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It’s National Needlepoint Day!

Today, 7th September, it’s National Needlepoint Day!

So, make the most of your stitching today, wherever you are doing it – try stitching in public, to let people know that needlepoint is a legitimate hobby, and how much fun it is!

I’ve tried most embroidery techniques over the years. In the eighties, I went through a phase of stitching only needlepoint – that lasted for several years, and I don’t have any of those pieces left now, as I tended to make things as gifts. Big scatter cushions, wallhangings, bellpulls – mostly from kits, but some were  my own designs.

I used to travel from my home in Essex by train into London, and visit The Needlewoman Shop on Regent Street to get my needlepoint supplies then, and struggle home again with huge bags of goodies! Such a pity that that shop has long since closed. I used to love it! They had an amazing range.

Obviously, I’m biased, as I sell *miniature* needlepoint kits, so everything I do for my business is small, but I have grown to love the mini versions of needlepoint more than the full-sized ones now.

Here’s a few examples of my dollhouse scale needlepoint, which can be bought as kits from my website:

 

Are you stitching any needlepoint at the moment? Do you only do cross stitch? Or surface embroidery? Or blackwork? Or does it depend on your mood as to what kind of project you want to stitch?

Let me know in the comments!

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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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What would you like to stitch for your doll’s house?

This time of year is when I do most of my designing of miniature needlepoint for doll’s houses, for my embroidery kit business – it must be something to do with Spring being just around the corner!

A selection of kits from my range - on fabric counts from 18 canvas, to 40 count silk gauze

A selection of kits from my range – on fabric counts from 18 canvas, to 40 count silk gauze

This year, I wonder if there is anything that you would like me to design, that isn’t in my range yet?

I am particularly keen to ‘fill the gaps’ in the selection of matching items. For instance, for *some* of the range, there are carpets, cushions, bellpulls, etc, all with matching designs on them ….but sometimes people email me and say things like ‘Is there a footstool that co-ordinates with the Prudence carpet?’ or ‘Is there a bellpull that goes with the Eleanor bolster and footstool?’

Having raised the idea, it usually prods me into designing what is being asked for…..so, if there’s something that you would like to stitch that you don’t see listed in the online shop yet, just email me with your ideas to janet@janetgranger.co.uk, or add a comment below, and I’ll see what I can do!

To see the sets of matching items that *are* already available, there is a page that shows them all photographed in their ‘family groups’, here.

Here’s a few of the ‘families’…..

The 'Summer Roses' family - my best selling kits

The ‘Summer Roses’ family – my best selling kits

A trio of wallhangings on 22 count canvas, based on the Cluny tapestries

A trio of wallhangings on 22 count canvas, based on the Cluny tapestries

The 'Tree of Life' group - I'm already planning the addition of a firescreen to this set

The ‘Tree of Life’ group – I’m already planning the addition of a firescreen to this set

So, what else would you like to stitch for your doll’s house?

It’s January Sale time for mini stitching kits for doll’s houses

It’s that time of year again – time to stock up on mini-stitching projects at bargain prices!

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Everything on my doll’s house needlepoint kit website is in the January Sale – from needlepoint kits for doll’s house scale samplers, bolster cushions, wallhangings, etc., to supplies such as silk gauze in several different counts (from 32 up to 60 count). Charts as well as kits are in the Sale. The Sale starts today, so visit the website now to see what’s available. There are almost 200 kits for you to choose from – for beginners, how about a cushion kit or a round footstool? For more experienced stitchers, why not try a larger project such as a carpet or wallhanging? For those of you who prefer the finer count silk gauze, the Christmas stockings on 40 count are also in the Sale (get them finished VERY early, ready for next Christmas!). Even newly-released kits, such as the handbags, are in the Sale.

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If you haven’t tried miniature stitching before, have a look at the Tutorials page of the website, where everything you need to know to get started is explained in detail, as well as instructions on how to finish each type of kit. Remember that post and packing is free, worldwide, on any order of £40 or more (under £40, there’s a flat-rate charge of £1.50 per order).

Everything is in stock and ready to go, so why not treat yourself with a stitching project to keep you busy during the coldest part of the winter?

Merry Christmas to all stitchers!

For everyone who reads my blog – I hope you all have a great Christmas, and that Santa brings you lots of stitchy things…..kits, fabric, threads, books, accessories ….  anything would do, wouldn’t it?! It all contributes to the stitching stash  🙂

Christmas in the doll’s house nursery