Just Nan Gingerbread Mice – 2 – assembling the three cute cross stitch mice

I’m ready to make up these three little gingerbread mice figures from Just Nan  now- Santa mouse, Jingle mouse and Angel mouse.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

These are the three stitched designs, cut out with a half inch seam allowance around each one.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

The side seam is stitched up, and then the seam allowance around the base is turned under.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

 

The body is stuffed with some wadding, and then gathered around the base to close it up. The metal button is then slip-stitched onto the base to weight it and provide a stable area so that the mouse stands up. You put the curved metal ‘tail’ into position just before completing the slip-stitching of the button into place.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

Here is the first completed mouse, Santa mouse, with his little hat on, and bag of goodies. Isn’t he lovely?

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

This is what he looks like from the back.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

And here’s all three of them completed. They each stand about two inches high – they are tiny!

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

This is what I made them for – to ‘populate’ my gingerbread village of Victoria Sampler buildings:

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

That’s better!

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

Aren’t they sweet?

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A customer’s cat wants to check out the new minis!

If you own a cat, this image will not look unusual – as soon as you start doing minis, your cat needs to come and see what you are doing! A customer sent me this cute pic of her cat Emma, checking out the miniature needlepoint cat sampler she (the customer!) had just made from one of my kits.

If you’d like to stitch one of these, they are quick to make, to be stitched in needlepoint on 32 count evenweave fabric. All materials are included in the kit, including the wooden frame, and they cost 12.95 GBP each.

Cat sampler miniature needlepoint kit

 

Cat sampler miniature needlepoint kit

Visit the website now to see the whole range of 12 samplers. Here’s a small selection:

 sampler miniature needlepoint kits

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Just Nan Gingerbread Mice – 1 – three cute cross stitch mice to make!

I came across the materials & chart packs for these cute little gingerbread mice figures from Just Nan recently – Santa mouse, Jingle mouse and Angel mouse. They are so sweet, and very unusual!

I thought they’d look good with the Victoria Sampler buildings that I have previously stitched, and which I display under my tree at Christmas.

I bought the charts from Create Nostalgia, an online shop in Flintshire, for £12.95 for each chart, which included the accessories needed, but no fabric or threads. I chose some fabric from Peakside Needleworks.co.uk of Glossop – a small piece of 32 count Weeks Dye Works “Straw” colour fabric 1/16 size of a metre,  9 inch x 13.5 inch, which cost £5, and was enough to make all three mice (they are very small!). The threads I picked from my stash – only small amounts were needed of each colour, so it was easy.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

Here’s the Jingle Mouse chart pack, and the little bag of accessories (the curly thing is to make the tail, and the button is to weight the base).

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

The fabric is a lovely deep gingerbread colour – ever so slightly mottled.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

The actual shape of the mouse is weird – but it gets made up into a sort of cone shape, so the pattern will make sense later, hopefully!

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

Here’s all three mice stitched and ready to assemble.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

Let’s hope they are easy to put together!

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Brooke’s Books “Spirit of Christmas Stitching”: 2

I’m half way through stitching this Brooke’s Books ‘Spirit of Christmas Stitching”   angel on perforated paper.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angelThe pieces that are to be stitched on the gold perforated paper are next. This wasn’t so pleasant to stitch as the half on the brown paper, as the shiny gold made it harder to see the holes.

This is one of the angel’s wings.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

This is the completed gold panel, with the individual elements all stitched and ready to cut out.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

They need to be cut out carefully, one set of ‘holes’ away from the stitching, so that the stitching doesn’t get cut and start to unravel. I used nail scissors, as I didn’t want to spoil my embroidery scissors.

The wings need to be cut out as one piece, with a joining section.

This part always reminds me of those paper dolls that you used to be able to get, with tabs on all the clothes so that you could change the doll’s outfits!

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

You then stick or stitch the pieces into place, as on the front of the chart booklet.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

It gives a great layered effect, which is easier to see in this picture, taken at a low angle.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

I made a support for the back of the angel out of mount board (as on a picture frame), so that the angel can be stood upright.

And here’s my finished angel, alongside the one I stitched a few months ago – the Spirit of Holiday Baking.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

So, that’s two down, twelve to go!

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