Dollhouse scale William Morris ‘Orange Tree’ wallhanging challenge!

Do you sometimes feel that you’d like to have a go at an embroidery kit of some kind, but feel that maybe it’s beyond your capabilities?  I was talking with Sally Watson, the editor of the fabulous free online magazine ‘Artisans in Miniature’ recently, and she told me that she’d never felt she would be able to tackle mini needlepoint  – but then she said that she finds knitting Kaffe Fassett designs simple!!! I can’t knit at all, so I issued her with the William Morris ‘Orange Tree’ wallhanging challenge!

I told her that she could try stitching the kit for free, if she’d publish her results in the AIM magazine, to show others how she got on. She was up for it, so if you have a look at Issue 63 of the online Artisans in Miniature magazine , which has just been published, you can see how she got on.

I was really impressed by how methodical she was, and how it turned out in the end, despite her emailing me several times saying she wondered if she was doing OK.

Here’s the original version that I stitched, based on William Morris’s late Nineteenth Century wallhanging, that has been photographed for the front of the kit packet. The finished dollhouse wallhanging measures 3.5 inches square, and is stitched on 22 count canvas with two strands of Anchor stranded cotton floss. Everything you need is included in the kit, such as a colour block chart and detailed instructions, plenty of thread, a generous piece of canvas, the wooden pole, and ribbon to make the hanging tabs, backing fabric and a tapestry needle, so you can be stitching within minutes of receiving this kit in the post.

As a special offer, until midnight this Sunday, 16th July, you can order the kit for this William Morris wallhanging from my website, and when you use the code ORANGETREE10 at the checkout, you get 10% off the usual price. So, be like Sally, and give it a go  🙂


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.


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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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The March Issue of Artisans in Miniature magazine is now online

The theme for the March issue of the AIM magazine is the Tudor period. There’s 125 pages of high-quality miniature ideas, projects and articles for you to browse through – and it’s all FREE! Click here to view this wonderful magazine now.

The new March Issue of the AIM magazine – online and free!

Some of my miniature needlepoint wallhangings appear in the magazine this month, such as the Cluny Women tapestry, which is available on my website as a kit, to be stitched on 22 count canvas with Anchor stranded cotton. When completed, it measures 4 inches wide by 5 1/2 inches high. The kit includes ribbon to make the tabs, and a pole to hang it from.

Doll’s house scale miniature tapestry kit ‘Cluny Women’, measuring 4 x 5 1/2 inches

There is also an interesting article about blackwork embroidery, and in that article my Blackwork sampler kit is featured. The sampler kit comes with 28 count evenweave fabric, and a stained and varnished wooden frame to put the stitching in when it’s finished.

A tiny blackwork sampler on 28 count evenweave fabric, measuring 2 x 2.3 inches

The Cluny women kit costs £18.50  (or £9.25 as a chart pack), and the sampler kit costs £7.95. Both kits are available from my website


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