Dragonfly Cross Stitch

Here is the fifth design in the Summer Series. I used all my favorite colors and threads. The fabric is Cornflower Blue hand dyed linen from Wichelt. I also used DMC floss, The Gentle Art over dyed thread, Kreinik Rainbow blending filament, Sulky Holoshimmer thread and Mill Hill beads. I can only get away with that much color and glitter at a five year old princess party or designing counted cross stitch.

Valentine Ornaments

Here is my version of conversation hearts, cross stitched on perforated paper with Mill Hill beads added. These patterns are available in the February 2017 issue of Just Cross Stitch.

I realized I dated myself with the sayings on the hearts. So I devised a scheme to find out what decade a person was born in by giving them a drawing of a heart and have them write in sayings to make them conversation hearts. Here is the answer key:

2010–BFF, Tweet Me
2000–Chill Out, Text Me
1990s–Cool Dude, Fax Me
1960s–Far Out, Groovy
1950s–Hep Cat, Heart Throb
1900–Be Mine, Kiss Me

And, of course conversation hearts were much more serious in the past. You are unlikely to have anyone provide these answers but they are still part of the answer key.

Russian Revolution–Luv Lenin
French Revolution–Let them eat candy hearts
Shakespearean Times–Get thee to a nunnery
Viking Times–Pillage?
Ancient Greece–Be my Adonis
Ancient Egypt– ;-,,’
Early Man—Ooooog

Autumn Patterns

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.

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.