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.

Snowy Church Cross Stitch

This pattern was inspired by The Little Brown church which I attended as a kid. I spent a lot of time scooting under the pews, and creating my own underground passages, with only legs and feet of fellow churchgoers to interfere with my journeys.

This pattern is stitched on 16 ct Water Lily Aida by Wichelt and is available in the 2018 released book, A Cross-Stitch Christmas published by Craftways.

Stitched Frog Ornament

A new mini chart, designed and stitched with a very loud choir of frogs croaking in the background in the evenings. They were busy in other ways as well, since I found about 100 polliwogs swimming around and waiting for their legs and vocal chords to develop.

Warm Hot Chocolate Ornament

This is the cross stitch version of a quickie. I stitched and assembled the top one on a flight from Salt Lake City to Nashville in two hours, while a fascinated and horrified young man next to me was being invaded by a craft room on the tray table next to him.

Glowing Firefly Cross Stitch

When I was about six I made a lantern with Tennessee fireflies in a jar until a Ranger threatened me with jail for false imprisonment. Luckily no fireflies were harmed in the making of this memory as I set them free to avoid embarking on a criminal lifestyle. But I still love fireflies and made this design as a companion to the dragonfly I designed last year.

I used Sulky Holoshimmer thread for the firefly body and lettering. And I used Kreinik rainbow blending filament added to color for the wings, and Kreinik glow in the dark blending filament for the tail, for a glow around the tail, and just for fun in the flower centers.

Sunset Angel

An as child, I always wanted the job of painting the sunset every evening. So I did the next best thing, and designed and stitched my version of what it looks like in my mind. Kreinik has micro Chenille in Peacock, which I tethered down like the little people tethered down Gulliver in Gulliver’s Travels. I added Kreinik Pearl blending filament to the wings and sprinkled the garland with seed beads.

Repurposed Altoid Tins

When I finish snacking on my Altoids I repurpose the tins by spraying them with white. I then cross stitched on perforated paper and used acid free tacky glue to affix them. I used green hemp to wrap around the base. These designs that I made to celebrate my love of all things Irish (yes that includes a wee nip of Jamison and Middleton from time to time) are in the April 2018 issue of Just Cross Stitch.

Keep your snacks close, but keep your cross stitch closer!

Snow Buddies Stitched Ornament

Here is another design that I am bringing to the Nashville Needlework Show. All my friends who are under thirty including my offspring said, “Oh. A snowman selfie.” And I said, “Um…Yeah… That’s what I meant”, while thinking “That’s a great idea. Wish I would have thought of that. I was just squishing them together so I would have room for both.”