2016 Finishes — Year in Review, Part 1

Lots of stitchers I follow on Instagram have been sharing collages of all of the cross-stitch and other crafty projects they finished in 2016. I have never looked back at completed projects as part of a year-end review before, mostly because I have never been great about finishing things. I am a champion at starting projects that never get completed. But, I knew I had completed some stitching this past year, so these other stitchers inspired me to take a look. I was astonished at how many pieces I completed in 2016.

I am breaking this up into two posts. This post only looks at the cross-stitch, embroidery, and needlework projects that I completed by other designers. Part 2 will look at the designs I created and stitched in 2016 for Rabbit Girl Crafts on Etsy and a free pattern that I posted here on the blog.

2016 cross-stitch finishes

  • I could count this either as one piece or 8 separate stitches, but early in 2016 I stitched all eight of the “Vintage Eggs” motifs by Prairie Schooler.

finished cross-stitch pieces, embroidery and bracelet

Clockwise, from top left:

  • I finished stitching “Anhinga Blues” by R.K. Portfolio, which was a minor accomplishment as this piece had been a UFO for several years. I’m so happy it’s in the “completed” pile now.
  • This was the one non-stitching project I completed, even though it did involve threading the beads with needles, but I love how this wrap bracelet turned out.
  • In 2016 I also led a little workshop for my embroidery guild on chicken scratch embroidery. I stitched this heart for the sample and finished it as a little pillow.
  • I took this workshop with my guild where we got to experiment with DMC’s wire-wrapped Memory Thread. I completed my project and finished it as this decorative pillow.

2016 cross-stitch, embroidery and needlework finishes

Clockwise, from top left:

  • I stitched this “Liberty Stars” counted canvas piece by From Nancy’s Needle over the summer. It was a challenge project for my embroidery guild, and I ended up winning a little prize for it.
  • The stumpwork embroidery project was my toughest challenge this year. I nearly gave up on it numerous times, but I’m glad I stuck with it because the final piece is lovely.
  • I stitched this “Grateful, Thankful, Blessed” cross-stitch piece by Lizzie Kate just in time for Thanksgiving.
  • And, last, but not least, I stitched this ornament with a little church. It was a fun, quick stitch with a surprising amount of detail packed into a small space.

Stay tuned for Part 2!

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11 Responses to 2016 Finishes — Year in Review, Part 1

  1. Catherine says:

    What a lovely selection of finished projects! It’s always nice to see what we actually achieved in a year isn’t it?! I love your stumpwork piece. Can’t wait for the next part!

  2. Emma says:

    So nice to see all your finished work for the past year! You’ve inspired me to do something similar :) looking forward to part 2!

  3. Debbierose says:

    You have done so well Alice. Little church is lovely.

  4. Great finishes! You should be proud of yourself for having so many beautiful finishes.

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  6. Read this in wrong order! But can’t believe how much you have got done this year!! Well done they all look fantastic!

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