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Sampler Embroidery Kit

Samplers are designs used by beginners to learn the basic stitches of hand embroidery. So, I've created this kit to help you along the way!
  • ideal for beginners
  • uses organic & ethically produced fabric
  • includes quality DMC threads and photo instructions for each stitch used
  • packaged in a gorgeous, sustainably made gift box
  • finished piece measures 8 inches (20cm) diameter

Sammy's Note: Samplers are an old tradition of hand embroidery. They're a great way to learn stitches - and to create a reference piece for any future projects! This is a modern take on a traditional sampler - and I've included extra advice and tips to help you master the different techniques!

Price

Kit Type: Hoop

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What's Actually in the kit?

High quality everything

Here's what is inside the kit:

100% Organic Cotton Fabric

100% Organic Cotton Fabric

We're really proud of this fabric. A LOT of cotton fabric out there comes from China, and is potentially picked by enslaved Uighurs (BBC investigation).

So we've made sure our fabric is not.

Made from cotton that's organically grown in India by a family run business. It's woven and dyed by the same firm. Importantly, they recycle the water used (growing and dying cotton uses a LOT of water) as well as only using a "Low impact" dying process.

The cushions we supply come from the same fabric - they're stitched for us by a women's co-operative in Kerala.

Our Tote bags are certified GOTS and made in India by another company.

We're really proud of this fabric. A LOT of cotton fabric out there comes from China, and is potentially picked by enslaved Uighurs (BBC investigation).

So we've made sure our fabric is not.

Made from cotton that's organically grown in India by a family run business. It's woven and dyed by the same firm. Importantly, they recycle the water used (growing and dying cotton uses a LOT of water) as well as only using a "Low impact" dying process.

The cushions we supply come from the same fabric - they're stitched for us by a women's co-operative in Kerala.

Our Tote bags are certified GOTS and made in India by another company.

Pre-printed pattern

Pre-printed pattern

Gamechanger.

We print each pattern onto a water soluble adhesive fabric stabiliser - when the kit arrives, simply peel the pattern off the backing paper and stick it onto the fabric. Once you've finished stitching, the stabiliser dissolves away in lukewarm water.

Why's it a game changer?

1. The extra strength the stabiliser provides while stitching prevents the fabric from misbehaving whilst stitching.

2. There's no problems with being able to see the pattern whilst stitching - white background, black pattern.

3. There's no printed pattern showing after you've washed the stabiliser away. Just your stitching.

4. Because we print this ourselves, we don't have to buy bulk pre-printed cotton. We'll always know who makes our fabric and where the cotton is grown.

Gamechanger.

We print each pattern onto a water soluble adhesive fabric stabiliser - when the kit arrives, simply peel the pattern off the backing paper and stick it onto the fabric. Once you've finished stitching, the stabiliser dissolves away in lukewarm water.

Why's it a game changer?

1. The extra strength the stabiliser provides while stitching prevents the fabric from misbehaving whilst stitching.

2. There's no problems with being able to see the pattern whilst stitching - white background, black pattern.

3. There's no printed pattern showing after you've washed the stabiliser away. Just your stitching.

4. Because we print this ourselves, we don't have to buy bulk pre-printed cotton. We'll always know who makes our fabric and where the cotton is grown.

Backing Felt

Backing Felt

Each hoop kit comes with felt included, which is for backing your finished piece. Doing so protects the stitches, and makes sure the colours in your piece isn't affected by whichever wall you hang it on!

The felt we supply is made in the UK by a family firm using 30% wool/70% viscose.

Vegan?

We have a synthetic felt available, just add a note to your order and we'll make sure you get that instead of the wool felt. We will be changing to only supplying a synthetic felt once we find a UK made one that's only made from recycled materials and or non-plastic based - if you know of such a felt, PLEASE let us know about it!

Felt isn't included in the Banner kits as it's not necessary. Likewise, the cushion and tote bag kits don't need the backing felt - you'll find an iron on interfacing included in these kits.

Each hoop kit comes with felt included, which is for backing your finished piece. Doing so protects the stitches, and makes sure the colours in your piece isn't affected by whichever wall you hang it on!

The felt we supply is made in the UK by a family firm using 30% wool/70% viscose.

Vegan?

We have a synthetic felt available, just add a note to your order and we'll make sure you get that instead of the wool felt. We will be changing to only supplying a synthetic felt once we find a UK made one that's only made from recycled materials and or non-plastic based - if you know of such a felt, PLEASE let us know about it!

