Friday, April 10, 2015

Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Area Rug KAZAK 1/12th scale


Dollhouse Miniature Needlepoint Rug KAZAK 1/12th scale - reproduction of an antique Kazak rug.


Caucasian rugs are the product of the various tribes inhabiting the wild and mountainous district between the Black and Caspian seas.

Most Caucasian carpets use bold, almost primitive, geometric forms, most are bright and colorful, most are small. Many motifs, however, were taken from Persia and Turkey to be rendered in the virale, linear style of the Caucasus.

One of the best-known and popular Caucasian rugs is KAZAK. The geometric pattern of Kazak rugs is bold, often showing more empty ground than other Caucasian carpets. The colors are also bold: red, green, blue, white, brown.

Where does the name KAZAK come from?

First of all, please, do not be confused. Kazak rugs are not woven by Cossacks of Russia or Kazakhs of Kazakhstan. Kazak in it's many spellings refers to a political relationship rather than a tribe. The first use of the term is in the Yuan ch'ao pi-shih which dates to the 13th century. The Kazaks of Kazak were Azeri tribes that tried to maintain their freedom while standing off the Turks, the Persians, and the Russians. When Czar Alexander annexed Kazak, Shams od din, and Borchalu in 1805 the Moslems and Kurds were uprooted. So, When we read Kazak Rug in the rug trade we mean a rug made in what was the Kazak Khanate prior to the Russian capture in 1805.

The dollhouse needlepoint Kazak rug is stitched on 49 count silk gauze with Gloriana silk

Front side of the rug


Back side of the rug


317 x 398 stitches

6.47" x 8.12" or 16,43 x 20,63 cm




Thank you for visiting my blog!
Natalia

Source:
http://www.persiancarpetguide.com/

Sunday, April 5, 2015

New Pattern of the Month - Dollhouse Needlepoint Rug VERA


I named this Dollhouse Miniature Needlepoint Pattern VERA to honor my Mom. Translating from Russian into English "Vera" means "Faith".


I started working on this pattern 4 years ago. I charted some borders and corners of the rug. Being impatient by nature, I wanted to see how this rug would look like stitched on silk gauze. I started stitching it.
During last 4 years I kept working on it periodically adding stitch here and there without any inspiration to finish the pattern. This is how my rug looked like last time I touched it in November 2014.


One Saturday at the end of March I picked up the hoop with the framed rug on it and... I knew exactly what to do. It took me about 5 hours to finish charting the pattern: the main border and the field. 5 hours! I've been waiting for that inspirational moment for 4 years!

There are 243 x 421 stitches, Gutermann silk

The rug measures

4.96" x 8.59" if to stitch on 49 count silk gauze

6.08" x 10.53" if to stitch on 40 count silk gauze

If you would like to join me in the stitching progress, you can find the kit available for sale at my etsy store that you can find on the right hand side bar or if you follow the link:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/227958546/dollhouse-miniature-needlepoint-kit-area?ref=listing-shop-header-0

Have a great day!
Natalia

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Quarter Scale - Blue Lagoon Cottage


I started working on a dollhouse kit in 1/48 scale from Laser Dollhouse Designs, Inc. The kit is called Little Ann Cottage, but since I see this cottage on the sea shore and in blue colors, I re-named it. Now it is called Blue Lagoon.

Today I'll show a little process. I painted some walls in light blue color


and applied wallpaper


For the floor I used Scale Lumber


I am not sure how to finish the floor yet, but want to have a natural light look.


This is what I have for today after assembling prepared parts together


This is a look from the front side of the cottage


and sides, :)))



I start liking quarter scale!

Natalia

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Other Than Miniature Needlework


My passion to miniature needlework brought me to another level, or, I would say, direction. I've always been interested in Goldwork. You might want to ask how do they relate to each other?

One day I tried to experiment with Goldwork embroidery in miniature and finish a miniature Or'nue design. My adventure brought me to the conclusion that I need to learn more about metal thread embroidery.

I've signed up with EGA's (www.egausa.org) correspondence course "Metal Thread Embroidery" by Kay Stanis. I was happy to know this course was written by Kay Stanis, an internationally known Master Craftsman, Certified and Graduate Certified Teacher of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. (EGA) and Kurenai Kai Traditional Japanese Embroidery (www.the-gilded-edge.com/about). I was more than thrilled to know that Kay is planning to give classes at the end of April in Spokane and I will have a chance to meet her.

I commited to start my 6 months course on the 1st of April (no Fool's day for me) and today I received my first lesson


The most exciting part about the course is that there is no Supply List. I am allowed to use whatever I want, whatever I find. I've already collected a nice stash of gold and silver metal threads, cords and trims. What you can see on the picture is just a small part of my collection.


