Boo All Y’all

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.

Cape Cod Fireworks Cross Stitch

Here’s the equation for my newest design which is in August 2019 Just Cross Stitch.

  1. 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.

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  1. 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.

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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.

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.

Beery Christmas Crowler Lids

These patterns will be available soon from Frony Ritter Designs. The idea for them was born at the Great Divide Brewery in Denver, Colorado. The bartender, who was on top of his game, asked me several times what I would like. Having already had a beer I pointed to a Crowler lid. (When a can and a growler reproduce this is what you get). Although puzzled, he handed it to me and my mind immediately visualized Cross Stitched ornaments. The rest of the story is the typical wrestling with my skeins of floss and fabric to find just the right colors, and stitching and re-stitching. You can buy these patterns soon and stitch them for your favorite beer lover, which might just be yourself.

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.