The story of Dropcloth Samplers started at Squam! In the summer of 2010, on a whim, I designed and printed an embroidery sampler, and sold over a hundred of them at the Squam Art Sale. Word got around the blog-o-sphere, and one thing led to another. A few weeks later I started this blog and an accompanying shop to sell samplers online. They were wildly popular, and lots more have been designed and printed as multiples since.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Samplers
What kind of thread do you use?
I use primarily DMC Perle Cotton, Size 8 (the kind that comes in balls) It tangles a lot less than six strand floss, and it has the added benefit of not having to be separated. It also has a really nice sheen. Other people have used six strand floss, and this works great as well.
What kind of needles do you like the best?
My favorites are Size 5 Clover Gold Eye Embroidery Needles for most stitches, and Milliner's needles for french knots and other tricky twisted stitches.
Where do you buy thread?
In New York City, I buy DMC perle cotton at Daytona Trimming Company. They have every color that DMC makes. There are lots of other shops near there in the garment district that are fun to wander in and out of, but Daytona has the market on perle cotton cornered. Check with your local yarn shop, lots of them carry this size perle cotton for crocheters.
How do I go about backing the samplers?
I wrote about that question in detail in this blog post.
Do you ever teach classes based on these samplers?
Yes- check the Classes and Workshops section for more information.
Do you offer your designs wholesale?
Yes! Please contact us at rebeccaringquist (at) gmail (dot) com for more information.