Janet Granger has just launched a new miniature needlepoint carpet kit on her website, www.janetgranger.co.uk , called 'Saskia'.
The design is an Oriental one, in shades of mid-blue with deep red and cream highlights, and measures 9 x 6 1/4 inches. It would look great in a study or drawing room in your doll's house. The kit contains 18 count canvas, plenty of Appleton's crewel wool, thread for the fringe, detailed instructions, a colour-block chart to count the design from, and a suitable needle. The design is worked in needlepoint - tent stitch for the details and basketweave for the background. Both stitches are easy to do (very similar to half cross stitch). There are Tutorials on Janet's website, showing how to do these stitches, if you are new to embroidery. If you prefer to choose your own colours, or work the design on a different count of fabric, then a chart pack is also available. The full kit costs £21.50, and the chart pack costs £10.75. P&P is free if ordered online, or £1.50 if ordered by post with a cheque.
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