I’m behaving like a supermarket – I’ve ‘improved’ one of my embroidery kits for doll’s houses!

A new design, 'Flower ring (pink)', matching tray cloth and teacosy for a doll's house, featuring one of the new mahogany trays

I have been selling tray cloth kits for adult collectors of doll’s houses as part of the range on  my website  since last summer, and in each kit, I’ve been putting a whitewood tray, for the finished traycloth to fit into. The tray cloths are to be worked on 32 count silk gauze, with one strand of Anchor thread.

At first, I was pleased with these kits. But now, I’ve found a much better tray to use in the kits, so I’ve overhauled the packaging, the kit contents, and designed two new traycloths as well, and re-launched them. Here are a selection of the traycloths in their new trays:

'Crinoline lady' miniature tray cloth design

'Flower ring (blue)' miniature tray cloth design

'Willow pattern' miniature tray cloth design

The ‘old’ trays were much chunkier, and made from a pale wood. These new ones are a fine grain mahogany. They come in kit form, though, so they need waxing to be properly finished. So….anyone who has been following my blog for a while may have seen a few weeks ago that I was investigating the idea of offering Wood Finishing Packs to go alongside the doll’s house stitching kits – the problem I have had for years is that I couldn’t source really small bottles and jars (as, to finish a doll’s house sized item, you only need a very small amount of wood stain, or wax, or whatever). But recently, I managed to find a great supplier, so now I have launched these two Wood Finishing Packs – a Mahogany Wax one, at £5.95, and an Oak Varnish one, at £4.50.

Mahogany wax wood finishing pack, with tiny pots of wax

The Oak varnish wood finishing pack

As well as being good for completing the tea trays, these Packs can be used to finish the miniature dining chairs, rectangular stools, and soon (give me another week or so!) round footstools.

A sneak preview of one of the doll's house footstools, available in kit form in a week or so. It measures just 1 1/4 inches diameter.

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