Sunday, March 21, 2021

Blogging again

I finally managed to find a program to be able to blog from my computer instead of having to go to the website. I used to use Windows Live Writer, but they stopped supporting it, and I at one time found a new open source version of it, Open Live Writer, but for some reason the installation file that is linked on the source website is not approved by Google, so you can’t use it. But today I managed to find a link to the source that does work, so we are now back in business. Here is the source for anyone interested.

Here is what I am working on at the moment:


This design is by  Natalia Frank which I am testing for her. This will be a 1/12 scale miniature Medieval tapestry and I am stitching it on 60 count silk gauze with Au Ver a Soie Soie Surfine silk threads. This is being very addictive, and I have a hard time convincing myself that I do need to stitch on other things as well.






This photo is of the other project I am working on at the moment.

The designs are by Nicola Mascall. On the right is the Napoleon III Aubusson carpet, which was originally designed as a 1/12 scale carpet on 40 count silk gauze, but I want to put it in a 1/24 scale house that I am planning on building in the near future, so I am stitching it on 72 count silk gauze also with Soie Surfine.

In the middle is the matching bell pull in the original 1/12 scale size that I stitched years ago on 40 count with Madeira cotton threads.

To the left of it I am stitching the same bell pull for the 1/24 scale house on the 72 count gauze, also with Soie Surfine, and I am changing the colours to match the upholstery that I stitched last year for the 1/24 scale chairs on 84 count silk gauze. It has a blue background and I am changing the blue flowers to purple ones.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Some bobbin lace pieces

I know it has been a while since I posted. I have just been too busy doing/making things.

I have however recently completed these 2 pieces of miniature bobbin lace. Since I used a new thread on the market I think some people might be interested in seeing what it looks like made up. The thread used is Aurifil mako #80 cotton thread, it is the same thickness as Madeira cotona 80, but comes in nice bright colours.

The bright blue piece is a dollhouse sized doily, which I thought when I was working on it was fiddly and I was thinking it was not turning out, but once it was finished and I took it off my lace pillow it turned out just fine. it measures about 1 inch square.

The other one started out as being an edging supposedly for a doily, which I thought would make a good practice piece in Binche type lace, something which I have been studying for the last few months. A fairly time-consuming very attention demanding type of lace, but then, one never gets bored with this. Once it was finished I thought it was rather small for a doily, but figured it would make a great tablecloth for a miniature dollhouse sized table. It measures about 3.5 inches in diameter.

Monday, January 23, 2017

I’m back, I think….

Sheesh, I didn't realize it had been this long since I posted. Just been too busy doing hobbies I guess.

But....I think it is about time I showed some more stuff that I have been working on. Since the new year I have got back to are some progress pictures: All of these are made with hexagon shapes, but I am not using English paper piecing, since that just wastes time with basting pieces of fabric to paper and then piecing them together, then having to remove the paper again. It is so much faster to just print the cutting and stitching lines on the back of freezer paper stabilized fabric and stitching together with the running stitch. I use Inklingo for most of my qulting, it makes life so much easier….

flower basket

This is as far as I've progressed on my flowerbasket quilt done in 1 inch per side hexagons. I have almost the top left quarter completed, just need 2 more rows, then we'll get the top right quarter done. I am trying to add a few hexies every day, since I quickly get bored with all the background pieces. I originally started this quilt with cutting the hexagons with a rotary cutting ruler, and then used a plastic template to draw the stitching lines, since there was no way I was going to use EPP. Needless to say, before long this became a chore, so it got put away. Then a few years ago Linda Franz invented Inklingo, and I never looked back. I even recued several of the already cut hexies that didn’t have the stitching lines by ironing them in place on a ‘pre-printed’ piece of freezer paper and sending it through the printer so that I had stitching lines to work with. But…it is still boring to add all the background pieces, so it is progressing, but slowly.


albertI have added a few more 1/2 inch per side hexagons to the Albert Small reproduction, though not as many as I’d hoped. But is slowly increasing in size. I am using EQ7 to draw out the individual units, using a picture I found on the internet as my guide. I know that the original was done in 1/4 inch hexies, but I am using 1/2 inch ones, which are easier to stitch, but that means I’ll likely not make the whole quilt as the original, since it would become way too big.






prudenceIn the past year I also started on the Dear Prudence quilt, it is done with 1/4 inch per side hexies, but this one is very slow going, The hexies are soooo tiny it is fiddly to stitch. But it also is slowly getting bigger, I try to add a few each day, but I get frustrated with the tiny-ness of the pieces, so can only do a few at the time. The outer round of mainly beige on this has been finished since I took this picture. I am about to start the next rounds, which are blue, white, blue, white before adding another border of flowers.



