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Cotton Quartet Project Index


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Since this is a stitch-along project, you’ll find it helpful to have a project index where all the lessons for Cotton Quartet are listed in one place.

In this project index, you’ll find all the lessons listed in chronological order as we work through the project. I’ll also take you on a small tour of my website, so you know where to find this project index (and lots of other embroidery projects!), if you’re new to Needle ‘n Thread.

Cotton Quartet Project Index

Cotton Quartet Materials Kit

You’ll find a materials kit for this project available in my shop. I’ve gathered together all the supplies you need to create your own tool wallet – linen fabric, gingham, wool-blend felt, interfacing, embroidery threads, beads, ribbon, needles – so that you don’t have to chase them down and pay extras to meet quantity limits and shipping costs.

UPDATE, August 4, 2022: the current available kits are the last run for Cotton Quartet kits this year. Once they are sold out, we will not be able to restock them this year, due to the current unavailability of one of the threads.

Cotton Quartet Lessons

As we work through Cotton Quartet together, each time a lesson for the project is published, I’ll add a new link to the following list of articles. You can bookmark this page or save the link to it, so that you can refer to the list as desired.

Subscribe via Email

If you want to subscribe to the Needle ‘n Thread newsletter so that all the lessons are delivered to your email inbox – along with my other blog posts – you can do so here on Needle ‘n Thread. When you enter your email address, you’ll receive a confirmation email in your inbox, with a link to click to confirm your subscription.

It’s an easy way to keep up with what’s up on Needle ‘n thread!

Patreon Members

Members of the Needle ‘n Thread Community on Patreon receive the lessons for this project as a PDF download for easy saving a printing. The lessons are published in conjunction with the stitch-along, as it develops here on Needle ‘n Thread.


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  1. I was hoping that you might have some more kits for cotton quartet. Could you let me know? I can come up with my own and join in a bit late.

    1. Hi, Jill, we are making them as quickly as we can. If you’d like to be on the list to receive advanced notice when the next batch is ready, please drop me an email at mary (at) needlenthread (dot) com and I’ll add you to the list. Thanks a bunch!

  2. I have been recently your emails for a few years…but haven’t received anyinth the past month or so. I was wondering if I’m still on the news letter list?

    1. Hi, Patricia – No, using your email you submitted when you left the comment here, you’re not presently subscribed to the newsletter list. What usually happens in cases like this is that your email service provider started filtering my newsletters to spam or blocking them as spam, in which case my newsletter app would automatically drop your email from the list after so many attempts to deliver. You can resubscribe on the left column of the website, and it should start them up again. Let me know if you have any difficulties! Thanks!

  3. Mary, I have an old computer. Can you send me the PDF versions of Cotton Quartet. I purchased the kit, received it and ready to start. Because of the late start I did not receive the PDF versions promised if a patron. Your work is so impeccable, so creative.

    1. Hi, Alice, if you are on Patreon, the PDFs are available on Patreon. They’re always there – they don’t disappear. You’ll find the first one on this post: https://www.patreon.com/posts/cotton-quartet-i-65859545

      You’ll find the second one on this post: https://www.patreon.com/posts/cotton-quartet-2-66831259

      We cover more in each PDF than we can on the website, so all the installments so far, plus the next three blog lessons, are in those two PDFs.

      Even on an old computer, all you need to do is click the link at the bottom of the post for the PDF. It will open in a new window. Go to “File” in the main menu of that window, and scroll down to “Save As” to save the PDF to your computer.

      Hope that helps!

  4. Cotton Quartet! I need help in selecting the stretcher bar frame for this beautiful project. There are so many and this is very confusing, where can I order them from. We do not have a needle shop in our are. Mary suggested a 8″x 11″ or 12″
    Looking forward to get started.

  5. Will you be selling g goldwork supplies? I have an EGA member that is desperate to do a specific project and cannot find the threads.
    Also do I need to sign up somewhere for the cotton quartet kit???

    1. Hi, Deborah, I have a goldwork kit coming out a little later, but I probably won’t be selling individual cuts of goldwork threads. Tanja Berlin in Canada is the best source in North America.

      If you drop me a line for advanced notice, I’ll let you know when the cotton quartet kits are in again.

  6. Mary,
    I’m worried that I’ve done something wrong. I’m down to one 18″ strand of perle #8 and I’m on Band N (the Palestrina stitches). Meanwhile I have a ton of Perle #5 and I don’t think we ever actually use it. Did I use the wrong thread somewhere? Is there a typo in the Patreon PDFs? I’m puzzled!

  7. Mary, thank-you for these tutorials. They are magnificently written–so clear! And the photography is just spectacular–almost like looking through a microscope, at times. I very much appreciate your time and expertise in putting together not only the kits, but also the instructions. Great job!!

  8. I’m working on the cotton quartet project and I’d like to get some more of the beading thread that was included in the kit. Can you tell me what it is, please?

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