While I was getting lost in the old cobblestone streets of the ancient seaport town of Denia, Spain, I saw a beautiful painted tile. The tile featured birds, flowers and a vase. I began creating a variation of the design in my mind and then not only was I lost, but then i was bumping into things as my mind was busy creating this design.
The perfect thread to make this look old was The Gentle Art thread, and I stitched it it on linen. The pattern is in the June 2022 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine.
My favorite designs tend to be small. These have been some of my favorite things to design, partly because they can be personalized. I now have five charts of mittens, each with four designs, and designs for tiny tags to go on them. The two most recent will be available at the Nashville Needlewoek Show.
Check out my website for different finishes. They can be ornaments, gift tags, wine charms, put inside mason jar lids and filled with candy (of course, candy is one of the twelve main food groups, potato chips being another).
The chart contains instructions for both cross stitch and cross stitch and beading.
This was my favorite forbidden phrase while begging for candy as a kid (and maybe a little now too). I began designing this pattern with the phrase and then began to think of funny feet, which would be tiny legs with bulbous feet.
Then I got out a special fabric I had been saving for a special occasion, Eek! Linen from Picture this Plus. The colors were then chosen to match the fabric. I finished the piece by painting some raw wood black, lining the piece with some orangish pom poms I got from Stampin’ Up on closeout, and decorated with a 1” black grosgrain ribbon with a black swirly star from Just Another Button Company.
inspired by a Sassy Friend of mine, this new series of charts features quips for all occasions. Here are the first four. I made them into pillows because it seems to me sassy people throw pillows a lot. These charts will be released at the Nashville Needlework Market March 4., along with other charts I will be featuring here.
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.
Here are some new patterns to stitch that are versatile. They can be stitched over one thread on 28 count linen and made into jewelry, or on 14 count and mounted on tins, featured on a wooden box, on clothing or made into an ornament.
I used 28 count linen from Wichelt for the fabrics, and made cording out of one of the DMC colors I used in the stitched piece to frame it.
Every year for the last thirty or so years we have hosted a Christmas breakfast for our closest friends. Every year I paint, bead or cross-stitched an ornament for each family, which means about 30 ornaments. I often begin right after Christmas so I finish in time.
This year I designed this Rudolph whose mask barely disguises his shiny nose. I figured it will help us remember (as if we could forget) this strange year.
I used 32 count Crystal Doubloon Lugano from Picture this Plus, edged it with pom poms from Lady Dot Creates and added a button from Jesse James. Since my husband is stitching some of the pieces, we are using a variety of fabrics and perforated paper, which you can see on the Frony Ritter Designs website.
This design was inspired by my own home, where the spiders come piling in at the end of summer. Unlike this cross stitch where the critters are helpful, my spiders are useless for anything but hanging around.
I used hand dyed fabric from Fabric on a Whim, and set it off with a little sparkle from Kreinik. The cute little broom embellishment was from The Bee Company. I found the Hanger from Tim Holtz products.
The pattern is in the October 2020 issue of Just Cross Stitch.