I'm ashamed to say I bought this sampler back in 2013 and still haven't started it... so, I'm going to say it publicly. By the end of this year I will have got it finished!
Technically I could just have bought a stitch dictionary, and done my own, but sometimes it's nice to have your hand held.
Then of course there is the rabbit hole of spinning for embroidery. No real reason why not to, it's how all thread would have been made in the past, and you don't need a very long length. It just needs a bit more twist than yarn for knitting or weaving. I have sort of experimented with this in a Fibre Jewellery workshop we had at guild, and it was fun. So if you already do some stitching, why not experiment with spinning thread.
If you want your hand held completely there is a video class to go with the sampler.
I'm also particularly taken with this alpaca embroidery kit.
There's handy stitch guide on the DMC website.
And, late editions to this post, someone kindly left me some links to some more good online resources for embriodery.
Lots of information from start to finish here, and an amzing collection of free resources here.
Another late edition, December 22nd and I'm finally reaching out my sampler to work on. This series of posts is also really helpful.
This post is part of my advent calendar 2016. Every day in December we're saying so long to 2016 by embracing learning, knowledge and creativity. Each day there will be a new post with a new skill or craft. You can read all the past posts here.