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.
Here is the latest in the Fall Series from Frony Ritter Designs. I have always liked crows, but I was looking at the crow logo while at my local brewery (This was prior to the pandemic. Since the outbreak I finally have an excuse to stay at home and stitch.) I decided to make a design with a crow for Halloween. I stitched it on several fabrics before settling on 20 count raw linen from Wichelt. One I mounted on a beer Crowler lid, one I made into a coaster, which is shown here. And two of them I made into ornaments for my Halloween Tree.
This design is in the 2020 book, A Cross Stitch Christmas from Craftways. These nutcrackers are inspired by friends who have a house full of nutcrackers at Christmas time. I wanted them to be soft and whimsical, so I used pastels. To sparkle them up I used Mill Hill Beads and Kreinik blending filament on the gumdrops. you can get your book by calling their direct service line at 1-800-713-1234.
Thinking of this pattern made me smile, as I imagined a dance between three of my favorite things—bunnies, carrots and Easter eggs. I smiled even more as I stitched it using some of my favorite colors.
I stitched the piece I put on a lunch pail with 14 count peaceful purple and the one I mounted on the fence on 28 count Peaceful Purple linen both from Wichelt. I took elements of the piece to stitch the egg. I stitched the egg on 32 count Peoria Purple from Weeks Dye Works. The carrot button is from Just Another Button Company.
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.
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.