Every year for the last thirty or so years we have hosted a Christmas breakfast for our closest friends. Every year I paint, bead or cross-stitched an ornament for each family, which means about 30 ornaments. I often begin right after Christmas so I finish in time.
This year I designed this Rudolph whose mask barely disguises his shiny nose. I figured it will help us remember (as if we could forget) this strange year.
I used 32 count Crystal Doubloon Lugano from Picture this Plus, edged it with pom poms from Lady Dot Creates and added a button from Jesse James. Since my husband is stitching some of the pieces, we are using a variety of fabrics and perforated paper, which you can see on the Frony Ritter Designs website.
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.
It has been over 100 degrees most of the summer where I live, and nothing cools me down faster than cross stitching Santa Claus. Now you can stitch him too.
Here is the latest piece in the Winter Series. He can be stitched and turned into a tree ornament or framed. There are instructions on the chart for both beading with stitching and just using DMC thread.
So, to stay cool you can either go to the expense of putting in a pool, spend a fortune on air conditioning or Otter Pops, or just stitch Santa.
I said I was going to stitch the snowflakes and omit the background. Shortly after I made that threat I received some new fabric. This was the catalyst to stitch the flakes. It was so exciting I spent every spare second stitching–in the dentist chair, in the passenger seat, while eating breakfast, and I even snuck a few stitches at a party while no one was looking. For Halloween I even dressed as a cross stitcher. It was an amazingly radical costume.
Here are the results of my stitching frenzy.
On the left is the mint snowflake stitched in DMC 14 ct. Stardust Aida Silver Dusted. Working with this fabric feels a little like the fairy tale where moonlight and silk are combined to make a magical fabric. (Or is this a story I imagined?) The results are subtle and beautiful.
The middle piece was stitched with my favorite fabric, which I am currently rationing until it is gone. It is Peoria Purple by Weeks Dye Works. I used a 3 ¾ circle die cut by Sizzix using the Acid free mounting board by Savage.
Wichelt just released this stunning new fabric called Riviera Coral, 14 count. When I saw it I knew it was the perfect marriage with the sunset snowflake design. I also tilted the design to see what it would look like. For the details about the supplies for each piece see fronyritterdesigns.com.
Today was my zinnias’ last day of life. Here are their final gifts to the world. They had to make room for winter flowers.
Speaking of snowflakes, as a kid did you mix snow and vanilla to make “ice cream”? I am trying to remember who conned me into that non-delicious idea. I think it was the same person who claimed that a stick is the most versatile toy in the world.