These cross stitch patterns began as a suggestion from the never ending idea fountain that comes out of my son’s head. I saw people wearing “I’m vaccinated” buttons, and I figured if we can’t have lollipops because we didn’t cry during our shot we could have a sign or a button, and combine our celebration with other holidays.
The shamrocks were stitched on 28 count Morning Dew Jobelan from Wichelt over two threads. The hearts were stitched on 14 count Silver Aida from DMC/Charles Craft. These patterns would also go well on 18 or 22 count fabric and made into pins. I mounted my finished pieces on a 4” square canvas and painted an easel black in order to display.
This pattern began as I was trying to distill what I wanted to say to those I loved in as few words as possible. Since I stitch most of my patterns at least twice, I framed the first one and set it on my husband’s nightstand. The second stitching, which is featured on the pattern, I mounted on a piece of stained pine so it looks like a postcard. I stitched the third one on 18 count fabric so it could fit in this tin envelope I found at JoAnns.
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
Ancient Greece–Be my Adonis
Ancient Egypt– ;-,,’