterns are part of a special Limited Edition group of cross stitch patterns that I am selling on Etsy, due to their my selling a specific amount of each.

This was stitched on 32 count Carrot Linen from Weeks Dye Works. I painted a fence board plaque black and mounted the stitched piece onto the boards.

Old Crow Brew Cross Stitch

Here is the latest in the Fall Series from Frony Ritter Designs. I have always liked crows, but I was looking at the crow logo while at my local brewery (This was prior to the pandemic. Since the outbreak I finally have an excuse to stay at home and stitch.) I decided to make a design with a crow for Halloween.
I stitched it on several fabrics before settling on 20 count raw linen from Wichelt. One I mounted on a beer Crowler lid, one I made into a coaster, which is shown here. And two of them I made into ornaments for my Halloween Tree.

Cross Stitched Easter Egg

Here is the sixth Easter Egg in the Spring Series from Frony Ritter Designs. Spring is my favorite season as the world awakens and comes to life. I love seeing the new life, from budding leaves to baby animals. Eggs, the symbol of new life, are one of my favorite things to design. I stitched this one three different ways. One is on 28 count pink Jobelan. The next is on perforated paper and the third is on Mixed Berry 28 count Jobelan. I used Mill Hill beads but French knots can be substituted for beads.

A game with Repurposed Fabric

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.)

Repurposing Scraps

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.

Using Charts to Bead

I was showing my cousin Karen, Greek goddess of cheerfulness, appreciating good humor and beading, my beaded version of two of the fall designs. She suggested that I frame them. So I sewed them onto white silk, painted some raw pine frames black and framed them. Conversion from DMC to Delica beads is on the website, fronyritterdesigns.com.