Using Die Cuts

My sister gave me this die cut from MFT stamps so I could cut my own perforated paper in the shape of a tag. I suspect she wants me to stitch her some tags. Here is my first design. I used four strands of DMC floss and two strands for back stitching.

To get the pattern free go to Fronyritterdesigns.com.

My Christmas Philosophy

Seems like a lot of things can go wrong at Christmastime. I imagined a scene of what could go wrong for Santa and how he would make the best of it (really I imagined the zany things that would happen if I were Santa). The pattern is in the December 2017 issue of Just Cross Stitch.

I used a beautiful fabric that is pale blue with sparkles throughout the fabric. It is Crystal Aerial hand-dyed Lugana from Picture this plus. There are also some Mill Hill beads and Kreinik thread to help the piece sparkle. For the fur I used Rainbow Gallery Wisper thread and teased it a little with a needle to make it look fluffy. It was so fun to use the different threads I stitched the design two times.

Celtic Christmas Ornament

Here is what I designed for the 2017 Special Holiday Issue of Just Cross Stitch. I stitched them on 28 count linen in two different colors, and two threads over two squares, and one thread over one square for the tiny one. Mill Hill beads are on the borders and Kreinik glittery thread is on the wings. The green piece is the one that is featured in the magazine.

A Spooky Table Runner

Another two creatures to mark off my cross stitch design bucket list–a snake and a rat. I stitched the design on both ends of this table runner. My sister, “The Rat” is staking a claim on this as a rat is her trademark, totem, spirit animal, friend, foe?

The pattern for this is in the 2017 Special Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch.

Things that Scare Me

I have achieved one of my goals in life…making a cross stitch design with a pair of underwear somewhere in it. When I was trying to think about what would be really scary, my fear of laundry monsters, which persists to this day, came to mind. Actually, my husband, who does all the laundry, reminded me of my aversion to (all) housework and this design was born. The words are stitched in glow in the dark thread from Kreinik to remind us what really is scary in the dark.

The pattern is in the 2017 Special Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch.

Good Luck Stitched Box

Here is a design I made for this beautiful box that Dennis Mulhern from Patches N Planks made. He finished the inside of the box as beautifully as the outside. I used DMC thread and fabric, and Kreinik cording. To get the variegated blue jewel look, I used Painter’s thread from Threadnuts in the color Nikki. The pattern is available in the April 2017 issue of Just Cross stitch.