I received my miniature crewel kit in the mail on Friday from legendary miniaturist and IGMA Artisan Cookie Ziemba. The pattern I chose is called "Buckingham", and it's about 1.75" high and 2" wide. The kit comes with everything you need to make the piece, except for the 4" hoop: schematic pattern, colour photo, order of stitching, stitch instructions, tons of thread, 2 needles and the piece drawn out on the finest cotton twill I've ever seen :) Best of all, is Cookie herself -- so nice and helpful and kind! It's so nice to meet (even virtually) another miniaturist who loves the 17th century!
Because I live way the hell out in Nova Scotia, my access to things like workshops is really limited. Like, completely :) I thought that working on a kit from the woman with whom I'd most like to study would be a reasonable (if pale) alternative to learning from her in person, and I was right! It's a great kit and I could only be happier if it came with Cookie herself.
Here's what I've done so far -- yeah, my stem stitch sucks, but then it sucks in 1:1, too :) I'm just consistent!
Seriously, I'm very glad to have done some crewel stitching in 1:1 -- it makes doing it in miniature much simpler. But I was surprised to find how easy it is -- it's partly BECAUSE it's so small, that one can make a fair amount of progress in a relatively short time.
Which is a good thing, because I want a LOT of crewel work in my WAMH!
Cookie, thanks again -- I'll order another kit, and keep dreaming my dream to meet you one day in person!
This blog chronicles the adventures of a group of Canadians building a 1:12 scale medieval or Tudor dolls' house or dolls' castle. We're also working on a William and Mary era dollhouse circa 1700, featuring Jacobean, Carolean and Queen Anne furniture. Dollhouse aficionados, those who enjoy making or sharing doll house miniatures, and people who enjoy sharing crafts with children may enjoy the adventures of this group.
I built the background image of this site using some of the fabulous work from Vintage Retro Grunge. The "Green Man" reproduction medieval tile on the bottom right is by Kate Tiler. The other two, the griffon and the happy little creature (possibly a lion with a bagel?), are both by Pataki Tiles.