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New! 4 Seasons of Embroidery from Purl Soho + Egg Press

We are so excited to announce our latest labor of love, the 4 Seasons of Embroidery Kit from Purl Soho and Egg Press! To create it we combined a little bit of life's most meaningful pleasures: old friends, natural beauty, and hand crafting. The result is the embroidery kit of our dreams!

The 4 Seasons of Embroidery project started as a friendship between Purl Soho and Portland, Oregon-based design company, Egg Press. We have long admired each other, sharing a devotion to traditional crafting and modern design and an agreement that nature's gifts are our finest inspiration! Egg Press also brought to this project a mastery of the time-honored crafts of letter pressing and typeface design.

But it is our mutual respect for the handmade that most urgently brought this bi-coastal partnership into being. And embroidery, with its stark evidence of the hand's involvement, was a natural place for us to start. We love also that embroidery has the inherent feeling of having lived a hundred years already, whether it was in fact passed on from generation to generation or was just finished yesterday. We took great pleasure in bringing to this timeless feeling the aesthetics of modern design, a look that is pared-down, playful and very fresh!

The 4 Seasons of Embroidery centers around one of nature's most compelling images, the tree. Its powerful message of life and renewal, of family history and natural bounty, is so universal that people of all ages and places can appreciate its dispatch of hope!

Each kit includes four transfer designs that depict a year in the life of a proud tree, from bubbly spring and verdant summer to resplendent autumn and serene winter.

To magnify that message, we also created a simple woodgrain design. We love the raw, organic look of the woodgrain but designed it to give a modern, graphic expression to your more abstract thoughts!

Woodgrain proved to be a wonderful vehicle for our letter and number designs. With two transfer sets of alphabets (lower and upper cases) and a set of zero-to-nine numbers, each kit comes equipped with an amazing way to personalize your projects with initials, wedding or birth dates and messages of love!

Each 4 Seasons of Embroidery Kit comes with absolutely everything you'll need to stitch up your own embroidered treasures:

  • Reusable transfers for 4 Seasonal Trees, woodgrain alphabets and number, and woodgrain pattern
  • 1/2 yard cotton/linen fabric
  • 15 skeins of colorful embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needles
  • A 4-inch wooden embroidery hoop (large display hoop not included)
  • A color photo how-to-embroider booklet
  • Hook and loop tape for plying thread

And because we love beautiful packaging and hate senseless garbage, all of this is contained in a sturdy tube with a lovely letter-pressed top created by Egg Press. Once you've used what's inside, use the tube for paint brushes or wooden spoons, buttons or knick knacks, dried flowers or chopsticks! Plus, such considered packaging makes this kit a very special gift!

Already equipped? Choose instead, a 4 Seasons of Embroidery Packet, which includes:

  • Reusable transfers for 4 Seasonal Trees, woodgrain alphabets and number, and woodgrain pattern
  • And a color photo how-to-embroider booklet

For stunning pillows, wall art and linens, the 4 Seasons of Embroidery Kit is our idea of crafting bliss! To get started on your own heirloom projects, please click here for the 4 Seasons of Embroidery Kit and here for the Packet. And happy stitching!

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30 Responses to New! 4 Seasons of Embroidery from Purl Soho + Egg Press


  1. purl bee says:

    Hi Lisa,
    The large display hoops are 14" diameter. We are waiting for them to arrive which will be any day now. When they do, you can find them here:
    http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/27-embroidery-notions-tools?filters=885
    Thanks for your comment!
    Purl Bee

  2. okay i really want to embroider now! i haven't done it in so long…fun project for fall

  3. Corrie says:

    Hi! I just finished my fall tree, and I want to start my winter one. I really want to add a snow element to this as we live in a snowy part of the world. Does anyone have any ideas? I don't really know how to go about adding snowfall to the branches, maybe a splitstich mound outline? And some snow pile outlines on the ground?

    The other idea I had was to just embroider the outer stitches of the actual branches in white. Do you think french knots could work as snowflakes? I'm terrible at french knots though & terrified to start the spring one as a result!

    Sorry about the million and one questions, and thanks for a beautiful kit! I'm thinking about embroidering the spring/summer ones on an extremely pale blue linen if I can find one.

  4. Rissie says:

    Where is the winter tree? What does that one look like? Thanks!

  5. Kay says:

    I'm intrigued by using "hook and loop tape for plying thread." Would you consider posting a tutorial for this technique? I find separating floss plies eternally frustrating! Thanks for your inspiring products and projects!

  6. Lisa says:

    I want to buy the kit, along with 4 of the display hoops – but what size are they? It's not mentioned in the blog post or the kit description. Thank you for the help!

  7. Nina says:

    I wondered the same thing, Rissie! Maybe it's just the wood-grain tree outline with no extras?

  8. purl bee says:

    Hi Rissi and Nina-

    Nina, you are right- The winter tree is just the wood grain tree outline with no leaves.

    Thank you both for writing in.

    Best-

    Molly

  9. i love the idea of embroidering the seasons on one tree, so clever! loveliest of thoughts

  10. purl bee says:

    Hi Kay-

    The hook and loop tape is actually velcro. It helps you ply the thread smoothly . Instructions on how to do it are in the kit.

