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.
This is the latest in my ongoing love affair with stitching on paper. The patterns for these are in the 2019 Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch. The handmade buttons are from Just Another Button Company. I cut out my own perforated paper using a die cut from MFT Stamps. And they would also look cute stitched on 14 count perforated paper and mounted on a tiny chalkboard.
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.
Here’s the equation for my newest design which is in August 2019 Just Cross Stitch.
- I got the new DMC Etoile (which means star in French) threads that sparkle and they made me think of something that glitters, crackles and snaps.
- I was in Denver a weekend in October and woke up to a 17 degree, snowy morning. I promptly ran outside to play while simultaneously having daydreams of a warm summer day by the beach having a celebration.
2. I whipped out my ever present sketch book and began to draw my daydream. I used the Etoile thread for the fireworks and put Mill Hill beads in to add sparkle. The rest is stitched in The Gentle Art overdyed thread to help create the Americana look.
Combine three of my favorite things—cross stitch, Halloween and cupcakes and you get this. The hatchet cupcake was inspired by a dessert I had many years ago at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C. I devoured a lethal dose of chocolate cake which had a cookie hatchet dripping with raspberry syrup embedded in the middle. Now I can add bloody hatchet to my bucket list of weird cross stitch design components.
This pattern is available in the 2018 Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch. I used DMC floss, Mill Hill Beads and Dense Fog Jobelan 28 count by Wichelt. Because of the non-standard frame size I found a piece of pine fencing, painted it black, and used cording, lace and a button to finish.
Just Cross Stitch just released their 2015 Special Collector’s Issue for Halloween. Of the 55 designs it contains, two of them are from Frony Ritter Designs.
The card is stitched on Antique Brown perforated paper. The brooms are a cutout from Lifestyle Crafts. While I have been asked what my favorite color is, and a geeky friend asked me to name my favorite mathematician upon our first meeting, no one has ever asked what my favorite shape might be. I stitched it here, in ornament form–the Gothic arch.
If you are looking for some cool autumn cross stitch designs, check out the Fall issue and the Halloween issue of the magazine Just Cross stitch. Frony Ritter Designs has a piece in each issue, both shown below. The sampler was inspired by the spiders who appear in my garden in the late summer doing acrobatics on their home made high wires. And the Spell check was inspired by my musings about what happens when witches make “spelling” errors. To get your copy of these magazines, go to your nearest store that sells cool cross stitch stuff or look on JustCrossStitch.com.
This week I spent time in the cross stitch deprivation chamber, otherwise known as the kitchen, making 100 cupcakes for the Grand Poobah of the Royal Order of the Water Buffalo (Flintstones reference) otherwise known as my dear husband who is engaged in one of his many endeavors to “leave the world better than I found it.” Why the coke bottle? These cupcakes are Jack and Coke.