Erin has declared 2013 the "year of embroidery" and I would have to agree with her! To encourage your yearlong pursuits of the thread arts, may I direct you to the Etsy shop of Rebecca Ringquist ... Dropcloth offers some fun and instructive samplers.
"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. Seven more have been designed and printed as multiples since. I am so grateful for the popular interest in these samplers. Although they are separate from my studio practice, they certainly are informed by my artwork and most definitely help support my artwork."
Speaking of her studio practice, feast your eyes on these gorgeous pieces: