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Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 28: how to make a Dorset button

I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!

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To make the closure on this heart etui, I needed to learn how to make a Dorset button. I’ve never made one before, but the instructions in Inspirations magazine 95 looked very detailed, with lots of pictures, so I thought it shouldn’t be too difficult. Ha ha ha!

To start off with, the instructions said to use a plastic ring with a diameter of 15mm (5/8ths of an inch). Hmm. Well, in the UK at least, that seems to be impossible to buy. Maybe it’s possible in Australia, where Carolyn Pearce lives. I had to get a 3/4 inch diameter ring, made by Hemline, so my Dorset button looks ‘chunkier’ than her one.

The instructions said to use one strand of Gumnut Yarns stranded silk – but I’m using substitutes for almost all the colours, so I used one strand of Anchor stranded cotton in shade 266 Moss green, and a size 26 tapestry needle. I wasn’t at all sure that the coverage would be enough with just one strand, but it looks OK. I started by knotting the thread around the ring, and made blanket stitches over the ring, trapping the tail of thread at the back as I went.

How to make a Dorset button

I had thought that using their recommended length of thread (60 inches) would be plenty, even though my ring was larger than theirs, but I ran out at this point:

How to make a Dorset button

Tying in another length was messy, and fiddly, but I got there in the end! I used another 50 inch length, which was enough to finish the ring, work the spokes and do the wraps (but I didn’t bother to do the edging stitch as in the magazine, as that was just too fiddly for me!).

How to make a Dorset button

Using the same thread as for the blanket stitch, without cutting the end of thread and starting again, I started wrapping it around the ring to make eight spokes on the wheel. I worked a few cross stitches across the centre to bring the spokes together, and hold them tight.

How to make a Dorset button

Then I worked rows of back stitch around the spokes, to make a kind of woven web out from the centre. I worked eight complete rounds of back stitch (rather than the five recommended in the instructions). I was so intent on keeping the thread taut while I did this, that I didn’t notice that I was getting more and more off-centre, unfortunately.

How to make a Dorset button

On the final, ninth, row, I included a bead between each spoke while doing the back stitch (I changed to a betweens 10 needle for this, as the tapestry needle was too fat to get the beads on).

How to make a Dorset button

Then I took the thread up at the back of the button and over the edge of the ring to the outer end of a spoke, and wrapped the two threads (front and back) of each spoke as I worked my way back to the bead. Then I put the needle through the next bead, and repeated the process until all spokes were wrapped. Really fiddly!!!!

As I had decided not to work the edging stitch around the ring by this point, although the instructions said to take the needle to the outer edge at the end of adding all the beads ready to do the edging, I took it into the centre, using the last of the thread length to attach the Dorset button to the front of the heart etui panel. IT MUST BE DONE NOW rather than later on, as, once the panel has been laced over the heart shape made from template plastic, it wouldn’t be possible to stitch the button in place. The instructions, however, state that the button is attached ‘once construction is complete’ WHICH IS WRONG!!!

Here’s my Dorset button, once attached to the front heart panel (I’ll explain how I did the lacing in next week’s blog post). I stitched it on with the off-set centre made to look as if it’s a design feature  🙂 My button is definitely a lot larger than the one in the magazine. It’s a bit too prominent for my liking, as a part of the panel’s design as a whole, but I’m not making another one. Ever. Sometimes, you have to do something once, in order to know that you don’t ever want to do it again  🙂

How to make a Dorset button

Here’s the front panel of the heart etui from the magazine – you can see that the button on that one is smaller and more dainty than mine.How to make a Dorset button

Oh well, at least it’s finished! I hope yours comes out more successfully than mine!

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~~~INFORMATION~~~

The Strawberry Fayre design, plus the complete list of materials, appears in Inspirations magazine number 95The publishers do sell a full materials pack  (not including the mother of pearl ruler though!), but it’s rather expensive, so if you can use your stash, and just fill in with bits and pieces, then so much the better! The magazine is published in Australia – if you live in the UK, as I do, it is cheaper to buy a back copy from Manor House Magazines, and save a lot on the shipping. 

EDIT: The materials pack from Inspirations, and the magazine from Manor House in the UK are not available any more as at March 2018 – I don’t know if any more stocks will be available now, unfortunately. The publishers may bring out a digital pattern pack later, which they sometimes do with popular projects from their magazines, but we’ll have to wait and see…..

To read about this project stitchalong from the beginning, start here. The post about which FABRIC to use is here. The post about the THREAD SUBSTITUTIONS that I made, plus WHERE TO BUY the threads and beads, etc., is here.

To look up all the posts in this series in the sidebar, see under the CATEGORIES list, under: Embroidery / Full size (others’ designs) / Strawberry Fayre heart etui, or use the SEARCH BOX at the top of the blog, and search for ‘Strawberry Fayre’ to get a list of all the posts (but it’s in reverse order, sorry!).

