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.