Cross Stitch Finishes of 2022

I thought I would put together a bit of a parade of what I worked on as far as cross stitch goes in 2022.  Grab some coffee and read along as I take you through my year of stitching.

This is Seeking Refuge by The Scarlett House.  You can read all about it HERE.  Technically I didn’t stitch this in 2022, but I did get it reframed and I want to record that.

I finished my Anniversaries of the Heart at the end of 2021 but it wasn’t framed until 2022.  This is the Blackbird Designs series that I stitch all as one piece.  It is completely personalized to reflect our family.  You can read about it HERE.

I am super proud of this finish.  I don’t always stick with long-term projects so it was awesome that I did with this.

I taped a… plastic sleeve to the back of this piece.  I printed the blog post that I wrote about it explaining everything and put that in the sleeve as a family history.

Next up is Heaven and Nature by Teresa Kogut.  You can read more about this piece HERE.
this is stitched on 40 count Vintage Country Mocha.  I love that linen.  It works for so many pieces.  It has a very “warm” feel to it.  If you are a beginning stitcher, I HIGHLY recommend the linen. Another thing, it’s pretty readily available.

This one was a biggie.  It was stitched in 2021 but finished in 2022.

I have so memories attached to stitching this one.

I remember outlining the house and then taking the piece with me whenever I was traveling.  I went through many doctor appointments and it came with me.  Here is one of the days I was…

This is A Changed World by The Scarlett House.  It’s stitched on 40 county Vintage Meadow Rue by Lakeside Linen.  You can read more about it HERE.

I use these pockets and index cards on the back of all of my framed pieces.  You can find them HERE on Amazon.

I ordered the frame for this from Custom Frame Solutions and laced it myself.

I finished my Blessed pillow.  I did a tutorial on how I finish pillows.  You can see that HERE.  This was our first stitch along.

I also finished these three pillows.  Comfort and Joy is a Heartstring Samplery pattern. I changed it up using silk in Cranberry and Collard Greens.

The Joy pillow is a Freebie chart from The Nebby Needle.  It’s also in the Nashville Needlework Cookbook.  You can find it HERE.  I changed the pattern a bit.  On the bottom left of the wreath making the “O”, there were no charted leaves.  I just winged it and added some.  I also added a vintage button in the center of the wreath.

The Merry Winter is from Country Rustic Primitives.

Here is my completely finished Forever and Ever by Brenda Gervais of With my Needle and Thread.  You can read more about it HERE.

The stats on this piece are…I stitched it on a 40-count Eureka by Fox and Rabbit.  I used all the called-for colors of thread EXCEPT…not the blue for the birds.  The called for were light green and bright teal.  I wanted the birds to look more like the pattern cover which was blue.

I stitched this for my husband’s and my anniversary.  I loved stitching this.

This piece is SUPER special to me as I figured out how to cut down thrift store frames and frame things myself.  Of all the things cross-stitch related in 2022, learning how to do that is HIGH on my list of things I am most proud of myself for.  This old dog learned a new trick!!

I stitched this piece, Remember Me, by Blackbird Designs.  You can find the chart in the book A Heart Remembers by Blackbird Designs.

I stitched mine on a scrap of 40-count linen.  I didn’t label the scrap so have no idea who dyed it.  I used GAST Raven for my floss stitching one floss thread over two linen threads.

I finished it on a box from the thrift store for $2.  I thought the box and stitched piece would work great together.  I ended up liking this.

I finished my Redbird Pillow from Heart in Hand.

This next piece I had stitched in early 2019 and I fully finished it in 2022.  I had calculated my linen was too small but still managed to frame it.  You can read THIS BLOG POST to see how I did that.

When I take pictures of my cross stitching someone always comments on this piece.

I finished these two pillows from the leaflet by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread.  They come together in the same book called Seasons of the Heart.  These are the Fall and Winter versions.  I want to stitch the Spring and Summer versions so they are ready for each of the seasons.

