January Sale of dollhouse needlepoint kits and charts starts today!

Just a very quick post to let you know that my January Sale of doll’s house needlepoint kits and charts starts today – check out my website to see everything that’s in the sale!

Kits are available for the following miniature needlepoint items for 1:12 scale dollhouses, and they’re all in the sale!

Carpets  ~~~ Staircarpets ~~~ Cushions ~~~ Bellpulls ~~~ Samplers

Wallhangings ~~~ Dining chairs ~~~ Needlework stands

Rectangular footstools ~~~ Firescreens ~~~ Christmas stockings

 Teacosies ~~~ Clutch  bags ~~~ Tray cloths ~~~ Handbags

Round footstools ~~~ Christmas tree mats ~~~ Bolster cushions

Table runners ~~~ Placemats

 

So take a look now, and treat yourself to something tempting to stitch…..

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Are you interested in doll’s houses and stitching? Then why not visit my website, where you can buy doll’s house needlepoint kits to make all kinds of soft furnishings for one-twelfth scale dollhouses. There are over 280 kits to choose from, plus chart packs, fabric project packs, tutorials, and lots of eye candy to inspire you! Kits are available on 18 and 22 count canvas, 28 and 32 count evenweave, and 32 and 40 count silk gauze, so there’s something for everyone – from beginners to experts.

As a special offer for new customers on my website, use the code FIRST TIME 10 at the checkout to receive 10% off your first order!

Dollhouse needlepoint kits

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Christmas wishes to all my blog readers!!

I’d like to wish all my blog readers a very happy Christmas, filled with lots of stitchy goodies (and chocolate)!

I hope you all manage to find some time for yourselves among all the mayhem – women generally tend to get a raw deal over Christmas, while making the festive season great for everyone else – so, take some time out, and do whatever makes you happy  🙂

I’m really grateful for all those of you who have followed my blog, especially those of you who comment on my posts, as I love to have conversations with you and find out what you think!!

This year has not been the easiest for me, due to the ill-health of my husband, and some personal difficulties – but I am looking forward to the New Year, when I’ve got some really good things planned for the blog, including the wonderful Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui stitch-along, which will hopefully start in January 2018.

Have a great Christmas!

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Are you interested in doll’s houses and stitching? Then why not visit my website, where you can buy doll’s house needlepoint kits to make all kinds of soft furnishings for one-twelfth scale dollhouses. There are over 280 kits to choose from, plus chart packs, fabric project packs, tutorials, and lots of eye candy to inspire you! Kits are available on 18 and 22 count canvas, 28 and 32 count evenweave, and 32 and 40 count silk gauze, so there’s something for everyone – from beginners to experts.

As a special offer for new customers on my website, use the code FIRST TIME 10 at the checkout to receive 10% off your first order!

Dollhouse needlepoint kits

Teeny Weeny Cross Stitch Cottage 3: It’s finished!

I’ve done all the stitching on my Teeny Weeny Cross Stitch Cottage by Sakoran now, and I’m up to the point where I need to assemble it. As with the rest of this project, the instructions in the booklet are very detailed.

The building is assembled by whip stitching through the back stitched outlines and pulling the shapes together. The roof was particularly fiddly to do, but looks good now! (I was quite prepared to throw it across the room at one point, though!!) The joins of the walls are oversewn through a two-block gap in the brown cross stitching, kind of ‘pinching’ the fabric together from the outside, and then oversewing across the unstitched Aida to make the white columns of stitching. Easier to do than to describe…..

Wadding isn’t included in the kit, but it’s easy to find some cotton wool to fill the little house with, and then stitch the base in place.

So, this is the little house now it’s completed:

 

 

Isn’t it lovely? It’s only about two and a half inches high – really small!

As I said earlier in this series, the instruction booklet for this project is really detailed. There are dozens of photos showing every stage, and clear charts too.

There’s a section at the back that explains how to do all the surface stitches that are needed, once the cross stitch has been done.

The DMC threads come pre-sorted, which is helpful. I did find, though, that with some colours I almost ran out, and with other colours (such as the white) there were yards left over. Here is the thread sorter when I’d finished the project, to show you how much was left over:

Also, I found the needles that were supplied with the kit to be a bit too big for 18 count Aida, so I changed them to smaller ones from my sewing box.

The instruction booklet is A5 size. This picture shows you just how tiny this cottage is! In the instructions, it’s suggested that the cottage would make a good tree decoration, with the addition of a hanging loop, and I might just do that.

And finally, for comparison, here is my new gingerbread cottage next to the Victoria Sampler Gingerbread Stitching House. Don’t they look sweet together?!

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Are you interested in doll’s houses and stitching? Then why not visit my website, where you can buy doll’s house needlepoint kits to make all kinds of soft furnishings for one-twelfth scale dollhouses. There are over 280 kits to choose from, plus chart packs, fabric project packs, tutorials, and lots of eye candy to inspire you! Kits are available on 18 and 22 count canvas, 28 and 32 count evenweave, and 32 and 40 count silk gauze, so there’s something for everyone – from beginners to experts.

As a special offer for new customers on my website, use the code FIRST TIME 10 at the checkout to receive 10% off your first order!

Dollhouse needlepoint kits

Teeny Weeny Cross Stitch Cottage 2: The roof

I’m in the middle of making this teeny weeny cross stitch cottage, by the company Sakoran. I’ve done the walls, and now I’m up to stitching the roof.

As with the walls, the first thing I had to do was stitch what seemed like acres of brown cross stitches. OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration – it’s only about 2.5 inches square!!! But it bored the pants off me, as I don’t like the colour brown.

Adding the trellis in white livened it up, though.

 

And I *really* enjoyed doing this bit – randomly placed French knots in each of the ‘diamonds’ of the roof, to make it look very ‘gingerbready’ !!! The final part was turning the seam allowance under, and stitching the ridge line of the roof in white back stitch.

Now I just need to assemble the little cottage.

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Are you interested in doll’s houses and stitching? Then why not visit my website, where you can buy doll’s house needlepoint kits to make all kinds of soft furnishings for one-twelfth scale dollhouses. There are over 280 kits to choose from, plus chart packs, fabric project packs, tutorials, and lots of eye candy to inspire you! Kits are available on 18 and 22 count canvas, 28 and 32 count evenweave, and 32 and 40 count silk gauze, so there’s something for everyone – from beginners to experts.

As a special offer for new customers on my website, use the code FIRST TIME 10 at the checkout to receive 10% off your first order!

Dollhouse needlepoint kits