Snowballs for Sale Cross Stitch

This pattern, in the August 2020 issue of Just Cross Stitch, was born on a paper napkin while waiting for a pizza in Portland. Oregon is always a winter wonderland, even in the summer when we ran into a (fake) snow covered hill where they were filming a car commercial.

‘This pattern uses Galaxy Aida from Mystic Fabrics, beads from Mill Hill and trim from Lady Dot Creates. I found the bucket at Tuesday Morning.

Champagne Cork Snowmen

I like champagne as much as the next guy, but while others are reaching for the bubbly I’m reaching for the corks. I painted these with white acrylic. Then I painted their faces, used the back of my brush for their buttons, and painted pointy toothpicks orange for their long noses. I made my noses extra long because they made me laugh this way. I used a stylus to poke a hole where the nose and screw eye would be and affixed them with tacky glue. I tied 3/8” ribbon in a knot and used fibers to hang. Not pictured: the little red heart I painted on each of their butts.

Snow Day!

This design was born while I was waiting at the doctor’s office and thinking of everything fun instead of the inevitable blood-letting that is part of my yearly physical. This is what came to my mind. I was really using my imagination since the last time my town had a snow day was 1999.

This pattern is in the December 2019 issue of Just Cross Stitch. The framed piece is stitched on 14 count Babbling Brook Jobelan Aida from Wichelt. The frame is also from Wichelt. The ornament version is stitched on 32 count Sea Spray Linen from Wichelt.

Celtic Christmas Ornament

Here is what I designed for the 2017 Special Holiday Issue of Just Cross Stitch. I stitched them on 28 count linen in two different colors, and two threads over two squares, and one thread over one square for the tiny one. Mill Hill beads are on the borders and Kreinik glittery thread is on the wings. The green piece is the one that is featured in the magazine.

Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

This design can be found in the 2016 Christmas Ornament Issue of Just Cross Stitch. I added Mill Hill beads to the piece to sparkle it up. I also added an easy recipe for peppermint chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting, marshmallow filling and an infusion of Peppermint Bark Liqueur from Eastside Distilling in Portland, guaranteed to provide you with lots of pleasure and unwanted pounds.

Twenty Minis Fall and Winter

Here is Frony Ritter Designs’ contribution to the Tiny House movement. We have released the Fall and Winter Twenty Minis design chart booklet. I use my leftover fabric and perforated paper to make ornaments, wine charms, jewelry, cards and framed pieces. I even repurposed a mint tin to fill with candies so I can give it to someone who likes to have fun (which means to eat candy).

The many benefits of stitching small things are 1. Getting to use scraps, 2. You can finish a piece quickly, 3. They will fit in a tiny house, apartment, dorm room.

Stitching on a Tiny Sled

Here is this year’s contribution to the Just Cross Stitch Holiday Issue. The sled is made by Foxwood Crossing and I used perforated paper and did a combination of cross stitch and beading.

I love the memories that sleds evoke. Of course, I never had the traditional light pine sled with red metal. My father, who had more ingenuity than money (and maybe common sense), used scraps to make a big sled for three kids. He used a Formica table top and affixed old skis to the bottom, and didn’t see the need for fancy extras, like a steering apparatus. We would all pile on and the weight of the behemoth set it off at warp speed toward the half frozen pond at the bottom of the hill. Since animals sense danger before people do, even the dog, who began the ride as part of the pile, could see trouble ahead and jumped off before anyone else. We would play chicken to see the last hold out before we would yell “bombs away” and jump ship. Maybe next year I will make a pattern of a huge pieced together sled with a pile of kids and a dog on it, sticking halfway out of a pond.

Snowflakes at midnight

No snowflake is exactly alike. The pile of snowflakes at the bottom of this picture proves it again.  While remembering the magic of snow silently falling in the middle of the night, I experimented with various colors, sparkly threads and beads until it felt just right.  I then stitched it small to make a necklace and then made the pattern using all Delica beads.  This chart is now available through your favorite cross stitch store now.