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Cross Stitch Book Review and a free pattern.

Hi everyone, in this post I will be doing a cross stitch book review and showing a free pattern that I have prepared for you and stitched for December.

I also show a finished pretty love heart cross stitch that is available in the book.

EDITED: Giveaway now closed, winner announced on this post.

If you leave a comment on this post before 31st December stating

  1. Who is your favourite designer.
  2. What patterns are your favourite.

I will choose one lucky winner to be sent a free digital copy of 365 Cross Stitch by Jennifer Dargel and some additional gifts shown below.

You must already be a subscriber to my website to enter. The winner will be announced in the New Year.

Let 365 Cross-Stitch take you through all the basics and a variety of sizes. Find motifs for everyone, including nature, letters, geometric and abstract designs, and holiday themes.

In 365 Cross-Stitch, author Jennifer Dargel shows readers how to create various cross-stitch designs that are both modern and traditional.

All of the designs offer different difficulty levels so that those who are beginners and advanced stitchers can enjoy these motifs. I stitched the love heart design from the book in a couple of evenings.

The cross-stitch designs featured in the book include animals, letters, nature, geometric and abstract designs, and more.

So there is a little bit of something for everyone to join in on the fun! One helpful feature of the book is a section to plan your designs.

This helps you to stay organized, plan everything from the colour’s you will use in your motif and the design itself, and note the person you may gift it to. 

If you would love to be in with a chance of winning a free digital copy of the book with some added freebies then comment below this post! Only one winner.

Free December cross stitch pattern.

I designed this pretty little pattern to stitch for December, it takes a couple of evenings to stitch and makes an ideal ornament for the Christmas tree or to use in a Christmas card.

Free December Cross Stitch Pattern featuring a little brown house, snow falling and a pretty love heart hanging from the top.

Just a few more stitches to finish and then I can make it into a pretty ornament.

You can download the free pattern below this post.

Additional freebies included for one winner.

I decided to add some additional freebies from my Etsy shop that will include some floss tags with two rings, (excluding threads) project cards (not shown) and one of each of the stickers.

One winner will receive a digital copy of the book and these freebies.

Entry closes on the 31st December 2023

Until next time, happy stitching!

Free patterns to download



  1. Truus
    December 15, 2023 / 9:45 am

    Love your little freebees and I am sorry but I don’t recente your posts anymore by mail as before,so I don’t see often your blogs.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and creative New Year.
    Gretige,Truus uit Drenthe

  2. Marilyn
    December 15, 2023 / 12:47 pm

    I love With Thy Needle & Thread designs.
    My favorites are Jack’O Lantern Jubilee, & Jelly bean Jubilee.
    Wishing you a wonderful holiday season

  3. Rose
    December 15, 2023 / 2:28 pm

    My favourite designer has to be Hands Across the Sea Samplers. I love to stitch samplers , and have quite a few on my walls. I do enjoy stitching smalls and Christmas ornaments to make into pillow finishes and gifts for my grandkids.

  4. Kristi
    December 15, 2023 / 4:30 pm

    I love many cross stitch designers! My favorite lately is Deborah Tew, The French Giraffe. I love all of her patterns. I especially like how some of her patterns are small and don’t take much time to make. My favorites are the different holiday patterns and the dressed up teddy bears.

  5. Carlie Holdredge
    December 15, 2023 / 4:31 pm

    Thank you for the sweet December pattern. You are so nice to share your talents with us. I don’t think I have a favorite designer there are too many I really like according to what I’m in the mood to stitch! That being said I love My Big Toe designs, my favorite being her How Great Thou Art pattern that I stitched. of course I love all of your black at designs!

  6. Donna
    December 15, 2023 / 4:50 pm

    My favorite designer is Priscilla from Stitching With the Housewives. The little house is so cute…..and I loved all those black cat designs you made. Adorable. Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

  7. Suzanne St-Onge
    December 15, 2023 / 5:13 pm

    So happy to hear from you & get a new freebie. Want to wish you a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New year + all your heart desires.
    I would also like to thank you so so much for all the work you have done over the years & all the freebies that you give no questions asked.
    I would be honored to be in your 2023 draw for all those goodies.

  8. Wendy
    December 15, 2023 / 5:30 pm

    This is so exciting! I love Durene Jones’ patterns. I love patterns with houses, nature.

  9. Shauna Quigley
    December 15, 2023 / 5:32 pm

    I have 2 favorite designers! Erin Elizabeth and Shannon Christie.
    My favorite designs are eclectic…old buildings, flowers to orange cats.

  10. Rose
    December 15, 2023 / 6:00 pm

    My favourite designer is Hands across the sea samplers, and I love to stitch samplers

  11. December 15, 2023 / 7:50 pm

    Who is your favorite designer.
    Carolyn Manning, right now. Attracted to the manadale patterns.

    What patterns are your favorite .
    Bright contrasting combinations
    1. Kaleidoscope Bo of crayons
    2. The Farmers Wife#2
    3. Apple Blossom

    Thank you for the free patter.
    Most gracious of you.

