My dollhouse needlepoint kit and chart pack sale starts today!

My usual January Sale of doll’s house needlepoint kits and charts starts today – check out my website to see everything that’s in the sale, and grab yourself a bargain to give you something to stitch during the coldest time of the year!

Kits are available for the following miniature needlepoint items for 1:12 scale dollhouses, and they’re all in the sale! There are almost 300 kits to choose from altogether.

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

Wallhangings ~~~ Dining chairs ~~~ Needlework stands

Rectangular footstools ~~~ Firescreens ~~~ Christmas stockings

 Teacosies ~~~ Clutch  bags ~~~ Tray cloths ~~~ Handbags ~~~ Pole screens

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

Table runners ~~~ Placemats

 

New this year, there are also cute little needle minders – great gadgets that mean you need never lose your needle down the side of the sofa again! These are also in the sale – there are six designs to choose from. They make fantastic little gifts for stitching friends, or just a treat for yourself  🙂

Cross stitch needle minders

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

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Here we are at Christmas again!

Well, this year has certainly flown by, and here we are at Christmas again. I don’t know about you, but I still find I don’t get enough time to do my stitching.

Dollhouse needlepoint stocking Santa

I am going to try a new approach in 2019 – I’m going to make a list at the beginning of January, of the projects I *realistically* think I can get done during the year, and then focus on enjoying the making of those, without worrying about the ENORMOUS stash of projects I’ve yet to start. It’s supposed to be fun, right?!

How about you? Do you have a plan? Or do you just take it as it comes?

However you approach your stitching hobby, I hope you continue to have fun with whatever you make.

Thanks so much for following along with me during 2018 (most of it being the Strawberry Fayre Heart Etui, which is now finished and sitting nestled in my Edwardian china cabinet, along with my other stitched goodies).

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

I hope you have a great Christmas, and a peaceful New Year.

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Special offer on cute dollhouse needlepoint teacozies!

I have recently been sent this amazing image by one of my customers called Joann, of these cute dollhouse needlepoint teacozies that she has made from my kits. Joann has been stitching these up and collecting gorgeous mini teapots to co-ordinate with them, to make the most fantastic display.

Dollhouse teacozies, Dollhouse accessories, Needlepoint kits

Here’s a close-up. All the needlepoint teacozies on this dresser are from my kits, except the Pavarotti one in the lower left hand corner, which Joann created herself, to match the Pavarotti teapot. Some of the teapots are by Valerie Anne Casson, and some by Janice Crawley (Joann thinks that Janice only exhibits at shows – I can’t find an online presence for her, other than on Pinterest).

The peach version of the ‘Willow pattern’ design (far right in the image above) is Joann’s own colourway choice for the ‘Willow pattern’ kit in the traditional blue and white, on the far left.

I just love the way Joann has matched up the teacozy designs with the various teapots – what a great display this makes!

Dollhouse teacosy, Dollhouse accessories, Needlepoint kits

If you’d like to have a go at making your own teacozy for your dollhouse, then have  a look at  my website to see the full range – they are simple to make, and great fun to do! They are to be stitched on 32 count silk gauze. Each teacozy has a different design on each side, for interest, so you can ring the changes whenever you want! There’s a page on my website that shows you what you get in a kit, and another page that’s a tutorial showing you how to assemble the dollhouse teacozy kit.

Doll's house tea cosies

There are ten designs altogether. This is one of the first that I created – it’s called ‘Spring Blooms’, and features tulips, daffodils, and primroses on a light yellow background. I also have a selection of teapots and tea sets for sale to go alongside the cozies (the teapots each fit under a teacozy), and there are matching tray cloth kits for each teacozy, too.

Spring flowers teacosy for dollhouse

This one is my absolute favourite, though – a ginger cat-shaped teacozy!!

dollhouse teacosy ginger cat

All the teacozy kits are usually £14.95, but if you use the code TEATIME at the checkout before midnight on Sunday 14th October 2018, you can save 10% on the usual price  🙂

So, why not have a go at making one of these – you never know, you might end up with a great collection like Joann’s!

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New! Needle minders that make great gifts!

For years, I have been meaning to bring out a series of needle minders that make great gifts for stitchers. After all, when you love your hobby, you can never have too many embroidery tools and accessories, can you?! I love needle minders myself, and my collection is far larger than I actually need (i.e. I suppose I only need ONE!), but I thought it might be a cute idea to start offering some in my online shop that are designed using images of my own dollhouse needlepoint stitching.

Here’s the first selection of needle minder designs launched this week!

Cross stitch needle minders, pin keeper, needle magnet

There are six altogether, and the designs are all taken from dollhouse scale sampler kits that are also available on my website. Would you like to make a 1:12 scale dollhouse sampler featuring a similar design to the needle minder? The two items together would make a fantastic gift for someone special.

Cross stitch needle minders, pin keeper, needle magnet, cat sampler

WHAT IS A NEEDLE MINDER? A needle minder is a clever sewing accessory that you just can’t do without – it will keep track of your needle for you when you are in the middle of stitching and need to stop for a while. Have you ever put your needle down and forgotten where you put it? You never need lose your needle again when you have one of these – simply place it on the magnetic needle minder, and the strong rare earth (neodymium) magnet inside the minder will mean that your needle will ‘stick’ to the needle minder, keeping it safe.

Needle minder, pin keeper, magnetic needle holder, pin keep

HOW DOES A NEEDLE MINDER WORK? The needle minder comes in two parts – there is a top piece which has a rare earth magnet inside, and a second rare earth magnet on its own. Simply put the top piece on your fabric and place the second magnet underneath your fabric to hold the top piece in place.

Cross stitch needle minders, pin keeper, needle magnet, neodymium magnet

The magnets are very strong – they should even hold a small pair of embroidery scissors, or other small metal sewing equipment, such as a laying tool or stitch ripper.

Cross stitch needle minders, pin keeper, needle magnet

The needle minders come neatly packaged, mounted on card, and sealed in a polypropylene bag, so they are suitable for giving as a gift.

Needle minders, cross stitch gift, pin keeper, needle magnet

Each needle minder measures 38mm diameter (1 1/2 inches).

Needle minders, cross stitch gift, pin keeper, needle magnet

This needle minder is my favourite – it’s called ‘Home Sweet Home’, and features a little house, and traditional sampler motifs around the edges, as well as the phrase in tiny letters across the centre.

Cross stitch needle minders, pin keeper, needle magnet, Home sweet home

These little needle minders make such great gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or just to say that you’re thinking of someone special – any friend who loves their stitching will really appreciate this thoughtful gift. Or maybe you’d just like to treat yourself to a little stitching goodie?

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Once you start using needle minders with your stitching, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without them – I used to lose my needles down the side of the sofa all the time till I started using these little things  🙂

Needle minders, cross stitch gift, pin keeper, needle magnet

Priced at £4.95 each, these needle minders are available now from my website and my Etsy shop.