Here are my new Bee Minis, inspired by Peggy from The Crafty Framer in Largo, Florida. I stitched them on three different fabrics, and embellished them with Mill Hill Beads and buttons from Just Another Button Company. I have decorated a “bee tree” with them for the summer.
I got plain wooden shoes from Holland and painted them doing acrylic color washes so I could have a spring decoration.
Here is a design I made for this beautiful box that Dennis Mulhern from Patches N Planks made. He finished the inside of the box as beautifully as the outside. I used DMC thread and fabric, and Kreinik cording. To get the variegated blue jewel look, I used Painter’s thread from Threadnuts in the color Nikki. The pattern is available in the April 2017 issue of Just Cross stitch.
Someone asked me if I ever stitch other artist’s designs. I do. Using DMC floss, I cross stitched the 1895 oil on canvas painting called Coign of Vantage by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
Here is the fifth design in the Summer Series. I used all my favorite colors and threads. The fabric is Cornflower Blue hand dyed linen from Wichelt. I also used DMC floss, The Gentle Art over dyed thread, Kreinik Rainbow blending filament, Sulky Holoshimmer thread and Mill Hill beads. I can only get away with that much color and glitter at a five year old princess party or designing counted cross stitch.
Since I never miss a chance to cheer about something, including living through the week, I have created counted cross stitch patterns to celebrate special days. When nothing else is going on, I hook “Oh” to the front of the flags to make “Oh Happy Day”. I am currently working on more flags as there are so many things to celebrate, including but not limited to coffee, love, peace, hugs and sunshiny.
To chase away the winter blues here is a free pattern to stitch, using bright colors to cheer you up. Research either does or should show that bright colors help reduce depression. The pattern is available on FronyRitterDesigns.com under free patterns.
Here is my version of conversation hearts, cross stitched on perforated paper with Mill Hill beads added. These patterns are available in the February 2017 issue of Just Cross Stitch.
I realized I dated myself with the sayings on the hearts. So I devised a scheme to find out what decade a person was born in by giving them a drawing of a heart and have them write in sayings to make them conversation hearts. Here is the answer key:
2010–BFF, Tweet Me
2000–Chill Out, Text Me
1990s–Cool Dude, Fax Me
1960s–Far Out, Groovy
1950s–Hep Cat, Heart Throb
1900–Be Mine, Kiss Me
And, of course conversation hearts were much more serious in the past. You are unlikely to have anyone provide these answers but they are still part of the answer key.
Russian Revolution–Luv Lenin
French Revolution–Let them eat candy hearts
Shakespearean Times–Get thee to a nunnery
Ancient Greece–Be my Adonis
Ancient Egypt– ;-,,’
This design can be found in the 2016 Christmas Ornament Issue of Just Cross Stitch. I added Mill Hill beads to the piece to sparkle it up. I also added an easy recipe for peppermint chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting, marshmallow filling and an infusion of Peppermint Bark Liqueur from Eastside Distilling in Portland, guaranteed to provide you with lots of pleasure and unwanted pounds.
This year I learned there was a name for leftover bits of stitching floss. They are called “orts”. I had coined the word “flivers” by joining the words “floss” and “slivers” and used that term until I was enlightened. My husband, when he finds threads on the floor or his clothes, or in his soda, calls them “sniblets”. (Unlike mine, his word doesn’t make sense.) There is even a needlework store in Florida called Needle Orts.
I loved my ort colors from my recent chart, Stay Cool My Friend, so I kept them and made paper. Here’s how.
1. I cut my orts into small pieces.
2. I tore scrap paper into shreds.
3. I let in soak in water for an hour or so.
4. My husband, suspecting what I was up to, hid the blender because he remembers when I fried the blender with paper pulp. In the days when a floppy disk was a frisbee grandma made of polyester and a memory stick was a prop used in New Age group therapy, I had to print out copies of my thesis every time I changed it. I both wanted to avoid wasting the piles of paper and use the recycled paper to make Thank You cards to my professors who endured the paper Avalanche I foisted on them (and because they let me cross stitch during class). So this time I used a mortar and pestle.
5. Grind paper to pulp, mix in orts. Some people add a little white glue. If you want your paper to be less porous add a little cornstarch.
6. Spread onto a screen and flatten with a sponge or hand.
7. Let water seep out and let dry.
8. Pop out of screen and admire.
9. Use to make cards and tags and stay cool my friend and repurpose your orts.