Cross Stitched Necklace

I decided to make something with my tangled ball of threads and my two inch square of green fabric I couldn’t throw out that kept haunting the bottom of my cross stitch bag. I stitched one of the shamrocks from the Trinity Prayer Chart on 28 count Morning Dew, one strand over one square. I used 002 Kreinik gold cording and DMC floss. Then I found a square black bezel from My Jewelry Shoppe. Now my cross stitch bag is slightly lighter and neater and I’m ready for St. Patrick’s Day.

New Cross stitch Wine Charms

The third and fourth wine charm kits are here! They come with everything you need to make charms that fit around a bottle or glass, but the patterns also work great to stitch jewelry.

I stitched them and used beads in place of floss and put them on cards also. The Celtic Cross Wine charms are companion pieces to the first wine charms, as they use many of the same colors.

Celtic prayer cross stitch chart

The Celts had a prayer called a Caim, which is a prayer of encircling oneself with the protection, encompassing love and blessing of God. A beautiful Caim sung by the Celtic rock group Iona in their album, Journey into the Morn, inspired this piece. Since St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Trinity to the Celts I added shamrocks.

An alternative border which is a St. Patrick’s Day greeting is also available for those more inclined to party than pray. Better yet, stitch them both and do both.

If you haven’t stitched the other shamrock from the Celtic Series of patterns, it would make a great companion piece to this. The ornament version is nestled in the bottom right corner.

Cross Stitch for Christmas

I needed some place to put my beloved bunny slippers. So I created a woodland habitat for them. I decided to put my cross stitch designs to work and made them do what they were created to do, which is just hang around. I made a tree for the blue, purple and green ones, and a tree for my red and green ones since the two sets of colors didn’t seem to get along very well together.

Of all the famous sayings about bunny slippers my favorite is this one by Dean Koontz: “Bunny slippers remind me of who I am. You can’t get a swelled head if you wear bunny slippers. You can’t lose your sense of perspective and start acting like a star or a rich lady if you keep on wearing bunny slippers. Besides, bunny slippers give me confidence because they are so jaunty. They make a statement; they say, ‘Nothing the world does to me can ever get me so far down that I can’t be silly and frivolous.’ ”

However, you do not need bunny slippers to have an excuse to decorate a tree with cross stitched ornaments. You can put cats, dogs, fish bowls, teddy bears, ferrets or weasels under your tree–or for the less adventurous, just presents.

Stitchin’ in the kitchen

If you can’t get cross stitch out of your mind, just go with it. I did. And I turned molasses crinkles into stitched cookies. I rolled them and cut them out, then used 7 mesh plastic canvas and put it over the cookie. Then I sifted powdered sugar over the cookie to make the grid. Last while thinking of stitches I decorated them with vanilla frosting.

New Christmas chart

Here is an ornament you can stitch with a knot within a knot. Also tucked within the knot is the word Noel. You could also personalize it if the name you want to write has four letters and they are not massive, like “w” and “m”. My friend Leon pointed out you don’t even have to change the letters to stitch his name. I already knew that since every year my children change around my NOEL stocking holders which hold four cross stitched stockings. Eventually they ran out of word combinations like LONE, LEON, and not yet invented words like OLEN and ENOL. So they cut out and taped on their own letters that looked so similar I did not realized they made their own words until after many guests had probably seen and politely avoided asking why my stocking holders said “FINK”.

Speaking of inventing new things, due to a bead spilling accident I discovered the very best surface for stringing beads–a piece of plastic canvas. The beads fall perfectly to skewer them and they don’t run away from the needle when they see it coming.

Free Cross Stitch Charts

While wistfully looking at my mitten boxes and waiting to wear these as they are my favorite article of clothing, I decided to make some charts for you, and for Wichelt, who carries my favorite beads and perforated paper. I used leftover pieces of perforated paper, Mill Hill beads and DMC floss.

You can get your free chart to stitch these by going on to www.wichelt.com and while you are at it, check out all the beads they carry.

Christmas Conversion

Since I am thinking about cool Christmas weather to quell my sadness about the drought and many fires burning up the west coast of the United States, I decided to restitch some of my Celtic designs in traditional colors. Conversions to these colors are on the website www.fronyritterdesigns.com under the “charts” category.

Halloween designs

If you are looking for some cool autumn cross stitch designs, check out the Fall issue and the Halloween issue of the magazine Just Cross stitch. Frony Ritter Designs has a piece in each issue, both shown below. The sampler was inspired by the spiders who appear in my garden in the late summer doing acrobatics on their home made high wires. And the Spell check was inspired by my musings about what happens when witches make “spelling” errors. To get your copy of these magazines, go to your nearest store that sells cool cross stitch stuff or look on JustCrossStitch.com.

This week I spent time in the cross stitch deprivation chamber, otherwise known as the kitchen, making 100 cupcakes for the Grand Poobah of the Royal Order of the Water Buffalo (Flintstones reference) otherwise known as my dear husband who is engaged in one of his many endeavors to “leave the world better than I found it.” Why the coke bottle? These cupcakes are Jack and Coke.

Repurposing for cross stitch

Yesterday I bought some new candles and as I was removing the burlap packaging it began to strangely take on the look of cross stitch material. (You know how everything looks like food to the starving man? This was something like that.) So I frayed the edges, used six DMC strands and stitched the first word that came to me. I stitched a witch accessory on the side, wrapped the burlap around the candle, wrapped orange baker’s twine around the burlap and put a bat button on the bow. The entire process took about forty five minutes (minus five for a snack break).