Summer Storm Cross-Stitch Kit Now Available for Pre-Order

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The SUMMER STORM Cross Stitch Sampler Kit is now available for pre-order. Please CLICK HERE to order.

All week here in northwest Oregon we've had scorching hot weather and blazing sun broken by the onset of sudden cloud cover, wind, and thunder rumbling long and low across the sky. I have been thrilllllllled with these summer storms. They are exactly like I remember from my childhood in the Midwest, and are what I tried to capture in this little cross-stitch design. In my front garden here at home, today on Midsummer Day, my dahlias and daisies are just starting to bloom. I couldn't be happier to see gray skies and bright clouds. It's my favorite kind of summer weather. I'm weird, I guess.

Summer Storm is the third in a series of seasonal pieces I'm designing. The first, for winter, is called First Snow (a kit is available here; the pattern is here). The second, for spring, is called Time of Flowers, and unfortunately the kit for it is sold out (but the pattern is always available here).  A design for autumn (on the most delicious color I don't even know how to describe — sort of a rosy pale brown) will be forthcoming later this year. 

Vital Statistics:

Finished Size of Design Area: 6.25"w x 8.5"h (16cm x 22cm); 100 stitches wide x 138 high on 32-count fabric

The kit contains:

One 14" x 16" (36cm x 41cm) piece of 32-count evenweave Country French embroidery linen in Rain 258 from Wichelt
(54) 24" (61cm) lengths of various colors of DMC 6-ply cotton embroidery floss
Stitching instructions
Full-color cross-stitch chart with symbols over color blocks
One piece of chipboard for creating a floss organizer

You will need your own:

#24 tapestry needle(s) for cross stitch
Embroidery scissors
4" (10cm) embroidery hoop
Frame and framing supplies

If you are new to counted cross stitch, or need a refresher on the basics, please see my "how to do counted cross stitch" tutorial here.

This kit is designed to fit in a ready-made 8" x 10" frame. All you need to do is make sure the frame is deep enough to fit a piece of foam core (and glass, if you want to use glass. I never use glass. I don't like it. I have my embroidered pieces hanging all over the house, and I don't feel that they suffer appreciably for being exposed). What you will do is wrap you embroidery around a piece of foam core, and stretch it with the help of about a million sequin (about 1/2" long) straight pins. You can read my tutorial about how I've done that in the past (though I finished the rest of the framing with custom frames at a frame shop). But with an 8" x 10" piece you can even buy the pre-cut foam-core at the craft store (JoAnn's or Michael's, or easily online) for just a couple of dollars. A frame store can also cut foam core for you for just a few dollars if you ask nicely.

This kit will be shipping sometime toward the middle of July. I will order the fabric as soon as I get a handle on the number of pre-orders we're getting, but the distributor has a ton on-hand, so we will be able to take as many orders as needed. We will pull floss and assemble patterns and ship as soon as we have everything here.

The pattern-only option will also be available separately as a downloadable PDF, but not until sometime in the next couple of weeks. I'll post here when that is ready, too.

This kit is done with two plies of DMC cotton embroidery floss on 32-count linen. That means it has sixteen stitches per inch. If you are interested in waiting for the PDF because you're worried the 32-count linen is too small, I think you'll want to read this post about cross stitch that I wrote a couple of months ago. It will help you determine what supplies you need to purchase, particularly fabric.

And, as always, I carry my favorite embroidery supplies in my web shop, should you need lovely, high quality tools. These are the exact ones that I use every day.

I also have finished developing my lotion bars, and oh, I love them so. Here is Summer Day:

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And here is Forest Flower:

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When I started dyeing yarn earlier this spring, my hands started to get really dry from all of the washing and rinsing of yarn I needed to do. I got interested in making lotion bars with my own customized essential oil blends. Lotion bars are great because they have no water in them, so they last for ages and a little goes a long way. I've been so pleased with how they well they work and they smell absolutely amazing! Summer Day is made with beeswax from local bees; coconut oil; unrefined shea butter; lanolin; and essential oils of grapefruit, orange, lemon, tangerine, neroli, and a drop of balsam Peru. It reminds me of sitting on the screen porch on a summer afternoon, eating a Dreamsicle after spending all day at the lake.

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Forest Flower is made with beeswax from local bees; coconut oil; unrefined shea butter; lanolin; and essential oils of cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, clary sage, bergamot, sandalwood, and jasmine absolute. I think it smells like a walk in the woods after a spring rain.

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To use, just hold the lotion bar in your hands for several seconds until it starts to melt a bit, then rub lotion into skin and cuticles, or anywhere you need some TLC. It also works great on feet, elbows, and knees. 

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Doesn't my friend Sahra (not to be confused with my three friends named Sarah) have beautiful hands?

All bars come in a reusable tin, as pictured. Please note: Lotion bars are solid at room temperature but can start to soften in very hot weather while in transit. Your bar will be packed in its tin with absorbent paper, but shipping it at this time of year may result in the design appearing a bit soft by the time it reaches you. This won't affect its qualities. I left my lotion bar packed but upside down on my back deck in 90-degree weather and nothing much happened to the design, honestly, but I did want to mention it in case yours arrives a little less crisp than it looks in these photos. Do let me know how they travel (and, of course, let me know how you like them) — I want to hear it all.

