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.
I was thinking of how snow fell so silently and nonchalantly when as a child I lived in snow country. Snow lazily made it’s way to the ground, unlike the rain that announces its arrival so loudly. I wanted to design something that gave this feeling, and add a slight Celtic flavor at the same time. I stitched it two ways. One is on perforated paper and uses mill hill beads, and the other is on Aida and is all cross stitch. You can find this pattern in the February 2020 issue of Just Cross Stitch.
I like champagne as much as the next guy, but while others are reaching for the bubbly I’m reaching for the corks. I painted these with white acrylic. Then I painted their faces, used the back of my brush for their buttons, and painted pointy toothpicks orange for their long noses. I made my noses extra long because they made me laugh this way. I used a stylus to poke a hole where the nose and screw eye would be and affixed them with tacky glue. I tied 3/8” ribbon in a knot and used fibers to hang. Not pictured: the little red heart I painted on each of their butts.
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.
This design was born while I was waiting at the doctor’s office and thinking of everything fun instead of the inevitable blood-letting that is part of my yearly physical. This is what came to my mind. I was really using my imagination since the last time my town had a snow day was 1999.
This pattern is in the December 2019 issue of Just Cross Stitch. The framed piece is stitched on 14 count Babbling Brook Jobelan Aida from Wichelt. The frame is also from Wichelt. The ornament version is stitched on 32 count Sea Spray Linen from Wichelt.
Here is a piece that is in the Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch. I stitched it on 28 count Dense Fog Jobelan from Wichelt.
Here’s what I do with my leftover fabric and floss. This is for a game I made up because I am in charge of shenanigans and games for our local annual Rotary wine tasting trip. I call this game, “the best pairing.”
After stitching the words, I backed them with fabric. I then laminated them because I know my friends are spillers and I didn’t want them to get stained. Then I punched a tiny hole and put beads, tiny rotary wheels and other stuff I had in my room o’ stuff. Each pair of words matches exactly its pairing partner other than the word so they are a set, but each word can also describe its owner by itself.
As each person gets off the bus, they grab a charm out of the bag. They find their partner and take photos with their pairing partner and send them to the judges. Prizes will be given for most original, silliest and most beautiful photos.
Here are some of the word pairs: love it/lick it, suck it up/buttercup, king/queen, lucky/dog, wild/free, spooky/batty, hot/spicy, huggy/kissy, pro/con, grumpy/dopey, lol/wtf?/ human/kind, peppery/salty, fun/frolicky, witchy/scary, silly/serious, bad/ass, super/cute, devil/angel, crazy/sane, drunk/sober, biter/licker, Bonnie/Clyde, feisty/tame.
(Ok. I am in charge of the games every year, but I provide the shenanigans as a bonus.)
Here is my idea of a fun barn dance! I stitched this piece on 32 count Carrot Linen from Weeks Dye Works. The pattern for this piece can be found in the 2019 Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch.
These designs were originally patterns from the Halloween Wine Charms kit. I used a die cut from Paper Smooches and used acid free card stock to make perforated paper. I used six stands for both the stitching and the outline.
I went out to the Wild West, otherwise known as my art room and found things laying around and made them into cards.
Here is a shoutout to my inspiration for this design. Texans Ronnie and Becky and friends from the Moonshine Ranch taught me some important and wonderful things about being a Texan. Among them were the proper use of the word “y’all”.
The pattern for this design is in the 2019 Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch. I used 32 count Peoria Purple linen from Weeks Dye Works and embellished with a cowboy boot button from Just Another Button Company.
I learned some good Texas skills like watching for rattlers, enjoying barbecue and my favorite, spontaneously yelling, “the stars at night, are big and bright,” so I could hear all Texans present clap their hands three times and finish with, “deep in the heart of Texas”. But the closest I could ever get to roping was gluing the rope around this design.