Then a few days ago I came across mention of another hexagon quilt, called La Passion. Of course I had to go check it out, and since the pattern was free I had to download it….and ended up purchasing the 3/8 inch Inklingo hexagon file. The original quilt is done in passion 21/2 inch hexies, but I decided that I wanted to try the size between 1/2 and 1/4 inch. I am really enjoying stitching these hexies, they only take about 4-5 stitches to do a seam, so stitch fast, but is not too fiddly like the 1/4 inch ones. I am also having fun selecting fabrics, since Grit used several leftovers. I am using several 5 inch and 6 inch charm cut fabrics, which gives you either 14 or 23 hexies. And I can stitch one of the flower shapes in about 10-15 minutes (haven’t timed exactly). We’ll have to see how long I will be working on this one before it gets put aside….. Hmm, I just noticed that I put the outer pink and red in the wrong place, Guess I’ll have to undo the seam between the white and pink and move the pieces up some.

Well, here’s hoping I’ll post a bit more often than once a year.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Time to update….

I guess it’s been a while since I updated this blog. i just have been busy, and have been posting a lot of picture on my Facebook page ( But here are some of the things I have finished in the last little while.
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I finally finished.this rug that I have been working on for the last 2.5 years. It is done in fine petit point (I am going to start calling it micro point, since it is much finer than what is normally considered petit point)  with one strand of silk floss on 40 count silk gauze.It is about 5x7 inches. it likely will eventually be a rug in a miniature room box of a kids playroom, which will have 2 little girls playing dress up. The original design called Forever Aubusson is by Sue Bakker, and this design was in an old dollhouse magazine.
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This is a rug I am working on right now. It will be quite a bit bigger than the above one, and it is being stitched on 49 count silk gauze with several different brands of silk thread similar to Gutermann silk.
It is going to take me quite a while to finish it, since it will be almost 2x the size of the above one.The backgrounds are being stitched with overdyed threads, which will make it look a bit worn.

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A companion wall hanging tapestry to go with the Olive Garden tapestry I did last year. This is the Last Supper, though it does not look like the ‘standard’ painting. It is based on a tapestry and looks very different from the painting. The design is by Annelies de Kort. it is being stitched on 60 count gauze with 2 strands of Piper’s silk floss, and I am using a vertical stitch called gobelin, since this will make it look like it was woven. 

Now for some of the miniature doll clothes I have knit in the last while. Most of the clothes are available for sale, jut not the dolls, since I have to buy the dolls, and people can likely get them cheaper getting them straight from the maker. If I ever do get around to getting a kiln and making dolls I’ll sell the dolls as well, but for the time being only the outfits are for sale. If you are interested in any of them, please either contact me on FB or email me at mgb at shaw dot ca.
This is Chrissy,  design by Helena Bleeker of The pants are done in variegated Venne cotton and the jacket is done in 34/2 Venne cotton on 0.8 mm needles. At first I didn’t know if I cared for the way the pattern of the jacket really biases. But then Helena pointed out that it looks like she is moving along…it is swinging. This is on a 3 inch doll.  I just realized I never made the bonnet.
These are twin sleeping babies, Elly and Graham. Knit in 50/2 Venne Bio cotton on 0.8mm needles. Pattern is by Helena Bleeker. The Graham pattern doesn’t have any socks, but since Elly does, I decided that Graham needed socks as well, so I adapted the socks from Elly for Graham. These are 3 inch toddler type dolls, both dolls are called Sean.

These 2 will not be for sale, They are going to be part of a wedding scene I am planning, with all the attendants in colour matched clothes. These 2 are the flower girl and ring bearer. The patterns for both Mandy and Jasper) are by Helena Bleeker. The threads used are 70/2, 50/2 and 34/2 all Venne cottons, and they are knit on 0.8mm needles. There will be a few more coming, and I am also busy with the wedding dress. The dolls are slim body 3 inch dolls.



