Halloween Cupcakes

Combine three of my favorite things—cross stitch, Halloween and cupcakes and you get this. The hatchet cupcake was inspired by a dessert I had many years ago at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C. I devoured a lethal dose of chocolate cake which had a cookie hatchet dripping with raspberry syrup embedded in the middle. Now I can add bloody hatchet to my bucket list of weird cross stitch design components.

This pattern is available in the 2018 Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch. I used DMC floss, Mill Hill Beads and Dense Fog Jobelan 28 count by Wichelt. Because of the non-standard frame size I found a piece of pine fencing, painted it black, and used cording, lace and a button to finish.

Sweet Mrs. Santa Cross Stitch

Behind every great man is a woman. Here she is, Sweet Mrs. Santa, fully equipped with yummy Christmas sweets, including my childhood favorite—ribbon candy. It was guaranteed to exceed your mouth size and create stickiness everywhere.

One is stitched on Aida and one on perforated paper using Mill Hill beads and DMC floss.

Halloween stitching and Painting

I stitched the grouchy ghost for The 2018 Just Cross Stitch Special Halloween Issue. When I was still thinking of unhappy spirits I drank a special bottle of wine from Oso Libre winery which was black. So when it was empty I took off the label and painted this same fellow on the bottle and made it into a vase.

Sunflower Stitches

Sunflowers. How do I stitch thee? Let me count the ways. I stitch thee on 18 ct. linen burlap towel by MCG Textiles, and on 32 ct. Golden Needle Country French Linen by Wichelt over two. I stitch thee on 14 ct. Tropical orange Aida by Wichelt and 14 ct Country French Cafe Mocha by Wichelt. I also stitched thee on card stock which I cut out with a die cut from Paper Smooches.

Snowy Church Cross Stitch

This pattern was inspired by The Little Brown church which I attended as a kid. I spent a lot of time scooting under the pews, and creating my own underground passages, with only legs and feet of fellow churchgoers to interfere with my journeys.

This pattern is stitched on 16 ct Water Lily Aida by Wichelt and is available in the 2018 released book, A Cross-Stitch Christmas published by Craftways.

Stitched Frog Ornament

A new mini chart, designed and stitched with a very loud choir of frogs croaking in the background in the evenings. They were busy in other ways as well, since I found about 100 polliwogs swimming around and waiting for their legs and vocal chords to develop.

Warm Hot Chocolate Ornament

This is the cross stitch version of a quickie. I stitched and assembled the top one on a flight from Salt Lake City to Nashville in two hours, while a fascinated and horrified young man next to me was being invaded by a craft room on the tray table next to him.

Glowing Firefly Cross Stitch

When I was about six I made a lantern with Tennessee fireflies in a jar until a Ranger threatened me with jail for false imprisonment. Luckily no fireflies were harmed in the making of this memory as I set them free to avoid embarking on a criminal lifestyle. But I still love fireflies and made this design as a companion to the dragonfly I designed last year.

I used Sulky Holoshimmer thread for the firefly body and lettering. And I used Kreinik rainbow blending filament added to color for the wings, and Kreinik glow in the dark blending filament for the tail, for a glow around the tail, and just for fun in the flower centers.