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My first finishes of 2010.

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a lovely New Year and are enjoying 2010 so far!
I have not been doing much stitching in the first two weeks of January as I have been quite busy doing other things, but I did manage to put the finishing touches to this box and contents that I started in Nov/December last year.
I designed the needlebook, (pattern now available here) , square cross stitched pillow, the felt pillow and the bottle cap pincushion myself, the round rose embroidered tuffett was not my own design as I have seen many examples of this design on other blogs. I made the pins using Swarovski Crystals and the box was a modified design of a tutorial I found on another blog, the tutorials and more photo’s are available in this post below.
Stitching news
I have set up a blog called lynnscrossstitchtutorials here , I have been asked quite a few times how I have completed my cross stitch projects so I thought I would put all of my tutorials in one place.
My first giveaway of 2010
I am currently planning and stitching my first giveaway for 2010, it will be published on the 25 January. I know that sounds very specific but I will be taking part in the One World One Heart giveaway that starts on that date, if you wish to take part in the One World One Heart event all you have to do is sign up on the 25th January and promise to give away a prize to one winner in your own blog draw.
I am looking forward to seeing my old friends visiting and hoping to see some new friends too, so don’t forget pop back and see me on the 25th, if you like what I have stitched then leave a comment and you could be a winner!
I am also currently planning and stitching my first 2010 personal exchange that will be sent at the end of January, obviously I cannot show pictures yet, but I am really looking forward to sending it, I will show pictures once my exchange partner receives it.
Collage in my last post
I have been asked a couple of times how I created the collage in the last post – I downloaded Picasa 3 from the internet, it is a free photo editing design that allows you to create collages.
The cording was handmade out of DMC thread using a small drill.
I used four pieces of dmc thread and twisted it with the drill until it was really tight and then started to kink, when that happens fold the twisted threads in half and all of the threads will coil around each other and make this matching cording for all of your projects.
Edited: You can now see a tutorial for making hand made cord on my finishing blog here 
Instructions and patterns
The box was made following basic box instructions, you can see my tutorial on my finishing blog here although I did change the design by altering the top and adding a drawer.  
The Needlebook 
The pattern for the needle book is available here
The bottle cap pin cushion 
I found this lovely tutorial showing how to make these cute pincushions here  by Jen Segrest, she has also  published some of her pincushions  in the book Pretty Little Pincushions, I bought the book after seeing her tutorial for the bottle cap cushion, it really is worth buying as there are some lovely ideas in there. 
The Pins Pillow pincushion is my own design, I have put the pattern instructions together to make the larger pillow measuring about 10cm x 7cm. If you would like a copy of the pattern ( excluding materials ) just leave me a comment with your email address and I will happily send it to you. 

Thankyou for leaving such lovely comments in my last post, I enjoyed reading them all.
Happy stitching everyone!
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. January 17, 2010 / 11:21 pm

    Wow!! This is amazing!!!!!! The set looks so beautiful together!!!!!!

  2. January 17, 2010 / 11:21 pm

    I knew if i waited patiently, my wait would be rewarded with a feast of tasty treats for the New year. Your box of needlework accessories is a real treat. I love the little bubble letter pin cushion and it's especially yummy in pink :>) The bottle top pincushion is such a clever idea and a neat little extra which could easily be tucked into a little tin of sewing needfuls to take on your travels.

    I can't wait to see our tutorials. Everything you stitch and finish has your own unique flair.
    Warm wishes Angela

  3. January 17, 2010 / 11:22 pm

    How very beautiful! This is quite the exquisite set! I have added your tutorial blog to my blog roll so I can find it whenever I need it. Thank you for doing that!

  4. January 17, 2010 / 11:22 pm

    Such a lovely lot of finishes to start the New Year.

  5. January 17, 2010 / 11:22 pm

    What beautiful workmanship! Just exquisite!

  6. January 17, 2010 / 11:23 pm

    they're soooo pretty, well done! I have yet to try my hand at pinkeeps or needle books, although I have made a couple of fobs.
    The cap pincushion is a very good idea, I've been meaning to make one for so long now, I think I've lost the caps!

  7. January 17, 2010 / 11:23 pm

    Lovely finishes! (Honestly, I say that every time I comment, but your finishes are just so lovely.)
    Will you be putting up the pattern for the needlebook since you designed it yourself? It's very pretty.

  8. January 18, 2010 / 10:04 am

    Your finishes are beautiful!

  9. January 18, 2010 / 10:04 am

    Beautiful! :):) I love them!!!

  10. January 18, 2010 / 10:04 am

    Wow!!! So beautiful!

