Book review: A Passion for Needlework 3

If you have managed to buy the previous two volumes in this series, you’ll know that the book ‘A Passion for Needlework 3’ is going to be good even before you’ve opened it! I put this book on my wishlist for Christmas as soon as I found out it was being published, late last autumn. I haven’t been disappointed!

Passion for Needlework 3 - Blakiston Creamery

Like the other two volumes in the series, this one is beautifully produced, and contains a dozen projects that will make your fingers itch to start stitching. The book itself is large, and heavy. It’s printed on good quality paper, and could almost be described as a ‘coffee table book’, as the images alone make it worth having.

Passion for Needlework 3 - Blakiston Creamery

But the projects are what you’ll want to get this book for. I think, personally, that this book is the best one so far in the series. It has projects using several different embroidery techniques, and not just for things that could be ‘pictures’ – there are some lovely 3D projects in this book, which I particularly like to do. This etui set is designed by Carolyn Pearce, one of my favourite designers:

Passion for Needlework 3 - Blakiston Creamery

The styleshots in the book are dramatic, but there are many detail images too, so you can really see the stitching up close. The projects are featured at the beginning of the book, and then the instructions and stitch diagrams are all at the back.

Passion for Needlework 3 - Blakiston CreameryThis book, being published by the same people who publish Inspirations magazine in Australia, have their signature ‘pullout sheets’ with the patterns for the projects on, so that you can transfer the design lines to your chosen fabric. There are also materials packs available from the publishers (but I find these really expensive, and that’s before I’ve paid for shipping from Australia to the UK!)My stash of threads and fabric is huge, so I can stitch some of these lovely designs by using up what I already have in my stash, hopefully.

Passion for Needlework 3 - Blakiston Creamery

My favourite project in the whole book is this amazing photo frame border, designed by Susan O’Connor. I love anything she designs!! This is just so wonderful, and I think I’m going to have to put several current projects on hold while I make this. Isn’t it lovely?! It’s stitched using about 40 Au Ver a Soie colours, so it’s not going to be cheap, if I use the called-for threads, but I just love it.

Passion for Needlework 3 - Blakiston Creamery
Passion for Needlework 3 - Blakiston Creamery
Passion for Needlework 3 - Blakiston Creamery

This book would make a great addition to any stitcher’s library. It’s just gorgeous. If there is anything that could be said to be a negative with it, it would be that some of the style shots are a bit ‘sparse’, with the embroidery being quite small in the whole photo’s space, but that’s just me – I like pictures to be busy, with the embroidery itself taking centre stage. But the projects themselves are simply wonderful, so if you like interesting surface embroidery projects, go and get this book!

Title: A Passion for Needlework 3: Blakiston Creamery

Editor: Susan O’Connor

Publisher: Inspirations Studios Corporation Pty Ltd

ISBN: 978 0 6482873 9 1

Price: £23.99

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January Sale of dollhouse needlepoint kits now on!

Just a very quick post to let you know that my January Sale of doll’s house needlepoint kits and charts is now on – check out my website to see everything that’s in the sale!

Kits are available for the following miniature needlepoint items for 1:12 scale dollhouses, and they’re all in the sale!

Carpets  ~~~ Staircarpets ~~~ Cushions ~~~ Bellpulls ~~~ Samplers

Wallhangings ~~~ Dining chairs ~~~ Needlework stands

Rectangular footstools ~~~ Firescreens ~~~ Christmas stockings

 Teacosies ~~~ Clutch  bags ~~~ Tray cloths ~~~ Handbags

Round footstools ~~~ Christmas tree mats ~~~ Bolster cushions

Table runners ~~~ Placemats

 

Teacosy kits for dollhouse accessoriesWillow pattern traycloth kit for dollhouseDollhouse needlepoint stocking Santadollhouse teacosy ginger cat

So take a look now, and treat yourself to something tempting to stitch…..

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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 around 300 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 beginner to expert.

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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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