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2016 Finishes

 2016 finishes; additional information at links in captions.

35 - Dec 20
Shining Star by SamSarah Designs

34 - Dec 8
Jingle Jingle by Lizzie Kate
33 - Nov ?
Christmas robin by Cross Stitch Crazy
32 - Nov 21
Season of Love by Stitchers Anon
31 - Nov 13
Holly Tree by Scissor Tail Designs
30 - Oct 25
French Country Squirrel by JBW Designs
29 - Oct 16
Cats on Parade by Blackbird Designs
28 - Oct 16
Fran & Frankie by Crafty Like a Fox (Etsy)
27 - Oct 10
Pawprint keychain by Rovaris (Etsy)
26 - Sept 26
Fangtastic by Crafty Like a Fox (Etsy)
25 - Sept 17
Black Crow by The Stitcherhood (JCS 2015 Halloween)
24 - Sept 14
Gobble by Bent Creek

23 - August 31
Happy Halloween by Satsuma Street (Etsy)

22 - August 23
Rats! by The Stitcherhood (JCS 2016 Halloween)
21 - August 15
Autumn Boxer by Lizzie Kate
20 - July 8
Flowers and Poetry by Hardcore Stitch Corps (Etsy)
19 - July 5
The Sheep Peddler - Let Freedom Ring
by Needle Bling Designs
18 - June 26
from Summer by Country Cottage Needleworks
17 - June 12
Snowman - Design Works kit
16 - June 2
Nevermore by Prairie Schooler
15 - May 22
Bee Pincushion from "Secret Garden Embroidery"
by What Delilah Did/Sophie Simpson
14 - May 15
The Force Awakens by bertaMOMO (Etsy)
13 - May 12
Tall Oaks by The Cricket Collection
12 - Apr 24
Bluebirds Pendant adapted from Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine
11 - Apr 23
Purple Rain Cloud adapted from Cross Stitch Crazy magazine
10 - Mar 30
Little Gray Hare by Lizzie Kate
9 - Mar 26
Tombstone by Mill Hill
8 - Mar 27
Blackwork Bunny by Cross Stitch Crazy magazine

7 - Mar 13
Spring Bunnies by Pattern Bird (Etsy)
6 - Mar 7
Bless This Home: Mos Eisley Edition by Hard Core Stitch Corps (Etsy)
5 - Feb 23
Gone Batty by Just Cross Stitch Magazine
4 - Feb 13
Alsatian Redwork Heart by Just Cross Stitch Magazine
3 - Jan 23
Small Heart by Barbi (freebie)

2 - Jan 10
Baby It's Cold Outside by Alita Designs (freebie)
1 - Jan 5
Chilly Winter by By the Bay Needleart


  1. You had a wonderful year. It's great to look back on all your finishes


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