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I think these cushions, which are in one of Annina Diston’s miniature homes, are a wonderful example how a simple designs can be used to great effect.

They lured me away from my search for a new camera and I spent far too long admiring them – and other examples of Annina’s work on Flickr

 

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I came across her work while I was trying to escape a bad case of techno-fatigue. I seem to have spent months reading about camera sensors and lenses and f-stops and goodness knows what else. All the afore mentioned appear to have a impact on the performance (and price) of a camera, but they don’t actually mean much to me and I hoped that the dexterous and skilled photographers, who put their work on Flickr, might have listed what camera they used for which photo and possibly how much they had ‘tweaked’ their photo before uploading it. (Vain hope, but it was worth a try.)

Anyway, when I saw Aninna’s cushions I remembered that I had a plate of elegant embroidery designs from the French company Dollfus-Mieg et Cie that I wanted to share here.

The designs are easy to work and, if embroidered on 22 count canvas, make attractive miniature cushions, stool covers, chair seats, etc.

dmc - dollfus mieg et cie - embroidery plate

The original plate is quite small, so I have resized it to fit onto an A4 piece of paper. If you have trouble printing from the on-screen image, here is link to the pdf: OHM_DMC_20170601

Finally, in conclusion:

I had two things that I wanted to do this week, one was finding a new camera to buy: no luck there… the search continues

The second involved writing a blog post. This isn’t the blog post that I was planning to write, but (fingers crossed) with any luck I might be able to complete that tomorrow…

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Where was I ?

Our computer has been to the PC repair shop and I have been off-line for a while.

While I was waiting for my Spoonflower samples to arrive, I had been planning to write about Sue Bakker,  but thanks to the interruption I have rather lost the thread of of all that I wanted to say (no pun intended).

So what follows is shorter and briefer than I originally intended –

Sue Bakker needlework pattern in International Dolls House News 1977

I am very sorry to say that I only know Sue Bakker by reputation and not personally.

She is a founder member of The Guild of Miniature Needle Arts and some of her superb work can be seen on their website here – http://www.gmna.org.uk/people/SueBakker/Sue.html

She is also a member of The Miniature Needlework Society (International)

I know that her designs appear in various books, but I have never seen any of her charts offered for sale in kit form and I can only suggest that anyone interested in her work should contact her through one of these websites.

One of my friends, who knew how much I enjoy canvas work, gave me a copy of the International Dolls House News (Volume 26 No 11, October 31st 1997) containing one of her charted designs, and above is my attempt to do her work justice.

I think that it is a superb design and I found it was a great deal easier to work than its intricate appearance suggests.

 

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Meet Noah…

Open House Miniatures - Sock Bear Noah

Somewhere I have a “proper” pattern for a bear.

Somewhere…

Unfortunately my (non-existent) filing system let me down (again) and I had to start again from scratch.

Noah is therefore exceeding handmade and, because I am not very fond of sewing, I cheated a great deal when I made him.

Experienced makers of miniature bears do not look at the slideshow at the bottom of this page – it will upset you – and whatever you do, do not use my pattern.

Open House Miniatures - sock bear  called Noah

This is not a pdf file so
I have no idea what size this will print.

Instead, please go to a website where you can download a professionally designed teddy bear and re-size that.

There are quite a few websites to choose from –

www.planet-teddybear.com

www.sewingsupport.com

www.bearycheap.com

Everyone else…

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Noah is a distantly related to Sock the Elephant and, like Sock, he is not for sale.

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Meet Sock…

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Sock is an Easter elephant – and I promised someone that I would write about him “properly” on this blog.

Sock is unique and most definitely not for sale.

His name probably explains a great deal about him, but it would also be useful to know that –

  • His cap and back cloth are embroidered in 2 ply crewel wool, and the blue trim and tassels are embroidery cotton
  • His tail is embroidery cotton too.

If you would like an elephant like Sock you might find this pattern useful.

Will Cigarette Card - elephant pattern

This is reproduction – from a greetings card.
The original cigarette card was from a set called –
Household Hints (2nd series)

I am not very fond of sewing, but I enjoyed making Sock.

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Next Week…

Making a Pop-up book.

There is still a short time before the poll closes, but it looks as though “Christmas Eve” is going to be a clear winner.

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to vote.

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