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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year, we visited England and travelled around a bit, we returned on Wednesday this week and we are very glad to be home.
I thought I would start off the new year with photos of my recent framing, I finished these quite a while ago but I am happy to have them framed, and as you can Santa’s Village is finally finished, I am so pleased.  

There are quite a few photos to show in this post, I have some progress on my Gothic Lady from Heaven and Earth designs, (I think this pattern is now discontinued) a new start and now nearly finished red silk sampler, some progress on my Twelve Days of Christmas ornaments, a finished hand made knitted cowl and some silk wrist warmers and of course the framed pieces in a little more detail! Phew!

It is a while since I have posted so there are quite a few things to show.
Santa’s Village – at last!
Country Cottage Needleworks 
Ice Cream Sundae
Little House Needleworks
I love this pattern!
Here are a couple of close ups for the detail
I am stitching this Heaven and Earth design using two threads of DMC stranded cotton on 18 count aida fabric.
I started this red silk sampler over Christmas, it was quick to stitch but I then ran out of the red silk, I am awaiting delivery of just one more skein so that I can finish it.
This is a free pattern that I have had for a while,  but  I am unsure where I got it from.
This is the silk I used, it is ever so soft and nice to stitch with.
These are the Twelve Days of Christmas ornaments I am currently stitching, I was hoping to get these finished but I ran out of the red beads and had to wait for the delivery.
The pattern is by Sue Hillis Designs
I love the colours in this pattern, so deep and rich. 
I have also been doing some knitting before Christmas but I cannot remember if I showed you the finished cowl, it is made from Rowan wool and is very warm and cosy.
I had a couple of balls of Drops Alpaca Silk and decided to knit these wrist warmers from their free pattern here, they are quick to knit, just a couple of evenings to finish, I think they would make a perfect gift. 
Until next time, happy stitching!
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. January 22, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    You have been busy! The red sampler looks like it stitched up very quickly, and I have to say Santa's Village looks stunning!

  2. January 22, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Hi dear Lynn,
    Best wishes for you and your husband and a happy year in your french home. What a beautiful photo's you have posted today. I love the framed works, they are really lovely finished now. And oh Santa's Village….is is so sweet….
    The redwork lookes very nice, I see you are using french silk *Ü*.
    Your knittings look very beautifulnand warm. Super handy now cause it's cold!
    Salutations e a bientot!

  3. January 22, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Stitching with just red is always so striking! I particularly love your project and your fabric choice is wonderful! HAEDs are beautiful and I so admire anyone who can stitch them! They're not for me but I so love them!

    Happy New Year!

  4. January 22, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Lynn – these are beautiful – I really love Santa's village and have wanted to do that one for a long time!

  5. January 22, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    All your projects are so beautiful, Lynn. I envy you your knitting skills. Nice to have you back. 🙂

  6. January 22, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Happy New Year Lynn. My goodness where do i start you have a lovely collection of projects, Santa's village looks beautiful and I love the Rosey cross stitch.
    Your lovely warm looking cowl looks good to.
    Take care
    Julie.C x

  7. January 22, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I will also wish you a Happy 2017!
    Framing a beauty!

  8. January 22, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I adore your christmas village, such lovely work. Actually I like all your work, beautiful stitching. Your cowl looks snuggly and warm, great colour choice xx

  9. February 3, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Hi Lynn: Oh my you have been busy, love the wrist warmers and the cowl, the colors are lovely.
    I love stitching with red thread, it is so beautiful it reminds me of Valentines day.
    Santa's Village is so sweet.


  10. February 3, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    WOW! Everything looks so beautiful. I'm sure you were very pleased with the framing. We are currently in the middle of renovations and I look forward to my enjoyable evenings of cross stitching. Happy New Year!

  11. February 3, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Je suis française, et j' apprécie beaucoup votre blog,
    J'aime beaucoup vos modèles ,le village du Père Noeil est superbe, ou avez vous pris le modele de snood( tour de cou) bleu ?j'aime tricoter, en ce moment je fais un pull á torsades et losanges pour mon fils, modele Bergère de France.
    Á bientot sur votre blog

  12. February 3, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Someone's been busy!!! 😉 I adore the Santa village, the colours are wonderful. Hope your silk arrives soon as you have made great progress on your sampler. The Christmas ornaments are gorgeous too. Love your knitting projects…you are so talented!

  13. February 3, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    All great finishes.
    The Village is awesome.

  14. February 3, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    All the items you made are wonderful. I especially like the Santa's Village and the silk wrist warmers.

  15. February 3, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Happy new year Lynn, your stitching is beautiful as is your knitting. You have been very busy. Loving the progress of your HAED. The Christmas Village is beautiful as are the other projects. The Au Ver A Soie d'alger is a lovely thread to work with, I too like it.Adore the twelve days of Christmas and especially as individual ornaments. Great to hear from you .

  16. February 3, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    What a great start to the new year – you Christmas village is amazing! Love the ornament collection – they will look great on your tree next year. Your work is nothing less than perfection.

  17. February 3, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Congratulations on your huge finish of Santa's Village. Your framed pieces looks so very beautiful! Oh, that freebie in red silk is a wonderful piece Lynn! Such nice wrist warmers you have made. 🙂

  18. February 5, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    Wow lots of beautiful stitching!

  19. February 5, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    Wowwww!!!!! Such beautiful works!!!!