Who ordered Alicia’s adorable new cross stitch sampler kit the day it was released? I did! I did! My friend Grace ordered one too, and we thought it would be fun to do another Stitch Along! (Remember Winterwoods? It’s been awhile, but that one was so fun!)
Here’s the plan:
First you need to buy the kit, if you haven’t already. You can purchase it here, on Alicia Paulson’s website. The kit comes with the pattern and instructions, linen, and floss. If you need supplies such as a hoop or needles, those are available in her shop too. She’s pretty quick to ship orders, so if you order now you will probably have your kit in a week or less.
The plan is to stitch two letters, (starting with ‘a’ and ‘b’) along with their corresponding motifs each week. Some weeks will have more work than others, and you may need to adjust accordingly. The point isn’t so much to exactly meet the goals each week, but more so to actually complete the sampler by the finish date (July 17). Having weekly goals is motivating, and will help us all to keep stitching!
We will share progress photos every Friday on either Instagram or Flickr. If you want to share on Flickr, there is a group set up there. You can simply add yourself to the group and start posting photos. If you post on Instagram, you will want to use the hashtag #mysweetiepieabcsstitchalong so we can all find each others’ photos. I realize that is crazy long (sorry!) (btw-I’m ginnysheller on Instagram and since peeps keep asking, no I didn’t buy a smartphone, I’m using an Ipad mini to post there. 🙂 )
Just like last time, nothing fancy, no blogging necessary. Just throw your photo up on IG or into the Flickr pool in the same sort of way that you would mark something off your to-do list and get that warm, fuzzy feeling of accomplishment.
We will share our first progress photos on Friday, April 24th and then every Friday until we finish. If you stay on track, you should finish your sampler by July 17th.
If you want to learn more about the My Sweetiepie ABCs Sampler and get lots of tips and advice on getting started, check out this post on Alicia’s blog.
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.
Happy Stitching! This is going to be fun!