Cross Stitch Finishes for 2023

I’ve been so excited to write this post. A year ago I heard that some people were finishing over 20 projects in a year and I just thought HOW?? This year as I’m counting up, I am realizing that I have over 20 projects. I think the HOW is that many of them are small pieces. Previously I didn’t stitch many smalls and I bigger pieces I stitched were LARGE.

Today I have a treat…I have a parade of all the cross-stitch projects I finished in 2023. I will provide a link back to all of them so you can check to see the linens and flosses I used. I stitched this one in 2022 but framed it in 2023. It the Floral Motif Sampler by The Scarlett House. You can read about it HERE.


This is A Happy Life by Notforgotten Farm.  It’s meant to be a primitive piece.  I don’t mind primitive but not the over-the-top prim.  To make it my own piece I left off the top border/vine.  I also changed up the colors.  It called for a blue…but I’m more of a red girl so I changed the color and used the color Calico Kitty in parts of the words.  I also added a dog in the lower right corner.  I added a black dog to represent my Aussiedoodle Izzy.  I make her collar the red/pink color to tie the color together but then the black felt off so I added a black band to the basket and called it done. You can read about it HERE.

Another small finish was Rudolph and Friends by With Thy Needle and Thread. You can read more about it HERE.

My first big finish of the year was All Creatures Great and Small. You can read more about it HERE. It is a Barbara Ana Design.

Our stitch along piece Spring Messenger from Scattered Seed Samplings was my first stitch along finish of the year. You can read more about it HERE. This is one of my favorites of the year.

This was a freebie pattern from Blackbird Designs. It was so unusual for a finish, I just had to try making it. You can read more about it HERE and get the link to the free chart.

If the house caught on fire, I’d do all I could to grab this one on my way out the door…

This is We Live in Hope from Blackbird Designs. I personalized this for my Johnson Grandparents. You can read more about it HERE.

Keeper of the Pins from With Thy Needle and Thread was technically five finishes…there are six pieces in the book and I stitched all six.

Here they all are on my display.

You can read more about them HERE.

My Apostle’s Creed piece was my next finish. It was my birthday start. I started out stitching one line each week and then I ended up doing more. It’s from Heartstring Samplery. You can read about it HERE.

I made my first drum. This is PA Dutch Tomato Pinkeep. The designer is With Thy Needle and Thread. You can read more about it HERE. I was nervous about finishing this but ended up happy with it in the end.

My next little finish was another stitch along piece. This was Home Sweet Home from Little House Needleworks. You can read more about it HERE. I love this little piece.

I never thought I would finish this piece. I was plagued with miss stitches but in the end, I love it. I’m so happy I stitched it. The piece if from Teresa Kogut and is called Come to the Garden. I changed the words at the bottom to reflect the old church hymn In the Garden. You can read more about it HERE.

I’d grab this one if my house caught on fire too!!

The next one was part of Colorado Cross Stitchers Summer Camp. Stitchers could stitch anything with a bird on it for the month of June. I stitched Patriotic Rose from Threadworks Primitives. You can read more about it HERE.

My New Year New Start for 2023 was Black Dog Sampler from The Scarlett House. You can read more about it HERE. This one I stitched with silks.

The next stitch along piece was Itch to Stitch by October House. This was fun to stitch.

Others stitched Snip, Snip. I ended up stitching both. You can read about them HERE.

Another piece that I stitched for Summer Cross Stitch Camp was Tiny Pumpkins from Blackbird Designs. The challenge was to try something new. For me it was stitching on toweling. You can read more about it HERE.

The next finish was Good Intentions. I LOVE this piece. I feel like the saying embodies me. You can read more about it HERE. It is a Kathy Barrick Design called Good Intentions.

My next piece is from Blackbird Designs. It is Birds of a Feather. I had wanted the chart and a kind blog reader gifted it to me. You can read more about it HERE.

My next piece is from Heartstring Samplery. I stitched this a couple of years ago but didn’t finish it until 2023. You can read more about it HERE. It is called Pins and Orts.

I 100% love this piece. It’s from The Scarlett House and is called Autumn Alphabet. I finished the stitching in January but didn’t frame it until Fall. You can read more about it HERE.

Next up is a trio of three pillows I stitched. These are Goodness and Plenty from Plum Street Samplers. All three charts were in one pattern. I love when designers do that. You can read more about them HERE.

I worked on stitching Christmas or Winter things on the 25th of each month. This is one piece I finished… Come Let us Adore Him from LizzieKate. You can read more about it HERE.

Another 25th-day stitch was Joy to the World by LizzieKate. So fun to stitch and an easy stitch. I’m so glad I did the 25th-day stitch. You can read more about it HERE.

