We doubt we'll ever tire of cross stitch samplers. An enjoyable way to get the most out of our favourite embroidery hobby, their humble history of demonstrating one's proficiency with a needle has made them the most popular way for stichers to celebrate almost any occasion. We're always happy to shine our spotlight on a brand who understand the multi-ranged appeal of a good cross stitch kit sampler, and today we're beaming to tell you about The Stitching Shed.

A contemporary cross stitch and needlepoint company who focus on fun-filled, child friendly designs, The Stitching Shed is located in the historic city of Lancaster. They design and sell their own unique brand of embroidery and tapestry sets, packed by hand right at their own offices to ensure you always receive a top quality product.

Part of what gives them an edge in the textile crafts market is the great range of kid-sized cross stitch kits, and their adult patterns, which also have somewhat of a nostalgic, story book sensibility to them. This is hardly a surprise, as their lead designer is Jayne Schofield, who was originally trained as a children's book illustrator. She brings a captivating sense of colour and fun to every piece in their collection, a couple of which we want to highlight:

The ultimate pattern for a sewer! This Sewing Sampler Kit is a self-aware pattern that acknowledges how fun it is to complete itself, It's dotted with all the required bits, bobs and sewing pins recognized by any serious cross stitcher will recognize, and even better, it comes with a felt flower and a variety of colourful buttons to embellish the finished design.

To welcome any newborn baby boy or girl, The Madison Bear Birth Sampler Kits are a magical friend to place on canvas. Ideal for any nursery, bedroom or playroom, like any sampler it has the requisite space for name and date of birth. Both these bears couldn't be happier to welcome a darling little man or young lass into the world...

Lastly, there's no point at all mentioning samplers if we're not going to point you in the direction of a gorgeous looking Wedding Sampler Cross Stitch Kit. All the classic trimmings of a good ceremony, from cake to vows, line this charming and simple image.

We're very much looking forward to seeing more from the The Stitching Shed in the coming months. Make sure you show them your support by visiting their Facebook page, and if you complete any of their patterns, share them with us on our own, or via Twitter and Google+, particularly with our Cross Stitching community.

Post By Graham Ashton