I’d be interested to see images of how your project is progressing – please email large, clear, well-focused images to mail@janetgranger.co.uk  Please bear in mind that any images sent may be used in this blog and/or social media such as Facebook or Pinterest.

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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 over 280 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 beginners to experts.

As a special offer for new customers on my website, use the code FIRST TIME 10 at the checkout to receive 10% off your first order!

Dollhouse needlepoint kits

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A beautiful collection of dollhouse rugs!!!

This image of a beautiful collection of dollhouse miniature needlepoint rugs was recently sent to me by one of my customers, called Kim. She bought a rather large amount of kits from my website a while back, and has been busily stitching them up. This is actually just a small percentage of what she bought – as I said to her at the time, she’s going to be busy for quite a while!

Dollhouse rugs from Janet Granger

They are all stitched on 18 count canvas, with one strand of Appleton’s crewel wool. This makes them very flat, with an ‘aged’ appearance, as Appleton’s do many soft shades, so it’s easy for me to pick colours for the kits that won’t look bright and harsh when they are placed in a dollhouse.

All of these designs are from my current range of dollhouse rug kits, except for one – that’s the little white bearskin rug in the lower left hand corner. That was one of Kim’s own creations. She took the tigerskin rug design, and stitched it all in white. It’s very cute, isn’t it?!

If you’d like to have a go at stitching something for a dollhouse, then take a look at my website, where there are almost 300 kits for all kinds of miniature needlepoint for 1:12 scale dollhouses.

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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 over 280 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 beginners to experts.

As a special offer for new customers on my website, use the code FIRST TIME 10 at the checkout to receive 10% off your first order!

Dollhouse needlepoint kits

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 26: stitching the strawberry pinwheel

I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. This week I have been stitching the strawberry pinwheel – both the strawberry side and the side with my initial on. See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!

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The strawberry pinwheel is one of the three ‘dangleys’ (maybe they should really be called ‘chatelaine pieces’?!) that hang from the centre point of the etui when it is closed. This is the image of it when completed, from the Inspirations magazine article:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

The side not shown above is the ‘strawberry side’. Now, as I’ve mentioned before, there is some debate as to whether this is a strawberry or a raspberry. In the magazine, they call it a strawberry, whereas I think it’s a raspberry, but there you go….

Anyway, it’s stitched as on the front of the etui itself, so refer back to that blog post for detailed instructions on how to stitch it – the Beaded Oyster Stitch takes some practice, but I think my berries are getting neater each time I do them. This is the twelfth one I have stitched.

I still find that it’s best to start with five beads down the centre of the berry, and then ‘flood fill’ with the rest, to cover the felt padding shape.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

The sepals are made from three needlewoven picots stitched with one strand of Anchor stranded cotton 268, with four Lazy Daisy stitches in one strand of the same thread underneath them to give depth, highlighted with copper metallic thread.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

The other side of the pinwheel is my initial, ‘J’. I never really like using my initial on embroidered things, as the letter J in most fancy fonts is barely readable. Is it a J, or an I, or an F, or a T?! The font given on the pullout sheet in the Inspirations magazine is quite a ‘flowery’ one, and I tried to simplify the J to make it more readable, but I think I failed – it looks like a T to me.

Carolyn Pearce pinwheel

The initial itself is outlined in Back Stitch with one strand of Anchor 267 (substitute). Then tiny French knots are worked in copper metallic thread, using two wraps around the needle each time for the centre one, and one for the ones on either side.

Carolyn Pearce pinwheel

The little flowers are made as on the pincushion top – five French knots in pink, around a French knot centre in yellow. Little detached Chain Stitch leaves are randomly worked around the flowers with Anchor stranded cotton 265 and the copper metallic thread.

Carolyn Pearce pinwheel

The top and bottom of this pinwheel will be joined together with a gusset of grosgrain ribbon, eventually.

I’ve now stitched all of the pockets and smalls that make up the pieces on my hooped fabric. I’ve just got the two strawberries (the emery one and the needlelace one) to do, plus the Dorset button closure, before starting to assemble everything.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre smalls

Next up is the strawberry emery…..I’m getting there, slowly!!

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~~~INFORMATION~~~

The Strawberry Fayre design, plus the complete list of materials, appears in Inspirations magazine number 95The publishers do sell a full materials pack  (not including the mother of pearl ruler though!), but it’s rather expensive, so if you can use your stash, and just fill in with bits and pieces, then so much the better! The magazine is published in Australia – if you live in the UK, as I do, it is cheaper to buy a back copy from Manor House Magazines, and save a lot on the shipping. 

EDIT: The materials pack from Inspirations, and the magazine from Manor House in the UK are not available any more as at March 2018 – I don’t know if any more stocks will be available now, unfortunately. The publishers may bring out a digital pattern pack later, which they sometimes do with popular projects from their magazines, but we’ll have to wait and see…..

