Gingerbread Stitching House 5: the finished house

Now that Christmas is out of the way, I can show off the completed Gingerbread Stitching House which I made from a chart booklet from Victoria Sampler. The first image shows it assembled as far as the main house goes. The second image shows the hardanger window, lined with yellow cotton fabric. With hindsight, I think red would have shown up better, but I thought red would clash with the orangey colour of the evenweave fabric.

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The panels are attached to each other by working slip-stitches through the back stitches that are worked around all edges of the main pieces, lacing them together. I found this to be very neat and successful.

This view shows how the sides and base are slip-stitched together through the backstitches around the edge of each piece

This view shows how the sides and base are slip-stitched together through the backstitches around the edge of each piece

The lining worked out very neatly in the end, although I did have to trim all edges of the card pieces several times to make them small enough to work, and not buckle. The instructions given in the chart pack didn’t quite work for me.

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The roof lining contains this needlebook, with white felt pages. The instructions suggested making a felt pocket for one side of the roof, to store scissors in, but I preferred to have needle storage on both sides. The chart book’s instructions suggested making a fine cording (although it didn’t say *how* to make the cord, just to make one!). I didn’t feel mine needed a corded edge, so I left it plain.

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Here is the completely finished house. It measures about five inches by four, and about four inches high. Isn’t it wonderful?! I’m so pleased with it!

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Just as I get that one finished, and feel that I’m getting somewhere with my backlog of ‘things I must make in this lifetime’, I found out that Victoria Sampler have brought out a Gingerbread Bakery, and a Gingerbread Needlework Shop (which is a box with a lift-off lid, not just a model, as the bakery is). Oh dear, I feel more purchases coming on!

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This is the rest of the Gingerbread Village series. They are all so tempting:

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So, having made the Gingerbread Stitching House, these are my thoughts on it, as a project to spend time on:

The design itself is cute, with lots of areas of interest. It’s been well thought out. However, the production of the chart booklet lets it down somewhat. The booklet contains several spelling mistakes, including one regarding the size of backstitch outlining to work for the base. This is quite annoying! I contacted the customer services person at Victoria Sampler, and she said I must have an early version of the chart booklet, as that has been corrected in later versions. The chart pack is reasonably priced, and it is printed on good quality paper. I scanned the charts and printed them out so that I could colour in some areas as I stitched them, as the paper in the booklet is too glossy to use coloured pencils on. Although the chart pack is reasonably priced, the Accessory Packs are quite expensive – the main one doesn’t contain the DMC 12 or 8 Perle thread balls, or the Kreinik Mori thread – you need to buy a second accessory pack for those. Kreinik Mori is an expensive thread, and no quantities are given as to how much you might need, if you wanted to buy your own, which I found unhelpful. But it is easy to buy your own supplies instead of the Accessory Packs, if you look carefully at the product pictures on the Victoria Sampler website first to see what you’ll need. I thought at first, for the cost, that whole skeins of the threads needed would be included in the Packs, but that’s not the case. You get half yard or full yard cuts. So, raid your stash for similar colours for the threads, and do Google or Ebay searches for the tiny buttons, etc., to find suppliers, if you don’t intend to buy the Accessory Packs. They are not hard to find.

I’ve mentioned this before, but if you’re in the UK and thinking of buying this chart pack (and the Accessory Packs), get it from Sew and So, as the shipping from them is only a token £1 – far cheaper than International postage from Canada!!

When I first decided I’d like to make this Gingerbread Village, the Tree Etui design was only available if you did an online course with Victoria Sampler, but it’s since been released as a chart pack, like the other designs. So, I have bought the chart for that one too, now, and that may be the next one in this series that I make.

Although I’m tempted to make another Gingerbread Village item next,  other items from my stash drawer are calling, and I need to get back to the Carolyn Pearce Home Sweet Home project, too….

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13 thoughts on “Gingerbread Stitching House 5: the finished house

  1. Sandra

    Janet this is a gorgeous project and you have of course done it beautifully. The other items are very tempting too and I can understand why you are tempted to buy some more.

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  2. Isabel Taylorson

    It is so lovely and you are so good assembling projects.
    I look forward to seeing your next item from Home Sweet Home. I have now completed a side of the needle case, and am about to start the snail on the other, my last embroidery motif. Not sure how I will cope. The padding is done.

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    1. Janet Granger Post author

      Isabel, this was sold as a chart pack, but I get your point – I’ll be doing a blog post about the differences and who would like what (it seems to vary from country to country) soon.

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  3. Sandra

    I was so happy to see you make this beautiful Gingerbread house, I can see there was alot of love put into erecting this beauty. When I bought this chart, I did not purchase the Accessory pack yet. I was first put off with expensive cost’s to purchase extra’s! I understand that this would be an heirloom, I just think some extra pre thought be given to make these projects more cost effective.I also had no build to reference, and guidance for instructions coming from a “layman’s” term on the pro’s and con’s to Victoria Sampler’s directions on “how to” stitch the Gingerbread house. As I read your review I am daunted with the problem’s you encountered and probably would have given up, although my aim is not to give up. When it comes to direction’s I want easy instructions without getting flustered! My first thought was, how fortuitous I was to come upon your review. If I do get “stuck” my first thought is, to go your website for moral cheer leading! When I look at your pictures they also inspire me to not give up!
    Thank you, I am now wiser to read the instructions more carefully, but I also have your review to guide me, whereby I may experience bumps, but to not give up. I will tell myself- “Just keep on stitching, with a smile on my face!”

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    1. Janet Granger Post author

      Sandra, this project is well worth doing! I wrote about it in detail so that people would understand how I overcome the little difficulties that I had, but they were only small problems really. The instructions in the chart booklet are very detailed, especially when explaining how to assemble the house. It’s such a lovely little house 🙂

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  4. Joy

    It’s just so cute – thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I love reading about your work and seeing your pictures.

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  5. Sandra

    Janet, thank you for your response. I appreciate the new pictures on the Gingerbread house. Your detailed pre-construction is excellent; I am a visual person. As I look at your pics, I said to myself ” I can do that!” Truth be said, I am not ready to start yet, I have joined too many SAL’s this year. I am easily enabled when it comes to cross stitching! Maybe I need help, with my self control!!

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  6. stitchingranny

    I am new to WordPress and have just found your blog, and love it. I have done a number of Victoria Sampler stitched samplers, but never done any 3D type projects. I do however love to see your complete Gingerbread House and adore the Etui in the picture. I am also very envious of your beautiful embroidery (post above this one). I do cross stitch and hardanger, and I make cards but real embroidery is not a skill I have. With stash that will far outlive me I dare not look at other hobbies now so I will just come and admire from afar your beautiful work. .

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    1. Janet Granger Post author

      Hi,

      I think most people who do crafts of some kind have stash that will outlast them… I have enough for several lifetimes already, and I’m sure I haven’t finished buying yet 🙂

      Love your blog by the way!

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  7. Hazel coombes

    Thank you Janet for such detailed instructions on making up the gingerbread house which I have just purchased from Sew and Sew. I did not buy the assessory pack and am using DMC threads to keep the cost down and will hunt out all the little buttons etc. I am so glad I found your blog for you will make it so much easier for me to finish. I have done several VS designs in the past especially the ornaments in the JCS Christmas magazine plus an online class. I look forward to continuing using your posts as a guide to stitching my little house.
    Thank you once again.
    Kind regards,
    Hazel c UK

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