Monthly Archives: December 2009

My Doll’s House Embroidery Kit Sale Starts Today!

The annual sale of doll’s house embroidery kits and charts on the Janet Granger Designs website starts today. Every single kit on my website is in the sale, as well as accessories such as single-project sized pieces of silk gauze, and tiny tea pots to go with the teacosy kits.

Kits are available for the following miniature needlepoint items:

Carpets  ~~~ Staircarpets ~~~ Cushions ~~~ Bellpulls ~~~ Samplers

Wallhangings ~~~ Dining chairs ~~~ Rectangular footstools 

Firescreens ~~~ Christmas stockings ~~~ Teacosies ~~~ Tray cloths

A selection of doll's house cushions, stitched on 22 count canvas

If you love mini-stitching, then don’t miss the chance to stock up on kits to keep you busy throughout the coldest months of the year, all at bargain prices! Everything is in stock, and post and packing is free, worldwide, too.

All the kits are for one twelfth scale (one inch to one foot), and any components necessary to complete each kit are included in the packet – such as wooden pieces to make the dining chairs, and metal bellpull ends to finish off the bellpulls beautifully. Click here to see details of what each kind of kit contains.

An example of the contents of a kit - this is for a mini sampler to be stitched on 28 count evenweave

The kits are to be stitched using needlepoint stitches  – tent stitch and basketweave stitch (like half cross stitch) – so, if you can do cross stitch already, then these will be easy for you. There is a page explaining how to do these stitches here.

Detailed instructions are included in the kits, too, or you can check out the tutorials page on the website first, to see how easy it is to make one of these unusual items.

An example of one of the tutorials on the website - there are many to choose from!

Have a look at some of the finished kits, in these images that customers have sent in:

A pine bedroom with a carpet called 'Eleanor', based on a William Morris design

A detailed Arts and Crafts carpet called 'May'

A Christmas stocking only an inch and a half high, to be worked on 40 count silk gauze

The website has secure payment facilities, and you can choose to pay using Visa, Mastercard, Solo, Maestro, or Paypal.  If you are not happy to order online, then a printed catalogue is available, and you can order by post or phone instead.

Don’t miss out! The sale is on for a limited time, so visit the website now!

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Finished embroidery – an unusual thimble holder

A thimble holder called a pipkin, about two inches long

This unusual item is called a pipkin. It’s made from three leaf-shaped pieces of fabric, gathered over cardboard formers and laced across the back, then backed with felt (cut a tiny bit smaller than the outer pieces). The three shapes are then stitched together using Palestrina knot stitch (a bit like an overcast stitch, but after each overcast stitch you then go back and loop the needle twice through the stitch you’ve just made, without piercing the fabric, and so making a line of  evenly spaced knots along the line of stitching – a very useful stitch to master!).

This shows how the pipkin opens

It opens by you squeezing the two ends, and so forcing the open side to gape, so that the thimble can be taken out. I don’t actually use a thimble when I’m stitching, but I just couldn’t resist making this, as it’s such a different kind of sewing accessory to own!

The cute hedgehog’s spines are worked in various shades of brown, randomly, until it just ‘looks right’! In front of the hedgehog is the most tiny bee, made from very small satin stitches worked in stripes of yellow and black, with wings in silver blending filament added last. The other two sides feature a silver spider’s web with a minute spider, and my initials.

Jane Nicholas' Stumpwork Embroidery

The design is from Jane Nicholas’ wonderful book  ‘Stumpwork Embroidery – Designs and Projects’, published in 1998 by Sally Milner Publishing.

In the book, there are co-ordinating sewing accessories to make – a needlebook with a squirrel on it, a scissors scabbard, and a pinwheel, along with a drawstring bag to keep them all in.

Although this style of embroidery is very different from the doll’s house needlepoint  that I sell as kits, I really enjoy the change of technique that’s needed to make this kind of item.

Finished embroidery – more beautiful doll’s house rooms

Here are some views of rooms in a doll’s house by a customer of mine called Susan. She has two beautiful doll’s houses, both made by her father, and she has gradually been buying miniature embroidery kits from me for several years, as she completes her houses.

An elegant doll's house dining room

This smart dining suite stands on an ELEANOR carpet. It is stitched on 18 count canvas, in needlepoint, using one strand of Appleton’s crewel wool. The finished carpet measures just over 9 inches by 6 inches. In the background, on the chaise longue, is a CAROLE PASTEL cushion , which is worked on 22 count canvas, using Anchor stranded cotton.

A pretty rug in green and peach on the landing of a doll's house

A BARBARA SMALL (GREEN) carpet fits neatly on the landing on the first floor. This small carpet is one of my best-sellers, as it is so versatile. The fringing is much easier to do than it looks, too!

The William Morris sitting room, with a carpet called 'Elizabeth' taking pride of place

The ELIZABETH carpet, a square William Morris ‘Hammersmith’ design, looks stunning in this living room, papered with authentic twelfth scale William Morris wallpaper. There is a BELLA cushion on the armchair to the left (with another one just peeping over the sofa), and a LITTLE OWL firescreen on the hearth. The firescreen kits are worked on 32 count silk gauze, and the kits come with a simple-to-assemble metal firescreen.

A round rug in the doll's house music room

A BELLA carpet takes pride of place in Sue’s music room, with a matching cushion on the armchair. A Bella footstool also looks good in this room, but is no longer available as a kit.

These images are examples from the Customers’ Gallery pages of my website. For more inspirational pictures, sent in by my clever customers, go to the Gallery index page. If you have any images yourself, of stitching that you have made from kits designed by me, please let me know by sending an email to janet@janetgranger.co.uk !