I am planning to give a detailed report of my studying process on my another blog that is devoted to needlework in real size www.needleworkobsession.blogspot.com. I use that blog as my diary learning process.

I am also looking forward to start working on beading a little Orthodox icon - St. Natalia the Miracle-Worker.


It will make a nice gift to my little daughter, Nataly.

Thank you for visiting my blog!
Natalia

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dollhouse Area Rug "Istanbul" - New patterns


Today I would like to show you my new dollhouse miniature area rug needlepoint patterns. I called this rug "Istanbul" and there are 3 patterns based on the same design. All 4 patterns are united by the use of the same elements of Turkish carpets: tree of life, birds, stars, dragon, fertility sign... The main theme of the rug is life, fertility and their protection.

Before to present the rugs to you, I would like to give a brief history on it.

Turkish carpets were first rugs to be imported into Europe. Turkish designs owe much to Persia on the one hand and to the Caucasus on the other, often seeming to meld the curvilinear floral arabesques of the former with the geometric shapes and strong colors of the latter to produce style that is truly Turkish rather than purely derivative.

Turkish rugs rarely include human or animal figures, relying instead on such geometrical forms as the star, the diamond, flowers (tulips, carnations, etc...). Turkish borders also show the same blend of angular and flowing lines.

The colors in Turkish rugs are often brighter and richer than those in other oriental carpets.

Each rug measures approx. 5" x 7" if stitch on 40 count silk gauze and has 205 x 275 stitches.

ISTANBUL 1


ISTANBUL 2


ISTANBUL 3


And for those who likes to challenge themselves here is long runner that measures approx. 5" x 11" if stitched on 40 count silk gauze.


This is such a versatile pattern that allows to make different patterns, for example for pillows, chair seat covers...

I hope you like my new designs and will enjoy stitching them.

Have a great day!
Natalia

Source:
http://www.persiancarpetguide.com/

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I saw the colors


The day has seemed to be gloomy today. In spite of the fact that Jim had a surgery at the beginning of March and recovery was slow, he can walk better now. Spontaneously we decided to go for a little hike to the Little Spokane River trail, or as we call it, Snake trail.

We never made there. Why? Oh no, not because of snakes we saw last spring, even though that disturbing feeling never leaves me, but because it was me who was leading today, :))) I stopped somewhere on the road where I spotted a path deeply in woods.

It is hard to call it hiking. I mean that path we took today. It was only about 4 miles, but in the area we didn't know. Apparently, no woods, and it appeared that it was a restricted area as well, but we figured it out only on the way back making a loop, where we could see a sign "PROHIBITED. NO TRESPASSING". Oops!

It was a little bit boring as well and I didn't take many pictures as I usually do.

I don't know the name of this little fellow, but he was only alive thing around, so I tried to capture the beautiful colors of his feather.


Beautiful, but boring too, :))) He was sitting still and with his back to me, and I wanted to see him flying, yarning, singing, chasing a worm, whatever... I wanted to see LIFE...




Probably it was too boring for me or so I thought. Closer to the place where I parked the car, we saw a couple escorting their dog not on a leash, or vise versa, a dog was escorting its masters not on a leash. I was so engaged in the conversation with my hubby gesticulating and marching that didn't notice the dog cowardly went around me and bit my left hand. The dog probably didn't like my hand or it looked like a sausage. The bite was light, no traces of teeth or blood, but it definitely took my attention, :)) I could only whisper: "OH, MAMA!". A lady of the dog laughed out loud trying to make me believe IT was playing with me... I need vacation...

Oh, well! back to the hike...

It was afternoon, the spring is definitely somewhere in the air, you can feel it, or see it, :)))


Do you feel it? No? Did you click the picture to enlarge it?

There you go!

Can you see it? There, far away... there is Spring, and it is close, it is coming...


I guess, I can't complain on weather, because I know that many different parts of the world are still covered with snow... At least, it wasn't raining on the trail. It started raining when we drove back home. After rain stopped, we saw huge beautiful rainbow across the road. Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to take a picture - I was driving and my camera was on the back seat.

It was nice to get out. Even though hike was not serious, we made our blood pumping, got fresh air, got to experience different emotions, talked to my Mom, and saw the colors...

Any colors in your life?
Natalia

Monday, March 23, 2015

Nothing Is So Beautiful As Spring...

I feel like I fell down of the Earth. I had to take a timeout to deal with some health problems in our family.

I am not going to bore you to death with all details, just wanted to thank those who didn't hear from me for a long time for your patience and understanding. I am slowly returning back to work, my commissions and new projects.

Today I wanted to show you my last work that has been already sold. This is not my design, I stitched it on 40 count with DMC. Frame by Jim Coats.