Felt isn't included in the Banner kits as it's not necessary. Likewise, the cushion and tote bag kits don't need the backing felt - you'll find an iron on interfacing included in these kits.

Stitch Guide

Stitch Guide

The kit comes with our own stitch guide included, which includes easy step by step instructions for all of the stitches with photos of each step. Prefer learning by video? There's QR codes in the guide that will also take you to our own tutorial videos of the stitches.

Printed on high quality, uncoated, recycled paper.

The kit comes with our own stitch guide included, which includes easy step by step instructions for all of the stitches with photos of each step. Prefer learning by video? There's QR codes in the guide that will also take you to our own tutorial videos of the stitches.

Printed on high quality, uncoated, recycled paper.

Stitching support

Stitching support

Everyone's welcome to join our supportive Paraffle People Facebook group, where you're free to ask questions on your kit and you'll get plenty of support, either from me or from other Paraffle People!

I'll generally share more exclusive behind the scenes videos and things in the group too.

Not on Facebook?

I'm always just one email, blog comment or youtube question away! I do try to give myself a good balance, so generally I'll respond within 24 hours, or on monday if it's the weekend!

And behind the scenes stuff gets sent to my email newsletter subscribers too, so you'll not miss out if you're subscribed!

Everyone's welcome to join our supportive Paraffle People Facebook group, where you're free to ask questions on your kit and you'll get plenty of support, either from me or from other Paraffle People!

I'll generally share more exclusive behind the scenes videos and things in the group too.

Not on Facebook?

I'm always just one email, blog comment or youtube question away! I do try to give myself a good balance, so generally I'll respond within 24 hours, or on monday if it's the weekend!

And behind the scenes stuff gets sent to my email newsletter subscribers too, so you'll not miss out if you're subscribed!

Reviews

Reviews

Ok, we all know not to blindly trust reviews on the internet, as there are so many fake reviews, or reviews exchanged for free products.

We don't do fake reviews, we don't give free products in exchange for reviews, and we promise our reviews below are real reviews, from real people who really did buy our stuff.

There's hundreds of reviews of us available elsewhere too:

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Ok, we all know not to blindly trust reviews on the internet, as there are so many fake reviews, or reviews exchanged for free products.

We don't do fake reviews, we don't give free products in exchange for reviews, and we promise our reviews below are real reviews, from real people who really did buy our stuff.

There's hundreds of reviews of us available elsewhere too:

Etsy

Facebook

Google

Notonthehighstreet

average rating 5.0 out of 5
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6 Reviews
Reviewed by J P., from United Kingdom
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Stitching time
2 to 4 Hours
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

So enjoyable

Love this kit good for a beginner practicing the stitches will buy another kit super quick and efficient delivery

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Reviewed by Karen P., from United Kingdom
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I recommend this product
Stitching time
6 to 8 Hours
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

My new hobby

I was excited to get my kit in the post. As a complete beginner, I found the instructions and guidance very helpful.....and I'm really pleased with my efforts so far 😊

Have just ordered again, so this is definitely my new hobby!!

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Reviewed by Rebecca D., from United Kingdom
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I recommend this product
Stitching time
6 to 8 Hours
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Very helpful and pleasing to look at!

Bought this kit as I am a beginner to the embroidery craft world and this kit looked very helpful in terms of getting used to a different variety of stitches. I haven't started yet but the kit has everything I need so I am VERY excited to begin!

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Reviewed by Sue S., from United Kingdom
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I recommend this product
Stitching time
8 - 10 Hours
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Sampler Kit

Lovely colours and excellent quality kit. Everything you need to get started is included. Very good value - I will definitely purchase again from Paraffle. Also it was delivered very quickly and was well packed. Thank you! Although I've specified 8-10 hours stitching time, that is because I am a beginner and want to take my time!

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Reviewed by Mandi H., from United Kingdom
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I recommend this product
Stitching time
4 to 6 Hours
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Completely addictive and great quality.

As a complete beginner, and someone who had a very bad experience of sewing as at school, I wanted something that was quick to get results and that wouldn't make me feel like an idiot. The kit was great quality, the instructions clear and the results (almost) perfect. The learning from each of the different stitches was just enough practice without getting tedious. I'm keen to get started on my next project with new confidence.

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