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Santa update, Bookstore finished and more stitching on Free Advent Calendar

Hi everyone, I have finished cross stitching the Santa pattern from Mirabilia, just need to do the beading!

I am loving this Santa pattern, it really is quite a simple design to stitch as there are large blocks of colour together, I really enjoyed stitching this. I stitched it using the called for DMC threads and I love the result.

My next finish is The Book Store by Country Cottage Needleworks, again another easy design to stitch. 
Summer Pattern

I started designing this pattern last year but I have lost the design on my computer, I think I accidentally deleted it so I have to start all over again!
It is a pretty Summer design and I love the colours, I am unsure whether to put a Jane Austin verse in this, I just need to think about it a little more.   
I am still working on the Free Patterns from Brooks Books, they are so lovely and bright to stitch.   
One of my blog readers sent me a photo of this beautiful needlebook she stitched using one of my free patterns, isn’t it gorgeous! I loooooove it!!!!!
Everything about it is simply outstanding, I love the way she has put the needlebook together with beads instead of cross stitch and the perfect blanket stitches around the edge. 
Lesta has really inspired me to try and make one just like this.
If you would like the free pattern for the cross stitch pattern you get it here from my blog together with all of the other designs of the seasons.
Freebie Friday and stitch along 
I am currently designing and stitching the Autumn pattern for the seasons series for 2019, I will be posting the free pattern on Friday.
You can see the first Summer pattern in the series here
I am planning on doing a stitch along if anyone would like to join me, I will be making a smaller  design to compliment the Autumn 2019 pattern which will be finished and offered as a free giveaway to one winner.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is join in the stitch along and send me a photo of your fully finished cross stitch that has been made into a finishing of your choice, for example a pillow, a mini quilt or anything you decide.
Full details of the stitch along will be posted on this Friday 13th September.
Until next time, happy stitching!

Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. September 12, 2019 / 10:29 am

    Santa & the Bookstore turned out so pretty.
    The Summer design is cute.

  2. September 12, 2019 / 10:29 am

    I have fell in love with your Santa , it's beautiful .
    Love the book store and your summer stitch , enjoy a lovely week ,

  3. September 12, 2019 / 10:29 am

    Beautiful stitching – love the Santa and I know the beads will really make it extra special. Love Lesta's needlebook – such perfect autumn colors.

  4. September 13, 2019 / 10:24 am

    Santa is looking gorgeous already…….looking forward to seeing it with all those beads! Love the Bookstore stitching, those colors are just wonderfull.

  5. September 13, 2019 / 10:24 am

    Love all your pretty projects and finishes. The Santa is so amazing. Thank you for all the lovely patterns you design for us. Wishing you a lovely day. :)

  6. September 13, 2019 / 10:24 am

    Lynn your Santa looks wonderful, I also like the book store pattern wishing I could own a shop with books and crafts loll's. Lovely needle case by your fellow blogger the finish is very neat.
    best wishes

  7. September 13, 2019 / 9:20 pm

    You do the most amazing charts. Love the flower one. Santa is sweet with all his beads. Thanks for the autumn chart, can't wait to see what spring and winter will be. Big hugs Lynda Ruth

  8. September 16, 2019 / 1:18 pm

    Lynn, all your cross stitches are gorgeous, but your Santa is outstanding. I'm amazed at the projects you are able to produce so quickly. Beautiful job!

  9. September 16, 2019 / 1:18 pm

    Sweet stitching, I love the book store!
    The needlebook looks fantastic, great job Lesta!