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I love the labels that the lovely Greta Gohn of Thrive Design designed for me. She has also designed a new pattern template for my patterns, as well, and it will debut with Summer Storm. I can hardly wait to use it. It's just so pretty and fits so perfectly in with the rest of my branding (yes, I actually said that). We've been working together for a few months to get some new packaging and a blog ad and yarn labels and this new template together, and working with her has been such a great experience. I absolutely love the entire process of doing stuff like this and it's been a while since I've had some pretty new things. I can't wait to send them to you. I'm doing all of the packing and shipping now since Stacey went to grad school and I have really been enjoying that, too. I get emotional seeing everyone's names and addresses. It's weird, but I do.

We do ship overseas! To place your order, you will be required to read this information, which contains details about international shipping and customs fees you may incur when ordering outside the U.S. (If you are overseas, the shipping cost charged by Posie does not include any further charges you may incur when importing goods.) To see the shipping-only costs for your order and location, just place the items in your cart and choose your location (or enter your zip code, if you are in the U.S.) and it will tell you how much the shipping is. As usual, I have a sincere request: Please check on and update your shipping address correctly in your Paypal preferences so that there is no confusion when we go to ship. If you do need to add things to your order or change your address after you've placed the order, just email me and we'll figure it out, no worries! I just like to remind people of this ahead of time, because it's a bit easier.

Please note that all lotion bars and supplies, and anything else you order at the same time, will be shipped along with your Summer Storm kit. If you need other items before Summer Storm goes out, please place a separate order that will ship right away.

Phew! Okay, hopefully I got this all right. I'm sitting in a coffee shop right now and the music is loud so, fingers crossed. I always feel very nervous whenever I launch new things. Thank you so much for watching me develop these things and for being excited about them as I've talked a bit here and there about what I've been doing for the past few months. I have more coming, more yarn and stitch markers and patterns, and I'm just keeping my head down and working away. I'm so grateful for your interest and support and the very real fact that it all allows me to continue to do what I do to help support our family financially and also stay home and take care of Amelia full time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for that. I honestly can't thank you enough.

With much love and hope for lots of rainy days this summer so that I can talk about more than my ever-present obsession with the weather,
Alicia

42 comments

Gorgeous images, Alicia.. well done! I fell in love with the bar and ordered one of those and a skein of your yarn. I couldn't believe they were almost all sold out.. I got one of the last ones still available. I love your summer storm design, it's beautiful. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Penny J Holliday says: June 22, 2018 at 12:29 PM

The cross-stitch sampler is so lovely that I'm sorry I don't cross-stitch! I've tried but my eyes just have such problems now that I'm diabetic. I have enjoyed doing many of your wonderful sewing & quilting projects, tho & hopefully you will offer more of those in the future! Oh Alicia I do so admire how talented & uniquely creative you are!

Alicia, I love your blog and all the great items you create!! You are a joy to follow and your little family is so sweet. Thank you for making the world a brighter place. God Bless!!

Karla M Neese says: June 22, 2018 at 02:05 PM

Can't wait to get my Forest Flower lotion bar!! And yes, Sara does have beautiful hands!

Karla M Neese says: June 22, 2018 at 02:05 PM

Terry asked about PayPal problems. I didn't have any problems paying through PayPal just a moment ago.

BEAUTY! So fun to see these. It goes without saying (although I'm sure I have said it, and about twelve times) that you're pretty much the best to work with too. Can't wait for more collaborations when I get back - and seriously, you just call me if Photoshop starts giving you any lip on those templates. xo

Both the lotion bars and the embroidery kit are beautiful!

Jeannine C says: June 23, 2018 at 11:59 AM

Oh I love a summer storm too! The new pattern is adorable I am glad the bunny hopped in for a visit on this one. The lotion bars are just so pretty! Jeannine xo

I love this one! I know exactly where I want this series to hang in our living room. I just need to manufacture the time to stitch them somehow! It will happen someday, and I will be so happy!!! I can't wait to see the fall design.

Living in Florida, I hope you will either still have the lotion bars available in the fall or will make more. They are so lovely and the concept is terrific. I’m hoping to be done with the spring cross stitch in time for the summer. I’ve been so pleased with how pretty the spring one is as I get closer to completion.

Everything looks beautiful, I am absolutely in LOVE with the molds you chose for your lotion bars, soooo beautiful!!! I really really enjoyed reading the last lovely post as well. Your blog is such a beautiful, peaceful, serene spot in an increasingly dark and chaotic world, THANK YOU for that!! Now I'm off to order a lotion bar!! (I've been eagerly anticipating them!)

Your blog is so full of love. The world depends on you, Alicia.

Wow! I love the new pattern! It is gorgeous!

Good morning! Love the lotion bars idea--never heard of them before! I successfully made my purchase using Safari, but wanted to let you know that Firefox (on Mac) kept crashing during the order process. Thank you! I look forward to receiving my bar--I saw your photo of the bar-making scramble this morning!

Posy comes to Canada! My best friend ordered a lotion bar, BEES!!!! for me. As a knitter our hands can get dry (oh and gardening too)! I CANNOT WAIT! My dear friend Holly ordering for me because she knows how much I love reading your blog (which she introduced me to years ago!). I am SO excited to have something you have made, given to me by my best friend. Love your brand, and I love knowing you are there living your amazing life and sharing so openly. Yipee!

oh my goodness! the detail in the lotion bars is so beautiful. well done, and take some time to enjoy the summer!

Linda C. says: June 29, 2018 at 12:56 PM

Those are the prettiest lotion bars I've ever seen! Where did you learn how to make them? I've been wanting to try my hand at it, but just plain ones. Yours are beautiful!

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.