New England House – Summer

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you are enjoying a lovely, relaxing, crafting Sunday. I’m so excited because I’ve just finished the 3rd New England House. This has been such a quick design to stitch by Bothy Threads.

Here’s how it grew, quarter by quarter, and the final photo also includes all the back stitched details.

Summer 1

Summer 2

Summer 3

Summer 4

Summer 5

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that the bottom left bird box moved between the 4th and 5th photos. It wasn’t until I did the backstitch that I realised I’d stitched the box in the wrong place so it had to be unpicked and stitched again.

That’s three down and one to go so I hope my sister hasn’t been out shopping for frames yet. It would be nice to have Winter stitched up quickly and then she can display them all together. There’s a lot of white stitching on the Winter design plus some shiny thread and a few beads so it could take longer than this one to finish.

This is actually my second cross stitch finish of the year so far. I can’t show you the first one until 29th January because it’s my SAL project and we only update every three weeks. I put the finishing touches to it yesterday.

There’s plenty of cross stitch Happy Dancing going on here. I wish I could say the same for patchwork. My machine probably thinks I’ve ran away! I can’t remember the last time I switched it on.

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  1. Such a pretty design, I love all the little details with the birds and the birdhouses 🙂

  2. claire93

     /  January 15, 2017

    lovely to see it grow quarter by quarter ^^
    and so much detail. Chooks are definitely having fun pecking in that tidy front garden, and what a cute white gate!

  3. This is beautiful and I love the details!

  4. witchylin

     /  January 15, 2017

    The winter one will complete the set and if it is a pretty as the last three then your sister should be thrilled. Unlike you my sewing machine has been running hot these last few weeks. However I can’t see to cross stitch anymore. 😦

  5. Love it! Can’t wait to see the last one in the set.

  6. Happy dance well deserved, it’s absolutely lovely. I really enjoyed the last image, which brought everything into focus, as it were.

  7. These are so sweet!

  8. That’s lovely, and wow, you work fast! 😊

  9. denise bartley

     /  January 15, 2017

    It looks great. I think it’s my favourite so far.


  10. Stumning Avis. Showing your progress is inspiring. Really shows it all coming along. Congratulations on the finish.

  11. The house is a really nice design. I love the little chickens in front and the tree in the back.

  12. A pretty design and the colours look so fresh and spring like, they brighten up the dreary weather we have here.

    • The winter house has a lot of white stitching but I need to add a sparkly thread to some of it. I’m not sure how that will stitch up but I’ll give it a go 🙂

  13. Congrats on the finish! It is a sweet summer house.

  14. I just love your houses! Someday when I am through all my other projects, perhaps one or two will sneak into my stash. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  15. What a lovely design! And you worked it so quickly. I can’t wait to see Winter!

  16. I love it!!!

  17. Love it. Good job!

  18. Sometimes when I get done with a project I think about skipping the back stitching then when I get it done I think wow what a difference! Your house is so beautiful!!


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