Monday, October 27, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
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?
Saturday, October 11, 2014
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.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
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?
Monday, October 6, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
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,
Saturday, October 4, 2014
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,
Friday, October 3, 2014
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,
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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!