Monday, October 27, 2014

Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point KAZAK Rug - Work in Progress


It is almost the end of the month and my Kazak rug is almost finished too, just a little bit left. Here is a working progress on it.
Just a little reminder: 49 count silk gauze, Gloriana silk floss, 6,5" x 8,5".


Have a great week!
Natalia

Sunday, October 26, 2014

My first try in Needle felting


I've been attempting to try needle felting for a long time now. Finally after reading some instructions I found on-line and watching some videos on youtube.com I dived into a Needle Felting project - this cat. My little assistant Monica helps me to display my first needle felted creature.


The cat is 4" tall. First, I made a base for shaping from wool.


It was such a fun to shape the forms and the face. I tried to do my best, I never sculptured the wool.

After I was satisfied with how firm and shaped the body of the cat was, I started covering it with different color of the wool.


Then I added a tail


eyes, nose, whiskers, mouth


and here is the cat done. It took me 8 hours of making my first needle felted toy.



My next step is to try needle felting in miniature.

How did you spend your weekend?

Natalia

Saturday, October 11, 2014

My First Attempt in Miniature Knitting


I carry some McQueenie's wood kits at my website store (www.dollhouseneedleoint.com) and at my Etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ScarletSails?section_id=11132032&ref=shopsection_leftnav_3).

One of them, dollhouse miniature child mannequin kit gave me a lot of troubles in past. May be Lynne and Bernard McQueenie took too realistic picture of a miniature child mannequin, but funny story is that people who purchase those child mannequin's kits think it is a real size mannequin. They pay, I ship, and then I receive a message from them asking if it is possible to return it back. In a word, I had hard time to sell that particular kit. Finally, giving up on an idea to sell them, I made a decision to put them together and dress.

It was time I used and loved to knit in real size. I thought it would be great to try knitting in miniature.

Here is my first attempt in miniature knitting - a girl's blue sweater. Overall height of a dressed miniature child mannequin, including neck is 3 3/4" (95 mm).




By the way, if you are interested in purchasing this child mannequin kit, I have 4 kits left.

1/12th scale child mannequin kit consisting of 5 mahogany pieces and a resin body.

Overall height, including neck: 95mm (3 3/4")

Assembly instructions included.


Happy miniaturing!
Natalia

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Rug "Snow In Albuquerque" - Finished


Day 6, 7, 8, 9.

Even though I have never heard Birgit's (http://biwubaer.blogspot.com/) voice in real life, I still can hear it in my head:


"I like filling the space between the patterns... I like filling the space between the patterns..."


These magic mantra and all your support allowed me to put last stitch on the background of a Dollhouse Miniature rug "Snow In Albuquerque" today in the morning.

So far, it took me 9 days to finish this little project. I never count countless hours I spent on my work, because due to my inconsistency I can't sit too long enough and sometimes the process of stitching consists of a couple of minutes between the housework, homeschooling my daughter, gardening, etc...

Actually, there is nothing wrong with filling up the background. There are advantages here too:

1. you work with one solid color that allows to keep your working area cleaner than if you use multiple colors;

2. you don't count;

3. you don't use a chart;

4. you even can watch TV and talk between the stitches.

Here is the rug:


I must say, I am not happy with off-white color I chose.
It doesn't allow to see the distinct difference between the border and the field of the rug.
Snow in Albuquerque seems to be dirty, lol...

I should picked up a bright white color, exactly how first snow looks like and how I remember it.

Do you understand what it means?

I might want to re-stitch it. At least I have time to think about it.

For now, this little friend will be hanging on a blocking board for a couple of weeks. In meanwhile, I am planning to start working on my long last project - dollhouse miniature Kazak rug.

The Gloriana silk floss arrived and my goal is to finish the rug at the end of October.

What are your plans for this month?

Natalia

Monday, October 6, 2014

Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Rug "Snow In Albuquerque"


Day 5. Today in the morning all elements of the design were completed. All fun is over...


Onto the field now!

Happy Monday,
Natalia

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Rug "Snow In Albuquerque"


Day 3 and 4. The stitching process of Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Rug "Snow In Albuquerque" is progressing. I finished the border, the medallion and started working on the corners. Couple more days and the rug will be finished!


I have already a new rug in mind to start stitching. So many new patterns, so little time...

Have a wonderful Monday,
Natalia

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Rug "Snow In Albuquerque"


Day 2. I am rushing. The silk floss I purchased for the Kazak rug should arrive soon and I have to finish this itsy bitsy rug before it arrives.


