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 โ€” 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) โ€” 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

It's all so beautiful!! ๐Ÿ

Doris Barile says: June 21, 2018 at 01:55 PM

It's all so pretty!!

KristenfromMA says: June 21, 2018 at 02:02 PM

Oooooh, I love the new pattern! Can't wait!

I don't like fragrance on my hands so I'm going to skip the lotion bars, but they are SO beautiful! I will keep them in mind for gift giving.

Courtney says: June 21, 2018 at 02:09 PM

Oh Alicia - I love the new pattern and lotion bars! Thanks for all the lovely things you put out in the world! Xoxo!

Everything is so pretty, love that you got your little bunny in the cross-stitch design.

Stefanie says: June 21, 2018 at 02:38 PM

Beautiful...is that Miss Amelia hanging out by the tall flower/clothesline pole?

Isabella says: June 21, 2018 at 06:52 PM

Wow, the lotion bars are gorgeous. I don't think I could ever use them!

Jennifer says: June 21, 2018 at 08:29 PM

My favorite one yet!

The lotion bars look truly amazing! Congratulations! Wonderful. I live in Estonia and I'm a long term fan of your blog, it's one of the most inspiring places I know.
I wish you many more summer storms to watch from the window - I did so yesterday night myself :).
You are absolutely wonderful, dear Alicia. I admire your talent, I really do.
Greetings from here,
Laura

How beautiful those lotion bars are. And what an original idea. You deserve every success with your branding!

Dearest Alicia, Remember 2011, or August 2010 maybe it was really. I reached out about your new Embroidery Book. And you gave me a copy to giveaway so kindly on my blog. Thank you! Deep, deep gratitude for you for that.

And these soaps now... I can not decide on which one to choose.

The weather though girl I could talk about it for hours and not get the least bored. You have my contact information if you want to reach out again.

Quick poll of the collective hive mind here... What color() is the sky?

To Isabella, nothing is so precious.

Postal costs from the USA are now prohibitive which is such a shame; I used to buy things but no longer :(

Luckily this doesn't affect pdf files. I would need to make it in a larger thread count though and with my eyes it will take some doing. This is my favourite design though so I just might. It's the bunny. I wish I could see the designs in a bigger count.

The lotion bars look wow, and funny thing to think but they look like they smell good!

I was just looking at your embroidery book yesterday, time to start one of those I think. It's such a lovely book and with an upsurge in embroidery interest at the moment perhaps a new wave of people might be interested in purchasing it.

I've just placed my pre-order for your new kit. It's so pretty! Just last week I finished your other kit for Spring. I love that one so much and have it framed already. Your new lotion bars are just so beautiful. I admire your creativity and your work so much.

Michaelanne Neal says: June 22, 2018 at 04:44 AM

Im SO excited to see all your new creations!!! Those lotion bars are SO pretty! I love everything you make..SO happy that you can share your brilliance :)

Elizabeth says: June 22, 2018 at 05:03 AM

This new cross stitch kit is so beautiful! You captured a summer storm rolling in just perfectly - both in the colors and in the wind. I'm more of a quilter than a cross-stitcher, but this is so tempting. And the lotion bars sound wonderful. I always love seeing what you are creating. Thank you for sharing with us.

Lynn Marie says: June 22, 2018 at 05:04 AM

Gah!!! I LOVE everything. I have the previous kits and will be ordering this one as well. Not sure if I will display them together or seperately per the the season. And the lotion bars!!! They are soo beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration you are to all of us. โ˜บ

Oh yay, I am so excited to do this cross stitch. I am loving Time of Flowers! xx

Katie Morene says: June 22, 2018 at 05:48 AM

Lotion bars! I live in Houston where is is devilishly H.O.T. We've had candles that have shipped and MELTED before they made it to our house. Think of them sitting in a 100+ degree UPS truck all day. So...do you think you'll still love making the lotion bars come winter? Maybe as the best-ever-Christmas-presents???

I think this one is my favorite! Actually, I think that every time you have a new release, but this is so lovely and reminds me of my summer flowers that I look forward to every year. LOVE that the Posie bunny is in there too๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜. I may have to get a lotion bar too, but honestly, theyโ€™re so pretty I may just use it to decorate and admire! Thanks for these beauties! Have a wonderful weekend.

Love the lotion bars. Just ordered one of each. Looking forward to using them!

This is my favorite out of the season series so far, they are going to look fantastic finished!

I have been literally refreshing your blog everyday, waiting for this post and pre-order link! So so so excited for the lovely third installation of the series.

Is this embroidery pattern ok for beginners?

Tried buying the lotion tins through paypal and was not successful. Have you heard of any processing problems or am I doing something wrong? Will try again later.

Terry

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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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