Snowflakes are here

It is Christmas time for cross stitchers. And Christmas is Easter time for cross stitchers. And Easter is Halloween. The birth of a baby is time to stitch it’s wedding sampler. Well, almost. But we have to be thinking ahead. So I have released snowflakes in October so they will be ready for the tree in December.

The first thing you will be asking yourself, if you cut out paper snowflakes at school to tape to the windows in first grade is “Hey, doesn’t she know that snowflakes are six sided?” I do. But, always looking to feel in good company with my imperfection, I learned that less than .1% of snowflakes actually have perfect symmetry. I have joined mother nature in creating imperfect snowflakes. So, I have used artistic license and made two of them with eight sides.

Artistic license means that if you are an artist you can make anything you want, any way you want and then name it what you want. It’s a pretty cool perk of the profession. Imagine if a plastic surgeon, orthodontist or the person who paints the lines down the middle of the road did that! The limits are when you try to produce an “artistic license” when you are pulled over by a cop.

As with the other Celtic designs, I stitched these on 14 count aida. I also stitched one using stitching and Mill Hill beads on perforated paper. Directions for both are in the chart. They can also be stitched on 28 or 30 count linen and made into jewelry.

I made one of the snowflakes mint green because I dreamed about a mint green snowflake. Unfortunately, my dream didn’t stay still long enough to get the shape exactly, but this is close. Mint green reminds me of wintergreen and wintergreen reminds me of snow. The sunset snowflake is what I imagine a snowflake to look like if it were to fall while reflecting a sunset. And the Celtic flake has a ribbon woven around it. Ribbons are a weakness of mine. I try to use them everywhere I can get away with it. Living in a male world has severely limited my ribbon mania, as even twine is too “girly” for them.

Use your artistic license and try changing the colors you use. Or eliminate the blue background and stitch them on red or green aida. I will. I’ll show you when I’m finished with them.

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.

They are here!

We are happy to announce the arrival of the first 11 designs from Frony Ritter Designs. Notice who slept late and missed the above photo, the two wine designs. Check out the website to see these sleeping beauties. These charts actually have two photos and two different instructions for stitching (except for the wine charts).

On the front is the stitched version. On the back the stitched and beaded version is shown. Inside are instructions for both. Also, for those of who who cannot get enough history, and for those of you who did not get enough history (you know who you are, speaking of oversleeping), I have included A Wee bit of History in the Celtic Series so not only will you stitch something beautiful, you can also annoy your friends with irrelevant facts.

The beads I use are seed beads and a few bugle beads from Mill Hill Beads. In addition to the standard issue happiest days of my life (marrying my husband, giving birth to children, the release of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure), I have forever treasured the day I received my first shipment of Mill Hill Beads. They are sparkly, come in amazing colors, and add depth and texture to stitched pieces. I actually like the beads added to these pieces better than the plain stitching, although both are fun and pretty. You have to see them in person to get the full effect.

If your local cross stitch store does not yet have these charts politely, but repeatedly ask them until they get them for you. Stitch away!