I’m behaving like a supermarket – I’ve ‘improved’ one of my embroidery kits for doll’s houses!

A new design, ‘Flower ring (pink)’, matching tray cloth and teacosy for a doll’s house, featuring one of the new mahogany trays

I have been selling tray cloth kits for adult collectors of doll’s houses as part of the range on  my website  since last summer, and in each kit, I’ve been putting a whitewood tray, for the finished traycloth to fit into. The tray cloths are to be worked on 32 count silk gauze, with one strand of Anchor thread.

At first, I was pleased with these kits. But now, I’ve found a much better tray to use in the kits, so I’ve overhauled the packaging, the kit contents, and designed two new traycloths as well, and re-launched them. Here are a selection of the traycloths in their new trays:

‘Crinoline lady’ miniature tray cloth design
‘Flower ring (blue)’ miniature tray cloth design
‘Willow pattern’ miniature tray cloth design

The ‘old’ trays were much chunkier, and made from a pale wood. These new ones are a fine grain mahogany. They come in kit form, though, so they need waxing to be properly finished. So….anyone who has been following my blog for a while may have seen a few weeks ago that I was investigating the idea of offering Wood Finishing Packs to go alongside the doll’s house stitching kits – the problem I have had for years is that I couldn’t source really small bottles and jars (as, to finish a doll’s house sized item, you only need a very small amount of wood stain, or wax, or whatever). But recently, I managed to find a great supplier, so now I have launched these two Wood Finishing Packs – a Mahogany Wax one, at £5.95, and an Oak Varnish one, at £4.50.

Mahogany wax wood finishing pack, with tiny pots of wax
The Oak varnish wood finishing pack

As well as being good for completing the tea trays, these Packs can be used to finish the miniature dining chairs, rectangular stools, and soon (give me another week or so!) round footstools.

A sneak preview of one of the doll’s house footstools, available in kit form in a week or so. It measures just 1 1/4 inches diameter.


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Making doll’s house furniture kits might get a bit easier, now…

This picture might not seem very exciting to you. To me, it is. Very. It’s a delivery of samples from a company that sells all shapes and sizes of plastic bottles.

A delivery of samples – the circular lidded pots are only an inch across

I’ve been trying to find a way of selling small amounts of wood stain and varnish, as a ‘Finishing kit’ to help people who want to make up the miniature furniture kits that I sell along with my doll’s house embroidery kits, for literally years. I’ve always felt that it’s a shame that the smallest ‘hobby size’ tins and bottles of stain and varnish are too large, and often very expensive – most of it ends up going to waste. You only need a tiny amount to finish a wooden chair that’s only three and a half inches high! A 250ml tin of wood stain, for instance, would last a lifetime.

I already sell an embroidery kit to make this chair, with a whitewood chair kit. Now, I’ll be able to sell a staining kit alongside it

Now, I’ve managed to find a supplier of the most dinky little bottles and jars, so I can finally start putting together a finishing kit that has just enough for a couple of kits, so that nothing goes to waste. So, soon there will be waxing kits and staining kits available from my website, to go alongside the embroidery kits.

These rectangular stools, stitched on 32 count silk gauze, co-ordinate with the chairs

What’s that saying? “If it’s worth having, it’s worth waiting for.” Seems to be the story of my life!


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