Winterwoods ABCs Cross Stitch Sampler Kit (and Embroidery Supplies) For You

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Hi! How are you? I've been busy! Are you ready to work on a cross stitch sampler? Because the kit for this one is almost ready for you, and will be starting to ship in about two weeks! Yes. I am very, very excited about this.


The Winterwoods ABCs Cross Stitch Sampler Kit is now ready to order here!

This counted cross stitch sampler was inspired by our walks in the woods near Mt. Hood, Oregon, this winter. It is stitched on 28-count linen (that's 14 stitches per inch) with variegated hand over-dyed six-strand cotton embroidery floss. Because the floss is naturally variegated, each element of the sampler contains variations of color and hue, giving the motifs depth and texture with very little effort on your part.

If you are new to counted cross stitch, or need some quick lessons to refresh your memory, please be sure to read my counted cross stitch tutorial before you start. (Oh, and this is how I organized my floss.) Once you get the hang of it, this sampler is simple to work up and I think you'll have it done in no time! (But not too quick, 'cause it's the type of thing you want to hang out with a while.)

Finished Size of Design Area: 8" x 10" (20cm x 27cm)

This Winterwoods ABCs Cross Stitch Sampler Kit contains:

One 14" x 16" (36cm x 41cm) piece of 28-count Cashel linen in Smokey Pearl
Fourteen colors of Weeks Dye Works hand over-dyed 6-strand cotton embroidery floss
Stitching instructions and color cross-stitch chart

You will need your own:

#24 tapestry needle(s)
Embroidery scissors
4" (10cm) embroidery hoop
Thread organizing supplies
Frame and framing supplies

I am now offering my favorite embroidery supplies in my web shop, should you need lovely, high quality tools. We have:


Gorgeous little embroidery scissors.


Hardwicke Manor 4" hoops.


Twill tape to wrap around the inner hoop. You don't need to do this, but it's nice, and provides more tension to keep the fabric from slipping out of the hoop as you stitch.


Size #24 tapestry needles for cross stitch on linen.

To order any or all of the supplies (which will be shipped with the kits), please visit my web shop.

We will ship overseas and have a new shipping program for that! Yay yay. Very happy about that. To see the shipping costs for your 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. We have a kind of a complicated system for making sure that everyone gets what they ordered on time, and post-ordering emails requesting address changes really mess with that when there are a lot of orders coming in at once. So if you can get it all straight on your end before placing your order, I would be ever ever ever so very, very grateful. Thank you.

I still have a rather complicated shopping cart system going on in my web shop. There are three different genres of things for sale in the shop: Kits and supplies, downloadable crochet patterns, and downloadable sewing and embroidery patterns. Kits and supplies orders that need to be physically shipped go directly through Paypal. To view the cart for them, click on the button at the top of the site that says "View Cart for Kits and Supplies." Crochet patterns go through Ravelry and are purchased one at a time. Sewing patterns go through another digital products service and can be purchased several at a time; to view the cart for them, click on the button at the top of the site that says "View Cart for Patterns Only." Kind of complicated, I know, but somehow it all seems to work out fine. But this year I truly do want to try to reconfigure my shopping system. If you have any confusion, just let me know and I will totally help steer you in the right direction.

As I mentioned, I expect to begin shipping on March 21. The printed patterns arrived last week and I think they look absolutely beautiful. The floss is all packaged. The embroidery supplies are here and are even prettier in person. The fabric (we've just been waiting for the fabric) arrives in New Jersey today or tomorrow, and then as soon as they're done cutting it there it will be on its way here to Oregon next week. The minute it arrives here we will begin final assembly of the kits and start packing them up. It's kind of an exciting, stressful time. I always get frazzled. And emotional. This project saved me this winter. I think about everybody out there stitching these, all over the country and the world, and it really makes me happy. I wonder if you will enjoy the process of making this, what you're watching on TV when you stitch, what's going on in your life, whether you are new to embroidery or old to embroidery. Every time we do kits there are so many of your names that I recognize, over and over again, on the orders. Thank you for that, sincerely. I am so grateful. I really hope you like this kit!!!

