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.

Halloween 🎃 Cross Stitch

This was my favorite forbidden phrase while begging for candy as a kid (and maybe a little now too). I began designing this pattern with the phrase and then began to think of funny feet, which would be tiny legs with bulbous feet.

Then I got out a special fabric I had been saving for a special occasion, Eek! Linen from Picture this Plus. The colors were then chosen to match the fabric. I finished the piece by painting some raw wood black, lining the piece with some orangish pom poms I got from Stampin’ Up on closeout, and decorated with a 1” black grosgrain ribbon with a black swirly star from Just Another Button Company.

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.

We Wish You A Safe Christmas

A combination of requests from stitchers for some of Rudolph’s friends to join him, and my husband getting tired of stitching the same ornament over and over again, have inspired me to add two more masked friends.

They are the same size and fabric as what we lovingly refer to as Rona Rudolph. Check fronyritterdesigns.com to see the variations in stitching and finishing for ideas for your ornament. Please stay safe and happy stitching!

This Year’s Stitched Ornament

Every year for the last thirty or so years we have hosted a Christmas breakfast for our closest friends. Every year I paint, bead or cross-stitched an ornament for each family, which means about 30 ornaments. I often begin right after Christmas so I finish in time.

This year I designed this Rudolph whose mask barely disguises his shiny nose. I figured it will help us remember (as if we could forget) this strange year.


I used 32 count Crystal Doubloon Lugano from Picture this Plus, edged it with pom poms from Lady Dot Creates and added a button from Jesse James. Since my husband is stitching some of the pieces, we are using a variety of fabrics and perforated paper, which you can see on the Frony Ritter Designs website.


Cackling Witches Brew Pub

This and several other patterns are part of a special Limited Edition group of cross stitch patterns that I am selling on Etsy, due to their my selling a specific amount of each.

This was stitched on 32 count Carrot Linen from Weeks Dye Works. I painted a fence board plaque black and mounted the stitched piece onto the boards.

Eek! A Halloween Cross Stitch

This design was inspired by my own home, where the spiders come piling in at the end of summer. Unlike this cross stitch where the critters are helpful, my spiders are useless for anything but hanging around.

I used hand dyed fabric from Fabric on a Whim, and set it off with a little sparkle from Kreinik. The cute little broom embellishment was from The Bee Company. I found the Hanger from Tim Holtz products.

The pattern is in the October 2020 issue of Just Cross Stitch.

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.