  11. January 18, 2010 / 10:04 am

    Gorgeous set! Your finishings are unique and exquisite.


  12. January 18, 2010 / 10:04 am

    wow…gorgeous finishing…..thnk you for starting a tutorial blog.

    Looking forward for your giveaway

  13. January 18, 2010 / 10:04 am

    Lynn, you have the most gorgeous finishes. Thank you for starting a blog of your tutorials too. May I please have a copy of your Pins Pillow Pincushion?

    Thank you,

  14. January 18, 2010 / 10:04 am

    Beautiful finishes Lynn! That pink is so cheerful :)

  15. January 18, 2010 / 10:04 am

    Just Gorgeous! I found your blog by surfing and I am so glad I did. One day I will learn how to cross stitch I have been wanting to learn this for so long. I am one of your new followers!
    Peace and Blessings
    Cheryl..Snatch JOY~!

  16. January 18, 2010 / 10:04 am

    Your work is lovely! I'd love to receive a copy of the pillow pattern. I believe that you should be able to see my email without my posting it.

    Thanks for sharing pictures of your work, and I look forward to taking advantage of your tutorials – I love the trim that you've used.

    A new fan,


  17. January 18, 2010 / 10:04 am

    Your finishes are just gorgeous. If you all (not you Lynn) look at the photo above that is exactly what Lynn sent me to make my own Pins cushion and I am making it as I type (not really but you know what I mean). It will be finished tomorrow and go on my blog. Thank you so so much Lynn you are just such a kind-hearted person. Hope you got all your chores done!
    Lots of Love
    Patti xxx

  18. January 18, 2010 / 6:20 pm

    how i loved the finishes.. it's everything so beautifull. the box is amazing as well the other parts..


    if you have a little time you are welcoem to visti my spoy.

  19. January 18, 2010 / 6:20 pm

    Very Beautiful!

  20. January 18, 2010 / 6:20 pm

    Beautiful finishes, I just wish I could say that I had at least one done this year, but I have been working on one large project which is the Celtic Summer Lavender and Lace design and she will soon be done then I can work on some of my smaller projects.

  21. January 18, 2010 / 7:23 pm


    Thankyou so much for the lovely comments. I did forget to mention that I sent Patti the pin pillow kit (thanks Patti I did mean to post that on my blog)I am glad you liked it.
    I am hoping to put the cross stitch grid together for the needlebook and the pillow.

    Again, thankyou ladies for all of the lovely comments, I really appreciate them, and welcome to all of me new followers!

    Lynn B

  22. January 18, 2010 / 7:24 pm

    Sorry, that was supposed to say my new followers!

  23. January 18, 2010 / 9:01 pm

    Gorgeous finishes.

  24. January 19, 2010 / 10:19 am

    Those are beatiful. Love your design.

  25. January 19, 2010 / 10:20 am

    great finishes! what pattern did you use for the needlebook and little pillow? I would love the directions for your Pins pillow as well. hugs, karen

  26. January 19, 2010 / 10:20 am

    Oh Lynn, just beautiful and pink being my favourite colour, just can't go wrong. I'm assuming when you blog on your new tutorial blog you'll maybe include the x-stitch pattern for the needle case.

    Would love to make this whole set!!


  27. January 19, 2010 / 8:38 pm

    This entire set is beautiful. Lovely finishing. I would very much like the pattern to make the pin cushion. Thank you very much.

  28. January 19, 2010 / 10:41 pm

    Oooh Lynn it's all so beautiful. It's making me nervous now lol. Actually I do already have in mind what I am going to be making for you. I love the way you have made the needlebook. Brilliant! x

  29. January 19, 2010 / 11:05 pm

    I would like to receive the pin pillow pattern. I agree with everyone else – everything you make is luscious. Thank you.

  30. January 20, 2010 / 9:02 pm

    Magnificent is the only word that came to mind when I saw this work.
    You could make the schemes – graphics – so I can make one too??
    my email is: peralva57@gmail.com.
    hugs Maria Filomena,
    a Luso Brazilian Portugal

  31. January 20, 2010 / 9:11 pm

    I would love a copy of the needle book design. . How did you make the pins using Swarovski Crystals?

    cytojo at roadrunner fot com

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  33. January 21, 2010 / 7:48 am

    Stunning my dear, simply stunning. That is just so beautiful. The stitching is perfect and your finishing – WOW!!!

  34. January 21, 2010 / 7:48 am

    ah sorry, is me again.. but..How did you make the pins using Swarovski Crystals? thank you.. dule2911@gmail.com..

  35. January 21, 2010 / 8:23 pm

    What a great finish for the new year. Those are so beautiful and you did a lovely job on them.

