This year’s fall pattern was inspired by Acorns and Threads. Since this store was inspirational to me in becoming a cross stitch designer, I designed this to help celebrate their 25th anniversary. The design features 25 acorns.
Since we are all still wearing masks sometimes, I also provided a tiny pattern with the squirrels wearing masks.
These cross stitch patterns began as a suggestion from the never ending idea fountain that comes out of my son’s head. I saw people wearing “I’m vaccinated” buttons, and I figured if we can’t have lollipops because we didn’t cry during our shot we could have a sign or a button, and combine our celebration with other holidays.
The shamrocks were stitched on 28 count Morning Dew Jobelan from Wichelt over two threads. The hearts were stitched on 14 count Silver Aida from DMC/Charles Craft. These patterns would also go well on 18 or 22 count fabric and made into pins. I mounted my finished pieces on a 4” square canvas and painted an easel black in order to display.
This towel, made by STS crafts, had a pie design written all over it. I designed it to give to my sister, in hopes that she would make me a pie. This pattern is in the August 2020 issue of Just Cross Stitch.
Plastic eggs got a serious makeover when I used old paper and Modge Podge to cover them. Then I used scraps of cross stitch fabric, since I don’t throw any fabric away, and stitched simple patterns on them. After that I added embellishments. My goal was to make something that my adult sons might actually display in their homes. The patterns are available under free patterns at FronyRitterDesigns.com.
Here is the sixth Easter Egg in the Spring Series from Frony Ritter Designs. Spring is my favorite season as the world awakens and comes to life. I love seeing the new life, from budding leaves to baby animals. Eggs, the symbol of new life, are one of my favorite things to design. I stitched this one three different ways. One is on 28 count pink Jobelan. The next is on perforated paper and the third is on Mixed Berry 28 count Jobelan. I used Mill Hill beads but French knots can be substituted for beads.
Here is my idea of a fun barn dance! I stitched this piece on 32 count Carrot Linen from Weeks Dye Works. The pattern for this piece can be found in the 2019 Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch.
Here is a shoutout to my inspiration for this design. Texans Ronnie and Becky and friends from the Moonshine Ranch taught me some important and wonderful things about being a Texan. Among them were the proper use of the word “y’all”.
The pattern for this design is in the 2019 Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch. I used 32 count Peoria Purple linen from Weeks Dye Works and embellished with a cowboy boot button from Just Another Button Company.
I learned some good Texas skills like watching for rattlers, enjoying barbecue and my favorite, spontaneously yelling, “the stars at night, are big and bright,” so I could hear all Texans present clap their hands three times and finish with, “deep in the heart of Texas”. But the closest I could ever get to roping was gluing the rope around this design.
Here’s the equation for my newest design which is in August 2019 Just Cross Stitch.
I got the new DMC Etoile (which means star in French) threads that sparkle and they made me think of something that glitters, crackles and snaps.
I was in Denver a weekend in October and woke up to a 17 degree, snowy morning. I promptly ran outside to play while simultaneously having daydreams of a warm summer day by the beach having a celebration.
2. I whipped out my ever present sketch book and began to draw my daydream. I used the Etoile thread for the fireworks and put Mill Hill beads in to add sparkle. The rest is stitched in The Gentle Art overdyed thread to help create the Americana look.