To read about this project stitchalong from the beginning, start here. The post about which FABRIC to use is here. The post about the THREAD SUBSTITUTIONS that I made, plus WHERE TO BUY the threads and beads, etc., is here.

To look up all the posts in this series in the sidebar, see under the CATEGORIES list, under: Embroidery / Full size (others’ designs) / Strawberry Fayre heart etui, or use the SEARCH BOX at the top of the blog, and search for ‘Strawberry Fayre’ to get a list of all the posts (but it’s in reverse order, sorry!).

I’d be interested to see images of how your project is progressing – please email large, clear, well-focused images to mail@janetgranger.co.uk  Please bear in mind that any images sent may be used in this blog and/or social media such as Facebook or Pinterest.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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 over 280 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 beginners to experts.

As a special offer for new customers on my website, use the code FIRST TIME 10 at the checkout to receive 10% off your first order!

Dollhouse needlepoint kits

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 24: stitching the needle pages

I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. This week, I’ve been stitching the needle pages on doctor flannel. See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!

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This is the project I’m stitching, as shown in Inspirations magazine issue 95. I’m stitching the heart-shaped flannel pieces to be used as a needle holder (it’s on the left of the image below, next to the scissor pocket).

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

I had a lot of trouble getting ‘real’ doctor flannel. I bought the piece that I’ve used in this project a couple of years ago, from Australia (the shipping to the UK was eye-watering!), as I’d tried to buy it here and had no luck at all – everywhere was sold out. In the end, I contacted an Australian shop, and bought a whole yard of the stuff, which I expect to last me the rest of my life. After all, how many needle books can you make, that need doctor flannel for the pages?! I’ve tried substituting felt before, but it’s just not the same.

[EDIT: One of my blog readers, called Louise, found it available in the UK from Viking Loom, here: http://www.vikingloom.co.uk/acatalog/Wool-Blanket-and-Flannel.html  , so I’d recommend that you buy some from there if you’re in the UK.]

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

To transfer the shape onto the flannel, I cut out the two different sizes of heart from interfacing, pinned those to the flannel, then tacked around the outside of each shape to transfer the outline. Then I trimmed each heart shape down to the actual stitching line, re-pinned the heart to the flannel and stitched another, smaller heart. This will be the line that I actually embroider along, unpicking the tacking as I go.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

Starting at the top point of the heart, I stitched Fly Stitch down each side, with one strand of Anchor stranded cotton 266 (substitute) ending at the tip each time.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

The instructions in the magazine say to stitch a one-wrap French knot into the ‘cup’ of each fly Stitch, using the pink variegated thread. But I’m using two separate shades of Anchor instead – 1028 and 50 – so I had to stitch mine in two ’rounds’, trying to make it look ‘random’. Have you ever had to *decide* on a ‘random’ pattern?! It’s not easy!

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

But it came out really well, in the end!

The final, scary, bit, was cutting out each heart shape with pinking shears, and trying to get the points of the triangles to end neatly and evenly at the top and bottom of the heart.

These pages will be secured in the centre with just one little button, when the etui is assembled, so that needles can be attached on both layers.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

Isn’t it pretty?

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~~~INFORMATION~~~

The Strawberry Fayre design, plus the complete list of materials, appears in Inspirations magazine number 95The publishers do sell a full materials pack  (not including the mother of pearl ruler though!), but it’s rather expensive, so if you can use your stash, and just fill in with bits and pieces, then so much the better! The magazine is published in Australia – if you live in the UK, as I do, it is cheaper to buy a back copy from Manor House Magazines, and save a lot on the shipping. 

EDIT: The materials pack from Inspirations, and the magazine from Manor House in the UK are not available any more as at March 2018 – I don’t know if any more stocks will be available now, unfortunately. The publishers may bring out a digital pattern pack later, which they sometimes do with popular projects from their magazines, but we’ll have to wait and see…..

To read about this project stitchalong from the beginning, start here. The post about which FABRIC to use is here. The post about the THREAD SUBSTITUTIONS that I made, plus WHERE TO BUY the threads and beads, etc., is here.

To look up all the posts in this series in the sidebar, see under the CATEGORIES list, under: Embroidery / Full size (others’ designs) / Strawberry Fayre heart etui, or use the SEARCH BOX at the top of the blog, and search for ‘Strawberry Fayre’ to get a list of all the posts (but it’s in reverse order, sorry!).

I’d be interested to see images of how your project is progressing – please email large, clear, well-focused images to mail@janetgranger.co.uk  Please bear in mind that any images sent may be used in this blog and/or social media such as Facebook or Pinterest.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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 over 280 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 beginners to experts.

As a special offer for new customers on my website, use the code FIRST TIME 10 at the checkout to receive 10% off your first order!

Dollhouse needlepoint kits