Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Heart and Soul Ellowyne Wild Imagination Doll Has Arrived! - Welcome Home!

Today I would like to present you my new passion - Mr. Tonner's Ellowyne Wild Imagination doll.

Heart and Soul finally has arrived. She is 16" and LE500. I am in a rush to share the pictures of this gorgeous doll.

To belong to someone HEART & SOUL
is not my cup of tea

Perhaps I'll give my heart one day
But not now - I need to be free

Rufus is so sweet and nice
But I'm not sure we're more than friends

But if he keeps looking at me that way
*Sigh* - My confusion never ends!

The doll is dressed in mellow pink frock of dainty lace and satin,

pink lace tights and pink heeled oxfords. Just the process of tightening these little shoe laces makes your heart race, :)))

She has a shimmering bracelet on her wrist. Her ears are pricked but no earrings came along.

I love her rooted curly red hair. It was one of the main reasons I wanted this particular doll. I haven't brushed hair yet, just straightened the curls.

Isn't she phenomenal?

Her gleaming light blue inset eyes make you wondering what she is dreaming about. Is there love in the air?

I added two more pictures of Heart and Soul and Shall I Dance? together for a comparison.

What do you think?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dollhouse Area Rug BALIKESIR - Petit Point Pattern

This week new design is a Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point pattern for an are rug BALIKESIR. This is a reproduction of an antique rug, 19th century., modified.

The rug displays a different stylization of the fight between the dragon and the phoenix. This is a symbolic representation of spring when the earth meets heaven and the God unite with mother goddess to produce fertile spring rains.

The pattern was recreated and modified from a survived piece of an actual rug, depicted on this image:

194 x 361 stitches, 8 colors

22 canvas - 8.82" x 16.41" (22,40 x 41,68 cm)

40 count silk gauze - 4.85" x 9.03" (12,32 x22,92 cm)

The pattern is charted for stitching with DMC. However, I would advise to stitch with Gloriana silk, or another over dyed silk of your choice to give a rug that antique worn look.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Dollhouse Area Rug BATI ANADOLU - Petit Point Pattern

Today I would like to present you a new dollhouse miniature petit point pattern for an area rug - Bati Anadolu. This is a reproduction of an antique Turkish rug, 15th century.

This design can make a beautiful pillow in real size if stitched on 22 canvas.

The dragon motifs, that you can see in the field of the rug, were originated in the Far East. They represent a mythological creature believed to be the master of air and water. It is also the guard of the tree of life.

The pattern was recreated from a survived piece of an actual rug, depicted on this image:

321 x 297 stitches, 12 colors

22 canvas - 14.59" x 13.50" (37,06 x 34,29 cm)

40 count silk gauze - 8.03" x 7.42" (20,38 x 18,86 cm)

50 count silk gauze - 6.42" x 5.94" (16,31 x 15,09 cm)

There are also other patterns available based on that design:

Bati Runner:

Bati Staircase Runner

Bati Pillows.

The pattern is charted for stitching with DMC. However, I would advise to stitch with Gloriana silk, or another over dyed silk of your choice to give a rug that antique worn look.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Introducing My New Blogs...

Happy New Year, world! Big thanks to all who send warm congratulations and wishes for the New 2015 year!

I've been waiting for the new 2015 year to come as never. After a long silence caused by some health problems I am back with more energy and new plans.

This year I would like to concentrate more on some other passions of mine that are not related to miniature world. One of them is my growing interest in different types of Needlework Art and another, hiking. This being said, I opened 2 more blogs that will help me in separating and organizing my interests. I will still contribute some time to this blog, because my love to needlework in miniature is unconditional, and I still have many stories to tell, and many projects to finish.

My first blog is devoted to real size needlework and is called THREAD OBSESSION, www.needleworkobsession.blogspot.com. I was so good last year that Santa treated me with a nice stash of new threads I am eager to try.

My second blog is devoted to hiking and is called OUR TRAIL TO COMPLETION, www.ourtrailtocompletion.blogspot.com.
My husband and I just discovered a book "America's Great Hiking Trails" by Karen Berger that describes 11 America's best hiking trails and gave us a start to a new big dream - to complete a hike that takes more than one day, or 3 days, or 7, or even 4 months...

The longest, North Country Trail, is approximately 4,600 miles. The longest hike that we accomplished was only 20 miles. However, it is on our bucket list!



Thursday, December 4, 2014

New Year - New Projects! Gorgeous Spanish Savonnerie!

While I am working on old projects trying to finish them up, I plan what I am going to work on during a new year as well. One of the rug on my list that I dream to start and finish next year is a reproduction of an antique Spanish Savonnerie that I charted.

Isn't it gorgeous!?! This rug will make any room, any miniature setting alive!

If you would like to join me in this FUN, you can purchase the pattern or a partial kit at my Etsy store


or straight from my website


Many more new patterns are coming next year!

Happy creative holidays!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas is coming to town...

Are you in Christmas spirit already?

I've noticed some neighbors around here have started decorating their houses already and even light up Christmas trees in the evenings.

Hmm, in spite of the fact I am still in Thanksgiving mood, can't not to deny that Christmas spirit is definitely in the air!

happy coming holidays!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dollhouse Petit Point Rug "VERA" - Work in Progress

I finished stitching dollhouse miniature Kazak rug.While it is stretched on the board, I picked up another rug that has to be finished.

Petit point rug is in progress. This is my design and I called it "Vera" to honor my Mom. It translates "Faith" in English. 49 count silk gauze, Gutermann silk floss.

have a great Sunday!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Silk gauze and Selvage

How to find out where selvage was if you have a cut piece of silk gauze without selvages?

For example, I have this piece of 35 count silk gauze. Before to mountain on the frame I need to figure out where selvage was and mark it.

There are 2 terms that are used when we talk about a woven canvas/fabric: warp and weft. Warp is the tightly stretched lengthwise core of canvas and weft is woven between the warp threads. Since warp threads are coming lengthwise out of selvage our task is to identify where is warp and weft are on this piece of 35 count silk gauze.

If the piece of silk gauze is not marked or has no selvage, pull one thread from the vertical side and one from the horizontal side.

Compare them. One thread will be crinkly and split in 2,

horizontal side

and another thread will be smooth:

vertical side

The warp threads are treated to withstand the tension in weaving. Weft thread is not.

The smooth one is warp and this is where the selvage was.

It means, when my piece of silk gauze is ready to be worked on, I will frame it this way.

Now, if you want, you can take a piece of silk gauze with selvage and repeat this experiment again to see what I mean.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point KAZAK Rug - Work in Progress

Here is my new update on a Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Kazak rug in 1/12th scale. Little reminder: 49 count silk gauze, Gloriana silk floss.

Somebody might not like me bringing too much of red color in the field of the rug. First, I yelled at myself too, but then I started liking it more, probably adjusted. Frankly speaking, the red color I used for the border was over and, since our the only one local needlework store in the city was closed last summer, I was forced to buy silk floss on-line. I ordered the same number, the same name. However, it arrived brighter than I used to have.

I planned to finish this rug last month. Hopefully, I will have more time to finish it in November, or let's say this year. I have already stitched 2014 on the rug - the year it has to be finished.

Happy day!


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