Hand Embroidery Kits, Original designs by Jen Alba.

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These kits are my original designs—pieces that I’ve been embroidering and perfecting for over 40 years. I was self-taught as a little girl, and many styles and genres of embroidery have influenced me. . . I’d call it a mix of bohemian, traditional, and old world, with a bit of whimsy thrown in.

My real joy comes from doodling on clothing with a Sharpy pen, and then developing that drawing into an embroidery design. For years that’s what I’ve been doing in commissioned work. Now I’d like to share with you the first steps in the embroidered sampler.

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The samples developed for this line of kits can be used in many different ways—a panel for a pillow, a focal piece for a wall hanging, decoration for clothing, or a piece of a crazy quilt.

INCLUDED IN EACH KIT:

Lesson 1 • Sun and Hills

Learn the basics with my unique design using the chain and satin stitch. Suitable for framing, panel for pillow or wall hanging. Perfect for beginners of all ages and includes everything you need to start your journey into the world of embroidery!

Lesson 2 • Flowers with Bird

For the intermediate who’s advanced from Lesson 1, (or understands the chain and satin stitch) this sweet design is the 2nd of my series of kits. In this sampler you’ll be adding the seeding, couching and fishbone stitches. This colorful sampler will be suitable for framing, as a panel for a pillow or wall hanging.

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Lesson 3 • Tree and Fish

This kit is for the advanced intermediate who’s mastered our previous stitches. You will be using the french knot, button hole stitch (blanket stitch) and straight stitch. This unique sampler is suitable for framing, as a panel for a pillow or wall hanging.

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Lessons 1, 2 & 3 • Combo Kit

LESSON 1: Learn the basics with my unique design using the chain and satin stitch. Perfect for beginners of all ages.
LESSON 2: For the intermediate who’s advanced from Lesson 1. In this sampler you’ll be adding the seeding, couching and fishbone stitches.
LESSON 3: This kit is for the advanced intermediate. You will be using the french knot, button hole stitch and straight stitch.

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Sun and Sheep
Advanced Intermediate

If you like French knots then this is the kit for you! Enjoy this classic embroidery sampler with sweet mother and baby sheep. Perfect framed, as a panel for pillow or wall hanging.

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Noah's Ark
Advanced

Recommended for the advanced embroiderer. Lots of fine detail and overlapping on my Noah's Ark fantasy panel. Bring Noah and his menagerie to life and delight in the rolling lush landscapes that I can only describe as heaven! Instructions are super handy and precise.

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Tree and 3 Birds
Advanced

Recommended for the advanced embroiderer. My take on the classic tree of life theme with birds and berries. Lots of embroidery floss used and fine detail. This is the largest of my panels to date and makes the perfect center piece to a wall hanging or pillow for that special room in the house. Instructions are super handy and precise.

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*DMC THREADS: DMC Mouliné Special 25, Art. 117 is composed of 6 easily separated strands. One or several strands can be used, depending on the fabric to be embroidered or the result desired. The coulours can be combined to obtain a shaded effect. This thread is made from long-staple cottons, the best in the world, and is mercerised twice to give it an exceptional sheen. Highly resistant dyes are carefully selected to ensure that the thread does not fade as a result of washing or exposure to light (colourfast).