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Monday, 7 September 2015

Welcome to my New Home

No, I haven't moved house, I've just built myself a new one!  It's a little "bijou" as the estate agents would say and the roof needed some work too.  I am also wondering how I will fit all my stash into it, or indeed anything larger than a petite needle!  Without further ado, here is my detached des res - Sugared Almond Cottage:



This little beauty designed by The Nutmeg Company was a gift from Susan Yellow Flower Meadow.  Here are the sides prior to making up:





The roof is stitched on 28 count pink evenweave and the walls are stitched on 36 count white evenweave.  The beads are all Mill Hill gold petites.

And here are some Work In Progress photos:

Sewing the four walls together.  
This was quite simple, I just whipstitched through the back stitched outlines.


I knew the roof would be tricky because it overhangs the walls rather than fitting flush.
So I decided to make a false inner roof using some scrap linen:


Stitching the false roof using my new curved needle:


Curved needles are epic!  They make things like this so much easier, with a straight needle I was getting it stuck on the beads and in the fabric.

Once I'd finished the false roof I attempted to fix the real roof using double sided tape.  Unfortunately it started to lift away at the edges.  Because the roof is one piece it wants to lie flat rather than be bent in the middle.  So I had to stitch it in place after all.  However, having the false roof to hold it in place made this much easier so I would use this technique again.

The finished property!


Now who would live in a house like this?

Finally, for puzzle lovers and Teresa Wentzler fans, I am hosting a competition to win a TW chart over on the TW blog.  Please do tell your friends and invite them to join in.  Clsoing date is 17th September.  If you already have the chart or are not a fan please feel free to nominate a friend to receive it.  Here's the link - Teresa Wentzler Competition Time






43 comments:

  1. Woo hoo! You know I would live in this house! It is awesome. Well done Jo.

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  2. Oh my, Jo, this just stunning. Such an adorable little finish. And with the word little I do not mean that it was little work to stitch and assemble it. No, it just rfers to the size. It is wonderful. And a good idea to show the main steps of how you were putting it together. A real little treasure.

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  3. Wow, it's beautiful! Who wouldn't love to live there? Thanks for sharing!

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  4. What a lovely little house! I know I would love stitching this but wouldn't love putting the pieces together!It seems really difficult!AriadnefromGreece!

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  5. I love it. I may have to look for these patterns.

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  6. Very cute. Wish I had come up with the false roof idea when finishing mine.

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  7. Congrats on the gorgeous finish Jo. You did a fantastic job of sewing it together.

    Linda

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  8. Gorgeous! Perhaps The Borrowers will move in? Thanks for showing the build photos as well.

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  9. "Drink me", ok I'm ready to visit your sweet small home! Am I too much early for the housewarming party? So lovely stitching, must visit Nutmeg Company, thanks for sharing WIP pics. xxx

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  10. I love it, Jo! I definitely wouldn't be brave enough to try my hand at something like this.

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  11. Wow great job! I'm sure if we could find ways to stitch our real houses we would be!

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  12. Beautiful! I love it! You've done a great job :D

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  13. Nice job Jo!
    I have a similar project by Merry Cox which houses needllework accessories - lots of fun stuff - thanks for sharing this

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  14. That's adorable! I've never seen anything like it before, just lovely x

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  15. Wow! Jo, it is so pretty and your construction work is so clever - did we see this one as a WIP, I can't remember seeing progress pics - I think that you have snuck this one up on us! lol! Gorgeous stitching.

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  16. Stunning finish! You are so creative:)

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  17. It's wonderful!!! Very pretty indeed, I love it! And your curved needle looks interesting too... I imagine a lot easier for those trickier places?
    Smiles :)

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  18. Oh my that little house is so pretty. I have a curve needle that I inherited that I have never used. Now I have an idea for when I can use it.

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  19. Your house is awesome!! I would love to live in such a cute cottage.

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  20. Oh my goodness Jo, I do indeed love your new home! Just gorgeous & so perfectly stitched! What a wonderful finish!

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  21. Oh what a cute little gorgeous house. I would love to live in it. Congratulations on a great finish

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  22. What a wonderful little house. Thanks for sharing your construction details!

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  23. I just LOVE this little cottage *screams* - and your finish is just perfect! Great job!

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  24. What a fabulous little finish!

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  25. That's wonderful! Great job, and thanks for the awesome photos!

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  26. Wow!! Fantastic finish and thank you for the WIP photos and the false roof tip. It's a really neat idea.

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  27. It's so pretty! I love the beading on it.

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  28. I love, love, LOVE this house! Is the pattern still available somewhere? Your version is just gorgeous!!

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  29. What a fabulous little house! It looks stunning.

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  30. Such an amazing, adorable finish!!! With the little decorated tree at the back, I think this design would also work wonderfully in Christmas colours on dark brown for a Gingerbread Cottage :) The curved needle is an interesting idea too!

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  31. This is adorable! Has Vickie moved in yet? :D I like Aurelia's idea too but I like gingerbread houses a lot haha.

    Re: curved needle. Is that an upholstery needle? I have a big fat one not at all useful for dainty work like this!

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  32. This is just to adorable.

    Blessings
    Catherine

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  33. Clever you! I always find curved needles difficult to manipulate but you look to be a master :-)

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  34. I love your cottage! You are so clever... I have never used a curved needle and even attempted a 3D piece... but I can see now that you are a master builder :o)
    Just adorable!
    Hugs xx

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  35. Awww that is so gorgeous, love the wee lil house!! What a talent you are my friend!
    xoxo Alicia

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  36. Oh that is beautiful! And so clever. XoX

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  37. Wow so beautiful. I love the idea of the false roof! That would make it easier to attach.

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