*If you have your own materials and are waiting for the downloadable PDF pattern for this sampler, it will be available in a few weeks, after we get the majority of these orders shipped is available here. Thank you!

***Kits are available here.


Inspiring, as always.
Even the prints from this post are worthy of framing.
I know I cannot add another project to my wip stash, but just
gazing at your table, the details and light of your compositions, is artfully pleasing. You are going to make a lot of happy-satisfied stitchers.

O my goodness! Such lovely stitches! I especially love the flowers on the black linen. Eagerly awaiting that pattern-- but don't fret, I can be patient, and I know you will be super busy with the winterwoods sampler kits for a while. THANKS for all you do to add beauty to our lives.

Hooray! The sampler is delightfully charming. I just placed my order, and am looking forward to stitching away.

What a beautiful sampler! Truly.


What a beautiful project, simply stunning as heart is making me feel like putting my knitting needles down so I can fit a sewing project in.....but my head is telling me I have too many projects on the go already!

Not sure whether the head or heart will win!

Happy Stitching
Fleur xx

I love, love, love this sampler! and I literally gasped out loud when I saw the scissors- they are beautiful! And so shiny. . .

To help you in a frazzled moment; I am stitching the Daisychain sampler at the mo and loving it. While watching LOST, on the sofa when either/both my boys have been poorly and generally whenever I needed to be soothed.
Thanks for sharing the joy!
Ali x

i don't know cross stitch.. but this makes me want to!

YAY!!! I just ordered mine!!! Super excited - I think this will be the first thing I hang in our new place when we move to Salem, MA in June :)

Awesome. I just ordered a kit. This will be my first return to cross stitch since doing a few small pieces along side my mother when I was a child.

I mean this in a joking way...maybe you should slow down on your offerings, as some of us haven't make the market bag and still working on the daisychain sampler...hehehe.

Another beautiful sampler!

blessings, jilly

How exciting!

I am sure I read somewhere that you will keep up with demand for this kit, is that right? I cannot find that post now!!

Like Alice S. above I have not done a crosstitch since childhood with my mom. So excited. Thank you, thank you! I was so surprised to see this post already.

Just placed my order and am thrilled by the pictures. I'll be checking my mailbox in a few weeks, HA! like daily. Your kits always arrive in perfect condition and nothing has ever been damaged in the shipping process. This is gonig to be a perfect project as I have not done cross stitch in too many years. Good Luck! I know you'll be flooded with orders.

I have this funny little memory chip in my brain that causes me to remember, among a lot of other worthless information, things I'm watching on TV when I'm working on a cross-stitch project and then later, when I look at my finished project, the whole darn thing comes back to me, complete with commercials! Sometimes it's amusing, but really... wish I could turn it off! Made me laugh when you mentioned that in your post. I just ordered and can't wait to get started on this one!

Kristen from MA says: March 08, 2012 at 10:12 AM

This project saved me this winter.

Wonderful. :)

Can't wait to start stitchin'.

Thanks for reminding me of why I love cross-stitch…I think it's a zen thing. Just ordered my kit (and a few supplies) and can't wait to get settled in! Fantastic design. Thank you! (P.S. Love seeing photos of the Pacific Northwest - I grew up there - downloaded into my Reeder here in Scotland!)

My order is placed and I'm excited. I love that last picture, so I hope that is the next sampler.

I've been waiting for this day - I'm so happy I just placed my order for the kit. I just love the pattern you designed for winter. I haven't cross stitched in years. I'm looking forward to going back to it again. Thank you!

I just placed my order! I don't know what I'll be watching while I stitch this, but my current WIP is blackwork from your Embroidery Companion book, and I am watching Downton Abbey, Parenthood, and Lark Rise to Candleford while I stitch. (If you haven't heard of Lark Rise to Candleford, look it up. It seems very "you" to me!)

seriously beautiful- the sampler, materials, Paulson process, sneak of what's to come. congratulations!

Kathleen Marie says: March 08, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I'm so excited! I just ordered a kit and a few supplies-I used to cross stitch as a little girl, but stopped a long time ago. I'm so excited to pick it up again! :)

I'm so very excited! I will be ordering soon!

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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