i HEART dropcloth!

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L O V E  that feeling of finishing a project. don’t you?*

i’ve been a fan of embroidery artist Rebecca Ringquist and her *dropcloth* samplers since the moment i first saw the original one at my very first Squam. and i have quite a collection of her hand-drawn printed samplers. which, for the most part, are still un-stitched. embroidery is a fiber craft i’m very fond of, but somehow rarely find the time for; it seems like such a luxury to do hand-stitching. and i tend to put off projects that feel too time-consuming.

however, last month when we were both teaching at the Makerie, i spent my free session in one of Rebecca’s classes (WHAT A TREAT!!!), during which i got to see her new line of Colorburst Samplers up close. SWOON! they are like tasty little morsels of candy-embroidered FUN. i adore the story of how these mini works came to be. doodles. just for fun. no big deal. and that’s exactly what i loved about stitching up the little piece you see above, known as the Starburst. it didn’t feel like a big commitment. i worked it over a couple of evenings, knowing i could leave some elements undone, if i wanted, or stitch over every last one. now i feel inspired to stitch up some of those bigger ones that have been languishing for so long…

the Colorbursts are designed as patches or for other small-scale uses, and a new one is released each month. how FUN is that? they are available as 3, 6 or 12-month subscriptions. i think i may be hooked…

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Rebecca has sweetly offered a 3-month subscription of Colorbursts, PLUS the Starburst one seen here, to one lucky winner! leave a comment below saying what you would do with your mini samplers, before midnight on Sunday June 1. i’ll announce the winner on Monday.

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*of course, ultimately i want to incorporate this piece into a dress. but it’s done for now.



  1. These are very cute, I love the colors. I would hang them up for decoration in my craft room. Thank you for the giveaway.

    mamamustknit on Ravelry

  2. Have been thinking about these. I would love to use them with my Granddaughter to teach embroidery. These are charming and bright and would interest her.

  3. I would use them on the back of my denim jacket! I’m an old hippie at heart.

  4. Oh so very cool- I would use them on a tote for my knitting project!

  5. Sharon M2

    I think it would be pretty cool to incorporate these into a quilt or some other type of wall hanging, or just show them off as a set.

  6. Annette

    Wall art. They are too beautiful to hide away.

  7. The patterns are just glorious and the craft brings back memories of summer camp projects! How fun to slip back into those simpler times!

  8. They are beautiful! I would hang them in hoops in my newly remodeled “vintage” bathroom 🙂

  9. I would so enjoy doing them then I would either hang them on the wall as decoration or sew them on a skirt if t-shirt.

  10. This make me feel happy! I would incorporate them into pillows for my sun room or art work for the wall .

  11. So pretty – I would remake my Bernina sewing machine cover with these as appliques so I can see them every time I am in my sewing room! Thank you for having a fun giveaway!

  12. Jennifer

    My daughter did a drop cloth and she loved it! I’d love to win for her!

  13. Maureen

    These look like so much fun! I’d put them on the market bags I take to the farmer’s market in the summer. Perfect!

  14. Love and have several of Rebecca’s designs. These samplers would be incorporated into lap quilts for my grandchildren; one for each of the six! Meaning, I’d have to subscribe for more months with joy!

  15. Love the dropcloths. So whimsical. I haven’t embroidered since I was a young girl, but would love to try these.

  16. would love to build a dress or jacket around these, or a shirt, or….wonderful!!

  17. I would so enjoy working on these..good for the head and hands.

  18. Oh how pretty!

    I would leave it in the hoop and hang it on the wall ! Bright, cheerful, colourful!

  19. I love Rebecca’s work. These would make charming wall art.

  20. I would love to try my hand at embroidery and Rebecca’s designs are really inspiring! I would definitely hang these on the wall. Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Christi Pike

    Wow…I considered purchasing these! They are so beautiful. I would add them to either a purse or some type of project bag as embellishments. So talented. Thank you for the giveawy!

  22. This is really cute project. I think I would sew them up and make them in a small quilt…. so I can see it everyday and be proud of my handwork!

    Debbie1085 on Ravelry

  23. The designs would look so nice appliqued onto a tote
    Grannyslove – Ravelry

  24. Suzi smith

    Oh they would be Such fun to use on a tote or my grandbaby’s summer dress!

  25. They are so cute!! A garment European brand make something like that for skirts and dress too, love those much more!

  26. Kirsten

    I have given Dropcloth samplers as gifts, but have never done one myself! I think I would hang them on a wall– they’re lovely.

  27. They would certainly make beautiful brooches! That way I could pin them to my dress and wear them every day. Thank you for this chance!

  28. Jo Derouin

    They are so bright.They would be great sewn on fabric and hug in an embroidering hoop

  29. Donna lundberg

    I love these embroideries. I would definitely use star bursts to make a sewing machine cover!
    I t would be lovely!

  30. Krystal rockburn

    These are so beautiful!!!! I’d probably hang them in my hallway leading from my bedroom!!!!adorable!

  31. I think I would make them into a patchwork project bag, they are lovely. X

  32. I would set up a Skype date with my grandmother so that she could teach me how to do needlework. Then we would have one more craft in common!

  33. These would look amazing in my daughter’s apartment at college! She loves cool things like these!

  34. These are very lovely!! They would make a nice mini quilt!

  35. I would frame these with an awesome fabric to totally accentuate the sampler. These are so great and so are Rebecca and you.

  36. Love it! I might sew it into a purse (which is really more of a tote bag).

  37. Denise Katz

    I would put them in with Christmas presents. My friends love these artworks

  38. A lovely decoration for project bags! So sweet!

  39. Melinda Smith

    These are beautiful. My grandmother taught me to embroider!

  40. I love these! I took Rebecca’s Stitch Dictionary class at my second Squam and love her work. I’m not sure what I would use these for, other than they would be wonderful little projects to keep in my bag and pull out when I have a free moment. Little pick-me-ups 🙂

  41. Angelica

    Beautiful! I would love to make pillows out of them!

  42. I love these!!! How fun they would be to make! I would use them to decorate my kids playroom!

  43. Rowena Philbeck

    Those are the cutest embroidery ever. So unique and different. Very fun and colorful. So fun for every room in the home.

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