I’ve just launched a new miniature needlepoint carpet kit on my website today- it’s called ‘Saskia’, and it would make a great Christmas present! Full details are on the ‘Large carpets’ page of the online shop, here.
The design is an Oriental one, in shades of mid-blue with deep red and cream highlights, and measures 9 x 6 1/4 inches. It would look great in a study or drawing room in your doll’s house. The kit contains 18 count canvas, plenty of Appleton’s crewel wool, detailed instructions, a colour-block chart to count the design from, and a suitable needle. The design is worked in needlepoint – tent stitch for the details and basketweave for the background. Both stitches are easy to do (very similar to half cross stitch). There are Tutorials on my website, showing how to do these stitches, if you are new to embroidery. If you prefer to choose your own colours, or work the design on a different count of fabric, then a chart pack is also available. The full kit costs 21.50 GBP, and the chart pack is 10.75 GBP.
If you’re after smaller ‘stocking filler’ type gifts, then have a look at the What’s New page for some ideas – twenty new kits have been launched in recent weeks, so it’s likely that there will be something suitable.
Remember that, for items ordered via the website, p&p is free, worldwide, on orders of 10 GBP or over (under 10 GBP, there is a flat rate charge of 1.25 GBP per order), and parcels are usually posted within two business days.