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January Sale of dollhouse needlepoint kits and charts starts today!

Just a very quick post to let you know that my January Sale of doll’s house needlepoint kits and charts starts today – 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

 

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 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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Christmas wishes to all my blog readers!!

I’d like to wish all my blog readers a very happy Christmas, filled with lots of stitchy goodies (and chocolate)!

I hope you all manage to find some time for yourselves among all the mayhem – women generally tend to get a raw deal over Christmas, while making the festive season great for everyone else – so, take some time out, and do whatever makes you happy  🙂

I’m really grateful for all those of you who have followed my blog, especially those of you who comment on my posts, as I love to have conversations with you and find out what you think!!

This year has not been the easiest for me, due to the ill-health of my husband, and some personal difficulties – but I am looking forward to the New Year, when I’ve got some really good things planned for the blog, including the wonderful Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui stitch-along, which will hopefully start in January 2018.

Have a great Christmas!

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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

Special offer on my dollhouse firescreen needlepoint kits until Sunday!

This is just a quick ‘heads up’ to let you know that all the firescreen kits on my dollhouse needlepoint kit website have 10% off until midnight on Sunday 5th November, but only when you use the coupon code FIRESCREEN10 at the checkout. That means that instead of the usual price of £20.95, they are just £18.85 GBP (about 25 USD) when you use the special code.

There are 21 firescreen designs to choose from, so there’s bound to be one that will enhance your doll’s house decor and make it look really special.

The firescreens kits contain 32 count silk gauze, which is easy to stitch on, as the holes in the fabric are clear to see, so the whole project won’t take too long.

The metal screen itself comes as a three-part kit which just needs gluing together and then painting with enamel hobby paint such as Humbrol. When finished, the firescreen stands just under three inches tall.

Here’s what you get in a dollhouse firescreen kit:

These kits would make great stocking filler gifts for anyone who loves doll’s houses (including yourself!).

So, visit the website now to choose your firescreen kit – and remember to use the code FIRESCREEN10 at the checkout to get your discount!

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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 6: alternative thread lists and substitutions

If you are planning to join in with the stitchalong for the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui (which I will start in January 2018), then you might like to have a look through these alternative thread lists and substitutions. The design, plus the list of materials, appears in Inspirations magazine number 95. The publishers do sell a full materials pack, 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! Some people have been having trouble locating everything that is listed, so hopefully this might give you some ideas for some ‘easier to obtain’ alternatives!

First up is my list of threads and beads that I talked about a while ago – I have decided to use my stash as much as possible, while keeping to the same ‘look’, colourwise, as Carolyn’s. All threads listed as ‘Anchor’ means Anchor stranded cotton (I’ll probably stitch with two strands each time, of the six that the thread comes in). If I plan to use exactly the same thread or bead as in Carolyn’s version, I haven’t listed it here.

My selection of threads, beads and ribbon

MY LIST OF THREAD AND BEAD SUBSTITUTIONS:

(A) Madeira Metallic 20 weight, shade copper 428

(B) Anchor 1028  and Anchor 50 (for darker/lighter highlights, instead of a variegated thread)

(C) Anchor 52

(E) Anchor 267

(F) Anchor 265

(G) Anchor 264

(H) Anchor 269

(I) Silk ‘N’ Colors 1055 Cherry Field

(J) Anchor 266

(K) Anchor 268

(L) House of Embroidery silk on a card Lemon/orange variegated (not numbered though)

(M) Anchor 62

(N) Anchor 55

(O) Anchor 73

(P) Oliver Twists Fine cotton, shade 004

(Q) Silk ‘N’ Colors 110 Pond Scum

(R) Gentle Art 0460 Grecian Gold

(S) House of Embroidery Pale lemon (not numbered though)

(T) Anchor 77

(U) HEX 589 Silver lined teal size 11 hex  beads.

(V) Gold size 11 seed beads from The Bead Merchant (this shop is now closed though)

W   SB0063 Lined blue violet AB delica, size 11.

(X) DB 0243 Miyuki Delica Lined crystal/medium blue lustre, size 11.

(Y) 1606 Dyed semi-frost transparent rose, size 15.

(Z) 0353 Cobalt lined Sapphire AB size 15 (this was a substitute by the Spellbound Beads shop, as what I’d ordered wasn’t available, but it’s really similar to the colour of the beads in one of the other packets, so I’m not sure if the colour difference is too close to work).

(AA) Mill Hill 275

The green grosgrain 6mm ribbon for some of the ‘smalls’ I bought from Beautiful Ribbon

The mother of pearl heart shaped thread rings I bought from Fobbles.

The elusive mother of pearl ruler I eventually got from My Special Stitches in the USA, but they are now sold out (October 2017).

You can buy the Anchor threads and some beads from Sewandso, and the rest of the beads from Spellbound Beads of Lichfield, Staffordshire.

I will be using the Robert Kaufman Essex cotton/linen blend fabric in Natural (the same as Cynthia, below!) – I got mine from Cloud Craft.

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Cynthia’s selection of threads and beads

CYNTHIA’S LIST OF THREADS AND BEADS:

One of my blog readers called Cynthia, from the USA, very helpfully sent in this list of substitutions, along with details of the websites (marked with an asterisk) where people could buy them from (particularly useful if you’re in the USA):

*fabric.com
Kaufman Essex Linen blend in Natural (the threads and beads above have been photographed on top of this fabric)
Velveteen twill back in Scarlet (an 8×8 sample is
available for $3.00 plus postage.)
Ivory wool flannel
*ebay (overtheriverfelt)
Red wool felt
*fieldsfabrics.com
Cream synthetic suede (aka Ultrasuede)
*fusionbeads.com
(U) 11DH0024 size 11 delica hex
(V) SB5934 Toho size 11 gal. Gold seed
W    11DB0063. Size 11 rainbow delica

(X) 11DB0243 size 11 opaque blue delica
(Y) SB6043 Toho size 15 cobalt seed
(Z) SB3313 size 15 purple lined sapphire seed

(AA) SB6128 Toho size 15 gal. Gold seed
(AB) SB6056 size 15 pink seed
*123stitch.com
All of the DMC products
*ebay (jewel_junebug)
(AC) 42012 Mill Hill glass beads

(AD) SB3266 size 15 silver lined transparent amber seed
(C) Dinky Dyes 114
(I) Gloriana 139
(S) Madeira silk 228
(T) YLI 11
*redrockthreads.com
(M) Gutermann silk 0247
(N) Gutermann silk 0321
(Q) Gutermann Sulky 40 wt 1177
*www.sews.com
(O) Gutermann Sulky 30 wt 1109
(P) Gutermann Sulky 30 wt 1176
*theneedlebug.com
(J) Gumnut Stars 606
(K) Gumnut Stars 607
(L) Gumnut Stars 744

Cynthia also made the following substitutions:
(A) Bijoux Metallic G427 or Kreinik Metallic 215C
(B) Threadworx 01006.

(R) Cynthia was not able to find Madeira Decora 1571, but will use a dark gold silk floss.
Notes on terminology:
Wadding is what, in the USA, is called quilt batting.
Template plastic, also called Mylar, can be found in stores that sell quilting tools and materials.

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If anyone would like to send me their list of substitutions, plus an image of everything that they’ve chosen (particularly if you choose to use a different colourway than Carolyn’s pink and green one), I’d love to add it to this post! Just email me at janet@janetgranger.co.uk. Images need to be in .jpg format, and at least 500mb please, to show the detail.

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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