New England House – Winter etc.

Hello everyone,

Just a quickie to show you what I’ve been up to over the last few weeks. It’s the fourth New England House by Bothy Threads. Their kits are a dream to stitch. I found working with the three different shades of white quite challenging but it was worth it.

First page done…1Second page…2Third…3Fourth…4… and finally, the backstitching and beads.5

I’m really pleased with how Winter has turned out. The photos don’t do it justice because the snow has a bit of icy sparkle and there’s beads in the door wreath and on the garlands.

I’ve really enjoyed stitching this set. Here are the others in case you missed them earlier.

This one is SpringSpringHe comes SummerSummer 5This is FallFall

They are all being gifted to my sister. She loved the first one so much that I simply had to complete the set. I was supposed to be stitching them, one for each year but I couldn’t help myself.

What next I wonder? Will I return to the ABC Bears or something completely different? Maybe I should get on with the SAL project first or something new from the stash. I love to start new projects. So much choice!


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.

Keeping me out of trouble

Hello everyone,

You might remember that I stitched one of Bothy Threads New England Houses for my sister’s birthday last year. There’s one for each season and this one is Spring.


Well, she loved it and asked me to stitch the other three season’s houses for her next three birthdays. So, her present for 2016 was Fall. I wasn’t able to show it to you until her birthday had passed.

FallI’m now busy with Summer. It’s very easy to stitch and, as is usual with Bothy Threads kits, it’s very well put together with a clear chart and quality materials. No, I’m not getting paid for the review. I just love everything by Bothy Threads :-).


I did pick up winter to start 3rd but there’s a lot of white stitching and some sparkly thread in that one so I thought it would be better to wait until there’s some proper daylight. Anyway, Summer is growing really fast. I don’t think my sister will be waiting for another two birthdays before she has them all.

Another Happy Dance

Good afternoon everyone,

Just a few words and a photo of my latest finish by Bothy Threads. It is part of a series of four New England houses, one for each season and this one is for Spring. I really enjoyed stitching it and hope to get it in a frame very soon. In case you know this design, I omitted the weather vane on the roof because I wasn’t keen on it. Typical eh?

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I’ve just started a new sampler by Design Works called ABC Bears and I’ll show you progress when I’ve finished the letter A.

Avis x

The Blue House

Hi everyone,

I’d like to introduce another cross stitch project that has been waiting in the wings for a few months. It’s one of the New England homes kits by Bothy Threads, designed by Sally Swannell. I thought it would be nice to get on with this one as it features the Spring time house.


I imagine this design will stitch up quite quickly (if I get on with it) as the fabric is 14 count aida. The chart is really clear, as is usual for all the Bothy Threads kits that I’ve stitched so far. The finished size should be 21 x 24 cm so it isn’t huge.

Here is my progress to date.


I’m off to find a comfy chair next to a radiator to do some more sewing. It’s freezing cold and gloomy outside here today! I hope you are having more sunshine than we are here 🙂

Avis x

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