This design is in the 2020 book, A Cross Stitch Christmas from Craftways. These nutcrackers are inspired by friends who have a house full of nutcrackers at Christmas time. I wanted them to be soft and whimsical, so I used pastels. To sparkle them up I used Mill Hill Beads and Kreinik blending filament on the gumdrops. you can get your book by calling their direct service line at 1-800-713-1234.
Here’s a new pattern I made to express feelings I have about the love of friends. The quote is from The poet Rumi, who lived in the 13th century. I used all my favorite threads and colors. Peoria Purple Linen and thread from Week’s Dye works, metallic thread from Kreinik, overdyed thread by The Gentle Art and DMC. After searching the earth for the right frame I found this one at Craft Warehouse in Gresham, Oregon.
When I was about six I made a lantern with Tennessee fireflies in a jar until a Ranger threatened me with jail for false imprisonment. Luckily no fireflies were harmed in the making of this memory as I set them free to avoid embarking on a criminal lifestyle. But I still love fireflies and made this design as a companion to the dragonfly I designed last year.
I used Sulky Holoshimmer thread for the firefly body and lettering. And I used Kreinik rainbow blending filament added to color for the wings, and Kreinik glow in the dark blending filament for the tail, for a glow around the tail, and just for fun in the flower centers.
An as child, I always wanted the job of painting the sunset every evening. So I did the next best thing, and designed and stitched my version of what it looks like in my mind. Kreinik has micro Chenille in Peacock, which I tethered down like the little people tethered down Gulliver in Gulliver’s Travels. I added Kreinik Pearl blending filament to the wings and sprinkled the garland with seed beads.
Seems like a lot of things can go wrong at Christmastime. I imagined a scene of what could go wrong for Santa and how he would make the best of it (really I imagined the zany things that would happen if I were Santa). The pattern is in the December 2017 issue of Just Cross Stitch.
I used a beautiful fabric that is pale blue with sparkles throughout the fabric. It is Crystal Aerial hand-dyed Lugana from Picture this plus. There are also some Mill Hill beads and Kreinik thread to help the piece sparkle. For the fur I used Rainbow Gallery Wisper thread and teased it a little with a needle to make it look fluffy. It was so fun to use the different threads I stitched the design two times.
Here is what I designed for the 2017 Special Holiday Issue of Just Cross Stitch. I stitched them on 28 count linen in two different colors, and two threads over two squares, and one thread over one square for the tiny one. Mill Hill beads are on the borders and Kreinik glittery thread is on the wings. The green piece is the one that is featured in the magazine.
I have achieved one of my goals in life…making a cross stitch design with a pair of underwear somewhere in it. When I was trying to think about what would be really scary, my fear of laundry monsters, which persists to this day, came to mind. Actually, my husband, who does all the laundry, reminded me of my aversion to (all) housework and this design was born. The words are stitched in glow in the dark thread from Kreinik to remind us what really is scary in the dark.
The pattern is in the 2017 Special Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch.
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.