A Tender Year: February

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A Tender Year: February embroidery pattern is now available!

I ordered a cutter quilt from Etsy the other day and it's supposed to be here today. I'm really excited. It's better than the one I lost. When it gets here I'm going to cut it up and make some hearts! I've been wanting to do this for many years! I don't know what's taken me so long. It's a big quilt so I think I'll be able to make some to sell here, but I'd better hurry — tomorrow is February already. Here is A Tender Year: February and I can't wait for you to embroider this little strawberry chiboust. It's so much fun to do these tiny little treats!

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This design is, as January's was, stitched on Kona cotton (this time in colorway Petunia) and wrapped around an inexpensive 5" x 7" (13cm x 18cm) stretched canvas. It uses DMC floss and one color of Appletons crewel wool, and there is a DMC substitution color listed if you don't happen to have Appletons lying around (obviously you could also use any tapestry or crewel wool, or even laceweight yarn). I still need to do a canvas-wrapping tutorial, I'm sorry — that really is on my list, I swear. I made a quilt over the weekend and decided to KEEP it for myself, so that was bonkers. I made a little cross-stitched label for it with the date on it and I actually put "2/2022" because I thought there would be no way I would finish it in January, and I actually finished it on Saturday, January 29. Ha. I swear, I get an idea in my head and I don't stop. I'll take pictures of that for you, too.

But, for now, here is the next design for A Tender Year. If you'd like to see January, it is in this post. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you! XO


Marcia L Love says: February 01, 2022 at 02:26 PM

Thanks for the new word! I'd never heard "chiboust" and had no idea how to pronounce it. Thus google --
it's she-boost! Who knew?


I’d never heard of chiboust either, but it’s pretty. The bird, though, love him ❤️!

Another cute embroidery - thank you! It'll be fun to see what you come up with each month. Many years ago "crewel" embroidery was very popular. I always look forward to your blog and pics xo

Can you please tell us if the crewel wool should only be Appleton or can another brand be used? Also, is there a specific object that you would do in wool vs. dmc? Thank you.

Going to get this right away! I bought the January one but haven't been able to stitch it yet because I cannot get any Kona 'fog' anywhere, can you believe that? It must be a Covid/Brexit delay thing, i'm in the UK. Yeah I could use another colour but no matter, I will wait and get on with February 😄

Kristen from MA says: February 07, 2022 at 03:41 AM

So sweet!

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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 aliciapaulson.com