Miniature dollhouse scale needlepoint by my talented customers!

My customers sometimes send me images of the miniature dollhouse scale needlepoint that they’ve made from my kits, and I always love to see them, as I’m amazed by the talent and ingenuity of people to incorporate the kit designs into their own dollhouses.

Here’s a few examples of images that I’ve recently been sent:

This first one is of the ‘Judith’ rug, sent to me by Helen. She has created this amazing room to feature the rug in. The rug itself is stitched on 18 count canvas with Appletons crewel wool, and measures 9 x 7 inches.

Dollhouse needlepoint rug kit Judith

Helen also stitched this Strawberry Thief chair seat design – this is an Arts and Crafts design (i.e. from the late 1800’s). It’s available as a full kit with woodwork to make a chair (in a different design to this one – this chair is one of Helen’s own), or as just the materials to make the chair seat, if you already have your own woodwork. The stitching is done with one strand of Anchor stranded cotton floss, on 32 count silk gauze.

Dollhouse needlepoint chair seat kit Strawberry Thief Arts and Crafts

This is a little sampler called ‘Hearts and Flowers’. The kit itself was won by Sarah S., on my Facebook Chat Group page, and when she had stitched the kit up, she posted the image of her completed sampler. It’s stitched with one strand of Anchor stranded cotton floss on 32 count evenweave fabric. The wooden frame is included in the kit.

Dollhouse needlepoint sampler kit embroidery

This pretty round rug called ‘Bella’ is shown in a nursery with some wonderful little dolls and teddies. The rug measures six inches diameter, and is stitched on 18 count canvas with one strand of Appletons crewel wool.

Dollhouse needlepoint rug kit Bella round embroideryThis cute little tiger-skin rug was stitched by LeeAnne. It’s the first miniature needlepoint kit that she has ever stitched of mine. Hasn’t it come out great? It’s stitched on 18 count canvas. Once stitched, it is glued on to an interlining backing, so that the interlining shows a little around the edges of the stitching, to resemble the ‘skin’.

Dollhouse needlepoint rug kit tiger skin

Thank so much to the stitchers who sent me pictures of their stitching  🙂

If you have any images of stitching that you’ve made from my kits of charts, please email .jpg files, as large as possible please, to janet@janetgranger.co.uk, as I love to see what you’ve made!

If you’d like to have a go at some mini stitching yourself, than take a look at my website  to browse around 300 dollhouse needlepoint kits, plus chart packs, fabric packs and accessories  🙂

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Where Stitchers Gather etui by Victoria Sampler: 3 – stitching the hardanger heart and the pulled thread work

I’ve stitched quite a lot of the ‘Where Stitchers Gather‘ etui pocket by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler now, and I’m up to the scary part – the drawn thread and hardanger section!

For this bit, I made good use of Thea’s YouTube videos, which clearly explain how to do basic hardanger stitches. If you’re going to attempt this design, I’d strongly recommend watching these videos first, as Thea covers a lot of hints and tips while she’s explaining how to do it. Her YouTube channel is amazing – dozens of really useful videos on many techniques, and types of kit that she produces. Well worth a look!

First, I worked the drawn thread sections on either side of the heart shape, then I stitched the main shape of the heart in Kloster blocks.

Hardanger heart on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

Once I’d got the nerve to cut the threads, it was simple to do, and looks very pretty.

Hardanger heart on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

 

These sections, along with the heart once the hardanger is done, will be backed with maroon dupion silk, so the silk will show through and highlight the stitching.

Hardanger heart on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

The actual hardanger heart stitching took me ages, as it’s not a technique I am skilled at. Some of my stitches came out a bit messy, but if you don’t look too closely, it’s OK!

Hardanger heart on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I was really pleased to have finished it without cutting any wrong threads! The materials pack contained the cute little gold scissor charm, which really finished it off  🙂

Hardanger heart on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

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Where Stitchers Gather etui by Victoria Sampler: 2 – starting to stitch the design of the etui

This is my progress on the ‘Where Stitchers Gather‘ etui pocket and smalls, by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler in Canada.

Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

Thea’s instructions in the chart booklet are really clear – the rows of the design are numbered, and there are lots of written instructions for each section, plus diagrams.

Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

What I like about Thea’s designs is that they are not simply cross stitch – she is always challenging you with new stitches to learn! Look at this panel, for instance – the background is plain green crosses, but then the flowers in pink are each a different stitch!

Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

And then, if you look closely in the bottom right hand corner, there’s the date I started this written in cross stitch in one strand over one thread, too (upside down, on purpose, but the reason for that will become clearer later).

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Where Stitchers Gather etui by Victoria Sampler: 1 – getting started

Here’s the progress I’ve been making on one of my favourite types of stitching project – a sewing set, or etui. This one is called ‘Where Stitchers Gather‘, and is another design by a really talented designer, Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler in Canada. This lovely pocket is made to contain a scissor fob, a needlebook and a scissor case. It’s mainly cross stitch, with some drawn thread work, some specialty stitches, and some scary hardanger! (Hardanger is not my best technique, as I find cutting fabric threads after I’ve spent ages embroidering around them kind of scary!)

Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I’m going to use the suggested fabric, which is 28ct evenweave Zweigart ‘Raw Linen’ shade, along with burgundy  dupion silk for the lining, and thin wadding to give it a bit of body.

Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I also bought the materials pack when I bought the chart booklet from Victoria Sampler, as, although my stash is huge, and I could probably have found similar threads somewhere, I’ve found that it’s much more pleasant to just get the materials pack and be done with it. That way, I know it’s going to come out just like in the photos, and I won’t get any nasty surprises later.

When I started to stitch this etui pocket, I was in the middle of a solo retreat in a little cottage in the Peak District, in the English countryside (a few months back, now, before lockdown was imposed!!). This was where I set up my floor frame, to start stitching. The view of the garden was lovely!

Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

This picture didn’t come out too clearly, as I took it at night, but it’s the first row of cross stitch on the pocket.

Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

As I was on retreat, I planned to get a lot of stitching done….

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