My granny made many quilts and as a kid I liked to snuggle up in them. I also liked to trace the stitches with my fingers. The geometric designs And cheery colors meant comfort and familiarity. This is the inspiration for my quilt block ornaments.
These patterns are found in the 2019 August issue of Just Cross Stitch and the 2019 Special Christmas Edition of Just Cross Stitch. I used Country French Latte from Wichelt for the fabric. For the thread I used The Gentle Art overdyed floss to have a country look. I then got out my sewing machine, with whom I have a mutually suspicious relationship and did my best to do create a little block ornament that harkens back to my granny’s world.
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.
Behind every great man is a woman. Here she is, Sweet Mrs. Santa, fully equipped with yummy Christmas sweets, including my childhood favorite—ribbon candy. It was guaranteed to exceed your mouth size and create stickiness everywhere.
One is stitched on Aida and one on perforated paper using Mill Hill beads and DMC floss.
This is the cross stitch version of a quickie. I stitched and assembled the top one on a flight from Salt Lake City to Nashville in two hours, while a fascinated and horrified young man next to me was being invaded by a craft room on the tray table next to him.
Here is another design that I am bringing to the Nashville Needlework Show. All my friends who are under thirty including my offspring said, “Oh. A snowman selfie.” And I said, “Um…Yeah… That’s what I meant”, while thinking “That’s a great idea. Wish I would have thought of that. I was just squishing them together so I would have room for both.”
Here is the seventh design in the Winter Series of Frony Ritter Designs. Included in the chart are instructions for cross stitching and also for a combination of cross stitch and beading using Mill Hill Beads.
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.