Monthly Archives: December 2013

Doll’s house embroidery kit sale starts today!

Would you like the opportunity to buy some doll’s house miniature needlepoint kits at bargain prices? My January sale starts today, so why not visit janetgranger.co.uk to see exactly what’s on offer?

These 'Berlin Woolwork' style doll's house scale kits are all in the January Sale

These ‘Berlin Woolwork’ style doll’s house scale kits are all in the January Sale

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 canvas (18 and 22 count), and  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 over 200 kits for you to choose from.

The cushion kits are stitched on 22 count canvas, and the footstool kits on 28 count evenweave. The footstool kits come complete with the turned mahogany base.

The cushion kits are stitched on 22 count canvas, and the footstool kits on 28 count evenweave. The footstool kits come complete with the turned mahogany base.

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 Art Deco carpets, are in the Sale.

The new collection of doll's house scale Art Deco carpet kits, stitched on 18 count canvas

The new collection of doll’s house scale Art Deco carpet kits, stitched on 18 count canvas

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 £1.75 per order in the UK; £3.50 overseas).

A Home Sweet Home sampler kit, stitched on 32 count evenweave fabric

A Home Sweet Home sampler kit, stitched on 32 count evenweave fabric

A 'Willow Pattern' firescreen kit, stitched on 32 count silk gauze. The kit includes a white metal kit to make the firescreen.

A ‘Willow Pattern’ firescreen kit, stitched on 32 count silk gauze. The kit includes a white metal kit to make the firescreen.

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?

The Lord’s Prayer – an Aramaic transliteration in surface embroidery: 4 – Two medallions

The decorative elements that I chose to add to embellish the Lord’s Prayer panel that I made over the summer were taken from a fantastic book called ‘World of Ornament’ by A. Racinet and M. Dupont-Auberville.

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There are various versions available – including a cheap edition by Dover, which has selections from this great book. And it is ‘great’…. it’s the largest book I own. It’s hardback, and weighs about 10 kilos, has 528 pages, and measures 18 x 11 x 2 1/2 inches. It’s enormous! It has colour plates illustrating the decorative styles from every historical period you can think of, and what makes it so useful to me is that all the designs shown are copyright free, so it’s OK for me to use them in designs. The best part of having this particular edition is that inside the back cover of the book is a CD with all the designs on, as individual elements, making it very useful indeed!! But it wasn’t cheap. In fact, I’m not going to tell you how much it cost  🙂  I justified it by counting it as a business expense.

Anyway, the design elements I show here were taken from that book, and here’s the first one:

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I couched three rows of Kreinik #16 braid with Gutermann silk thread, adding highlights in Anchor 1006 red – couched lines, stem stitch outline and a few fly stitches.

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I worked the central area of the medallion to resemble a flower:

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The medallion on the right hand side of the sampler was a similar one, with a different central design, but up the other way.

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With this medallion, I used a green sequin in the centre, held down with lazy daisy stitches filled with a single straight stitch, surrounded by dark green fly stitches and three pink French knots.

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The long lines extending from each medallion were embellished with tiny gold seed beads. At the end of each line I had been planning to use shisha mirrors, but when I put them on the panel before attaching them, I realised that they looked far too ‘silver’ and just didn’t look right against the yellow fabric, especially as quite a bit of gold Kreinik had already been added by then as well. As the ‘goldness’ had already been set, silvery shisha mirrors just wouldn’t have worked. So I decided to stitch Rhodes stitch circles in red instead:

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I defined these first with split back stitch, then worked the actual Rhodes stitches using four strands of Anchor 1006 Red, to make them stand out.

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Tiny 2mm sequins filled the gaps in between, and single lazy daisy stitch / fly stitch combination finished off the line.

Would you like some free mini Christmas projects to make?

On the Artisans in Miniature site in the run-up to Christmas there is a special feature called the ’12 Makes of Christmas’, which is well worth visiting. Each day, you can click on an image and go to a page that has a free project – so you could have twelve gorgeous things to make, that don’t cost you a thing!

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Although I haven’t got any designs featured in the projects that are being offered this year, pictures of my Christmas stocking kits feature as the ‘doors’ to each of the 12 days, so click here to have a look, and start collecting your free projects!

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If you fancy making your own doll’s house scale Christmas stockings from one of my kits, they are to be stitched on 40 count silk gauze with Rayon thread, and measure 1.4 inches high when complete. Everything you need is included in the kit, and they cost £9.50 each.

The Lords’ Prayer – an Aramaic transliteration in surface embroidery: 3 – Completion of the lettering

Over the next couple of weeks I managed to complete all of the lettering on the Lord’s Prayer panel that I made over the summer. This is what it looked like after about twenty hours of stitching:

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It was already starting to look a lot more ‘solid’, but I wanted to get the lettering filled in. This took HOURS! The smallest font has letters barely a quarter of an inch high, so each stitch had to be very precisely placed, or the letters became indistinct. As this isn’t ‘English’ (it’s a transliteration of Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke), then unless the letters were clearly depicted, the phonetic spelling wasn’t going to be readable, so I had to be very careful.  So, all the small lettering was worked in one strand of Anchor stranded cotton, in split backstitch – doing the outline first, and then filling in with more rows of split back stitch. Most of my free time during August this year, then, was spent working on the filling in of the lettering of the panel:

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The word ‘Abwoon’ (usually translated ‘Our Father’) and the word ‘Ameyn’ were going to be given much more prominence on the panel than the rest of the lettering. I did this by outlining the letters first in the same way that I did for the smaller fonts:

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Then, using four strands of Anchor stranded cotton, I worked several rows of loose stem stitch in the shapes. I didn’t work right up to the edges of each shape,though, so that when I satin stitched across the letters, the profile of each letter would be gently rounded.

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This shows the word Abwoon, partially done:

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Next up, is the good bit – starting to add the decoration.