Little Stained Glass

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the days are getting shorter, and in many places the air is getting colder. It’s the perfect season to cozy up with a new pattern and a box full of your favorite spools of Aurifloss. We love Susan Ache’s (@yardgrl60) latest cross stitch chart because it reminds us of sunny days with bright light filtering through the colored panes of a stained glass panel.

Little Stained Glass is charted at 81 x 101 and uses all of the gorgeous colors from Susan’s Little Band Sampler box (with one substitution.) As usual, she encourages readers to use her chart as a guide — it will look fabulous in the colors shown, but with 270 available cotton colors, the possibilities are endless! Susan is truly a master of turning various colors of Aurifloss into beautifully stitched mini masterpieces. We love that she’s put a whole new spin on this particular color combo, showing us that the color is just as important as the stitch itself.

We’ve been fortunate to share a wonderful partnership with Susan. She has curated two delightful collections of Aurifloss — Little Quaker Christmas & Little Band Sampler — and she’s put her creativity to work to offer a handful of fabulous and FREE cross stitch samplers, designed to both introduce the masses to the wonders of Aurifloss and to inspire avid stitchers to expand their own stitch libraries.

We have it on good authority (ahem) that you may have a new range of colors to covet in 2020!

There are so many reasons why we love Susan and her epic cross stitch, but the biggest one is her passion for the craft. We’ve had countless conversations with Susan during which she excitedly states that she just LOVES Aurifloss for cross-stitch and wants to share that love with everyone. If Susan had her way, all cross stitch would come from our little wooden spools and we can’t really argue with that;).


We were thrilled to see her at Fall Market in Houston a few weeks ago. She shared a slew of her amazing works of art and… she may have just made a big ol’ announcement about what you can look forward to for 2020. Take a peek at the video for more!


HUGE thanks to Susan for sharing her talent and her charts!
Don’t miss Susan’s 2-part series introducing her Little Band Sampler collection. She shares tips & tricks for getting started in addition to a bit of band sampler history.

Little Band Sampler
100% Aurifil Cotton, 10  Small Spools, Aurifloss (18yds/spool)
Colors included:
2530 – 2335 – 1148 – 2865 – 2535
2225 – 5015 – 4182 – 2606 – 6738

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A love of color makes it easy for Susan to grab inspiration from her native Florida surroundings. With no grand idea other than knowing she wanted embroidery and nine patches in her first quilt, a new world opened up to this mom of now five grown children. Being self taught with many hours of reading about the makings of a quilt and quilt blocks has made this an a lifelong passion. Susan is always searching for new and fun ways to show off as many colors as she can in a quilt. Most of her quilts are a creative impulse from trips to the garden center, a photograph, or browsing through paint chip selections. “I really never see just the quilt, I seem to see the quilt in the room that it belongs in”.  Working in a quilt store for years helped Susan to pursue that passion of color and the fabric inspired life she enjoys while constantly striving to make her next favorite quilt.


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