This is Meghan. I knit this pattern up already a while back, just never sewed it up….which is one thing I have trouble with. It is another pattern by Helena Bleeker, done in 34/2 Venne cotton with 0.8mm needles. The doll is 4 inches.
And here is Ramon in a winter suit. The jacket is knit sideways. Another pattern by Helena Bleeker, done in 34/2 cotton on 0.8mm needles. The doll looks kinda wonky, one leg is  little higher on the body than the other, but that is the way it is, not a lot I can do about it. I think I may make some skis for him, that way it will kind of look like he is off balance.
The last one for the time being by Helena is Leslie. she is wearing a jumpsuit and jacket trimmed in mohair. The jumpsuit is knit in 34/2 Venne cotton and the jacket is Venne’s variegated cotton and mohair trim, knit on 0.8mm needles.  It is the last of my 3 inch dolls, I have to get some more.

This last picture is a baby set I did several years ago, just never got around to putting it on a doll. the design is by Sharon de Vries from South Africa. I don’t know if she is still selling patterns. The patterns are very delicate, done in 70/2 cotton on 0.7mm needles. Since I do have several undressed baby dolls, I will likely knit up more of the patterns by Sharon in the near future, I do have several of them.

Next time I will show some of the quilting I have been doing as well. Hopefully there won’t be such a long hiatus as this last one has been.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

It’s been a while…..

  I guess it's been a while since I updated the blog. I just seem to get so busy making things that I forget to add new posts to the blog.

adirondak chairIn May I acquired a new tool, a Silhouette Cameo, and have done a bit of playing with it, though not as much as I thought I would, I guess I just do too many things.
I use it to cut out layers of paper and glue them together to make things. Here are a couple of pictures of the things I have made.

This chair I thought was going to be 1/12 scale for a dollhouse, but it is not really in scale. So I gave it as a decoration to my neighbour. She has several real ones in her front yard. It is a design from the Silhouette America design store.

 cradle 4
The next thing is dollhouse sized, it is made of several layers of heavy paper (watercolour paper), with the decorations being 2 layers of poster board. Then it was stained with gel stain. This was a lot of fun to make. The design was done by Kitty de Leeuw, she send me the file to use with my Cameo. 
Now of course there is a new and better machine out, the Curio, that does fabulous embossing, so that you no longer have to fiddle with tiny little pieces of poster board to make it look like woodcarving. But that machine is going to have to wait a while before I acquire it. Maybe I'll give it to myself for Christmas. In the meantime, I am going to have to find more time to make a few other things, several people have shared cutting files on Facebook, and I am going to have to try some of them. And then I guess I'll have to build some room boxes to display them in.....


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I have done a tiny bit of knitting,  I have now actually finished the dresses I showed in a previous post, added the ribbons and buttons, and have it actually on a doll now, I have also made a third one, which was also a test knit for Helena Bleeker.

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This last one is one of the baby dresses by Helena Bleeker, the doll is about the right size for the cradle above. It is knit with YLI silk 100 on 0.7mm needles.

I have done some more quilting too, I finally finished the half round window coverings for the living room. They are done in stained glass appliqué. window covering
I have the ones for the bedroom done too, no picture yet, since I do have to add a couple of strips to the sides of the bottom quilts, they somehow ended up not being quite wide enough. The half round tops are done, Once I get the bottom ones ixed I will take some pictures.

Oh, and I have also finished a wall hanging tapestry for a future dollhouse/room box. It is designed by Annelies de Kort, based on an actual tapestry in the Burell collection. olive garden  It is stitched on 60 count silk gauze with 2 strands of Piper’s silk floss. This floss is not the easiest thread to stitch with, it catches on the slightest roughness. I love stitching with most silk threads, but not this one. Even so, I am busy doing a second one, designed by the same person, also based on a Burell tapestry, of The Last Supper. I’ll post pictures of it when I have a bit more to show for it. 
I am planning on doing several more tapestries, so maybe sometime in the future I will build a gallery type of room box to display them in.But other than the second one mentioned above, the rest will likely be done with Silk Mill threads, as they are much easier to stitch with. the ones I am planning are the 5 Lady and Unicorn tapestries, don’t know if I’ll ever make all 5 of them, they are pretty big, and I do way too many other things…But I have the patterns, I have the gauze, and am collecting the threads needed.

Hopefully I’ll post more often in the future, but don’t count on it, I can’t guarantee that… takes time to make posts,and I’d rather be working on my hobbies.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It’s growing!

