The next slot up in my rotation was one I earmarked for small designs as I had a couple of them hanging around half stitched I started with them.
First up was an old free design from Barrick Samplers called Five Birds. I stitched this on 36 count Vintage Light Exampler from Lakeside Linen using Gentle Arts threads in Wood Rose and Green Apple.
I'm not sure how I'm going to 'finish' this one yet, I'm leaning towards a pillow finish but I shall probably ponder it for a bit yet. No such problem with the next finish - Miniature Monogram Hornbook from Kelmscott Designs. The shock is that I got straight on and 'finished' it! Stitched on a scrap of 32 count linen from my stash with Gloriana silk in India Ink.
After finishing those two off, it meant I could have a new start. I decided to go for Spot of Winter from The Drawn Thread. I stitched the other seasonal spots back in 2009 but never got round to this one. Stitched using the recommended threads on 36 count Periwinkle linen from Silkweaver.
I managed to carve out some time this weekend to do more than just finish the hornbook, I also grabbed this Victoria Sampler Beyond Cross Stitch that I stitched back in 2004 and finally got it finished as a pinkeep.