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Mirabilia Christmas Queen progress

Mirabilia Royal Holiday Cross Stitch By Lynn B
Ever since I started blogging I have picked up a very bad habit, well it is a bad habit for me and now drives me crazy, the absolute inability to resist starting too many projects at once, trust me, I never did this before, I only ever did one project at a time! 

I do tend to be a bit of a control freak and hate the feeling of being out of control with all this stitching going on at once. My latest victim is a Mirabilia pattern called Royal Holiday or Christmas Queen as it is otherwise known, which I started in April 2012, I could not believe it was that long since I started this project!!!   So I picked it up again the other day and I am loving stitching this as the colours are so vibrant. I am not too happy using the metallic thread, I always find it hard to make the stitches lie correctly on the fabric. 
Before I proceed further I am going to complete the backstitching on her face and then do the beading in the top section,  but thus far I think she looks pretty nice don’t you?  
Mirabilia Royal Holiday Christmas Queen Cross Stitch Lynn B
Message for Marion Arnold………
Thankyou for the comment about my small black cat patterns, I cannot reply to your email as it is set up as no reply so there is no way I can contact you. If you can email me again with an email address I can reply to, I can perhaps help you with sending the photos to me as I would love to see them!    
Thankyou for all of your comments, until next time…….
Happy Stitching! 
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. August 12, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    She is so pretty 🙂 I can relate to the metallic thread, I really dislike it and so many of these designs call for it too.

    Can't wait to see more of her!

  2. August 12, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    She looks so beautiful! I think she will really come to life with the backstitch on her face 🙂

  3. August 12, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    Beautiful Christmas queen
    I know what you mean about starting to many and I also buy way too much, darn blogging, lol
    Happy stitching

  4. August 12, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    Oh I know what you mean Lynn! I used to be the same! One project at a go – or at the most one large one and a little one to fill in the gaps when I get tired of the other 🙂
    Your Christmas Queen is looking gorgeous!

  5. August 12, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful…..

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  7. August 12, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    She is beautiful! Her colors look amazing. Can't wait to see what she looks like finished.

    I am not a fan of working with metallic thread either. The only thing I have found that saves my sanity is Thread Heaven. Keeps the threads from getting kinked up and knotting.

    I have a problem starting too many projects as well. I took a vow that I wouldn't start any more until I finished one…and started another one the next week!

    Happy stitching.

  8. August 12, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    This stitching is absolutely beautiful. I love the color of the linen background – such a majestic looking project!

  9. August 12, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    This is just gorgeous…the delicate, tiny stitches…my oh my! I so agree with you about the metallic threads…really, someone needs to invent a better product…c'mon DMC!
    Smiles, DianeM

  10. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    Espectacular bordado !!!!!!!!!! una maravilla, saludos.

  11. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    A gorgeous design. I know metallic thread makes you spit feathers but when you have the overall effect … so worth the effort.

  12. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    Oh she is so pretty already.

  13. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    Looking lovely, just keep going.

  14. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    She's lovely! You're doing a wonderful job!

  15. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    Sooooo pretty.
    This will be one gorgeous piece.

  16. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    She is truly gorgeous! You are doing a beautiful job and love all the beadwork. I just had to stitch with metallic thread today and yes its a different thread to stitch with. But the results are so pretty:)
    love Annette

  17. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    Que preciosidaddd es un gran bordado. Besosss

  18. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    Oh, isn't she stunning, Lynn!! Such wonderful detail in that design!

  19. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    It's gorgeous! I have several unfinished projects…guess I'd better get with it!

  20. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    Beautiful! I agree re blogging, I was a one at a time girl until I discovered blogs! Thread Heaven, short lengths and very slow stitching are my top tips for metallics but I hate it too!

  21. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    Oh I think she is gorgeous! Don't stop!

  22. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    So beautiful xxx

  23. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    She is stunning Lynn. I use to be a one at a time stitcher. Now I have about 160 started. But, that's the fun part.


  24. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    Very pretty Lynn and I am having the same problem about trying to not start too many projects but hey ho – it's al in the name of stitching fun. xx

  25. August 15, 2014 / 6:31 am

    Oh, Lynn – she is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I'm afraid I have the same problem as you – too many projects started…..my studio/craft room looks like (a) a bomb went off and (b) it's the home of a crazy craft woman. 😉 HOwever, I know where everything is and what goes with what. SHEESH.

  26. August 16, 2014 / 7:01 am

    She looks beautiful!

  27. August 26, 2014 / 10:22 am

    She is stunning, beautiful stitching! I know metallic is a pain, but sooo worth it.