Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Punch Needle Carpets

Russian punchneedle embroidery is an easy way to make custom carpets for the dollhouse.  Punchneedle is not like traditional embroidery as it is worked on the back side of the finished piece. The loops created with the needle produce a plush design on the underside which becomes the front. Using a single strand of embroidery floss with the needle on a piece of cotton, one can create lovely patterned carpets that will coordinate with your setting.
I purchased a couple of designs from Joan Grimord. I cannot seem to find the proper link to her site at the moment but will add it as soon as I find it for those that are interested in her designs.  Joan provides instructions, a colour chart and a design printed on cotton.  I used my own colourway to compliment some fabric that I purchased from Susan Bembridge for my Chanel Suite roombox.  I am also stitching the same carpet in another colourway because I love the trellis design!  And, I have different design on the go in blues for my large dollhouse.
Punchneedles are available through this website ww.bernadinesneedleart.com/punchneedle/tools.asp for anyone that simply needs the needle.
Punchneedle is so easy to do for anyone that has never tried it.  It is an easy up and down motion with the needle and works up quite quickly!
Finished Carpet
Worked On "Wrong" Side Of Design

Loops Are Created On "Right" Side
Punch Needle

Easily Threaded

Step Two Threading Punchneedle
My Colour Card Of Embroidery Floss
Stitching With Punch Needle


Friday, 25 January 2013

My Latest Dollhouse "Find"

I happened to see this old compact online recently.  I thought that it would be perfect for my dollhouse.  It had never been used for powder and was in its original box.
I intend to take the compact apart and will now wait patiently until I find a 3 inch frame that will work with this piece of petit point.  If I cannot find something, I will likely make a square frame with a round matt or "float" it in a square frame.
How many others use items in their miniature settings that were not intended for a dollhouse originally(other than Giac and Ray?)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Miniature House Keeping

How often do you dust your dollhouse?
My large dollhouse is completely open at the back and consequently it accumulates dust easily.  I do not clean it as often as I should because it is not an easy task.   As everyone knows, taking all of the miniature items in and out of a setting is time consuming.
I am curious how often others clean their dollhouses?  Or, how often they polish their miniature silver?  In my case, the silver needed a good cleaning.
I often cover the front of my open roomboxes with a drop sheet of plastic.  It does make sense to add a frame and glass to the front of a box but I have always liked them open - therefore the need to dust more often!  I have an attachment for my full scale vacuum cleaner which is a great help.  And, I clean my silver with a baby toothbrush and silver polish. Anyone have any tips on this light house keeping chore?
Attachments for my central vac hose
Cotton swabs for door frames
Accumulated dust
In need of polish
It looks so much better when it sparkles
Don Henry Griffin Centrepiece


Sunday, 6 January 2013

Reupholstering A Settee

How many times have you purchased something for your miniature project to find that the colours do not quite work with your colour scheme?
I completed a wonderful project with Ray Whitledge and Scott Burgess (the Gentleman's Sanctum) a few years ago but I have been slow to furnish it.  I was on a quest for the perfect fabric and sofa for the room.  I finally came across some furniture that I like but the fabric was all wrong. So, I set about reupholstering the piece.  Now that I have completed the first, I will reupholster another and a couple of chairs in a coordinating fabric.
I took this entire piece apart carefully so that I could use the patterns and the foam.  I have done some other projects before where I have had to trace the patterns and cut new foam.  I was lucky with this piece and could use the original card and foam as sometimes there is so much glue that it does not come apart easily.
Fabric to be removed

Taking apart settee
Fabric cut to shape of wood
Remove fabric carefully so that you can use the pattern and foam
Cut settee seat fabric to same shape for glueing to wood

Eliminating as much fabric as possible in corners
I used fast grab tacky glue
Fabric was glued to seat - marking where fabric must line up

Marking back for lining up pattern of fabric
Gluing bottom first as it will show where the seat meets the back

Finished pieces to be put back together

Glue wherever the pieces are going to touch

Newly upholstered - needing trim which is in 1st photo at top



Thursday, 3 January 2013

Christmas Stockings

Happy New Year!
I made a resolution over the holidays (yet again) to attempt to finish some of my miniature projects that I have on the go in various stages of completion. With the holidays in mind, I pulled out some of my miniature needlepoint stockings that I have never finished.  They are from kits from www.micro-stitchery.com  and worked on 48 count silk gauze.  The partridge in the pear tree had numerous shades of beige and took quite awhile to complete!
The truth is, I am nervous about finishing them.  The directions suggest fray check ( a fabric glue) and then cut all around the needlepoint and sew it to a ultrasuede type fabric.  This is where I am hoping for some suggestions from fellow bloggers.  I am worried that the glue will discolour the needlework over time.  I would appreciate any and all advice!
Next December, I hope to show you the completed stockings in place with my miniature stocking holders over my dollhouse fireplace!
Dollhouse Stocking

Partridge In a Pear Tree

Santa With His Sack Of Toys

Santa Face

Christmas Tree

Ready To Assemble