Have you come across the wonderful US magazine called ‘Needlepoint Now‘? It’s published bi-monthly, and always has many interesting articles and designs featured in it.
The issue which has just come out (the Jan/Feb 2015 one) has a special article in it that I have written, with a free chart for a doll’s house scale sampler for you to make, called ‘Blue Vases’. It’s to be stitched on 32 count evenweave linen fabric, with one strand of thread such as DMC or Anchor cotton (floss). It measures 2 1/4 by 2 inches, when framed. It’s stitched using tent stitch, and would only take a few evenings to complete.
If you like the idea of making the sampler, but you don’t want to have to source your own materials, then there is a kit for this design in my online shop. The kit contains everything you need to make this sampler, including a varnished wooden frame. Readers of Needlepoint Now can order the kit from the website and get a discount off the usual price of £8.95 when they quote the special code which is printed in the magazine.
You don’t have to own a doll’s house to make one of these. You just need to enjoy making cute little things! It would make a great gift for someone who loves to collect samplers.
I’ve been meaning to design more dollhouse samplers for a while now – this is the first of the new range that I’ve finished. It’s available as a kit (complete with the tiny wooden frame) on my website from today.
The dollhouse sampler kit called ‘Blue vases’, stitched on 32 count evenweave fabric, measures 1 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches
It only takes a couple of evenings of stitching, as it’s worked on 32 count evenweave fabric – so, unlike silk gauze, where you have to ‘fill in’ every hole on the fabric background, with evenweave, you only need to stitch the actual design. The fabric colour itself is left showing around the design, making it a quick project to complete.
The design is to be counted from a colour block chart. Clear instructions on how to finish the sampler, a suitable needle, a piece of 32 count ecru evenweave fabric, lots of Anchor stranded cotton and the wooden frame itself are also included in the kit. The design is called ‘Blue vases’, and is available on my website now, priced £8.95.
There is a tutorial on my website about how to complete one of these miniature sampler kits, so that you can see exactly how to make one before you commit yourself!
The Artisans in Miniature online ezine has an Advent Calendar each December, which features a free project each day, for each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas. Behind the door marked ONE is the project I submitted, for a doll’s house scale sampler, with the words ‘Home Sweet Home’ on it. The sampler, once framed, measures about one and three quarters of an inch high, by about one and a half inches wide. When stitched on 28 count evenweave with one strand of Anchor cotton, it looks like this:
My website features many other designs for samplers (as well as all kinds of mini stitching for doll’s houses), available as full kits – have a look here to see them.
'Home Sweet Home' sampler on 32 count evenweave fabric, measuring just two inches by two and a quarter inches
This ‘Home Sweet Home’ design is featured in the latest edition of Dolls House World magazine (the June issue, number 225, which is on sale during May 2011). It is the final one in a series of sampler designs that I have been doing for the magazine over the past few months. If you get yourself a copy, you can stitch the design from the colour block chart included in the magazine. You’ll need a piece of 32 count evenweave fabric, a size 26 tapestry needle, and some Anchor stranded cotton. If you prefer to buy the full kit from me (which includes a stained and varnished wooden picture frame, to mount the sampler in), then you can take advantage of the special offer in the magazine to get 25% off the usual kit price. Just quote the Discount Offer Code listed in the magazine when you buy online from my website, and you can buy the sampler kit for £6 instead of £7.95.