Tag Archives: Miniature needlepoint

Variations on a rosy theme

The most popular collection of co-ordinating designs in my whole range of miniature needlepoint embroidery kits is this ‘Summer Roses’ one. Over the years, I have enlarged the range so that it now includes all of these kits:

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One of my customers, called Natalia, who lives in Russia, recently sent me some pictures of the Summer Roses designs that she has made up, and adapted, in some cases, for her own doll’s house. Here’s the pretty dining room setting that she has made, using various Summer Roses kits. She has very ingeniously used the tray cloth as a picture above the fireplace!

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On the table there is a teacosy, made up as per the kit, on 32 count silk gauze. But look at what else she has done! She’s taken the teacosy motif, and created a very beautiful table topper, using repeated motifs at the corners. How clever!

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On top of the mantelpiece is a table runner. In the kit, there are no tassel instructions, but Natalia has made tassels as in the bellpull kits, and added them at the corners of her runner, making her one unique.

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For comparison, here is my own doll’s house room, featuring many of the Summer Roses pieces. The ‘feel’ of this room is very different from Natalia’s. I love that about embroidery – everyone puts their own personality on to whatever they make.

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There’s a sale on my website this week!

Would you like to save money on chart packs to make doll’s house scale carpets?

All the carpet chart packs on my doll’s house needlepoint website can be bought for 10% less than usual till midnight on Sunday 29th May 2016 when you use the discount code CHART10 at the checkout. So if you love to adapt the designs, colourways or fabric counts from the carpet kits that are also available, in order to make your carpets unique, now’s your chance to save money in the process!

This is what you get in a chart pack:

  • LARGE SCALE BLACK AND WHITE SYMBOL CHART – computer-generated and easy-to-follow
  • Detailed instructions, including how to work the design using tent stitch, how to hem the edges of your embroidery, how to add the fringe to the carpets, and how to finish irregularly-shaped carpets.
  • Suggested thread colours – the same ones as used in the full kits (Appleton’s crewel wool for the carpets), along with thread equivalents for DMC, Madeira and Paterna
  • Stitch diagrams explaining how to do tent and basketweave stitch (similar to half cross stitch), as well as fringing stitch (which is similar to a cross stitch worked over the edge of the canvas, leaving a series of loops which are later cut to an even length). Of course, if you choose to work the designs in cross stitch, then with a chart pack, that is an option which is entirely up to you!

Each of these charts is specifically designed for use in one twelfth scale doll’s houses.

To see the selection of miniature needlepoint designs which are available as chart packs, see the carpetstaircarpet, and wallhanging pages in the Online Shop (NB: Wallhanging charts aren’t in the sale, though).

This is an example of a carpet chart pack (this one is a William Morris-inspired carpet called ‘May (blue)’ :

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To take advantage of the sale, simply use the discount code CHART10 as you go through the checkout, and 10% of the price of any carpet chart packs (including staircarpet charts) will be deducted from your order.

Here’s an example of what can be achieved by using a chart pack. One of my customers, called Deborah, used a Carole carpet chart, adapted the colourway and the size, and made this amazing carpet for her drawing room:

 

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Deborah used this design as inspiration for her adaptation:

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Did you know that I sell ‘project-sized’ pieces of 18 and 22 count canvas, as well as various counts of silk gauze? So, if you are using the chart packs to make your unique piece of miniature needlepoint, you can get the fabric you need here.

Also, if you would like to use Appletons crewel wool to stitch your carpets (which is what I use in the full kits), you may like to know that Viking Loom, a wonderful needlecraft shop just outside York, have just added the whole range of Appletons crewel wool to their website, so although I don’t sell the wool skeins myself, you can now buy what you need easily online from them.

Visit my website to see the whole range of kits and charts for doll’s house needlepoint, or go straight to the chart pack section now.

Competition time!

Would you like the chance to win £200 to spend on miniature needlepoint kits and charts?

That’s the prize in a competition that I have just launched!
Who has the most beautiful doll’s house full of mini stitching? Could it be you?

As I’ve been in business 20 years this year, I have decided to celebrate that by offering one prize of £200 in vouchers and two runner-up prizes of £20 in vouchers in this competition.

All you need to do is take photos of one of your existing doll’s house rooms full of stitching, or start stitching now to complete a room, to be in with a chance of winning!

