Of all the cross-stitch pictures I have done I don't have a lot of winter seasonal pictures. I wanted to change that for my winter season decorations on my fireplace mantels. So, when I saw the Book Seller Mill Hill #MH14-2305 cross-stitch I knew I would buy it. Not only does it suit my winter home decorating needs but it's about books and a bookstore, which I also love.
The Book Seller Mill Hill #MH14-2305 pattern uses full cross-stitch and straight stitch highlighting as well as beads of various sizes for emphasis and depth. The Mill Hill patterns usually call for certain areas of the perforated paper to be left untouched like the background or border. In this case they were leaving sections of the brown perforated paper border untouched.
In embroidering the cross-stitch I decided to once again utilize the rectangular wood frame jig that my darling husband built for me that I could tape the edges of my perforated paper to. The wood frame jig is a rectangular embroidery hoop of sorts, but without bending the perforated paper. He had made it out of 1/2" x 1" pine wood strips with an adjustable center strip that I used for this 5.25 x 5.25 square design.