Happy Christmas to everyone who loves all things mini, everyone who loves embroidery, and everyone who loves 🙂
This unusual item is called a pipkin. It’s made from three leaf-shaped pieces of fabric, gathered over cardboard formers and laced across the back, then backed with felt (cut a tiny bit smaller than the outer pieces). The three shapes are then stitched together using Palestrina knot stitch (a bit like an overcast stitch, but after each overcast stitch you then go back and loop the needle twice through the stitch you’ve just made, without piercing the fabric, and so making a line of evenly spaced knots along the line of stitching – a very useful stitch to master!).
It opens by you squeezing the two ends, and so forcing the open side to gape, so that the thimble can be taken out. I don’t actually use a thimble when I’m stitching, but I just couldn’t resist making this, as it’s such a different kind of sewing accessory to own!
The cute hedgehog’s spines are worked in various shades of brown, randomly, until it just ‘looks right’! In front of the hedgehog is the most tiny bee, made from very small satin stitches worked in stripes of yellow and black, with wings in silver blending filament added last. The other two sides feature a silver spider’s web with a minute spider, and my initials.
The design is from Jane Nicholas’ wonderful book ‘Stumpwork Embroidery – Designs and Projects’, published in 1998 by Sally Milner Publishing.
In the book, there are co-ordinating sewing accessories to make – a needlebook with a squirrel on it, a scissors scabbard, and a pinwheel, along with a drawstring bag to keep them all in.
Although this style of embroidery is very different from the doll’s house needlepoint that I sell as kits, I really enjoy the change of technique that’s needed to make this kind of item.
Here are some views of rooms in a doll’s house by a customer of mine called Susan. She has two beautiful doll’s houses, both made by her father, and she has gradually been buying miniature embroidery kits from me for several years, as she completes her houses.
This smart dining suite stands on an ELEANOR carpet. It is stitched on 18 count canvas, in needlepoint, using one strand of Appleton’s crewel wool. The finished carpet measures just over 9 inches by 6 inches. In the background, on the chaise longue, is a CAROLE PASTEL cushion , which is worked on 22 count canvas, using Anchor stranded cotton.
A BARBARA SMALL (GREEN) carpet fits neatly on the landing on the first floor. This small carpet is one of my best-sellers, as it is so versatile. The fringing is much easier to do than it looks, too!
The ELIZABETH carpet, a square William Morris ‘Hammersmith’ design, looks stunning in this living room, papered with authentic twelfth scale William Morris wallpaper. There is a BELLA cushion on the armchair to the left (with another one just peeping over the sofa), and a LITTLE OWL firescreen on the hearth. The firescreen kits are worked on 32 count silk gauze, and the kits come with a simple-to-assemble metal firescreen.
These images are examples from the Customers’ Gallery pages of my website. For more inspirational pictures, sent in by my clever customers, go to the Gallery index page. If you have any images yourself, of stitching that you have made from kits designed by me, please let me know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org !
For customers of my miniature needlepoint kits worldwide, here are the Last Posting Dates for Christmas, for parcels sent from the UK:
Australasia, Africa, Far East and Middle East – Friday 4th December.
Eastern Europe, USA, Canada and Japan – Thursday 10th December.
Western Europe – Friday 11th December.
UK – Monday 21st December.
I get parcels out within 48 hours of you placing your order on the website, so please allow for that when calculating how much time is needed.
I’ve also got an update ‘Newsflash’ about payment methods: We now take PAYPAL, in addition to Visa, Mastercard, Solo and UK Maestro. This means that you now have more options when you are going through the checkout process. You can choose to use the credit card that you have previously registered with Paypal, or you can choose to have payments debited directly from your bank account. This last option is useful for people who do not have a credit card, but still wish to buy online.