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Thank you for all of the Portland suggestions! There are some great ones in there. I am so looking forward to going through those and checking some new things out and putting a list together in the next couple of weeks. That will be really fun — thank you to those of you who took the time to contribute. Many classics in that list, and lots of places I've never been. Can't wait to have some time to check them out!

It's been such a busy week here as we work on the sampler kits. Everything looks fantastic and I am so pleased with how it's all coming together. We are still planning to ship mid-June, though most of the crewel yarn is still in England, where it is manufactured (crewel wool is not exactly popular right now, so there aren't too many companies left who even make it). Appletons has had to dye more wool to meet our demand, so we are just waiting for that to be finished and shipped from England to Texas and then to Portland, and in the meantime doing all of the cutting/ironing/screening/folding of fabric and all of the pattern printing and paperwork. Hopefully the timing of our finishing these things and the arrival of the wool will dovetail, and then we will start the assembly and shipping in mid-June. If the wool doesn't arrive on time, we'll have to wait for it [taps fingers]. But I'll keep you posted. I know Andy is writing a silk-screening post for you, too. If you're not familiar with the process, it's really pretty cool.


Crewel should be more popular - maybe we can make it make a come back!

Looking forward to Andy's silk-screening post. I have never done this but just read about a woman who does this to all her boxes before she ships out items. Such a fun idea that I want to try it too.

I lived in Gresham for a while (now I am a Minnesota girl) and I LOVE the Portland area. I love that you are making this list...I will for sure use it when I get to come back and visit!

I half expect mythical-fairy creatures to appear in your photograph... you so often mange to capture the surreal in the beauty around you.
Thank you in advance, Andy. I don't know if I will ever get the chance to silk-screen, but I will dream on it with more confidence of the possibility after reading your post. I am crossing my fingers that it is a garage-amateur enterprise.

I love how you two work on your projects together. And how cool is it that the manufacturer is dyeing the crewel wool JUST FOR YOU? It's like couture crewel wool!

Margaret says: May 26, 2011 at 09:35 AM

very excited! Thanks for your loving attention to this crewel kit!

am interested to read the post on silk-screening, but did i miss the post on deep dish pizza?

buttercup says: May 26, 2011 at 09:51 AM

Alicia, any more news from the stable? I am trying not to ask about 'little one' news but am thinking of you with that. xo

Oh I always wanted to know how to so that will be a great tutorial. Thanks.

kathleen says: May 26, 2011 at 10:52 AM

I am so looking forward to working on my kit this summer. I am picturing myself sitting outside in the am and pm with a glass of peach iced tea.

Dear Alicia, I was one who ordered your crewel embroidery kit and am looking forward to it, it's kind of neat to think they're dying wool just for us, isn't it? You might just start a whole new craft fad!

I took silkscreening class at Mt. Hood Community College and it was quite a learning process. I did one of Vista House and the Gorge with 4 colors, and still love it. Although it is very ... well, not high art, I guess. :-)

Have you upgraded your Hipstamatic App to the newest version?

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Silkscreen tutorial... yes, please! I've played with this a bit but have had a hard time getting consistent results. I'm thinking Andy's got consistency down!

Dear Alicia (my hero),

I am a bad person and have linked to your site a few times from my website and did not ask you for permission first. I just saw your copyright message now and therefore apologize PROFUSELY!

I love your work (products, patterns, blog, all of it) and hope you'll forgive my slip-up.


I can't believe I just found you. Hopping around as blogger is acting up for me today. I see so many friends on your blogroll, I just don't know how I have missed you all this time. Off to have a weeie peek around you little piece of the world.

Whosyergurl says: May 26, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Lovely pic!
xo, Cheryl

almost everyday your pictures cheer me up and inspire me. thanks for taking and sharing them :)

Your pictures ablbd posts are truly such a daily inspiration to me! Thank you for taking the time to write and share!! I am super excited about the silk screen tutorial, i gave always been interested in giving it a try!

Delilah says: May 26, 2011 at 03:59 PM

Thanks Andy.

I thought that you were using the printer that silk screens - I love old school.

Am anticipating my kit, and also wondering how I can get my husband to take up silk screening :)

Looking forward to the kits--it's interesting about having to get yarn form England. British Country Living seems to have so many more ads for needlework kits etc. tahn Amercian mag's. Strange--maybe we're just more "sectorized" here. I don't silkscreen, but as always look foward to Andy's post.

Just discovered your blog - love everything! I lived in Cardiganshire and have known a lot of Clovers! Love horses, especially Welsh cobs. Now teaching and making whenever I have a moment. Lots of sun here in Winchester, Hampshire, UK too!

yay--I can't wait to get started on my project. If you need some extra hands all you have to do is ask.....

Your photos are great! Would love to know which Instagram lens and film you use.

Aaagh - silly me...just found it on the sidebar!!!

The wool is coming from England. Oh no he bitter irony.

I'm in England and I didn't order a kit because of the expensive postage to England. When the wool was here all along!


I can't wait for my crewel sampler kit. I'm so excited!

That must be a good feeling to be providing a small company with an order so large that they have to dye it special for you. Looking forward to Andy's post. He always cracks me up.

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About Alicia Paulson


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




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.