Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery (with giveaway!)

Ever since Pam pushed me off a cliff into the addiction that is cross-stitch (last year at the Handmade Fair) I've been slightly smitten with the adorable patterns of The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery that she introduced me to. This is a small company formed by two friends in California, US; Ashleigh works on design whilst Amanda looks after the business side, making a brilliant partnership that creates colourful kawaii designs.The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery logo

If you've read any of my 'Making' posts you'll have seen some of the bits I've been working on over the past few months, mainly Christmas themed as that was the time of year I started stitching. The ladies have a great back-catalogue of patterns including various seasonal samplers to cover any occassion you can think of, as well as a cute 'Pen Pals' series of small patterns that would be great for framing as gifts or making into cards.

The best bits though, in my humble opinion, are the mystery stitch-along groups that you can sign up to. Each month everyone gets sent a section of a pattern that builds up over a few months or a whole year. This year there is a travel theme to the 'Pumpkin Passport' stitch-along and so far we've been to England, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Greece (which I'm currently working on).

Pumpkin Passport stitch-along

By some miracle I'm almost up-to-date and am super excited to find out what June will bring! The bit-by-bit approach makes attempting a larger piece a lot less daunting (especially for newbies like me) and there's a Facebook community filled with lots of other Frosted Pumpkin stitchers to help you out and give support along the way.

I was a bit worried about purchasing at first because I was essentially paying for something I hadn't seen, but the Pumpkins haven't let me down yet! You can also look at and buy patterns from the previous stitch-alongs, and seeing how beautifully these have turned out is very reassuring.

All the patterns are nice and straightforward to follow, with clear instructions and a clean, colourful design. Everything is available as a PDF download, meaning I don't have to worry about UK shipping, although they do sell full kits for certain patterns when stock is available.

Next on my list of planned things to attempt is the lovely Cherry Blossom Festival sampler:

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Cherry Blossom Festive Sampler

I really love the colours and theme, but I'm not letting myself buy it until I've finished the 'Christmas on Gingerbread Lane' pattern I bought last November...

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Christmas on Gingerbread Lane

Having missed my deadline for last Christmas, I still have seven months to go until the next one - I'm sure I can finish it for then... right?

Here's what it's supposed to look like when it's done, so you can see I've got quite a way to go:

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Christmas on Gingerbread Lane finished

It's really great to see a business flourishing based on creativity and building a strong community, so I'm really happy to support them with my custom and this little blog post. I can't wait to see where they go next!

To help kick-start your stitching, the kind ladies at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery have offered to give two of my readers a PDF copy of a single pattern their choice (excluding their seasonal sampler bundle). I'm also throwing in my own prize of a reader's choice of any PDF pattern or patterns to a maximum value of $20 - enter below for your chance to win! This could be your chance to join me in working on this year's stitch-along - it's never too late to start!

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery PDF cross-stitch pattern giveaway

62 comments:

  1. My sister in law is doing one of their stitch a longs (I think it's a previous year, but not sure which). I really like their designs. I think my favorite (other than this year's stitch a long theme) is the summer sparkler party. It's so patriotic and reminds me of home.

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  2. I like the Zombieloaf PDF Cross Stitch Pattern

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  3. I like the pumpkin pass port

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  4. There is no way for me to pick a favorite pattern. I have a long list of patterns I want from The Frosted Pumpkin, including their re-release of Sweet Tooth!

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  5. Oh how exciting!! I fell in love with their patterns last November, and I'm in love! I'm doing the Pumpkin Passport too!!

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  6. I love the Wool Ewe be my Neighbor? That is so cute!!

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  7. I love Frosted Pumpkin and the patterns. Everything they have is so cute.

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  8. I love Frosted Pumpkin!!!

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  9. I love Frosted Pumpkin!!!

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  10. Aren't their patterns perfect?! I just started switching last year and Frosted Pumpkin patterns are some of my favorite

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  11. Im loving th e stitch a long, personally. Would love to try other patterns

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  12. I am loving the Pumpkin Passport SAL. I've added a metallic element to each month :-)

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  13. My favorite pattern is always the one I am working on at the time. ;) I want it to be the Around the World one as soon as I buy it. LOL

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  15. I like the pumpkin pass port, its fab

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  16. I love the Mysterious Halloween Town pattern

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  17. They have so many cute designs! I think my fave is the Sleepy Hollow sampler.

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  18. ive not tried any of them so would love to try all of them! they look so cute

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  19. That Gingerbread pattern is so cute!

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  20. I love their patterns! I'm doing their current stitchalong right now :) I love their 12 days of Christmas though!

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  21. I love their patterns, too. Halloween Town was my first. I've done several smaller ones since then.

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  22. Halloween town was my first from the frosted pumpkin so I'm going to say thats my favorite. Its what got me hooked!

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  23. I would like to take this hobby back up again. I used to do it when I was younger. ;)

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  24. I'm so in love with the Pumpkins. Their designs are such a true joy to stitch up and have many in my stitching queue.

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  25. So much cuteness! Thank you for your generosity ladies!

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  26. I like the Sleepy Hollow sampler. Great discovery.

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  27. Thanks for introducing me to these cute designs!

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  28. loving the pumpkin pattern :)

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  29. I like to make ABC samplers for friends with new babies -I especially love the Sugar is Sweet Cross Stitch Pattern this would be perfect for a little girls nursery (Kim Styles)

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  30. I like the pumpkins' patterns

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  31. I used to do this in my teens and would love to start up again! My favourite is the 'A Very Merry Christmas Town' pattern from their website, it's so cute!

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  32. Thanks for the chance to win! Love, love, love their patterns!

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  34. Love them and think the new summer pattern is so fun!!!

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  35. I've done a few frosted pumpkin designs. Their patterns are so well written and cute!. Really enjoying the summertime one at the moment

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  36. Thanks for the competition and prize!

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  37. the frosted pumpkin has the most cutest cross stitch patterns. I love them!

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  38. Love all of the frosted pumpkins patterns.

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  39. Love all of the frosted pumpkins patterns.

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  40. This is an awesome give away!

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  41. I love the once upon a time pattern x

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  42. I'm trying to win this for my sister and she likes the wool ewe

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  43. I love cross stitching! Such a great giveaway. Thank you. Xx

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  44. Love the Seasonal Sampler patterns x

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  45. What a great giveaway! There are so many pumpkin patterns I'd love to stitch, but right now out of the 2 WIPs I have, Christmas Celebration is my fave. Thanks!

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  46. This is a new company for me this year. I'm working on the let's go on an adventure sal. Even though I'm way behind. I have my eye on a few more charts, but it's just finding the time to do them all. Thanks for sharing your work and this competition.

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  47. I would love the seasonal "on the lane" patterns. Basically - they are all super cute. I love how many small projects they have - good for gift giving!

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  48. love all the patterns but love the alphabet one most xx

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  49. Love love love all FPS patterns!

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  50. I think mine is the 12 Days of Christmas Cross Stitch Pattern :)

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  51. Cherry Blossom Festival sampler

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