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

Friday, April 25, 2014

Punchneedle Rug - Springtime Bunny - Shaved and Ready!


I didn't make you wait long, did I? Don't you have a desire just step on it with your mini bare feet? It feels so fluffy in touch...


It was really a fun working on this colorful Punchneedle rug "Spring Bunny". It took me a couple of hours during 3 days to finish it. Can't compare with petit point in miniature, however the scale that Punchneedle rugs in miniature come in is still under a question for me.

That is why I didn't apply any background on the back side of the rug.

The Springtime Bunny punchneedle rug is shaved and ready. It measures a little bit more than 2" x 3".


I shaved the rug. I like this technique, however I didn't take the pictures of the process.

I tried to make close-up pictures of the shaved pile...


Shaving doesn't damage the loops and the result is fabulous. With my next Punchneedle rug I will try another technique, but later about it...

I didn't finish the back side, but applied non-fraying solution. The reason is I am trying to be as close to the scale as possible and think that any application to the back side of the punchneedle rug makes it out of the scale. What do you think?


I also came up with my own design for my next punchneedle rug in 1/12th scale and it is ready to be transfered on the fabric, but later about it, for now just a sneak peak of a pattern...


Have a great weekend!
Natalia

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

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