Plastic eggs got a serious makeover when I used old paper and Modge Podge to cover them. Then I used scraps of cross stitch fabric, since I don’t throw any fabric away, and stitched simple patterns on them. After that I added embellishments. My goal was to make something that my adult sons might actually display in their homes. The patterns are available under free patterns at FronyRitterDesigns.com.
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.
Here is the antidote for an overdose of Christmas stimuli. Begin your spring stitching now. Here is the fifth egg design in the Spring Series from Frony Ritter Designs. It can be stitched or made using a combination of cross stitch and beading.
The newest design in the Spring Series of counted cross stitch is inspired by the 1874 hymn by Robert Lowry. When I was a child the most fascinating hymn sung at Easter time was He Arose. The tone was gloomy and morose as people sang, “dead in the tomb he lay….” Their tone actually matched how many of them looked and acted at church. Suddenly mania breaks out when the tempo and mood of the song changes to say, “up from the grave he arose”. The song reenacts what seems like a play that moves from despondency to joy. The song got stuck in my head as I designed and stitched and re stitched it.
I also remembered the times this song spontaneously busted out of nowhere in a crowd–and no, I never started it. Walking with friends through a cemetery at University in the middle of the night we found ourselves singing this loud enough (to wake the dead). A few years ago one fall evening some friends and I were walking in Montpelier, Vermont. Two young men walking in front of us were singing this song. We joined in and when the song was over we just silently went to our various destinations. And several times this song broke out while putting together puzzles with friends on a cold evening.
This hymn, which graphically depicts the greatest mystery in Christianity, has triggered many hours of pondering, especially since I began working on this project and the song got embedded in my head.
You can stitch this basket for dieters or people who do not eat much candy. It is stitched on white perforated paper using DMC floss. For free pattern and instructions look on fronyritterdesigns.com under free charts.
Here is the evolution of the latest design from Frony Ritter Designs.
1. I was wandering the earth seeking chocolate. I found this metal egg filled with a chocolate in a candy store a few years ago. I was so enchanted by the design on the outside I bought it and even forgot about the chocolate in it for several years. When I opened it there was a powdery, white ball inside that was once delicious chocolate.
2. In the meantime I daydreamed about the egg and it morphed into a totally different design in my head. During a boring lecture I sketched it. I realize it looks nothing like the original. This is what imagination can do to memory. It is also the phenomenon behind “fish stories.”
3. I then stitched it using lots of pinks and blues.
4. I liked it enough to put it on the computer and changed it several times.
5. Since for many Easter is about the resurrection of Christ, I stretched out the flower so it could also be seen as a cross. What you see is all in how you want to look at it. (True of life too.)
6. Snack break.
7. I had been seeing a lot of cool sunsets lately, and wanted to steal some of those colors for this design. So I used Riviera coral Aida from Wichelt and peaches and corals for floss.
8. I also wanted to stitch it on perforated paper. I used the same colors but the background made it look totally different.
9. I used the last two stitched pieces for the chart, one version totally stitched and one using stitching and beads.
So here is the new egg with last year’s eggs, ready to decorate a springtime tree.