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.


So beautiful. I am beyond words for how much I love your first picture on this post.

So excited :). Order placed!

Oh boy! I just ordered everything! I'm so pleased that you're offering the supplies too, as I have your last kit but never got around to getting a hoop.. now I can do both! I hope you have time to pop over to my blog - I'm doing a give-away of a pair of my sterling silver pine cone earrings. I'm off to volunteer at Multnomah Falls in a bit.. I'm taking my BGC (big girl camera) as it's sooooo sunny and pretty today!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Elizabeth says: March 08, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Just ordered it! I'm terribly excited. I'm very particular about cross stitch designs and love this...thank you for offering something so beautiful and clean in design.

I'm just like a kid, just ordered this kit and supplies and I'm so excited, can't wait for this to show up at my house in Tennessee, haven't cross stitched in about 20 years, Thank You Alicia for sharing this beautiful sampler with us....

Yay can't wait for the pdf pattern... the sampler looks beautiful :)

What a lovely kit. I just have one question, and I've wondered about this every time I've seen a photo of the sampler: what is that thing that looks sort of like a fried egg? Is it a tree fungus? Or??

Yay! I was thinking of only going to get the pattern, but the quality of the supplies look terrific.
P.S I know the frame is not included, but where can you did you get it?

Yay!!! I was so excited to see this up today! I ordered mine just now, I and I cannot wait to receive it and start stitching. The end of March can't come soon enough! Thank you Alicia!

I have just spent my first winter running in the woods with the local group called Coyotes... I have been stitching my whole life but have not done a project in awhile and I cant wait to stitch this!! It will bring back so many memories of my first winter exploring the trails and having fun with friends. Cant wait to get started :)

Beth Wilson says: March 08, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Ohhhh....I am so excited !! And, no, I did not make a mistake by ordering 5 ( five !! ). I have 7 children, 5 of whom are married with families - from California to Georgia - and I just LOVE the thought that each will have a sampler in their home, forming a connectedness
between siblings. They will receive it framed at Christmas.
* just hoping you'll still have 2 more for the younger
ones in the future .....
Hugs, Beth in Virginia

Congratulations! The sampler is beautiful. I love the look of the linen.

Hooray! I've placed my order. I've been thinking of you both too, while doing my stitching this winter.
Doing the crewelwork sampler was some of the best needlework fun I've ever had. I can't wait to get started on this. And the project you're working on now looks A-MAZING. Thanks!

I really like how this sampler looks.

awww sweet bunners at the bottom of the sampler-- I'd stitch his (her?) little tail in white. cute cute

This is just gorgeous!!! The colors are beyond fabulous!

I too wondered what that was by the n. Is that a nut maybe?

Such a nice surprise, I was thinking it would be another couple of weeks until you were taking orders. I've put my order in Alicia - I had planned to just get the chart but the thought of not having to pick up fabric, floss, etc. was so appealing! There's never enough time around here and one less errand is such a welcome gift in nerve jangled, snail paced L.A. traffic.


Wish a visit from Clover Meadow and a piece of the boysenberry pie came along with it! ;)

Happy weekend!

Love it Alicia!!!!

Todd Slusar says: March 08, 2012 at 06:19 PM

Order placed and "pinned" on Pinterest!

Yay! Super happy and excited!!!

Patti Dunaway says: March 08, 2012 at 06:44 PM

just ordered my Winterwoods kit--normally I buy my all my own supplies but it will be a treat to use what you have picked out! Have recently resumed stitching after many years away, with my Ott light and a super pair of the "cheater" type reading glasses (in addition to my regular glasses--what a look ;) to make up for 50+ year old eyes! I just wish Downton Abbey was starting another season RIGHT NOW to make my joy complete...Alicia, I'm seeing four seasons of samplers with the woodsy, nature themes--you think you can come up with four designs for us??? Patti RN

travelbug says: March 08, 2012 at 07:33 PM

I happily ordered my kit this morning and I couldn't resist those adorable scissors. I love doing cross stitch and samplers are my weakness, so this one is perfect. I'm another person that hopes my old eyes can still see well enough to stitch! Thank you!

Ay, I'd sworn off cross stitch after an experience long ago, so didn't think I'd be tempted, but this is simply beautiful! And if it's as well put-together as your embroidery kits (and I'm sure it is), maybe it's time to try again... Thanks!

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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