Next up is Tom Turkey Sampler from Heart in Hand. I did a little improvising on this one. I got off a stitch or two but it’s okay. You can read more about it HERE.

Wisdom Berries were my next stitch-along finish. I’m so glad I did these with all of you as it forced me to learn to finish strawberries. It really isn’t hard at all. You can see how I did that and learn more about them in THIS blog post.

Next up was Maker and Mender from With Thy Needle and Thread. Oh, I love this one. It’s another if the house catches on fire pieces. I stitched this in honor of my mom. You can read more about it HERE.

I stitched another piece for my mom…Leona’s Sewing Box from Blackbird Designs. Many thanks to Barb for giving me the chart. It was so fun to stitch. You can read more about it HERE.

Another stitch-along piece for the year was Deck the Halls from October House. I stitched mine on toweling. It is a great finish for my dough bowl. It was SUPER fast to stitch…and fun too. You can read all about it HERE.

From my tally, if I count individual stitched pieces, I did 9 medium to large pieces and 29 small pieces. That means I counted the Keeper of the Pins and Goodness and Plenty as individual pieces. WHEW! I’m pretty impressed with that. I’m actually AMAZED by that!! Many thanks to the many of you who helped me along by stitching on pieces with me. It keeps me accountable. I like that.

Liz from The Stitchery Nook and I have a few other pieces that we plan to offer as stitch alongs throughout 2024. I hope you’ll join me.

The first is Kind Words Never Die from Heartstring Samplery. You can read more about the Stitch Along HERE.

If I was a good girl…and I’m often not, I would stitch on patriotic, winter, and Easter smalls this year. I don’t have many smalls in any of those themes…I do know I plan to stitch several Blackbird Design pieces. YAHOO!!

22 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Finishes for 2023”

  1. Wow Jo, you did loads! What a fantastic range. I especially love the larger pieces, there’s so much work and detail gone in to them.

  2. Judith Fairchild

    Thank you for showing what you did 2023. They’re all beautiful. I’m not sure which one I like best. Your I come to the garden is awesome.

  3. Meredith in Cincinnati

    Loved seeing all these beauties again! I was surprised at how many there were; a great collection!

  4. Good job girlie! I wish I could say I’ve done that much, did finish Black Dog Sampler, tho not framed. My friend and I started a pelican, a unicorn and a badger, think you should to. Lol (I haven’t gotten very far!)

  5. Congratulations! You had wonderful finishes for last year! That’s an amazing total and they are all beautiful. The larger pieces are my favorites but I couldn’t pick one I like best.

  6. What a great variety. Loved seeing all the pieces. You were so busy. Maybe it will motivate me to work on some I’ve bought and never started this year.

  7. Your cross stitch pieces are all so beautiful! I admire cross stitch, but know I don’t have the patience required to do it. :)

  8. WOW! How amazing that you finishes so many beautiful pieces. It is a good thing that you didn’t need to pay anyone to finish these for you! You did such wonderful and beautiful finishes. Here’s to another productive year!

  9. Just breathtaking beautiful work, Jo! I can’t handstitch, and have to just admire yours and other people’s creations. I can work a sewing machine, especially vintage ones. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Wow!!!! Congratulations—you are such an inspiration to me! Emulating you, I stitched Christmas smalls in December, and today, Epiphany, I started Star of Wonder by Erica Michaels. It’s fun to mark special days and events like that, and it helps to have a plan. Thank you!

  11. Wow wow wow ! Those are all awesome ! I think about all that therapy you had .. I too am anxious to see all your quilts you finished ! You are a busy gal! I enjoyed reading about you and your family! JB

    1. The stitching is done. They are on my to-be-finished pile. I didn’t list them as they aren’t completely finished.

  12. I am blown away by all these projects you finished! Wow!! They are beyond beautiful.

    I have cross stitched for years and have never signed or dated my finished pieces, but have noticed you do it and I have seen others do it. I find it it odd to sign something not designed by me, even if I change the colors. Isn’t this disrespectful to the designing artist? Or am I missing something here? Just curious.

  13. I don’t remember you stitching so many pieces one at the time – great going.

    I want to tell you about my mom’s sampler stitching. She did a sampler for my Grace Grandparents 50th anniversary. Then she did the same sampler for when she and dad had their 25th anniversary. There is a sampler for my brother’s 10 anniversary as well. After she died they all went to live at my brother’s house…… I have photos “somewhere”.

  14. Your cross stitch is just gorgeous. I used to do it myself but my eyesight just can’t handle that anymore. I’m sooo impressed at all the large pictures you made. They are just beautiful.

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