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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21 thoughts on “Teeny Weeny Cross Stitch Cottage 3: It’s finished!”
Very cute. Well done. 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Beautiful, what a lot of work!
I never see stitching as work though!
Well done I just love the Teeny Weeny Cottage it has made me want to do one
Good….that’s what I write my blog for….to keep people doing embroidery 🙂
This is adorable! Nice finish! I might have to try making one after the new year. The kit looks great.
Thanks – it’s a very thorough kit.
I just figured out why it’s solid cross-stitch, rather than brown Aida: Lacing to cardboard for support would be an awful fiddle with those tiny pieces (I also only just realized HOW tiny!), and it needs the support of the extra stitching to maintain a flat surface once stuffed.
That really is cute!
Yes, you’re probably right, but that still doesn’t stop it being really BORING to stitch the brown!!!
Lovely. What thread did you use for the whip stitching? Was it included in the kit? Was the whip stitching used to make the white columns or before the pinching?
It was all stranded cotton thread in the kit – I think I did the whip stitching with four strands. You make the columns as you assemble the structure.
So, it is all done in one go? ie. as you do the whip stitching you are creating the white columns?
Yes, you kind of pull them into shape as you whip stitch up the edges.
It will look very precious as a tree decoration.
Yes, it’s going to look really cute on my tree!
It’s so cute and, surprisingly, despite all the brown x-stitching, a fast project. Another thing I like about it is that it imitates ginger bread accurately without being gingerbread and without trying to look like gingerbread. It’s just that wonderful!
I have admired your Teen Weeny house, it is so cute. Are the patterns for purchase? If so, where may I find them?
Thank you for bringing these miniatures to us.
On Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 8:01 AM, Janet Granger’s Blog wrote:
> Janet Granger posted: “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 wh” >
They are available from Sakoran’s website here: http://www.sakoran.co.uk/