October House began very quietly in 2010 with my knitting designs and hand dyed spinning fiber. In 2013 we opened our Etsy shop, which featured spinning fiber, hand dyed yarn and a few knitting patterns. In 2015 we moved to our own website and continued to grow, adding our knitting related cross stitch designs in 2017.
Those cross stitch designs were such a hit! It inspired me to continue creating new designs and expand my focus beyond yarn and wool related designs. In 2020, we exhibited at the Nashville Needlework Market for the first time. This was a big shift for our business from primarily dyeing yarn to primarily designing cross stitch patterns.
Although I continued to dye yarn and offer our popular Sock Yarn Club through 2020, an injury to my shoulder made it apparent for 2021 that I needed to take a break from yarn dyeing and give my shoulder time to heal.
So now we are 100% focused on our cross stitch designs and continue to exhibit at Nashville Needlework Market and Needlework Expo. We have new designs coming out every few months and I've got lots of ideas for future designs!
We ply our trade in our little home studio in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.
Robin Sample is the owner, designer and creative force behind October House. Her husband, Jimmy, is co-owner, stockroom chief and customer service genius. Riley, our Tibetan Terrier provides entertainment & comic relief. He also smells the floss, but never eats it.
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