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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.