Celtic Cross Stitch

Here’s a new pattern I made to express feelings I have about the love of friends. The quote is from The poet Rumi, who lived in the 13th century. I used all my favorite threads and colors. Peoria Purple Linen and thread from Week’s Dye works, metallic thread from Kreinik, overdyed thread by The Gentle Art and DMC. After searching the earth for the right frame I found this one at Craft Warehouse in Gresham, Oregon.

Repurposed Altoid Tins

When I finish snacking on my Altoids I repurpose the tins by spraying them with white. I then cross stitched on perforated paper and used acid free tacky glue to affix them. I used green hemp to wrap around the base. These designs that I made to celebrate my love of all things Irish (yes that includes a wee nip of Jamison and Middleton from time to time) are in the April 2018 issue of Just Cross Stitch.

Keep your snacks close, but keep your cross stitch closer!

Celtic Diamonds Cross Stitch

Here is my latest design in my Celtic Series. I stitched it with beads onto perforated paper and also stitched it on Jobelan using DMC floss and Kreinik metallic threads. It is sparkly, fun and the symmetry of the design is satisfies my need for order.

The pattern will be available at the end of this month.

Using Die Cuts

My sister gave me this die cut from MFT stamps so I could cut my own perforated paper in the shape of a tag. I suspect she wants me to stitch her some tags. Here is my first design. I used four strands of DMC floss and two strands for back stitching.

To get the pattern free go to Fronyritterdesigns.com.

Good Luck Stitched Box

Here is a design I made for this beautiful box that Dennis Mulhern from Patches N Planks made. He finished the inside of the box as beautifully as the outside. I used DMC thread and fabric, and Kreinik cording. To get the variegated blue jewel look, I used Painter’s thread from Threadnuts in the color Nikki. The pattern is available in the April 2017 issue of Just Cross stitch.

Stitch a Wine Charm

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This charm didn’t make the cut in either of the wine charm kits, but I wanted to give you the pattern in case you had an odd number of guests.  You can also make it into a Christmas ornament.  

It is stitched on 14 count white perforated paper, 1.43″ square, using DMC floss, two strands.  . – 223, 1 – 224, 3 – 321, 4 – 666, 5 – 814, 6 – 700, 7 – 445, 8 – 726, 9 – 742.  Outline with one strand in 310 black.  If you enjoy stitching this, Frony Ritter Designs has four other kits to stitch.  

Summer stitching pattern

Every design has a birth story.  This one began while I was admiring the art and architecture of Vienna. Right in the middle of savoring the ancient beauty my eyes were suddenly assaulted by this hot pink bunny.  To prevent my retinas from being fried I immediately looked down.  I saw this amazing sewer cover on the sidewalk.  So I let the design incubate and it morphed into what you can now stitch.

 You can stitch it with or without the words, depending on whether or not you need to be reminded to live life deliberately. As usual, I stitched one version on fabric as did my mother-in-law, and did one on perforated paper that is a combination of stitching and beading using Mill Hill beads.

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Under glass

I found glass tiles and these copper  bezels at Collage Arts & Crafts Supply store in Sellwood which is in Portland, Oregon.  After I stared them down for several months and dared them to inspire me, this is what happened.

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I used my four sided knot pattern from the Celtic Series  and stitched it on 40 count silk mesh so it would fit on a one inch square.