Thursday, April 24, 2014

Punchneedle Rug


My Springtime Bunny in Punchneedle completed!


I made the long loops in purpose: I will shave them.


I will show you the result when the rug will be completely finished.

Thank you and have a great day!

Natalia

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Punchneedle Rug


I don't give up and keep trying to find the comfortable zone for myself to make a punchneedle rug in scale.

I had this pattern Springtime Bunny (I am sorry, I can't recall the name of a designer right now) in my stash for a while and decided to practice on it.

This is how much I made today:

back side


front side


I am planning to finish it tomorrow.

Have a great day,
Natalia

Monday, April 21, 2014

Dollhouse Room Box Over The Weekend


While I am working on the floor in the last room in Blue Moon Cottage - in between the sessions of cutting-sanding-gluing-sanding-finishing - I decided to make something else. That "something else" is a room box I finished over last weekend and put for sale.

The process of work on this room box was so fast and interesting that I forgot to take pictures, and the process is all the same: cutting, sanding, painting, gluing, decorating...

That's why I will show the pictures of a finished room box only.


The room box measures 10 3/4" wide X 9 3/8" high X 6 3/4 " deep. It has a removable acrylic pane.

The outside walls of the box were covered with an embossed paper imitating the bricks walls. The walls were trimmed and colored in white.


The floor is real hardwood naturally finished. Inside the walls and ceiling are decorated with wallpaper. Molding and baseboard are colored in white.



I am very pleased with the result. I hope a new owner will be too.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Natalia

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Once In A Blue Moon - Day 5


For a small room (probably a kitchen) on the first floor I used a styrene sheet in 1/24th scale and colored the tiles with Prismacolor permanent pens randomly.


One more room is finished.


Next step will be the floor on the main level.

Have a great weekened,
Natalia

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dollhouse Miniature Antique Petit Point Kazak Rug in 1/12th scale - Work In Progress


It has been for a long time I worked on my Dollhouse Miniature Antique rug Kazak in 1/12th scale.

Just want to remind that I am stitching it on 49 count silk gauze with Gloriana over dyed silk. The finished rug will measure approx. 6.5" x 8.5".

I am almost done with the main border. Almost... As you can see, I outlined the design in the outter border with black colr and now will "color" it.


and this is how the rug looked last time


Can't wait to start working on the center of the rug, though the design is not ready yet...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Once In A Blue Moon - Day 4


The floor on the second floor is sanded, stained, in a word - finished, and I am very happy with it.


I finished trimming the walls inside the house on the second floor.




next step is to finish a small room on the first floor.


Have a great day!
Natalia

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Savonnerie Rug - Work In Progress - 3


A little progress on a huge project - Dollhouse Miniature petit Point Savonnerie rug in 1/12th scale. It took me another 2 hours to stitch these elements.


to be continued...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Once In A Blue Moon - Day 3


All walls inside the house are wallpapered!


I also trimmed the opening on the second floor with stained sticks.


My next step is to finish the floor on the second level.


I prepared some sticks


and cut them evenly


more later...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Once In A Blue Moon - Day 2


Back to my Blue Moon Cottage. I applied wallpaper to imitate stucco walls and covered the floor in one room with tiles, actually embossed paper imitating the tiles...


I also stained sticks that I am planning to use to trim the walls inside the house.


This wallpaper will be used for the entire house. Looks simple but this is how I roll right now.

Natalia

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dollhouse Quarter Scale Petit Point Firescreen - Update


Fast update on my dollhouse petit point firescreen in a quarter scale.

I finished petit pointing a design for a quarter scale firescreen.

It took me approx. 1 h and 20 min to finish it. There are total of 97 stitches, 8 colors and I used 112 count silk gauze. There was no sense to stitch background that's why I left it unfinished.

Honestly, I am not impressed with the result. You can hardly see all colors I used and even identify the design. Just to compare and see what I mean I decided to petit point a pillow in a quarter scale with the same result but on 60 count silk gauze. I am almost done with the pillow (working on the background) but already can see how 2 projects with the same design are absolutely different being stitched on different counts of silk gauze.

Don't you agree?



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dollhouse Quarter Scale Petit Point Firescreen


Little Teaser today for you...

A year ago I was certain I will never work in smaller than 1/12th scale. Now I am leaning more towards at least to try it. Many interesting kits in a half and quarter scale came on the market recently. It comes to the furniture and dollhouses as well.

I've never thought I would ever try to petit point for a quarter scale, but inquired recently this delicate laser cut firescreen in a quarter scale from Suzane Herget and decided to give it a try on... 112 count silk gauze. The diameter of the screen is only 0,5 cm or 6/32".


I was so intrigued to start working on it and designed a little flower chart that measures only 12 x 13 stitches but on 112 count silk gauze, and honestly to say, I have never worked on this count before. As you can see, I've started petit pointing mini flower already. I do it free hand without a hoop that let me save a piece of silk gauze. I do use superfine silk made in UK and a beading super thin and long needle.


