Celtic Cross Stitch

Here’s a new pattern I made to express feelings I have about the love of friends. The quote is from The poet Rumi, who lived in the 13th century. I used all my favorite threads and colors. Peoria Purple Linen and thread from Week’s Dye works, metallic thread from Kreinik, overdyed thread by The Gentle Art and DMC. After searching the earth for the right frame I found this one at Craft Warehouse in Gresham, Oregon.

Sea Treasures Cross Stitch

Here are my newest mini patterns, inspired by my Florida friends and daydreaming about the sunny beaches of Florida and the Pacific. I like to make the hangers with beads that look like sea glass. On the back of this pattern folder is a bonus cross stitch pattern just for cross stitchers—a cross-ta-pus.

Beery Christmas Crowler Lids

These patterns will be available soon from Frony Ritter Designs. The idea for them was born at the Great Divide Brewery in Denver, Colorado. The bartender, who was on top of his game, asked me several times what I would like. Having already had a beer I pointed to a Crowler lid. (When a can and a growler reproduce this is what you get). Although puzzled, he handed it to me and my mind immediately visualized Cross Stitched ornaments. The rest of the story is the typical wrestling with my skeins of floss and fabric to find just the right colors, and stitching and re-stitching. You can buy these patterns soon and stitch them for your favorite beer lover, which might just be yourself.

Halloween Cupcakes

Combine three of my favorite things—cross stitch, Halloween and cupcakes and you get this. The hatchet cupcake was inspired by a dessert I had many years ago at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C. I devoured a lethal dose of chocolate cake which had a cookie hatchet dripping with raspberry syrup embedded in the middle. Now I can add bloody hatchet to my bucket list of weird cross stitch design components.

This pattern is available in the 2018 Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch. I used DMC floss, Mill Hill Beads and Dense Fog Jobelan 28 count by Wichelt. Because of the non-standard frame size I found a piece of pine fencing, painted it black, and used cording, lace and a button to finish.

Sweet Mrs. Santa Cross Stitch

Behind every great man is a woman. Here she is, Sweet Mrs. Santa, fully equipped with yummy Christmas sweets, including my childhood favorite—ribbon candy. It was guaranteed to exceed your mouth size and create stickiness everywhere.

One is stitched on Aida and one on perforated paper using Mill Hill beads and DMC floss.

Halloween stitching and Painting

I stitched the grouchy ghost for The 2018 Just Cross Stitch Special Halloween Issue. When I was still thinking of unhappy spirits I drank a special bottle of wine from Oso Libre winery which was black. So when it was empty I took off the label and painted this same fellow on the bottle and made it into a vase.

Sunflower Stitches

Sunflowers. How do I stitch thee? Let me count the ways. I stitch thee on 18 ct. linen burlap towel by MCG Textiles, and on 32 ct. Golden Needle Country French Linen by Wichelt over two. I stitch thee on 14 ct. Tropical orange Aida by Wichelt and 14 ct Country French Cafe Mocha by Wichelt. I also stitched thee on card stock which I cut out with a die cut from Paper Smooches.