My Sweetiepie Sampler Kits Now Available!

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Well, good morning! Do you know your ABCs? We're learning them here, and we want to share ours with you!

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My Sweetiepie ABCs Cross Stitch Sampler Kit is now ready to order here!

You can click on both of those images above to see them enlarged. :)

This counted cross stitch sampler was inspired by the delightful experience of living with two-year-old Miss Amelia Paulson while she learns, among billions of other things right now, her ABCs. It is stitched on 32-count linen (that's 16 stitches per inch) with two-plies of DMC six-ply cotton embroidery floss. Suitable for boys and girls of all ages, it is, to date, possibly my favorite thing I have ever designed.

Finished Size of Design Area: 13.1" x 10.3" (33cm x 26cm); 210 stitches wide x 165 high on 32-count fabric

My Sweetiepie ABCs Cross Stitch Sampler Kit contains:

One 20" x 18" (51cm x 46cm) piece of 32-count Zweigart Belfast linen in Stone Gray
(79) 24" (61cm) lengths of various colors of DMC 6-ply cotton embroidery floss
Stitching instructions
Illustrated stitch tutorial for special stitches
Color cross-stitch chart with symbols
One piece of chipboard for creating a floss organizer
*Frame not included.

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 is not a hard project, and can definitely be done by beginners, but it is big! And the stitches are small! And there are a lot of colors! There are 47 colors in this sampler. But come on, that is why it is AWESOME!!! Using so many colors gives these little motifs so much depth and richness, especially relative to each other. Besides, you don't want this project to go fast. You want to sit with this and watch every episode of Outlander and then start the new season (which just started).

That said, I think one of the "hardest" parts of making this sampler will be organizing the 79 lengths of floss (in 47 colors) that you will receive in the kit. The floss will come to you in three separate hanks, with about twenty-six or -seven 24" lengths in each group. The pattern includes a list of floss colors and numbers, along with their symbols as used in the chart, organized into the three groups. I've included a piece of chipboard (thin cardboard) and the instructions for making floss organizers like mine.

Floss

To help you separate the colors, which can be a bit tricky but not really too bad (since you are given the number of lengths included and the color name, which provides a general description of the color itself) I've put some large photos of my floss, all organized, up on my web site here. This should help you figure out how to tell the colors apart, relative to each other. 

Remember, you need to separate two plies away from the six-ply embroidery floss length to work the cross stitches throughout the sampler. Special stitches, including backstitches and French knots, use one or two plies, as indicated in the instructions. If you don't know how to do these stitches, I've included illustrations and directions for working them in the pattern.

The chart you will receive is quite large, larger than the actual size of the finished piece, and it is broken into four separate one-sided pages. You can use them individually or cut them out and tape the chart together, overlapping the grayed areas. Each color has its own symbol, keyed, as I mentioned, to a list of color names and DMC's assigned floss-color number. To work the design, you follow the chart, counting stitches as you go.

It also really helps to have something dark on your lap as you stitch. The holes in the fabric that you need to stitch through are so much easier to see.

Chart

Also, as you probably know, I also carry my favorite supplies in my web shop, should you need lovely, high quality tools. For this project, we have:

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Gorgeous little embroidery scissors.

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Hardwicke Manor 4" hoops.

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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.

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And size #24 tapestry needles for cross stitch on linen.

All supplies will be shipped along with your kit.

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.

What else do I need to tell you. I don't even know. Other than that I am crazy excited about this! If you do have questions, please ask them here and I will pop back in throughout the day to answer. Thank you!!! Xoxoxoxoxo, A&Co.!

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oooh, oooooh, OOOOHHH!!!!!! I'm off to order mine now!!!

Love it! For the next baby born to a friend/family member!

Alicia, you are a gift to the world. I deeply admire and appreciate your creativity, and entrepreneurial dedication... cheers for people who make things, who share things, who inspire more of the same!

It's so beautiful and I hope to make it for my daughter's room. I'll probably buy a kit this summer. Thank you for giving us another lovely thing to make for our homes.

I love it so much, that I want it for my own room! So despite having two cross stitch projects languishing for lack of time (one of them midsummer sprigs--I have been working on it a little lately!) I just ordered it. So irresponsible of me. It's spring and I have a million things to do. It will make me happy just knowing that I have it though, waiting for the perfect time, whenever that may be!

It is SO SO SO beautiful! Gonna make one for my girl and my best friend's forthcoming baby. I love everything you do and pretty much just wish I could insert myself into your beautiful life. Thank you for teaching me to see more beauty in my surroundings.

I saw your pin of the kit last night and ordered mine very early this morning. I am so excited. I am happy that you will have chip board and floss organzing suggestions. I did as you suggested for the Winterwoods kit but I made my holes too big and the floss kept falling out. I used a plastic darning needle to make the holes and I guess it was too thick. I should have re organized the floss but I was lazy.

Just bought my kit! I haven't cross-stitched regularly for several years, but just took it up again this year. I have a weakness for samplers and this one is too adorable not to stitch up! So excited to receive my kit!

This is truly lovely. I will order one as soon as I can. Winter is on its way here, now that you have finished with it, :) and this will be a perfect nesting indoors project. I love the choices you have made for a each letter's symbol. Thank you for always providing inspiration.

Kristen from MA says: April 07, 2015 at 12:01 PM

You should be proud Alicia. It is gorgeous!

And to be clear, I have no kids - no one who is learning the ABCs - but I'm still buying this because I love it so! :D

Hi Alicia, Could these poor aging eyes do this on a large weave cloth? Would it translate okay to say, 16 count? Thanks! Pam

I have been dying over your scrappy pillows (I too wouldn't let anyone touch them ;o)and now this! Just found out my sis is preggers so I think they'll get one of these! Too sweet.

That is so charmingly beautiful! Thank you for the gifts of loveliness you bring into the world.

My children are teenagers and I have nowhere to hang this, but I am buying this kit right now!

I haven't done a cross stitch in forever, but this one is extremely tempting.

It's gorgeous Alicia, well done you. I'm still working on Winterwoods at the moment, but the new one, soon, soon... CJ xx

i got my mitts on this kit! oh happy day!! xoxo i

I'm so excited! I just ordered my kit!

Just ordered one! I love it so, especially the "q." I can't wait to get started! I've done several of your cross-stitches now (one from a kit and others from your books) and I just love working with your patterns, thank you so much for making them!

Had shown your early pics to my wee girl who oohed and ahhed with me. "Mumu would you make one for me?" Her name is Daisy - it's just perfect! I've already made her a picture of her name using your embroidery after doing the sampler. Your creative makes have brought much fun to our house. I normally only check blogs at the weekend so happinstance I looked tonight and bought quickly!

SO very excited this is ready to order. Off I go to place an order before they are all gone........

Just broke my stash buying diet, but I couldn't resist. Thanks Alicia.

How adorable!! I'm still working on the Winterwoods sampler, but... :)

Could someone tell me what the P image is? I can't figure it out and its driving me nuts :)

P = pie.

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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.