Monthly Archives: December 2012

It’s January Sale time for mini stitching kits for doll’s houses

It’s that time of year again – time to stock up on mini-stitching projects at bargain prices!

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Everything on my doll’s house needlepoint kit website is in the January Sale – from needlepoint kits for doll’s house scale samplers, bolster cushions, wallhangings, etc., to supplies such as silk gauze in several different counts (from 32 up to 60 count). Charts as well as kits are in the Sale. The Sale starts today, so visit the website now to see what’s available. There are almost 200 kits for you to choose from – for beginners, how about a cushion kit or a round footstool? For more experienced stitchers, why not try a larger project such as a carpet or wallhanging? For those of you who prefer the finer count silk gauze, the Christmas stockings on 40 count are also in the Sale (get them finished VERY early, ready for next Christmas!). Even newly-released kits, such as the handbags, are in the Sale.

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If you haven’t tried miniature stitching before, have a look at the Tutorials page of the website, where everything you need to know to get started is explained in detail, as well as instructions on how to finish each type of kit. Remember that post and packing is free, worldwide, on any order of £40 or more (under £40, there’s a flat-rate charge of £1.50 per order).

Everything is in stock and ready to go, so why not treat yourself with a stitching project to keep you busy during the coldest part of the winter?

Merry Christmas to all stitchers!

For everyone who reads my blog – I hope you all have a great Christmas, and that Santa brings you lots of stitchy things…..kits, fabric, threads, books, accessories ….  anything would do, wouldn’t it?! It all contributes to the stitching stash  🙂

Christmas in the doll’s house nursery

Planning ahead….. more cross stitch for my wishlist

There are some websites that I just can’t help returning to again and again. Victoria Sampler, from the USA [EDIT 14th Dec 2012: Canada! It’s in Canada! ], is one of them. Thea Dueck is an amazing cross stitch designer, who designs projects (often 3D ones, which I love) which are really interesting, and often feature hardanger and beading accents. I haven’t ever tried hardanger yet, but when I get around to doing these projects shown below, I hope to try it out.

On my very long wishlist, I’ve had this cute Gingerbread Stitching House etui for a couple of years:

Then I found out that there is also a Gingerbread Church that goes with it. This is just a model – it isn’t an etui. But it is a lovely addition to the village:

Then I found out about the scissors case that was offered as a Christmas project stand-alone in the Just Cross Stitch Special Christmas Issue 2009 (the issue that has 75 Christmas ornaments from different designers). I’ve bought the magazine now, via Ebay, but not had time to stitch the scissors case yet. It would fit inside the Stitching House etui, if you wanted to store it there:

Then, frustratingly, Thea brought out the Gingerbread Christmas tree etui, but it was only offered as a ‘Stitcherama’ project (in Autumn 2012). A stitcherama is like an online class which starts on a specific date for a couple of weeks, with live video interaction with Thea at various times during the making of the class project. Nice idea, but pricey  😦  Apparently, she is planning to bring the design out as a chart booklet sometime in 2013, so then it will be generally available to buy, like the other designs [EDIT: It’s available as a chart pack now – Autumn 2013]:

Now, she has released this year’s addition to the Gingerbread village – a little Candy Cane Cottage, with a pinwheel accessory:

The only problem is, I want to make all of them now! As if I haven’t got enough on my wishlist  🙂

Don’t they look good together? All I need to do now is stitch my own ones!!

By the way, if you want to buy any of the generally available Victoria Sampler charts or accessory packs, and you live in the UK, don’t order them direct from Victoria Sampler, as the postage from America to the UK is horrendous – get them from Sew and So, who are based in the UK, as they have the whole range in stock (including the accessory packs), and their postage charges are very reasonable.

Would you like a free chart for a doll’s house sampler?

The Artisans in Miniature online ezine has an Advent Calendar each December, which features a free project each day, for each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas. Behind the door marked ONE is the project I submitted, for a doll’s house scale sampler, with the words ‘Home Sweet Home’ on it. The sampler, once framed, measures about one and three quarters of an inch high, by about one and a half inches wide. When stitched on 28 count evenweave with one strand of Anchor cotton, it looks like this:

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My website features many other designs for samplers (as well as all kinds of mini stitching for doll’s houses), available as full kits – have a look here to see them.