Repurposed Altoid Tins

These little patterns are in the 2020 Special Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch. I stitched them on Ecru perforated paper and mounted them on my used Altoid tins, after I painted them black.

Specific finishing instructions are available on the Just Cross Stitch or Frony Ritter Designs Facebook pages. Due to this being my first Facebook live, be prepared for a few bloopers.

If you are wondering what to put in them, some ideas are—candy, more Altoids, a thumb drive, a love note, jewelry or money.

Old Crow Brew Cross Stitch

Here is the latest in the Fall Series from Frony Ritter Designs. I have always liked crows, but I was looking at the crow logo while at my local brewery (This was prior to the pandemic. Since the outbreak I finally have an excuse to stay at home and stitch.) I decided to make a design with a crow for Halloween.
I stitched it on several fabrics before settling on 20 count raw linen from Wichelt. One I mounted on a beer Crowler lid, one I made into a coaster, which is shown here. And two of them I made into ornaments for my Halloween Tree.

Nutcracker Cross Stitch

This design is in the 2020 book, A Cross Stitch Christmas from Craftways. These nutcrackers are inspired by friends who have a house full of nutcrackers at Christmas time. I wanted them to be soft and whimsical, so I used pastels. To sparkle them up I used Mill Hill Beads and Kreinik blending filament on the gumdrops.
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Repurposed Easter Eggs

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.

Gently Drifting Snow Cross Stitch

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.

Champagne Cork Snowmen

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.

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.

Snow Day!

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.