Cape Cod Fireworks Cross Stitch

Here’s the equation for my newest design which is in August 2019 Just Cross Stitch.

  1. 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.

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  1. 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.

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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.

Halloween Cupcakes

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.

Sweet Mrs. Santa Cross Stitch

Behind every great man is a woman. Here she is, Sweet Mrs. Santa, fully equipped with yummy Christmas sweets, including my childhood favorite—ribbon candy. It was guaranteed to exceed your mouth size and create stickiness everywhere.

One is stitched on Aida and one on perforated paper using Mill Hill beads and DMC floss.

Celtic Diamonds Cross Stitch

Here is my latest design in my Celtic Series. I stitched it with beads onto perforated paper and also stitched it on Jobelan using DMC floss and Kreinik metallic threads. It is sparkly, fun and the symmetry of the design is satisfies my need for order.

The pattern will be available at the end of this month.

My Christmas Philosophy

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.

Celtic Christmas Ornament

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.

Dragonfly Cross Stitch

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.

Valentine Ornaments

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
Viking Times–Pillage?
Ancient Greece–Be my Adonis
Ancient Egypt– ;-,,’
Early Man—Ooooog

Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

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.

Snowflakes at midnight

No snowflake is exactly alike. The pile of snowflakes at the bottom of this picture proves it again.  While remembering the magic of snow silently falling in the middle of the night, I experimented with various colors, sparkly threads and beads until it felt just right.  I then stitched it small to make a necklace and then made the pattern using all Delica beads.  This chart is now available through your favorite cross stitch store now.