Decorative Birds

While I was getting lost in the old cobblestone streets of the ancient seaport town of Denia, Spain, I saw a beautiful painted tile. The tile featured birds, flowers and a vase. I began creating a variation of the design in my mind and then not only was I lost, but then i was bumping into things as my mind was busy creating this design.

The perfect thread to make this look old was The Gentle Art thread, and I stitched it it on linen. The pattern is in the June 2022 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine.

Tiny Stitched Mittens

My favorite designs tend to be small. These have been some of my favorite things to design, partly because they can be personalized. I now have five charts of mittens, each with four designs, and designs for tiny tags to go on them. The two most recent will be available at the Nashville Needlewoek Show.

Check out my website for different finishes. They can be ornaments, gift tags, wine charms, put inside mason jar lids and filled with candy (of course, candy is one of the twelve main food groups, potato chips being another).

The chart contains instructions for both cross stitch and cross stitch and beading.

Sassy Puffs

inspired by a Sassy Friend of mine, this new series of charts features quips for all occasions. Here are the first four. I made them into pillows because it seems to me sassy people throw pillows a lot. These charts will be released at the Nashville Needlework Market March 4., along with other charts I will be featuring here.

Gather Love Cross Stitch

This year’s fall pattern was inspired by Acorns and Threads. Since this store was inspirational to me in becoming a cross stitch designer, I designed this to help celebrate their 25th anniversary. The design features 25 acorns.

Since we are all still wearing masks sometimes, I also provided a tiny pattern with the squirrels wearing masks.

Snowballs for Sale Cross Stitch

This pattern, in the August 2020 issue of Just Cross Stitch, was born on a paper napkin while waiting for a pizza in Portland. Oregon is always a winter wonderland, even in the summer when we ran into a (fake) snow covered hill where they were filming a car commercial.

‘This pattern uses Galaxy Aida from Mystic Fabrics, beads from Mill Hill and trim from Lady Dot Creates. I found the bucket at Tuesday Morning.

Oh Hoppy Day Cross Stitch

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.

Cross Stitched Easter Egg

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.

Cross Stitched Quilt Blocks

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.

Stitched Halloween Tags

This is the latest in my ongoing love affair with stitching on paper. The patterns for these are in the 2019 Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch. The handmade buttons are from Just Another Button Company. I cut out my own perforated paper using a die cut from MFT Stamps. And they would also look cute stitched on 14 count perforated paper and mounted on a tiny chalkboard.