Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pattern of the Month - Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Carpet IZMIR

Today I would like to present you my new pattern. The design for a dollhouse miniature petit point carpet IZMIR was adopted from an antique rug Izmir, 18th century. The field of the carpet is composed of three dots arranged in a triangle that resemble the spots on a leopard.The border consists of rose, carnation, and tulip motifs representing the garden of Eden.

There are 361 x 470 stitches. The carpet, when finished, measures 7.52" x 9.79" (19,10 x 24,87 cm). Charted for 48 count silk gauze, DMC floss.

As you can see from the previous post, I stitch this rug in a smaller version with over dyed silk floss.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Week 2 - Miniature Petit Point IZMIR Carpet

This is an early weekly update on my new commissioned project - dollhouse miniature petit point rug IZMIR. Just to remind, I stitch on 48 count silk gauze with over dyed Gloriana silk floss. The approximate size of a finished rug is 3" x 4".

Monday, May 30, 2016

Pattern of the Month - Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Rug SERENITY

Today I would like to show you my first new pattern of the year - Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Rug SERENITY.

It is currently available for sale as a kit on my website

219 x 325 stitches

If stitched on 40 count it measures 5.47" x 8.13" (13,91 x 20,64 cm)

If stitched on 49 count it measures 4.56" x 6.77" (11,59 x 17,20 cm)

I hope you like it!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Izmir Carpet

It is those last stitches that are always mundane, but a new project to start excites me a lot.

It is a whole ritual that takes a couple of hours for me: to prepare and frame a piece of silk gauze, to print out a pattern, to cut the silk floss.

This weekend I've started a new project, a commissioned miniature rug Izmir. This is a reproduction of an antique rug, 18th century.

I use 48 count silk gauze, Gloriana over dyed silk floss. The approximate size of the finished rug is 3" x 4". The updates on the stitching progress will be posted each Sunday. Here is update # 1

What are you working on?

Friday, May 27, 2016

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud...

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.


Miniature daffodils is a gift made by a Russian artisan Marina Maslova.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

New Addition To My Collection of Threads

It is hard to call it "collection" since I use all floss I have in my stash. However, today I received a new addition to it - a whole line of Pipers pure silk threads for fine count silk gauze.

Gorgeous colors, limitless possibilities!

I like to have all available colors from a brand, because it allows me to play with the colors the way I want and chose as many for a new project as I am pleased.

Aren't they stunning?

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Miniature Quilts

Recently I finished a miniature quilt that I called "Red Barn - My little American Dream". A real red barn inspired me to make this quilt. I used to drive a country road where I saw that barn first time. It was for sale for more than a year, and I regret I never took a picture of it, because one day it was finally sold. The new owners turned that little charming red barn into an ugly brown rectangular house with small square windows. It is so interesting how we all look at the same things differently...

Anyway, I continue to make little miniature Christmas quilts and finished these 2 quilt tops with a Christmas tree.

My Santa is definitely love it!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Monday, January 11, 2016

Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Rug VERA - Stitching Progress

It is a weekly update on stitching progress of a dollhouse miniature petit point rug VERA (Faith) to hoonor my mom. I use 49 count silk gauze, Gutermann silk (4 colors). It took me from 5 to 7 hours each day during a week to finish the field of the rug. Now I can start working on the borders.

In spite of the fact that I enjoy a lot working on this rug, I need a little break from it, because of the colors, and I must finish some other projects this month as well. So, I hope the progress won't suffer too much.

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point Rug VERA - Stitching Progress

My first post in the new 2016 year will be an update on a stitching progress of one of my UFO projects - a dollhouse miniature rug VERA (Faith) to honor my mom. As a reminder, I use 49 count silk gauze and Gutermann silk (only 4 colors).

I started the main border (white lace) and moved on the field of the rug (black lace). I still have to fill up the left low corner with white silk (it is hard to see on the picture, but that area hasn't been stitched yet). Back to work!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Dollhouse Miniature Christmas Quilt

I was such in a hurry to finish this miniature quilt before the New Year starts. I finished only the quilt top but still decided to show you.

This Christmas quilt measures 4 3/4" square. There are total of 25 squares, each little square measures 9/16". Each strip measures 3/16". I used 3 different color fabrics for strips, 12 white fabrics each with different design; 2 different fabrics for corners and borders.

The quilt top is made by using English paper piecing method, completely hand sewn.

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Chinese Coins Miniature Quilt

Today I would like to show you another miniature quilt I've finished. The pattern is called Chinese Coins.

I used 6 different solid color fabric, total of 44 strips 1/4" each. For the background 6 different whites were used. I used machine piecing method this time.

I printed the grid with 1/4" squares on Velum paper

and jointed each strip together; Velum paper with printed grid helps to keep the stitching straight

After that I cut 9 strips

and played with them for a while

After that, using Velum paper, I added white strips in between

Then I cut off the sides and took the paper off the quilt

When my quilt top was ready (here you can see all white fabric pieces are different)

I put the quilt together and finished it.

The width of strips of the miniature Chinese Coins quilt is 1/4" each. However, next time I'll try to go smaller.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

First Attempt in Miniature Quilting

After visiting the Washington State Quilt show last October (see the previous post) I caught myself on a thought that I have to try making a quilt in miniature. I always admired the quilts in real life size and always thought this is something I personally just don't have any patience for, and I don't, it is true. I've never in my life finished any real size quilt and don't have any skills for it. However, the desire to try it in miniature was so big that I picked up some fabric, cut little paper squares and,

using paper piecing method, hand sewn all squares together.

My first miniature quilt is finished. It is out of scale, each square measures 1/2", but it was my practice piece and Hank admires it.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Washington State Quilt Show 2015

Recently I expressed an interest in making dollhouse miniature quilts and I'll make a post about it later this week. Today I would like to share with you some pictures of the beautiful quilts I saw at the Washington State Quilt show 2015 that was held last weekend in our city. I took gazillions of pictures and hope you have enough patience to look through all of those I posted here, :)) Enjoy it!

First, I want to show you my favorite.

It is the one that took me most of the time to explore it.

I loved this masterpiece a lot. I am wondering how many total fabric pieces were used to "paint" it?

Of course, cats, cats, cats. This one was # 1 favorite for my daughter.

This Crazy Quilt attracted a lot of attention


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