This website is about making your life more creative with ideas for cross stitch charts, some that are free and some that are for sale through distributors or your favorite needlework shop. I also have ideas for papercrafting and some free designs to paint or bead.
For many people, cross stitch is relaxing. It is easy to make it into a little kit that you can take with you and pull out to work on while you wait for appointments, or while on vacation. I have emergency kits in my car dash, briefcase, and almost every room in the house. I like to create patterns that are easy to complete so the beginner can feel the satisfaction of accomplishment.
There are so many fabrics to work on. Linen is beautiful and comes in almost every color you can think of. Wichelt has so many beautiful fabrics and are always coming out with more. If you are a beginner, working with Aida is easier. Perforated paper is also easy and fun. It is especially good to work on if you are going to combine stitching with papercrafting.
DMC thread from France is the most available, and just about every chart has at least a DMC conversion. They have a wide selection of colors. I absolutely love hand overdyed threads from a wonderful company in Ohio called The Gentle Art. The subtle variation in color makes the coolest shading. They are always creating amazing new colors. Krenick thread makes different sizes of thread. Many of them are sparkly and add life to stitchery projects.
Many of my projects use beads. I prefer Mill Hill Beads. I like to use them where someone might otherwise use French knots, since French knots can be like a groundhog, seeing it's shadow and dipping back under the fabric.
I am a person who loves to create things. I have since I can remember. I began my life with crafts, drawing on the walls, making doll clothes, making my own paper dolls, making things with bark, twigs and moss. I also fell in love with colors, officially in kindergarten when I was coloring in a Cinderella coloring book using Maroon. Every few years I fall in love with a new color and begin using in in my designs.
I began taking decorative painting lessons when I was 12, and painted with oil, acrylics and watercolor for fun since then. Having done counted cross stitch since about 16 when my sister taught me how, I began designing my own pieces about 20 years ago. My most recent adventure has been in beading. I am a beginner but I love the feel and look of the beads. I like making Christmas ornaments and letting the light shine through the back.
My day job (and my major purpose in life, as far as I know) is as a psychotherapist. I believe that part of healing and wholeness is creativity. Everyone needs to have some place in their life where they create. Many of my projects are very easy so you are not too discouraged if you are a beginner. At any rate, CREATE! Make stuff! Have fun! Do it with friends!
My card making designs are relatively simple. I think it is because when I was young and a craft project was in front of me I went rabid and maniacally stuck everything I could get my hands on to my project. Did you know you can get 4,000 macaronis on a plate? It looked like the Dollar store exploded. So, maybe my minimalist bent is to compensate for this.
One thing we humans need to have good mental health is time with others--playing. Paper crafting is playing. Cross stitching with others is playing. Painting with others is playing. About four times a year I have a "stamp camp" for my friends where we make cards and tags. Somehow it got renamed "tramp camp" but that's ok (maybe because of my scavenging, at least I hope so). We have fun. We also have "art night" several times a year. This year we painted old fence posts I couldn't bear to throw away when we got a new fence. I have even had large groups of people learn to make cards and tags. One of our local rotary clubs have spent several meetings over the years creating cards and tags.
Stitching is especially fun with friends. Here is a dear friend, helping me stitch a table runner for a magazine article.
Another friend of mine says, "You know if Frony hates you. She sends you a store bought card." Making cards and tags is an act of love. Today I look at the news and see so many people acting out hate. I want, for my part, to act out love. Making something for someone is an act of love. If I can foster that for others by offering these designs, I am very happy.
Here is a list (not complete because I know I forgot a few) of my published work. If you are interested you can buy back issues of magazines and books on the internet somewhere.