Things of Spring Cross Stitch Kits Now Available for Pre-Order!

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Oh, spring! I love it! Here in Oregon, spring is glorious, filled with daffodils, wild weather, blossoming trees, and glistening raindrops. Every little kid on the playground has a pair of colorful rubber boots. Every other yard has a lovely, glowing forsythia bush. Around each corner, the sweet smell of pink daphne floats on the air. Snowdrops hang their graceful heads and brave the chilly mornings. I love it all, and wanted to create a piece that celebrates all of my favorite things about spring here. It turns out there are many! ***Designs for "things of" summer, autumn, and winter will be forthcoming later this year. 

The THINGS OF SPRING Cross Stitch Sampler Kit is now available for pre-order. Please CLICK HERE to order.

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Finished Size of Design Area: 6" wide x 8" high (15cm x 20cm); 96 stitches wide x 1286 high on 32-count fabric

The kit contains:

One 14" x 16" (36cm x 41cm) piece of 32-count evenweave embroidery linen in Provence Lavender 90 from Wichelt
(55) 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; if you desire a black-and-white chart, please email me after you receive your order and I will send you a PDF of it.
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

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 your 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.

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 will be shipping sometime toward the beginning of April 2020. The fabric is on order. We will pull floss and assemble patterns and ship as soon as we have everything we need. We have enough fabric ordered to make 250 kits, and that's all the fabric they have on-hand at Wichelt. If we sell more than that, we can order more fabric and it will probably take about six weeks to get (generally it is six weeks). I will advise if it gets to that point.

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 seeing a tutorial on counted cross stitch, please read the one I did here.

For a substantive discussion with examples of cross stitch on different fabrics with different thread counts, please read this post.

As you probably know, I also carry my favorite supplies in my web shop, should you need lovely, high quality tools. These are the exact ones that I use every day. 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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And size #24 tapestry needles for cross stitch on linen.

All supplies, and anything else you order at the same time, will be shipped along with your Things of Spring kit. If you need other items before April, when Things of Spring ships, please place a separate order that will ship right away.

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. I recently adju.

Thank you so, so much for your interest in and conversation about cross stitch lately, and always. I am really excited about these new designs — these are the little things of my life right now, and it's such a privilege to share them with you. You might also notice a sweet little angel bee in there, too. ;) I have always loved these little "favorite things" illustrations whenever I see them around and on Pinterest and, as you can probably tell from several of my other designs, I really just like stitching tiny little motifs scattered around on a background. It's such a fun way to stitch because it's not overwhelming, and you can comfortably finish a motif in one sitting. There are a lot of different colors in this design, but I like that. I even have the summer design finished and stitched, so it will be launching in a couple of months, too. 

With thanks and much love and hope for peace and beauty this spring,
Alicia

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Would it be possible for you to do some whole samples on fabric with a larger thread count? That would be apropos the pdf patterns rather than any kits anyway.

I actually do prefer the appearance of less tiny stitches for cross stitch, which to me have a bit of a pin-pricky appearance which is exaggerated when very small. My eyes also are not able to cope with the smaller thread count. I like a 14 count aida which does come in some pretty colours now, or I might be tempted by a 28 count linen which would be the very limit I would give my eyes a test work out on these days. I actually like (even prefer) aida fabric in appearance anyway, and know I am not the only one.


I find the designs of your cross stitch patterns themselves very charming, which I why I would like to see a less 'fine' fabric example to give me an idea how they would translate. The little cat especially is delightful.

That is so pretty and sweet! I love the little daffodil. I was just thinking that I'd like a new spring piece to hang up in the house!

Your samplers look like so much fun. Most of the ones i do are very complex and detailed and you really have to concentrate but these look like a rainy day relaxing activity.

Goodie! This design is charming. I'm looking forward to starting this soon after arrival.

I was so pleasantly surprised by seeing your lovely cross stitch pattern/kit! Yay! It's adorable (no surprise there)! I just love your creativity and artwork in everything you make! Can't wait to receive it and Thank you!

I LOVE this so much! So darling! I just repainted my daughter’s room and the walls need something. This is perfect. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for the other seasons!

What a beautiful and enchanting cross stitch design! I'm looking forward to spring although where I am it's admittedly more about dirt and slush. But you always remind me the beauty is there if you take the time to look!

This past year I've been lucky enough to have found your blog and read so many archived posts of product releases, very excited to finally be able to order this kit in real time! :) Will be very excited to stitch this and be present in each season. Spring is the best. <3

Gonna be a grandma here and talk about framing embroidered pieces with or without glass. I've been buying sewing supplies from auctions/estate sales/yard sales for thirty years (and reselling at antique malls). Lately pieces of gorgeous handwork from the 1960s and 1970s have started surfacing, and the needlework and cross-stitch pieces that have survived the best were framed with glass. Otherwise, dust and smoke and forced hot air furnaces and damp and humidity have taken their toll, especially on wool or silk but also damaging to cotton. If you want to create a heritage piece, I suggest you consider framing it in glass. And please, NEVER NEVER use masking tape, hot glue or any glue or tape when putting your handiwork in a frame. I know it's trendy to frame small pieces in the embroidery hoop, but please take care if you want to preserve your work, especially when creating a limited edition piece like a "Posie Piece." Grandma-over-and-out

Goll-darn that is sweet! I'm working on The Leaves by Hundreds Came now and it's so nice to stitch! I don't make enough time for it. This one (and this series!) would be so sweet for a kid's cozy/reading corner to change by the seasons.

This is so sweet and looks just like something you would design! All of the motifs are charming. The kitty looks great--I'm impressed with how you designed it.

Hosanna Lovegren says: February 26, 2020 at 01:42 PM

Beautiful! I really love the frame you chose! It would be cool if you could some day offer frames on your website to fit the finished pieces.

Oh I love this so much!
Just curious how soon you’ll have your Little Women pattern up for sale? I’m so excited for that one!

I am always so delighted to stitch up one of your designs! I bring my seasonal cross stitch pictures out as the seasons change and I love that. Such a brilliant idea to put the design within a 8x10 frame! Lavender is my favorite color! Thank you so much!

Spring is the best season I love to go around and explore more the beauty God bestowed for us…. reminds of greater blessings!!! I just love those cross-stitch designs by you. So amazing and neat. Lucky enough to read many archived posts on product release. I would love to order my knitting kit.!!! Thank you.

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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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