We used to live in New Mexico for a while. This is when I fell in love with Santa Fe, and Navajo rugs; but the rug is called "Snow In Albuquerque", correct. Don't ask why, :))), lol...

See you soon,
Natalia

Friday, October 3, 2014

Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Rug "Snow In Albuquerque"


While I am waiting when my purchased silk floss will arrive, I decided not to waste time and start working on my new rug. It is a small project that measures approx. 3 1/2" x 4 1/2". I use 40 count silk gauze and DMC floss. I called it "Snow in Albuquerque".

Here is a little start:


See you soon,
Natalia

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Kazak Rug in 1/12th scale - Update


When an idea of stitching a miniature Kazak rug popped up in my head, the main goal was to concentrate on the border and make it as detailed as possible, and leave the center of the rug plain, actually, fill it up with an over dyed silk floss imitating an abrash that you can see in antique rugs. When I finished working on the border of the Kazak rug and reached the point of moving onto the center, a reasonable question raised in my head: Do I really want to spend/waste time monotonously filling up the field of the rug that measures almost 4" x 6"? No. NO! So, I came up with the design for the middle of the rug and started working on it. Here is a picture of stitching progress:


After a couple of days of working on it I realized I was running out of 2 colors. Our only one local needlework store was closed last year (it hurts me a lot), so I used E-bay to purchase Gloriana silk floss to finish my rug. While I am waiting for the silk floss to arrive, I decided to work on another project, but later about it...

Happy 1st of October!
Natalia

Friday, August 8, 2014

My Workshop "Pull Out A Stool..." at the Portland Miniature Show 2014


As you know from my previous post, this Fall, September 13-14, I am planning to attend the Portland Miniature Show as a dealer first time.

I am also planning to give a workshop that is called "Pull Out a Stool..." I initiated this workshop mainly for the beginners who has never tried needlework in miniature, has a lot of questions and doesn't know where to find the answers.


This class is for those who would like to learn magnificent world of petit pointing 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 pointing.

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. The dollhouse miniature footstool will be likely finished during the class.

Class size is limited to only 6 students.

Cost: $50.00

When: Friday, September 12, 2014

Time: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland (across from Lloyd Center)
1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, Oregon 97232

http://www.portlandminiatureshow.com/footstool-workshop.html

What to Bring: Students need to bring scissors for embroidery and magnifiers, if needed.

If you have any questions, please, contact me privately at scarletsails@live.com

Best regards,
Natalia

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Show schedule for 2014


I updated the Show Schedule Page that you can find above.

Due to many commissions this year I am able to attend only one show. This show will be in Portland and it will be my first time as a dealer at the Portland Miniature show.

I will be very happy to meet you if you decide to attend it. Please, stop by my table to say "Hi".

Show will be held on September, 13-14, 2014.

Location is

1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, Oregon 97232

http://www.portlandminiatureshow.com/


See you there!

Natalia

Friday, August 1, 2014

French Savonnerie Rug in 1/12th scale - Work in Progress


The medallion for a Dollhouse Miniature Savonnerie rug in 1/12th scale is finished!
Just a small reminder: 40 count silk gauze, DMC floss, size of the finished rug will be 11" x 13".


Next step will be establishing the border. It is one huge border! I am charting the rug along as I need to stitch.


Probably it will take a couple of months just to finish this border. Sigh!

See you later!

Happy weekend!
Natalia

Sunday, July 20, 2014

French Savonnerie Rug in 1/12th scale - Work in Progress


Today I would like to show you a stitching progress of one of my last commission - French Savonnerie in 1/12th scale. I use 40 count silk gauze and DMC floss.


It is just a little beginning of a big adventure


As much as I don't like working with DMC I love the choice of colors my customer picked for this rug



Now I am going to browse all your wonderful stories and beautiful work that I missed!

Mini hugs, Natalia

Saturday, July 19, 2014

New Arrival of Silk Gauze 50 and 56 count at my Etsy Store


Good news for all who asked me about 49 count silk gauze.

I don't carry 49 count silk gauze anymore!


I do carry 50 count and 56 count silk gauze now.

You would say, it is not a big difference and I would say: you are not correct. It looks like 1 stitch doesn't make a difference, but let's do some math.

49 x 49 = 2,401 stitches

50 x 50 = 2,500 stitches

So, if to take 1 square inch, you are adding 101 stitches more to it and to your project making the design more detailed.

