Finished embroidery – a stumpwork embroidery ‘petal bag’

A stumpwork embroidery 'petal bag'
A stumpwork embroidery ‘petal bag’

This is the first of a ‘Gallery’ of images I’m going to put up on my blog, to show some of the embroidery and beadwork I’ve finished over the years.

This petal bag is a lovely project that I completed a few years ago, and it’s been my favourite ever since. I love making embroidered bags.

All the embroidery that I make to sell as kits is miniature embroidery for doll’s houses (see my website Janet Granger Designs for details) – so, when I’m doing embroidery ‘for fun’, I like to do ‘full size’ items, for a change.

This lovely bag isn’t designed by me, but comes from a gorgeous book published in New Zealand by Georgeson Publishing Limited (unfortunately, no longer in print). The book is called ‘Elizabethan Needlework Accessories’ by Sheila Marshall. If you ever see a second-hand copy available, GET IT!! {Edit 2014: it’s now back in print!}

My version of the bag took me two months of  ‘spare time’ in the evenings, but it was a very interesting project to work on, and the embroidery so varied that it didn’t become a chore to stitch. Each of the five panels feature a different flower, with a goldwork couched border. When the bag is opened, by releasing the drawstring, the ‘petals’ fall flat, revealing pockets on the inner side of each petal, embroidered with five smaller flower motifs. The drawstring bag is lined with gold satin, to resemble a flower centre, and opens with two more drawstring cords. The bag measures about seven inches diameter. I made the tassel from a large ceramic bead, covered with toning embroidery silks left over from the embroidery itself. Then I worked Single Brussels Stitch ( similar to a buttonhole stitch worked in rows) to cover the bead completely.

The petal bag when open, showing the embroidered inner pockets
The petal bag when open, showing the embroidered inner pockets

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Today I launched two new doll’s house scale Christmas stocking kits

'Toys for boys' and 'Toys for girls' doll's house scale miniature embroidery kits
‘Toys for boys’ and ‘Toys for girls’ doll’s house scale miniature embroidery kits

Today I launched two new doll’s house scale Christmas stocking kits. One is called ‘Toys for boys’ and features traditional toys such as a fort and a teddy, and the other design is called ‘Toys for girls’ and features toys such as (you guessed it!) a doll’s house and a doll. These miniature needlepoint stockings would make great additions to the Christmas scenes in your doll’s house.

If you are looking for Christmas presents, the kits are a good solution for stitching friends – or stitch them up yourself, and give them ‘hand-made by you’. Each kit is to be worked on 40 count silk gauze, and costs £8.95 each. There are six other designs in the range already.

They are available from my website www.janetgranger.co.uk

There is a free online tutorial about how to make up the Christmas stocking kits, if you are new to miniature embroidery.

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I’ve got some new doll’s house embroidery kits on my website!

I’ve been working all day on getting some editorial sent off to the stitching and doll’s house magazines, to advertise my new miniature needlepoint tray cloth kits. All my kits are for one twelfth scale doll’s houses (adult collector’s scale; not children’s!).

My newest doll's house embroidery tray cloth kit with matching teacosy
My newest doll’s house embroidery tray cloth kit with matching teacosy

Each tray cloth is designed to be worked on 32 count silk gauze, and is really simple to do. Everything that you’d need is included in the kit, from the silk gauze and Anchor stranded cotton, to detailed making up instructions with diagrams. A whitewood, ready-assembled tea tray is also included, into which the finished tray cloth fits neatly. As usual with our kits, a clear colour block chart is included, to count the design from. There are five designs altogether – you can choose from a cottage-shaped cosy, several floral designs, a 1930’s style crinoline lady and a willow pattern motif.

There are free online tutorials, too, if you are new to miniature needlepoint.

The tray cloth kits cost £9.95 each, and the teacosy kits are £12.95 each. Even the tiny teapots are available, at £2.95. P&P is free, worldwide, on all items from my website, www.janetgranger.co.uk

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