    Thank you for writing in!

    Molly

  11. Elizabeth says:

    This is so cute!

  12. Jes. says:

    Does the kit come with enough fabric to make all 4 trees?

  13. purl bee says:

    Hi Jes-

    I'm afraid I gave you bad information in my last comment! There is actually enough fabric to make two trees, not four! I'm sorry! If you need more fabric you can find it here, it's Robert Kaufman yarn Dyed Essex in the color "Flax": http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8449-Robert-Kaufman-Essex-Yarn-Dyed

    Please get in touch if you have any more questions.

    Best-

    Molly

  14. Nora says:

    I just got my 4 seasons kit and got started this morning! It's so beautiful and the directions are easy to follow, but I was SO disappointed to find that there is not enough material to make all 4 trees. Why is that?

  15. purl bee says:

    Hi Nora,

    We are so sorry to hear of your disappointment! We have since made it clear in the kit's description that the 1/2 yard of fabric is enough for two tree designs.

    Since the kit includes so many transfers (the entire alphabet, 10 numbers, a woodgrain pattern and 4 tree designs) that can each be used several times, the fabric and thread we include is meant to get you off on the right foot. If you'd like to order more of the same fabric, it is Essex Yarn Dyed in Flax: and can be found right here: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8449-Robert-Kaufman-Essex-Yarn-Dyed. And if you'd you like browse our entire collection of DMC Embroidery Floss , it is here: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8232-DMC-Embroidery-Floss

    Thank you!

  16. purl bee says:

    Hi Corrie-

    Your ideas all sound like they could work great and you can always rip out the stitches if you don't like it! You might want to use the spring tree template and just embroider the pink sections in white, like little snow balls!

    Good luck!
    Molly

  17. Fretty Brown says:

    wow verry creative and nice blog. I just love your blog post.

  18. Caroline says:

    Do you plan on getting anymore in stock? Robert Kaufman yarn Dyed Essex in the color "Flax": http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8449-Robert-Kaufman-Essex-Yarn-Dyed

    I don't want to start the project without enough of the same fabric. Thanks!!!

  19. purl bee says:

    Hi Caroline-

    We will be getting more in as soon as possible, it's something we plan to sell for the foreseeable future. If you'd like to be informed when we get it back in please drop us a line at customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com

    Thank you for writing in!

    Molly

  20. Corrie says:

    Molly- thanks for the advice! Just thought I'd let you know what I decided on in the end for my winter tree. I stole your idea for stitching the tree in white on a grey blue background from this post: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2012/11/18/4-seasons-of-embroidery-gifts.html

    I left out the leaves and instead did a split stitch ground in white under the tree, french knotted in some snowflakes, and stitched the tree in alternating patches in white and silver embroidery thread. I love how it turned out! So glad I conquered my fear of the french knot, as the spring one is next… I can't wait! Love this kit.

  21. Heather says:

    I finished the wood grain print and wondered how you framed it. I'd like achieve the same box look. Thanks! I started the sprig tree today. :)

  22. Katie says:

    I think this looks beautiful but have never embroidered before – would this be an okay beginner's project?

  23. purl bee says:

    Hi Katie.
    YES! There are wonderful instructions. It's appropriate for all skill levels.
    Thanks for asking.
    Laura

  24. Deb says:

    I'm a pretty bad crafter, are the instructions dummy proof? These are gorgeous!

  25. purl bee says:

    Hello Deb.
    The instructions are pretty great. I think you'll be fine if you are patient and take your time learning. If you are worried though I would take a look at TNNA's How To Embroider: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/5321-TNNA-How-to-Embroider

    It is a more comprehensive look at the craft.
    Let us know if you have any questions as you go…
    Laura

  26. Elizabeth says:

    This kit is so cute– but kind of odd. It only contains enough fabric for two trees, but it has extra colors of thread that aren't used in any of the examples. I didn't realize it was a two-season kit, so now I have to put in another order for more fabric. The designs are adorable, though.

  27. Kate says:

    I ordered this kit the moment I saw it. I was so excited to receive it in the mail; however, I can barely see the transfer after ironing it on. I followed the directions precisely, but I am guessing as to where the branches are and don't feel confident. Did I so something wrong? I've been thinking of purchasing a lighter colored fabric, but I just love the fabric the kit came with…

  28. purl bee says:

    Hi Kate-

    We're so sorry to hear you're having problems with this!

    It sounds like you didn't leave the iron on the leave section for long enough so the lines are too faint. Using a lighter colored fabric would probably work. Or you could draw over your faint colored lines with an erasable fabric marker such as this one: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/3470-Clover-Chaco-Pen-with-Eraser

    Please let us know if you need any more help.

    Thank you!

    Molly

  29. Holly says:

    Hi, I am also new at embroidery. I have transferred successfully and stitched the tree trunk for spring. I'm not sure which color thread to use for each pink flower ball. Did it come with a color chart that tells you which DMC to use for each different stitch?
    Thank You!

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