Making jewelry from the cross stitch designs

Have you ever lamented the fact that you put so many hours into creating beautiful cross stitches and can only put them out for a holiday season and just a few people can see and appreciate your work? If you turn your work into jewelry then you can share your cross stitch masterpieces everywhere you go.

Here is what I used to make the purple necklace:
Fabric-Peoria Purple 30 ct. Linen from Weeks Dye Works
(I got this from The Finishing Touch in Louisville) 1 over 1
Metal frame from Spellbinders, Media Mixage MB2-0055
Beads are from my ancient bead box which include beads collected over my entire life. The lavender stones are amethyst.

To make the pink necklace:
Fabric-28 ct. Pink linen, 1 over 1
I changed the mauve colors to lighten them 814 to 3685, 3685 to 3687, 3687 to 3688
Chain-The Metal Gallery
Metal frame-Spellbinders Media Mixage, MB1-002
Lock, little key-Explorer by Traditions
Bigger keys-my charm box of things I have collected from various places.
I used two strands of DMC 814 to make cording that I lined the metal piece with as well as made a bow with it.

Think of wearing counted cross stitch as a public service. You can give others eye candy and promote the wonderful, relaxing and fun art of cross stitch at the same time.

They are here!

We are happy to announce the arrival of the first 11 designs from Frony Ritter Designs. Notice who slept late and missed the above photo, the two wine designs. Check out the website to see these sleeping beauties. These charts actually have two photos and two different instructions for stitching (except for the wine charts).

On the front is the stitched version. On the back the stitched and beaded version is shown. Inside are instructions for both. Also, for those of who who cannot get enough history, and for those of you who did not get enough history (you know who you are, speaking of oversleeping), I have included A Wee bit of History in the Celtic Series so not only will you stitch something beautiful, you can also annoy your friends with irrelevant facts.

The beads I use are seed beads and a few bugle beads from Mill Hill Beads. In addition to the standard issue happiest days of my life (marrying my husband, giving birth to children, the release of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure), I have forever treasured the day I received my first shipment of Mill Hill Beads. They are sparkly, come in amazing colors, and add depth and texture to stitched pieces. I actually like the beads added to these pieces better than the plain stitching, although both are fun and pretty. You have to see them in person to get the full effect.

If your local cross stitch store does not yet have these charts politely, but repeatedly ask them until they get them for you. Stitch away!