A large (by doll’s house standards) needlepoint carpet

My customers often send me images of the doll’s house scale items that they have made from the kits and charts on my website. Heide is from Germany, and has been stitching my designs for over ten years. She recently sent me photos of her latest creation – a very large paisley carpet.

In 2010, Heide donated one of her earlier houses, the Big House, to a museum of childhood – but first she took out some of the carpets, and put them into her second house, The Café! But The Café will follow the Big House to the museum in 2014, so she says that again she will take out most of the carpets to put them into her third project, The B&B. In her words, ‘Double shame on me!!!’ for not letting her carpets go with the house. ‘I thought my age of 70 would make me a wise and unselfish woman, but there are obviously a lot of things I would miss.’  I think that is perfectly understandable!

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This huge paisley carpet is based on a very early design of mine called ‘Phyllis’, which appeared in my book ‘Miniature Needlepoint Carpets’, but is no longer available as a kit. Heide’s carpet measures 13 by 4 1/2 inches (32 by 11 cm) – large by any miniaturist’s standards! It will fit one of the three lobbies in her B&B, which is in the process of being made.
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This group photo shows many of the carpets that Heide has stitched over the years. She alters some of the colourways to suit her houses, and some she stitches as per the kit. It’s easy to see, from this photo, that Heide has a ‘favourite palette’ for her stitching! Clockwise from the top left, these carpets are: Elizabeth, Patricia, Heide’s adapted version of a carpet of mine called ‘Jessica’, Rebecca, Jessica (the same design as my original, but different colours), Carole pastel, Heide’s design based on Phyllis, and Ruth. Most of these are available from my online shop as full kits (to be stitched on 18 count canvas with crewel wool), and as chart packs too.

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A miniature carpet in a doll’s house scale office

One of my customers who lives in Russia, called Natalia, sent me these wonderful pictures last week, of a doll’s house scale office that she has made.

The room has got so much detail in it, it’s just greatl! The carpet in the centre of the room is one from my range of needlepoint kits and charts, and is called ‘Yvonne’. It is stitched on 18 count canvas. Natalia chose to stitch the design in her own colourway, to enhance the heavy Oriental look of the room.

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This is the carpet seen from above, to show the detail. She chose not to add fringing to the ends, so that when the carpet is in the room, the legs of the chairs can be clearly seen. She made the chair cushion from a cushion kit, but again, altered the colours and made the seat pad flat, to fit the chair.

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The original colourway of ‘Yvonne’ that I have in my range, which is available as a kit with 18 count canvas and Appleton’s crewel wools, looks like this, below. The matching cushion and staircarpet is also shown.

Yvonne collection

I have to say I think I like Natalia’s colours better than mine,  so I am working on a new colourway to my range now  🙂

Natalia’s pictures, along with dozens from other talented customers of mine, can be seen on the Customers’ Gallery page of my website.

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Beautiful mini stitching for doll’s houses by my customers

Sometimes, my customers send me photos of the things they have completed from my range of needlepoint kits for doll’s houses – and I always love seeing how they have used the stitching, as it’s so inspiring!

One of my best customers is Margaret, who owns several doll’s houses, and is always busy making something or other for her houses. Here are some pictures of her latest house, which is a model based on the ‘Chester Rows’. She says, “The new house is the Chester shops from the Dolls House Builder. I was born near Chester and used to frequently shop on the Chester “Rows” before I moved to South Wales. As you can imagine, I could not resist this house. It was my winter project during 2012/13, but I went at it as though my life depended upon it!

Margaret's newest twelfth scale doll's house - isn't it fantastic?
Margaret’s newest twelfth scale doll’s house – isn’t it fantastic?
An Arts and Crafts style room, with a carpet (called 'Karen') from my range of kits, stitched on 18 count canvas with Appleton's wools
An Arts and Crafts style room, with a carpet (called ‘Karen’) from my range of kits, stitched on 18 count canvas with Appleton’s wools
A doll's house scale solicitor's office - the carpet is called 'Isobel', and is one of the kits I produce. Margaret adapted the design to make her own cushions and chair seats.
A doll’s house scale solicitor’s office – the carpet is called ‘Isobel’, and is one of the kits I produce. Margaret adapted the design to make her own cushions and chair seats.

Dominique is from France, and sent me this picture of her doll’s house dining chair (available as a kit with both the wooden pieces, and the stitching, to make). Rather than stain the wood a dark brown, she chose to do a painted ‘shabby chic’ version….isn’t it lovely?!

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More pictures from both of these talented stitchers can be found on the Customers’ Gallery page of my website, along with dozens more pictures from other stitchers – a great place to get inspiration for your next mini-stitching project.

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A beautiful set of doll’s house rooms with mini stitching in

Sometimes, customers of mine email me with images of the stitching that they have made from the kits that I sell. I always love seeing how people have used the kits in their doll’s houses and room settings – they are a talented lot!

Recently, a customer called Margaret, from Wales, sent me these amazing pictures of her latest doll’s house, which is a Tudor style house. She has furnished it in a Victorian / Arts & Crafts style, with Tudor wallhangings to suggest its long history. All the needlepoint items are from my range of kits.

This is the house, fully furnished.
The miniature version of a William Morris Hammersmith carpet features in this room

An attic room, with two carpets stitched on 18 count canvas, in needlepoint.

Isn’t Margaret’s house just beautiful?!

Lots more examples of doll’s houses featuring miniature embroidery can be seen in the Customers’ Gallery page on my website.

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