    I hope you're doing well and that the cold snap has warmed up a bit where you are. There's been enough snow for this year, hasn't it? :)

  36. Anonymous
    January 21, 2010 / 8:28 pm

    Hello Lynn, thank you for visiting….the little dutch girls were machine stitched onto linen…without a backing…..Warm Regards Lyn

  37. Anonymous
    January 21, 2010 / 11:29 pm

    Beautiful finishes!!! Your work is so lovely.

  38. January 22, 2010 / 12:14 pm

    What a fabulous box of treasures.
    Everything is so beautifully stitched and finished – just inspirational.
    I'd love to have the pin pillow instructions please.
    Thank you,

  39. January 22, 2010 / 12:14 pm

    Oops, in my first request, I forgot to ask for the pin pillow pattern. Fixed my blog for emails now.

    Thank you

  40. January 22, 2010 / 7:49 pm

    I love your finishes! :) May I have a copy of your Pins Pillow Pincushion too?

    Thank you,

  41. January 23, 2010 / 9:36 am

    WOW these pieces are absolutely gorgeous! Thankyou for posting the instructions for the box and the bottlecap pin cushion I will enjoy making them. How did you add the drawer to your box? It looks absolutely fantastic! I found your blog via twitter and have added it to my favourites list. I will be coming back to read more, your work is stunning!

  42. January 26, 2010 / 8:27 pm

    Oh, your finishes are so beautiful!
    May I have a copy of your Pins Pillow Pincushion, please?
    Thank you!

  43. January 27, 2010 / 9:14 pm

    What an adorable pincushion!!!

    May I also have a copy of your PINS Pillow Pincushion?

    Thank you so much!

  44. January 27, 2010 / 9:14 pm

    What an ADORABLE pincushion!!!

    May I also pleae have a copy of your PINS pincushion?

    Thank you!

  45. Anonymous
    January 30, 2010 / 8:32 pm

    Hope this doesn't post twice; I got some weird error message.

    I would love to get the PINS pillow pincushion pattern


  46. February 1, 2010 / 5:16 pm

    Questo set è stupendo!!!!!!
    il "little tuffet pin pillows" è adorabile!!!!!!
    lascio la mia mail mi farebbe davvero piacere ricevere il tutorial e provare a fare qualcosa di suo!!!!!!!

  47. February 4, 2010 / 8:04 pm

    Your finishes are very beautiful!

  48. February 5, 2010 / 9:49 am

    These are gorgeous finishes Lynn. I would love a copy of your pincushion instructions please.

    Thank you. :o)

  49. February 14, 2010 / 9:57 pm

    Stunning! Your work is so inspiring. I would like the instructions for the pins pillow. I am going to attempt to make one! Thanks for your inspiration and beautiful photos of your work.

  50. February 15, 2010 / 7:52 pm

    Your work is beautiful Lynn, it makes me wish I had more time in my day to create!! I would love it if you could send me the instructions for your pin pillow…

    Thanks so much :)

    nicolespence22 at hotmail dot com

  51. February 16, 2010 / 6:34 pm

    I thought that the entire set was just beautiful. Love that PINK! Would love to have a copy of the pins patterns along with the others -& I will have to make it. I hope that I can show it on my blog. My email & blog addresses are:
    Thanks so much for sharing your patterns. I am a newcomer to cross stitching.

  52. February 16, 2010 / 6:34 pm

    I think that the entire set as a whole complimented each other greatly. The Pin Pattern is so cute & I would love to have a copy of the pattern – need to make this one & post on my blog if that is okay by you. (Love pincushions).

    I would love to have the other patterns as well although they look very time consuming – since I am basically new to cross stitching. Here is my email address & my blog address if you would like to visit me. I am getting ready to become a follower on your list. Thank you for the pattern & for sharing your ideas, your work & your patterns to each & everyone of us that desire it.

  53. March 8, 2010 / 3:01 pm

    Its so beautiful and cute. I would like to become a follower on your list. Thks for sharing your ideas with us. I would love to have a copy of the pattern as a bday gift for my daughter on 9th March. Tks. my email is angietan33@hotmail.com and my blog is http://angie-stitchntat.blogspot.com

  54. Anonymous
    February 3, 2011 / 9:27 am

    Hi, I really like the pins pillow that u made.
    And I´d be very happy if you can send me the pattern.


    Thank you, Vicky

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  56. September 21, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    hi i so love your blog and have been following for a long time and would so love to get the pattern for the pins pin cusion , my email is overmypinkrainbow at yahoo.com i thank you so very much it is darling
    georgia from ohio