Have a look at the Customers’ Stitching page of my website now, for lots of inspirational ideas. Dining rooms, drawing rooms, summer houses…..all kinds of rooms in miniature can have mini needlepoint added to them.

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Simply follow these rules, to have a chance at winning £200 of miniature needlepoint kits and charts:

Take a photo of miniature needlepoint that you have made from any Janet Granger Designs kits or chart packs, displayed in a room setting or doll’s house room of any kind, and email it to mail@janetgranger.co.uk .  The needlepoint must be in a room of some kind, not a ‘flat shot’ of just the finished stitching. If it is from a chart pack, it can be your own colourway and choice of threads.  Make sure the lighting in your image is good, and the focus is sharp. The image file should be in jpg format, and as large as possible (at least 600 pixels on the longest side). If possible, do not show a date stamp in the image, or if you can’t turn date stamping off, then make sure no stitching is covered by the date stamp mark.

Each image must feature only needlepoint which has been designed by me (not needlepoint from other designers’ kits or charts, or designs from books, or that you have designed yourself from scratch).

Each image must clearly show at least four *different* stitched pieces from the Janet Granger Designs’ range (that is, not four of the same design – for instance four dining chair seats all featuring the same design only counts as one). To qualify, the room can have more than four needlepoint items in, but cannot have less than four. The designs that count as part of the four must be available in the current Janet Granger Designs’ range as shown on the website http://www.janetgranger.co.uk (discontinued designs can be in the image, but do not count as part of the four).

You can enter as many images as you like – either of the same room from different angles, or several different rooms, as long as each room has four different needlepoint pieces in it.

People who have previously had images added to the Customers’ Stitching page of my website are very welcome to enter this competition – but please send any image you would like to be considered for the competition in accordance with these rules, to avoid confusion.

If you would like your competition entry’s images added to the Customers’ Stitching page of my website for the first time, please mention that in your email when you submit your images – whether you ask for this or not does not influence the decision regarding who wins at all.

You must supply your full name, address and email address with your entries, which are to be emailed to mail@janetgranger.co.uk by 14th November 2016 at the latest.

There is no fee to enter the competition.

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This gives you an idea of what £200 of kits looks like (of course, the exact choice would be up to you – in this selection, there are 13 kits):

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The winning image and two runner-up images will be decided solely at my discretion, and the result announced on Friday 18th November 2016 on my website, in my email newsletter and on social media. Winners will be notified personally by email. There is no time limit on when the vouchers have to be used by.

By entering the competition, you agree that any images submitted, whether they win or not, can be used in publicity both online and/or in printed magazines at my discretion (the stitcher’s first name or initials may be used in publicity, but not the full name or address).

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So, get those cameras out and have a go! It could be you who wins the £200 of kits and charts – but only if you enter the competition! (You’ve got to be in it to win it, as they say!)

Visit the website now to see the whole range that you can choose from to make your dream doll’s house room.

Gorgeous doll’s house rooms from France

There are new images to see on the Customers’ Stitching page of my website this week, as I have had some lovely new pictures sent to me by Catherine, one of my French customers. She has been decorating her beautiful large doll’s house for four years, methodically completing each room one at a  time before going on to the next. So far, she’s completed five rooms, and several feature miniature needlepoint that she has made using kits bought from me. Her page is at the top of the list, when you follow the link above.

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In the hallway of her house there is a ‘May (blue)’ Arts and Crafts carpet, in shades of deep blue and beige, which takes centre stage. This is stitched on 18 count canvas, using one strand of Appleton’s crewel wool. On the left hand side, there is a ‘May (blue)’ cushion on the hall chair, which features a motif taken from the centre of the carpet. This is a quick project for those who are new to mini stitching. It’s stitched on 22 count canvas, with two strands of Anchor cotton.

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This room is decorated ready for Christmas. The dining table is standing on an ‘Alice, small (green)’ carpet. The matching ‘Alice’ footstool , stitched on 28 count evenweave, is alongside. On the table is a teacosy with the ‘Berlin woolwork’ design on it, alongside all the other tea things. In the background, to the right of the fireplace, you can just see an ‘Alice (green)’ bellpull. Both the teacosy and bellpull are stitched on 32 count silk gauze.

It’s a wonderful doll’s house, and Catherine has done a great job on the rooms that she has completed so far. I’m sure the other rooms will turn out just as beautifully when they are decorated, too.

Visit the Customers’ Stitching page of my website to see dozens more images of rooms to inspire you for your own doll’s house!