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Drop Cloth Samplers

by Adrianna

It has gotten to the point where it just might be cooler outdoors (if you don’t have air conditioning), and the future forecast is looking like this 90+ weather is going to stick around for a while. I highly suggest finding a nice big shady tree, or a river, and stay around it for as long as possible! Got the creative bug though? Thankfully, we just restocked our Drop Cloth Embroidery Samplers and a new book from Rebecca Ringquist:)!! These samplers are perfect for being outdoors, or anywhere for that matter, and no experience necessary! Have you been wanting to learn embroidery or want to advance your knowledge on the craft? Look no further. These samplers have you practicing all sorts of techniques and the final result is a great wall hanging. Rebecca’s book is a more in depth tutorial on embroidery and teaches you how to get your creative juices going and design your own embroideries. Before you know it, you will be embroidering everything! And taking these with you everywhere!

A recent picnic to the Skidmore Bluffs with the Original Sampler. Below, Rebecca’s embroidery workshop book!

Some fun supplies you can experiment with!

Vintage Linen floss

Perle Cotton

DMC 6 strand floss

Stop on by and get inspired!

Embroidery Inspiration

By April

It’s nice to have an embroidery project in the works, it travels well and is a true way to sit and enjoy the art of making, one stitch at a time.

This is a vintage piece that I cherish and it inspires me. This is from a flour sack tea towel made into an apron. Grab a flour sack tea towel next time you are in the shop they make a great pallet for embroidery.

We carry this pattern from Anna Maria Horner.  It includes directions on how to stitch all sorts of styles of embroidery stitches.  I can imagine a great monogrammed gift from this lovely pattern.

Perle Balls of Floss are such a treat. No need to separate strands and great for projects that require lots of one color. 

I recently took a camping trip here in Oregon, the river we camped on was just full of newts.  They are so cute!

Sassy Spurs and Penguin and fish patterns shown above.  We have a few other state patterns in stock from Sassy Spurs: California and Idaho. Each state pattern includes the outline of the state, it’s capitol, official bird, flower and a landmark of significance.  You can choose to make the pattern as shown or pick and choose from the graphics.  We carry Penguin and fish alphabet animal patterns from A to Z.  These were just a few of my favorites.

Stock up on Floss for your next project.  Road trip, long plane ride or lazy days of summer with the kids…. embroidery is a great way to go.

Flossin' embroidery style

by April

Showing off our ever growing embroidery selection. Ten packs of dmc floss are now available in our own color combos, just a few shown below.  There are some new colors of size 8 perle balls and sashiko floss.

Ten pack floss “Rainbow”

Ten pack floss “Fall Style”

Ten Pack floss “Tutti Frutti”

Ten pack Floss “Hair and Fur”


Finca brand perle balls in a rainbow of colors.  Great for embroidery, tying quilts and hand quilting.


 Sashiko Floss in cream, black, navy, white, red and turquoise