I had a lot of fun stitching this design, the bright colors brought the sunshine and made the process of stitching fast!

We have an early spring over here, but the days are still grey most of the time. Soon I will enjoy dozens of different colors of tulips that I planted last year. Spring brings colors.

Nothing can be so beautiful as Spring...

Feeling re-born...

Mini hugs,
Natalia

Thursday, February 5, 2015

New Dollhouse Miniature Needlepoint Patterns at My Etsy Store


Dollhouse miniature area rug needlepoint patterns, that I introduced to you in January, are available at my Etsy store. You can find the link to the store on the right hand side bar.

Dollhouse Miniature Needlepoint Area Rug Pattern BALIKESIR


Dollhouse Miniature Needlepoint Area Rug Pattern BATI ANADOLU


Dollhouse Miniature Needlepoint Area Rug Pattern BATI ANADOLU 2


Dollhouse Miniature Needlepoint Area Rug Pattern BATI ANADOLU Staircase Runner


Thank you,
Natalia

Monday, February 2, 2015

Pull Out a Stool Workshop - Seattle Miniatures Show 2015


The time for the Seattle Miniatures show 2015 is approaching very fast.

Mark Your Calendar:

Saturday, March 7 • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 8 • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

I am offering a workshop "Pull Out a Footstool". This workshop is for those who never worked on silk gauze but really wants to try.


This class is for the beginners - for those who would like to learn the magnificent world of petit point in miniature. While working on stitching a little rose for a dollhouse footstool, students will learn working with silk gauze and silk thread as well as learn and practice the stitches that are used in miniature petit point.

Tips on how to make the back side of your work neat will be shared, and it will be shown how with different count of silk gauze and a little bit of imagination to use the same design for different projects in different scales.

See you there!

Natalia


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Quarter Scale - Blue Lagoon Dollhouse


As I mentioned in my previous post, last year I purchased a dollhouse kit in 1/48 scale from Laser Dollhouse Designs, Inc. The kit is called Little Ann Cottage, but since I see this cottage on the sea shore and in blue colors, I re-named it. Now it is called Blue Lagoon.


I hope I finish the house before June. Do you know why before June? Really, have you forgotten already? There will be the Quarter Connection 2015 Convention, June 20-27!

The theme of the Convention is "QC Mini Escape: Getting Away from it All" and my cottage on the sea shore is perfect for this theme, such a great getaway place from it ALL.

Natalia

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Quarter Connection Convention 2015


I am expending my interests not only in needlework but in miniature's world too and slowly approaching to smaller scales. I found out that my point of interest is moving mostly towards 1/4th scale. I purchased a 1/4 dollhouse kit sometime last year but barely started it. A reason is that my craft room is still under construction and I am limited in space of creating, but it is a different story for another post.

Today I wanted to ask you if you've signed up for the Quarter Connection Convention yet? It will be held June 20-27, 2015 and today is the last day to join the list!

A lot of fun and activities is promised: roundtables, door prizes, workshops, swaps, etc...

It will be my first Quarter Connection Convention I am participating in and am looking forward to it. I've finished a couple of petit point rugs in 1/4th scale already, but again, next time about it.

design by SharonG

Here is a link for registration:

http://www.quarterconnection.com/QC_Convention_2015.html

See you there!

Natalia

Friday, January 30, 2015

1/144 scale Dollhouse from Anita Lahue


Last year I was honored to meet a very talented, generous and just a nice lady - Anita Lahue. Anita leaves in Utah, but she came to visit her daughter Annie Pierce. They both are the IGMA's Artisans. Anita is a founder of a MicroMinis Yahoo group and devoted almost all her life to creating dolls and miniatures in 1/144 scale.

Anita presented me a gift - this adorable little house in 1/44 scale that she finished and remodeled in 1998.


Looking at this house you will never say it was made 7 years ago - everything is so neat, clean and stable. The level of mastership is indescribable. The roof feels so realistic!




Along with the house Anita shared the last pieces of furniture in 1/144 scale she designed and put together. However, I haven't placed them inside the rooms yet and will make an additional post when the house is completed. For now you can see it has 4 rooms.


Of course, each of my both girls wanted to have the house. Can you blame them?


I can't take Heart and Soul seriously yet. She is still some where flying and dreaming. Look, she almost dropped the house!


I have hard time to decide if I want to share it with them, at least till they have a place to keep it, for example their own house or at least a roombox! They can dream, true? I mean about having their own house. Can you imagine that size!

I found a solution for now and took a picture of both girls and the mini mansion.


Next time I will show this house in 1/144 scale completely furnished.

Talk to you later!
Have a great weekend!
Natalia

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?

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