Celtic Diamonds Cross Stitch

Here is my latest design in my Celtic Series. I stitched it with beads onto perforated paper and also stitched it on Jobelan using DMC floss and Kreinik metallic threads. It is sparkly, fun and the symmetry of the design is satisfies my need for order.

The pattern will be available at the end of this month.

Cross Stitched Card

Paper Smooches has die cuts that allow you to cut your own perforated paper. I have a friend who makes me laugh and has put me in stitches—twice and I have the Frankenstein scars and two new hips to prove it. I put this pattern on my website Fronyritterdesigns.com under free patterns.

Wire Mesh Jewelry

This week I got my hands on a new product from DMC, stitchable wire mesh. One side is gold and the other is silver. I used one strand of DMC floss and stitched over only one mesh so I could make bracelets. When I make larger jewelry my family accuses me of making Mr. T starter kits, so I kept it small so as not to weigh them down too much. The bezels and bracelets I found at Fire Mountain Gems.

Autumn Patterns

These two counted cross stitch designs are featured in the September/October issue of Just Cross Stitch this year. I was trying to figure out how ghosts show affection in the afterlife. Since I was heavily influenced by Casper the Friendly Ghost who had a tail, I decided that ghosts must hold tails.

The nutty pattern was inspired by a tiny friend. We were poking around underneath an oak tree and I found an acorn and showed it to this curious four year old. She asked, “Where is the squirrel that goes with it?” I immediately began visualizing each squirrel in the world being issued a nut or two, and the squirrel and nut must travel in pairs at all times. This is the design that came out of these musings. I mounted this cross stitch on a repurposed tin that I painted brown.

Twenty Minis Fall and Winter

Here is Frony Ritter Designs’ contribution to the Tiny House movement. We have released the Fall and Winter Twenty Minis design chart booklet. I use my leftover fabric and perforated paper to make ornaments, wine charms, jewelry, cards and framed pieces. I even repurposed a mint tin to fill with candies so I can give it to someone who likes to have fun (which means to eat candy).

The many benefits of stitching small things are 1. Getting to use scraps, 2. You can finish a piece quickly, 3. They will fit in a tiny house, apartment, dorm room.

Witchy Stitch

Just Cross Stitch has released their Special Collector’s Edition in time to stitch Halloween projects. Included are two Frony Ritter Designs. One is an ornament depicting the cool accessories a witch gets to put on. I think they would be fun, minus the broom which reminds me of housework, but would be okay if it I only had to use it as a mode of tranportation. The second pattern is what the accessorized witch does on weekends. She is casting spells that make pretty colors and scary birds appear.

This is the time of year I use the color orange, which I pretty much ignore the rest of the year, except when I go to San Francisco Giants baseball games, wherein a fan is slightly scoffed and sneered at if they do not wear orange or black. This is why my Giants hat is pink.