You can read more about them in THIS blog post.  I also explained how I added trim to the pillows.

I finished this piece by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread.  The pattern is called “Be Ye Thankful”.   I finished this on a box that looks like a book.  I got it at Goodwill for $2.

There is a Winter version that is HIGH on my list of things to stitch.

I had this thrift store frame and wanted something to fit it. This is Blackbird Designs chart from the Nashville 2022 cookbook. I left off the border so it would fit. 40-count mystery linen. Changed the bird to yellow. Love the chunky frame.

I stitched along with many of you and completed the Red Bird Sampler by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread.  I really enjoyed stitching this one.  I wasn’t sure about the colors as they were pretty bright.

I stitched mine on 40-count Shrekie’s Tan by Needle Bling Designs.  I love this linen.

I ended up loving it!!

This is another thrifted frame I cut down.

If you want to read more about that one, you can do that HERE.

I stitched Ye Olde Crow Sampler by Heart in Hand.  You can read more about how I finished it HERE.


I ended the year with two small quick finishes…I got this frame at the thrift store.  I stitched a “K” and framed it.

My daughter Kayla found this little frame and gifted it to me.  I stitched a “K” for that one too.  I’m going to stitch more “K”s.  Seriously…I always tell my grandkids that they all have a little bit of Kramer in them.  When I’m gone, I’d love to have enough “K”s framed so everyone can have a little framed “K” as a reminder that they all have a little bit of Kramer in them.  So…that means I might have to start actually shopping for tiny frames and not just depend on the thrift store.

You can read how I stitched and finished these HERE.

I was looking at the list and something felt off.  Boy, I thought I finished more pieces than that…Then I remembered that my All Creatures Great and Small by Barbara Anna is sitting here waiting for me to lace it.  That was all stitched in 2022.  I have the frame ready.  I just need to lace it.

I also finished the Floral Motif Sampler by The Scarlett House.  This was the piece that I stitched to help me get through my cancer treatment.  This was stitched on Picture This Plus Vellum in 40-count.  I’m going to show you this completely finished soon and tell you the story about some of my troubles to get this framed.

I think I did pretty well to get this many finishes over the course of a year.  Cross stitch is so much slower than quilting…and I don’t do it for as many hours.

I have three projects going that I did put quite a bit of time into in 2022 that I plan to finish for sure in 2023.  They are…

Heartstring Samplery Apostle’s Creed…

We Live in Hope by Blackbird Designs…

Come to the Garden by Teresa Kogut.

I am excited to see what I can accomplish in 2023.  Thanks for following along with me through my cross-stitch journey.

10 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Finishes of 2022”

  1. I like the idea of printing out your blog posts that relate to the stitched piece to put on the back of the frame. You should continue it. You never know if and when something gets lost in the web or on broken computers.

    Also doing a “book” by year would be nice – your kids will love the books during the years.

  2. This is for Jo or anyone who can advise me on how to buy the chart for one of her finished pieces. It’s the Lizzie Kate “When we do what we can, God will do the rest.” This is the first time I’ve seen it, and I can’t find the pattern/kit/whatever anywhere! Does anybody out there have any idea? Thanks!

  3. Hi Joe,
    I just have found you site on line and have enjoyed it very much. I read your post on the valentine
    stocking you personalized with a charm. I would
    like to do that for my grand parents. Can you tell
    me what the piece was stitched on?

  4. So many! All of them are so beautiful and you do such beautiful finishes, whether framed or otherwise. I always look forward to seeing your finishes.

  5. I love reading about your cross stitching. I have also recently in the last few years gotten back into cross stitch – I think you influenced me ;) I have purchased a few frames at flea markets and antique stores so I can finish my own pieces. I do have an “Ask Jo” question though. How do you finish the back of your pieces after they are in the frame? Sometimes the depth of the frame opening is thicker than the stitched piece. Also how do you attach the finish paper to the back? I have struggled with double-sided tape causing the paper to become wrinkled. Thanks for any information you can share.

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