Please, visit my Etsy store if you are out of silk gauze and planing to stock some for winter long nights.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ScarletSails?section_id=14997447&ref=shopsection_leftnav_4


Happy stitching and enjoy your weekend!
Natalia

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dollhouse Miniatures Needlework Group on Facebook


Hi everyone! I haven't posted for a while. You know, busy summer! Busy and very very hot. We are having almost three weeks of unbearable heat. The worse part of it is our family hasn't been on vacation yet and me kind of stuck being at home right now. The reason is that we do a big reconstruction of our house we bought last year. However, life id beautiful and full of minis!

I wanted to let you know that a new Dollhouse Miniatures Needlework group has been opened on Facebook, and if you wish to join i, please, follow this link

https://www.facebook.com/groups/miniatureneedlework/


Please, join, post and have fun!

Talk to you later!

Have a great day,
Natalia


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dollhouse Miniatures Needlework Group on Facebook


Hi everyone! I haven't posted for a while. You know, busy summer! Busy and very very hot. We are having almost three weeks of unbearable heat. The worse part of it is our family hasn't been on vacation yet and me kind of stuck being at home right now. The reason is that we do a big reconstruction of our house we bought last year. However, life id beautiful and full of minis!

I wanted to let you know that a new Dollhouse Miniatures Needlework group has been opened on Facebook, and if you wish to join i, please, follow this link

https://www.facebook.com/groups/miniatureneedlework/



Please, join, post and have fun!


Talk to you later!

have a great day,
Natalia

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dollhouse Miniature Reproduction of an Antique Kazak Rug in 1/12th scale - Update


Today I want to show you the updates on 2 rugs that I am currently working on.

The first is a dollhouse miniature Kazak rug in 1/12th scale, 49 count. I finally finished last inner border. There are total of 8 borders in this rug.


When I started charting Kazak rug I planned to make the rug that it would be all about the borders: bright colors and simplicity in geometric design, this is what impresses me in Kazak rugs. I wanted to finish the field of the rug with 1 over dyed color, for instance, light green. However, now, I am thinking about to come up with design for the field, because it seems to be waist of time just to sit and monotonously fill the are up. What do you think?

Second rug the update on which I wanted to show is French Savonnerie. The medallion is in the process.


Now, back to work!

I hope, everyone has had a wonderful weekend and ready for a new week! Good luck!
Natalia

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Barbara's Dollhouse


I received a message from my customer Barbara who purchased a needlepoint frame by McQueenie Miniatures Lynne McQueenie from my webstore. She finished stitching Popcorn Tedy Bear for her just finished dollhouse and sent 2 pictures to me.

As Barbara says, the needlework stand will go to the Craft room. Isn't Teddy Bear adorable? She has been stitching for 36 years and wanted to have a needlework frame with her stitching into. "Popcorn the Bear" has been done on 24 count Congress cloth. As Barbara says, she plans to make more cross stitch pictures and hang them on the walls of her dollhouse.


Barbara got this dollhouse for Christmas. It has three rooms, they are not completely finished yet. That's why there is a picture only of the front side of the house.


However, the first floor is a living room and kitchen, and the second floor is her hobby room. She worked on her dollhouse for 5 months. When the house is completed Barbara will send more pictures for us to enjoy them.

Thank you, Barbara. Your house is adorable. The outside arrangements add more life to it. Looking forward to see more of your cross stitched miniature pictures.


Natalia

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Dollhouse Miniature Antique Kazak Rug in 1/12th scale - Update


I am so happy the main border is finished!


Need to start stitching last inner border. Can't wait to jump on the center!

Have a great day!
Natalia

Monday, April 28, 2014

Once In A Blue Moon - Day 6, 7, 8 - How I Made The Floor


The floor on the first level in the main room is finished.



I had two pieces of Dark Walnut and Maple.


I cut them in 1/2" wide stripes, arranged accordingly the colors and jointed them with the small pieces of tape.


After that, I put this sheet between 2 plywood pieces (1/6") and cut it in 1/2" wide stripes again


I arranged the new cut stripes trying to build a chessboard design


It was a bit challenging to take the tape off, because the wood was so fragile and as you see, I broke some tiles


However, I was pretty satisfied with the result when the floor was put together



More than that, since this sheet was in between 2 plywood pieces, now I have stripes to finish the floor for some other project, may be for my castle!


but let's go back to the floor. Since the house was put already together, it was not very comfortable for me to put a stripe after stripe straight on the floor in the room. I covered the stripes with the tape again, glued it to the thin board with the other side (without a tape), took the tape of, sanded the whole surface, finished it and the floor was ready to be transferred to the room.





Thank you for your time!

Natalia

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