    Sandra Kale

  12. Arlinda
    December 15, 2023 / 8:03 pm

    Thans for the frrebies

  13. Arlinda
    December 15, 2023 / 8:06 pm

    I live all te patterns from durene jones. Move flowers and little ornament.

  14. Carla Graebner
    December 15, 2023 / 8:26 pm

    Hello! Love your blog and patterns.

    I don’t have a favourite designer but I do love supporting independent designers like Atelier Daisy. My favourite pattern, yet to attempt, is De La Tour’s Heavenly Kiss

  15. Donna Pheneger
    December 15, 2023 / 9:00 pm

    Who is your favourite designer….I wish I could say I have one but I don’t…we live in an RV and travel throughout the year so when I am stitching, I work on smalls – no matter who the designer is!
    What patterns are your favourite. I love seasonal patterns – I love to change out everything often if possible!

  16. Susan N.
    December 15, 2023 / 9:25 pm

    I would have to say you are my favorite cross stitch designer. I don’t think in terms of designers. I think in more about if I like a design or not. My favorite patterns are of cats, music or nature.

  17. Sandy Sebold
    December 16, 2023 / 1:47 am

    One of my favorite designers is Lizzie Kate. I enjoy stitching different pictures of the seasons and months of the year. Ornaments would be fun to try, also.

  18. Maria Ayamontino
    December 16, 2023 / 8:55 am

    Tu eres una de mis diseñadores favoritos , junto con Lesley Teare.
    Tus diseños me encantan, los gatos del mes, los alfileteros…Eres una artista del punto de cruz!!

  19. Devetta Senters
    December 16, 2023 / 1:24 pm

    I love the free pattern. I have been stitching a lot of houses lately. Thanks for the newsletter it helps me to stay motivated.
    Merry Christmas and happy New Year

  20. Devetta Senters
    December 16, 2023 / 1:33 pm

    I love the free pattern. I have been stitching a lot of houses lately. Thanks for the newsletter it helps me to stay motivated.
    Merry Christmas and happy New Year my favorite is Lori Holt and favorite pattern is her stitch cards. They are quick and easy

  21. December 16, 2023 / 3:51 pm

    j’aime beaucoup ce que fait Jennifer DARGEL. je viens de m’inscrire à la news pour ne rien rater en 2024.
    bonnes fêtes de fin d’année.

  22. Mari Keenen
    December 17, 2023 / 2:37 am

    Great Patterns. One of my favorite designers is Shannon Christine.

    My favorite patterns are Christmas, but I love doing all seasons and holidays.

  23. Sue Turner
    December 17, 2023 / 7:17 am

    I have a few favorite designers: Durene Jones, The Steady thread, Clare just to name a couple. I love blackwork designers and patterns!

  24. alice 47
    December 17, 2023 / 12:11 pm

    merci pour cette jolie grille de décembre ! Bonnes fêtes de fin d’année !

  25. December 18, 2023 / 2:42 am

    Merry Christmas: this is an adorable design, thank-you.
    I hope you do not mind if I mention your giveaway and free design on my blog.
    I hope you have a beautiful and Blessed Christmas Season.

  26. December 20, 2023 / 11:14 pm

    I’m new to this, so I don’t know who to say is my favorite designer, but I have enjoyed looking over your website and the patterns you show.
    I think I am drawn to Christmas decor designs, smaller designs so they aren’t too intimidating, kitchen decor patterns, and swirly or flowery type patterns lol.

  27. Ruth Finch
    December 21, 2023 / 12:42 pm

    I’ve just discovered your website–soooo happy! Thanks for the freebie chart and for the opportunity to win the book and goodies. I’ve been cross stitching for 50+ years–how can that be?!
    Ruth in VA

  28. Suzanne Harkinson
    December 21, 2023 / 5:20 pm

    Thanks so much for the freebie! I cross stitch a house or door themed ornament for my 2 nieces who own their own homes. It’s nice to have a theme I think. I’ve stitched many of your cat patterns too.
    Who is your favourite designer. I don’t really have a favorite designer. I love lots of different kinds of stitching.
    What patterns are your favourite. I do like to stitch smalls. I make lots of ornaments each year. I love the satisfaction of stitching and finishing a small.

    Have wonderful holidays! Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Faith
    December 23, 2023 / 7:09 pm

    At the moment my favorite designer is Carolyn Manning (CM Designs).

    My favorite designs of yours are the monthly and seasonal ones because I add them to my little ornament tree when the month changes. Your kitties are cute too! 🙂

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  30. Carol Otter
    December 23, 2023 / 11:37 pm

    Very Cute! Thank you so much!

  31. Heather L Tambini
    December 26, 2023 / 3:23 pm

    Shannon Christine is probably my favorite designer. I like her whimsy images with fun colors. I continue to discover more and more designers like yourself through various social media communities.

    December 30, 2023 / 12:44 am

    Durene Jones and MelisaVandergriff are some of best. I like cats and seasonal stitching.

  33. December 30, 2023 / 11:48 am

    Just wanted to thank you for all the lovely patterns you shared, and wish you a Happy New Year