I thought I would do a little recap of my cross stitch for 2021. I started out writing a little disappointed. I didn’t really think I had gotten very many pieces finished.
Happily, after going through the archives, I found I really did better than I expected. It was fun to see what I accomplished.
I did quite a few smaller pieces this year. I got my big dough bowl at the end of 2020 and worked over 2021 to make a few cross stitch pieces to liven it up.
This is from With Thy Needle and Thread and is called Project Quarantine Stay Home & Stitch by With thy Needle and Thread. I did mine on a piece of leftover Vintage Country Mocha. It was just a narrow piece but big enough for this. I did mine on 40 count. There is a satin stitch for the thread on the spools and some one floss thread over one linen thread stitching in the “O” of “HOME”. Not a lot and totally doable.
Here is mine all finished…
Next, also stitched on a scrap piece of 40 count linen is Kind Words by Notforgotten Farm.
This was quick and has become a favorite of mine. Here it is finished. I love the long skinny pillow I made it into.
Here’s another one I stitched…This is Love Never Fails. It was a freebie from The Primitive Hare. Find it HERE. I did a little change-up of it but still similar.
I did this freebie also from The Primitive Hare. Find it HERE.
I made them both into pillows for the dough bowl. I love the skinny Valentine pillow. So simple and easy, but cute.
This is All Joys for Thine by Blackbird Designs. I finished this one up in honor of Barb one of the designers of the chart. She passed away on July 4th. I had started this as a Blackbird Weekend project but stopped my other stitching and finished it after I heard she passed away.
This picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s really very pretty and the frame looks great with it. This didn’t take long to stitch as it’s actually not big.
This is Needle and Thread. I don’t know if I stitched this in 2021 or 2020. I know I fully finished it in 2021. I finished this on a little container I got from the thrift store.
This pillow is Autumn by the Stitcherhood. You can find the free pattern HERE. I stitched and finished this in 2021.
Here it is finished and in my dough bowl. I love this one. I changed the colors and added a different bird.
This is a Lizzie Kate design. I stitched this in 2019 but never finished it. I made it into a pillow in 2021. My dough bowl really got me finishing little pillows.
This is stitched maybe in 2018?? I found this thrift store frame and framed it in 2021. I love the frame.
Here’s another project I stitched in earlier years but didn’t finish until 2021. You can find the freebie HERE.
I did some color changes on this. You can read more about it HERE.
I also finished this Lizzie Kate project. This was another project I likely finished in 2018. I mounted it onto a basket from Goodwill. Read about it HERE if you missed it.
My two LARGE finishes this year were Heaven and Nature Sing by Teresa Kogut…This was 14 1/2″ x 18″.
…and Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs. That was 19 1/2″ x 13″.
I had two projects unfinished as the year closed and I’ll be working on them in 2022. Those projects are my Floral Motif Sampler by The Scarlett House.
A Changed World by The Scarlett House.
I’m hopeful that neither of these will take a long time to finish. Hopefully a month or so each.
Then my next focus piece will be All Creatures Great and Small by Barbara Ana Designs.
I’m really looking forward to stitching in 2022. I can’t wait to see some of these projects hanging on my walls. I do have a few more projects that are stitched but not fully finished so fingers crossed I can fully finish a few more of those…and I’d love a few more pieces for my dough bowl. I don’t think I have anything for spring…Hmm. Maybe I should go see if I can hunt down a freebie for Spring.
19 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Recap for 2021”
You had a prolific 2021! These are all so beautiful, especially how you finished and displayed them. You almost make me want to take upp Cross stitch….ALMOST, Lol!!!
What a year – al the quilts and now your cross stitch – so beautiful!
Do you by any chance remember who the pattern maker is for “Accept what is…?” It looks like an LK.
Hope and pray you are feeling well.
Love and prayers
That’s a Lizzie Kate Design. 123Stitch online is the best place to get their designs.
Just what I was hoping for, a stitching roundup! I’m one of the readers who was motivated to restart my stitching and because of you I have found out about so many gorgeous designers. Crosstitch has evolved so much since the 90s. I have especially appreciated seeing how you finish the smalls! Blessings, Jo. I how you’re feeling better.
What a nice summary! Gorgeous work and gorgeous finishing!
You have been really busy with these pretty cross stitch finishes and all the beautiful quilts you finished! You are so talented!
Love all the pieces. You motivated me to do crossstitch again. Hope you are doing better each day. Prayers for all of you.
Love all of these!
Wow, so many beautiful projects! I really like the way you finished them. I’m starting to gather things for a dough bowl even though I don’t have one – yet! Your projects are good ideas for me.
I would love to visit your thread collection/supply! All those pieces have wonderful colors in them!
Such beautiful stitchery – I should get busy on some of the charts I have here! I used to work in a shop that sold supplies for cross-stitch, quilting, and several other “crafts” and would buy charts and supplies that I liked at the time – one would think I’d still like some of those! :)
BTW – there is a free “spring” chart in the link to your small “Autumn” chart.
What lovely work! First a quilt show & now a cross stitch show! I’m amazed at what unique works of art that you’ve accomplished ~ definitely beautiful family heirlooms! Thank you for sharing! Hope you are feeling better & stronger each day!
I have so enjoyed your cross stitching blogs along with the rest. Still praying for you to get completely healed.
Dear Jo…question ….who is author of the Accept what is cross stitch?
Lizzie Kate. You can likely find the chart at 123Stitch online.
You are so talented and skilled….I am hoping if I read your blog enough, some of that will rub off on me…lol.
How much bigger do you cut the cloth, than what the size of the pattern is?
I usually cut 2″ bigger than the design. You can see all the measurements in the blog post.
They are all lovely pieces, Jo. You are such a talented cross stitcher! Thank you for linking the patterns in this post.