Carolyn Pearce Home Sweet Home workbox 25: assembling the needlebook

Now that the embroidery on the needlebook from Carolyn Pearce’s book ‘Home Sweet Home: an embroidered workbox’ is complete, I just need to assemble it. Here are the materials I need, all gathered together:

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I’ve found, over the years, that it saves me loads of time if I get everything ready, cut out, and put out neatly before I begin, rather than have to leave something half way through assembling it to go and rummage for the next item. In this picture above, you can see the card shape (scored for the spine), the interlining to back the embroidery, the striped lining cotton fabric, and the doctor flannel for the needle pages.

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I stuck the interlining to the cardboard with double sided tape.

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The interlining was deliberately cut too large at first, and then trimmed down, leaving about an eighth of an inch overhang, to allow for a bit of padding around the very edges of the needlebook.

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The interlining for the cotton fabric was iron-on. After attaching it to the cotton, I pressed the seam allowances over, including the corners (ironed at a 45 degree angle).

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Then I tacked them down.

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The embroidery was laced over the card shape with Perle cotton number 12 – I find that this is very strong , thin thread, and perfect for doing this.

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I stopped lacing each side about 3/4 of an inch from each corner, to give me enough to fold in each corner and mitre it after doing the lacing.

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Carolyn Pearce suggests stitching the doctor flannel pages to the cotton lining fabric using a sewing machine, but I couldn’t be bothered to get mine out for such a small bit of stitching, so I did mine with hand-sewn backstitch. The doctor flannel is carefully cut with the inner pages a little bit smaller than the outer one along the short sides, so that when the needlebook is finally closed, the pages line up neatly.

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To disguise the central line of backstitch, I worked a line of Coral stitch along the centre.

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Then I placed the lining wrong sides together with the embroidery on its card, and slipstitched around the edge.

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Finally, I worked a buttonhole stitch loop at the centre of the front right hand edge of the needlebook, and attached an 8mm cloisonne bead to the centre of the back edge.

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This is the back of the needlebook, once finished.

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Above, you can see the needlebook standing open, to show the pages for the needles, and below, you can see how trimming the doctor flannel to slightly different sizes works – when closed, the edges match up really well.

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Lovely, isn’t it?


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The new issue of Artisans in Miniature free imag is out!

There’s a new issue of the Artisans in Miniature FREE online magazine this month – have you seen it yet?

AIM issue 55 August 2015 - 1

It’s got 76 pages of news about miniatures, wonderful articles about doll’s house scale minis in several scales, and inspirational pictures to make you drool!

Here is one of the pages featuring tiny scale furniture and accessories: AIM issue 55 August 2015 - 2

This article explains how to make a wig for a doll’s house scale doll: AIM issue 55 August 2015 - 3

This article shows lots of ideas for miniature gardens and flower arrangements: AIM issue 55 August 2015 - 4

And at the back of the magazine, as always, there are short news items about professional miniaturists and what they have been up to recently: AIM issue 55 August 2015 - 5

It’s always a good read, and even better, it’s FREE!! Why not go and have a look at the Artisans in Miniature website to read the latest issue now?


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Just look at this miniature enchanted castle!

You’ve just got to watch this, it’s stunning!

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, home to the wonderful Colleen Moore doll’s house castle (built in the 1930s), has just received $200,000 to spend on the renovation of this amazing example of a very special doll’s house. It stands nine feet square, and 14 feet high – pretty large, by normal doll’s house standards! Have a look at this video for more information about it:

There are so many wonderful miniatures in this doll’s house – it’s very inspirational!


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A great video of miniaturists explaining what they do….and why!

I’ve recently come across this wonderful half hour video of miniaturists and collectors explaining all about the hobby of doll’s houses – both the passion of collecting, and of making. The video also features Caroline Hamilton – the woman who for many years organised the London Dollshouse Festival, and who is herself an avid collector of all things mini.

So, make yourself a cup of tea, and watch this…….

I think it’s great!


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