Hello! Are there any cross-stitchers out there? I am not much of one myself (I am very loyal to my knitting needles,) but I have wanted to be ever since I discovered Alicia Paulson’s books and patterns. I bought her Winterwoods ABCs sampler kit the day she released it. I have it stored under my craft desk and periodically I pull it out and look at it lovingly and get excited about how cute it would look hanging in my living room. I have yet to make a single “x” though. So, I came up with a little idea that might motivate me (and some of you, because I know I am not the only one) to turn this kit into something that can actually hang on the wall. I called my friend Grace to discuss this matter because I knew she also had the kit tucked away, just waiting, and she agreed that it was time to take action.
(image from aliciapaulson.com)
So here’s the plan:
First you need to buy the kit, if you haven’t already. You can purchase it here on Alicia’s (newly redesigned!) website. The kit comes with the pattern and instructions, linen, and hand dyed floss. If you need supplies such as a hoop or needles, those are available in her shop too.
The start date is September 22, the first day of fall.
Throughout the thirteen weeks of fall, the goal will be to complete two letters per week in addition to one or two of the images.
The hope is to finish the sampler by December 21, the first day of winter.
Here’s the accountability part–Grace created a Winterwoods ABCs cross-stitch sampler stitch along group (that’s a mouthful!) on Flickr. You’ll want to join the group.
At the end of each week (or so–we’re not hardcore) post a photo of your progress in the group pool. Nothing fancy, no blogging necessary. Just throw your photo into the pool in the same sort of way that you would mark something off your to-do list and get that feeling of accomplishment.
If you want to learn more about the Winterwoods ABCs Sampler, you can read about it in this post on Alicia’s blog.
I have very little cross-stitching experience so can’t help you with technical questions. But, Alicia wrote a great tutorial on counted cross stitch which can be found here. She tells you pretty much everything you need to know to get started and complete this piece.
If you need a little time to think about it, I think that as long as you get started by the end of September, you should be fine. Someone with great time management skills (that wouldn’t be me- I won’t speak for Grace) could finish this project over a far shorter period than thirteen weeks. But for me, I need the entire season of Fall, and I need this group, even if Grace and I end up stitching along just the two of us. I do hope that some of you will join us though!
(edited to add– While Alicia gave us thumbs up on the stitch-along, we have no affiliation beyond being big fans of her work!)