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.
These two counted cross stitch designs are featured in the September/October issue of Just Cross Stitch this year. I was trying to figure out how ghosts show affection in the afterlife. Since I was heavily influenced by Casper the Friendly Ghost who had a tail, I decided that ghosts must hold tails.
The nutty pattern was inspired by a tiny friend. We were poking around underneath an oak tree and I found an acorn and showed it to this curious four year old. She asked, “Where is the squirrel that goes with it?” I immediately began visualizing each squirrel in the world being issued a nut or two, and the squirrel and nut must travel in pairs at all times. This is the design that came out of these musings. I mounted this cross stitch on a repurposed tin that I painted brown.
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.