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And here are the winners…..

A few weeks ago, I announced that there was a Giveaway offer running in New Stitches magazine (the November issue, number 235). The Giveaway was for the chance to win one of eight miniature needlepoint handbag kits (the design called ‘Delicate Flowers’, which is the one I am holding in the picture below) from my range for doll’s houses. The closing date has now passed, and the winners have been chosen. The kits are now in the post, so if you were one of the winners, look out for an interesting little parcel coming through your letterbox in the next few days!

A selection of doll’s house scale handbags to make, stitched on 32 count silk gauze

The winners are:

Clare Davis from Cowbridge

Kate Rawlings from Davyhulme

Valerie Puleston from Canterbury

Mrs C Knott from Worthing

Elaine Lewis from Elsenham

Elizabeth Redhead from Hemswell

Mrs J Shadbolt from Banbury

Sarah Laycock from Fleet

If you weren’t one of the winners, but you’d like to try stitching one of these cute little handbags for your doll’s house, then they can be bought for £9.50 each, from my website. There are eight designs in the handbag range altogether.

One of my customers bought one of the other designs (called ‘Rose reticule’) as soon as the kits were launched a couple of months ago, and recently sent me this picture of the finished handbag in her miniature orangery. Doesn’t it look great?

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Want to win a miniature needlepoint handbag kit?

In New Stitches magazine this month (Issue 235  – dated November – on sale 18th October 2012), there’s a Giveaway for the chance to win one of my miniature needlepoint handbag kits.

New Stitches, Issue 235 (November 2012)

8 of these kits are up for grabs altogether. They are to be stitched from a colour block chart on 32 count silk gauze, with one strand of 6-stranded Anchor thread. The design on offer is called Delicate Flowers, and it’s the white handbag that I am holding in this picture:

Three tiny handbags for doll’s house dolls. The black one is stitched on 40 count silk gauze, and the other two are stitched on 32 count silk gauze.

If you’d prefer to buy one, then the whole range of eight designs can be seen on my website. Each kit costs £9.95. Shipping is £1.50 per order worldwide, unless your order total is over £40, in which case shipping is free.

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.

Tiny handbags for doll’s house dolls have just been launched as kits!

The new range of handbag kits – some stitched on 32 count silk gauze, and some stitched on 40 count

Customers have been asking me to design some mini needlepoint handbags for years – and eventually I’ve got around to it! This week I’ve launched kits for eight designs altogether, to be stitched on either 32 or 40 count silk gauze, depending on the design, using tent stitch. You can see full details and buy them on my website.

I had great fun designing these – once I had worked out a good way to assemble the finished stitching, the designs just kept coming! The series covers day bags and evening bags, for several different historical eras. There’s even an Art Deco one called ‘Jazz Age’.

An Art Deco style handbag called ‘Jazz Age’

Each handbag kit contains a piece of silk gauze (32 or 40), Anchor stranded cotton threads, a colour block chart (the design is not printed on the fabric), detailed instructions, suitable needles, a tiny bead for the closure, beading thread, and fine gold thread for the handle. The bags measure approximately seven eighths of an inch across, when finished.

This is what you get in a handbag kit

For those of you who perhaps haven’t tackled anything this small before, there are many free  tutorials on my website which cover everything from what equipment you’ll need to do miniature needlepoint, to how to make up these tiny handbag kits.

Part of the handbag Tutorial – everything you need to know is explained clearly

The beginning of the Handbag Tutorial

Each kit costs £9.95. Shipping is free on the website on orders of £40 or more (under £40, there’s a flat-rate charge of £1.50  per order).

Why not treat yourself to a little needlepoint kit to start the Autumn? Even a doll’s house doll can never have enough handbags  🙂