Friday Finishes #13: Lyrical Music

The finished piece!

Today’s finish!

Today’s Friday Finishes jumps back to a gift I made for my very musically inclined friend! It also happens to be number three in the Mini Kits Series.

Name of Piece: Item #021-1389 Musical Notes (Lyrical Music)

Designed by: Kit doesn’t say!

Distributed as a kit by Janlynn Company under their Design for a Needle series.

Kit Contains: 18-count aida fabric, 6 strands embroidery floss, frame, self-adhesive mounting board, needle, graph, & instructions

Finished Size: 2.25 inches x 2.75 inches oval

The Story: I have a lot of friends who are very musical. I myself took choir all through high school and participated in the school musicals. All of my really close friends were either in choir, band, or were connected to music in one way or another. So when I saw this kit, I knew I had to get it and make it for one of them. One of my best friends had her birthday in June, and I must’ve bought this in April or May, so I decided to make it for her as a birthday present! She’s a major band geek and I knew she’d appreciate it.

Time To Complete: One day

Review: This kit is primarily back-stitch. There’s probably only 30 actual crosses in the whole thing, if that, and all the rest is back-stitch. It made it pretty easy to count since almost all the lines were connected… except speaking of, I did put one of the notes on the middle staff too high because I miscounted. Oops! But these aren’t meant to be like on sheet music so it doesn’t really matter. It’s just the stitching that counts!

Speaking of, I did have someone complain to me that I ‘stitched it all wrong’ when I first showed pictures of the kit… they said the musical notes were completely out of place and ill designed. They wanted to know if I wanted help next time I tried to stitch something like this. Now, I can’t read sheet music very well – four years of choir before I could begin to read the band’s sheet music – but I explained that I could read music and this was a kit and meant to be gibberish. They were ‘frankly shocked’ a company would produce a kit like this.

So I guess that’s a warning for you if you want to stitch this: someone might get upset because the kit’s not musically accurate!

The finished piece!

The finished piece!

Final Verdict: My best friend loved her present, and it was very easy to stitch. She didn’t care that the kit wasn’t musically accurate (or if she did, she didn’t say anything to me about it). If you want a quick-to-stitch present for the musically-inclined person in your life, this is a great gift for them!

Have you done this kit before? How did it go for you? How did you like it, or not like it, as the case may be?  Leave a comment below or head on over to our Facebook page and tell us how it went!


Friday Finishes is a segment where I catalog and review all the cross-stitch pieces I have ever completed. Some of the pieces I no longer have information on, or I don’t have pictures because I gave away the piece as a gift and forgot to take a picture, but I’ll do my best to be as informative as possible! Check back on Fridays for more.