It won't be long till I finish working on it because I am impatient to see how it looks like in a quarter scale.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Natalia

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Once In A Blue Moon - Day 1


The New Year brought some unexpected and unpleasant surprises in our family's life that explain my disappearance from the Blogger land, but I will not burden you with our problems. I will just say that it is nice to come back and dive into my little world with big projects. I missed it a lot. I am so hungry for new miniature adventures that added tons new projects to already existing pile of old ones, but later about it...

All that time I didn't have a minute to work on my current projects. The inside walls in my castle are waiting to be painted; the church has to be put together; the room box devoted to my Grandma requires a lot of stitched elements to finish it; Vanessa's estate is staring at me with dark empty windows from the corner of the room trying to make me feel guilty, brrr... creepy...;

Guess what, they will wait... This weekend I am in the mood to start something new.

Last October during the local mini workshop I won this little cute building in auction for $10.


After some research I found out that this miniature cottage was built from the discontinued Dura-Craft kit that is called Chelsea. I even found a picture of it


The cottage I will turn this building into will be called Blue Moon Cottage.

Does anyone know where Blue Moon came from? what it refers to? I went to google and read that "Blue moon" appears to have been a colloquial expression long before it developed its calendrical senses.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first reference to a blue moon comes from a proverb recorded in 1528:

If they say the moon is blue,
We must believe that it is true.

Saying the moon was blue was equivalent to saying the moon was made of green (or cream) cheese; it indicated an obvious absurdity.

In the 19th century, the phrase until a blue moon developed, meaning "never." The phrase, once in a blue moon today has come to mean "every now and then" or "rarely" — whether it gained that meaning through association with the lunar event remains uncertain.

I am not certain where Blue Moon will bring me, but now the cottage looks like this.


I had to take it apart in order to treat the inner walls in the way I see them, and with this optimistic note and a great feeling of accomplishment I am going to the bed.

Have a great weekend,
Natalia


Blue Moons: myths, facts, history, and dates | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bluemoon1.html#ixzz2VIUXJy7X

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pearsall's Silk - Experiment # 3 - Future Dollhouse Miniature Footstool Seat Cover


I am not giving up on figuring out the ways to use the Pearsall's silk I purchased last month. This time I moved on 49 count silk gauze. Since, as I've said before, this silk is thicker than DMC cotton floss, and 49 count of silk gauze is last count you can actually use DMC floss on, there was no sense to try the Pearsall's silk with tent stitch on 49 count.

Bargello! Sweet Bargello! Lovely Bargello!



I just love the way the silk covers the surface of silk gauze...


I have one more design to try for Bargello on 49 count silk gauze, so stay tuned!

Happy Sunday to all of you!

Natalia

Friday, March 7, 2014

Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Savonnerie Rug - Work In Progress - 2


I finished a little cabochon in the medallion of the rug. It took me 3 and half hours of joy! Usually I don't count the hours that I spent stitching the rugs, but this one is exceptional!


I also wanted to show you the picture of how big this Savonnerie rug will be when it is finished. Impressive size, true?


I wish everyone one to have a great and creative weekend!

Natalia

Monday, March 3, 2014

Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Savonnerie Rug - Work In Progress - 1


Today I start my new commission. This is a dollhouse miniature petit point Savonnerie rug. The size of the finished rug will be 11" x 13". I use 40 count silk gauze and DMC. Here is a sneak peek on a little start of a big project.


Wish me good luck!
Natalia

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Pearsall's Silk Floss - Experiment # 2 - Future Dollhouse Miniature Needlepoint Frame


Before to jump experimenting on 49 count silk gauze with new Pearsall's silk floss I received last week, I decided to make another sample on 40 count. This time I used DMC cotton floss for the whole design (petals and the leaves of Pansies) and the Pearsall's silk floss for the background.


Now, let's see what the use of different threads let's do to the same design. Actually, instead of stems (that you can see on the first stitched sample) I added another leaf on the second sample.

First of all, I like the choice of DMC colors better. Don't you agree?


As you remember, in my last post I said that the Pearsall's silk floss is thicker than the DMC cotton floss. You can see it on this picture better:



However, the choice of DMC colors make the whole flower to pop up out of the whole picture.


The use of short and long stitches of 2 colors of Pearsall's silk floss (Old Gold and Golden Brown) gives a nice texture and emphasizes the colors of the Pansies.

Now I will spam you with the rest of the pictures, lol. Enjoy it.

The rows of the stitches on the flower remind me the tulip fields!



Hooray! Spring is coming!


By the way, this is the insert for the future dollhouse miniature needlepoint/tapestry frame.

Now, next experiment with the Pearsall's silk will be on 49 count silk gauze.

Natalia

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