I have been sewing quite a few hexies to my big quilt….see how it is growing:
basket quilt

I am having a lot of fun adding hexies. They are soooo easy when you use Inklingo. You just print the cutting and stitching lines onto freezer paper backed fabric with an ordinary inkjet printer, and then you have the option of either using your rotary cutter and ruler, or scissors to cut the pieces, and then you can either hand piece or machine piece.
I really like hand piecing, never thought I would, but it is so relaxing sitting in your easy chair, and you can watch/listen to the TV while stitching, or take it outside and sit in the backyard to stitch.
This quilt is being made with 1 inch per side hexagons, but there are sizes available.
I have become so addicted to stitching hexies, that I have started another quilt using them, This time I am using the half inch per side ones. I am trying to reproduce a quilt done in the late 1930’s early 1940’s by Albert Small. Here you can read about him: Story of Albert Small. If you scroll down the page and click on the continue link, you can see pictures of his quilts. The one I am doing is the first one listed. His is done in 0.25 inch per side hexagons, but I wasn’t quite ready to go that small yet, so I am doing it in 0.5 inch ones.
small hexie
Not all of the pieces in the picture are sewn together yet, and some do need pressing  It is very addictive stitching these small ones, they are so fast to stitch, only take about 4 or 5 stitches per seam.
Of course, after a while I had to see if I could stitch the 0.25 inch ones, and have done a couple of rosettes: little hexies
The 2 on the right are 1/4 inch ones, the tiny one on the left is 3/16 inch. There is not an Inklingo collection available for that size, but I printed the 1/4 inch one at 75%, on a couple of very small pieces of fabric fused to a larger piece of freezer paper. Now I am tempted to print some at 50%, just to see if I can stitch it. The 3/16 one took about 2 stitches, so I think the 1/8 inch ones would take just one stitch per seam….

And then, of course, I could not leave well enough alone Since I started reading about all these people doing the La Passacaglia quilt by Willyne Hammerstein, and then I found that Linda Franz had done an Inklingo collection, I just had to start that one too: La Pass 1
You can purchase the book and/or shape collection here:

Hopefully I will post more often, and the next time I may include some more of my mini’s, somehow I have to insert some time for mini knitting….

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Finally back to posting

It has been quite a while since I posted to this blog. Life got in the way, and so did death. I lost my husband of 43 years suddenly to cancer December 2014, which really put me off my hobbies… I am starting to get on with life again, though there is still a lot of time involved with getting things straightened out.

Here are some of the pictures of things I have been working on in the last little while. First some dollhouse sized knitting, which were test knits for Helena Bleeker of The knitting is done, but on some I still need to add some silk ribbon and beads for buttons. The outfits are all for sale, email me at yarnshop at for more information. It is only the outfits that are for sale, the dolls are not included, since they will be needed for future pictures.



This is Betsy, a cute little dress and panties for a 2 inch baby doll,

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This is Margot, a dress, slip and bloomers for a 3 inch child doll.

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This is Marigold, a dress and bloomers for a 4 inch doll. Still needs silk ribbon at the waist and sleeves, and some buttons for the back opening. The reason this one is not displayed on a doll is because right at the moment I don’t have a 4 inch child doll. The bloomers normally would not be showing, it is just to show them in the picture.


Here are a few of the quilting things I am working on. Yes I work on lots of different things, I get quickly bored with what I am working on, so I change to another project. Most of them are totally different techniques, which makes it easier on my hands as well. With arthritis, it is better to keep changing the way you use your hands.

hexagon quilt


This is the hexagon quilt I am working on. it is being hand pieced, since I can’t stand wasting time on doing English Paper Piecing. I use Inklingo to print the cutting and stitching lines onto the back of fabric. It makes life soooo much easier, since you don’t have to do any basting onto paper, your stitches won’t be on the front, and you don’t have to spend time taking out the basting and taking out the paper again. And it is a lot more accurate, since you have a stitching line to stitch on, so even if you are a bit off with cutting, you still have a very accurate line and match points for stitching. This will eventually be a queen sized quilt for the spare bedroom.

rose star


Here is another being stitched with Inklingo, though this is being stitched on the machine. This pattern is called Rose Star. I still have a few more of the large hexagons and half hexagons to make, and then it will turn into a window quilt for my living room. I already have one window quilt top done, and another is being hand stitched. These I will show next time.


window quilt


This is one of the window quilts for the bedroom. It has been machine embroidered, all it needs is the backing, binding and stitching around the sashings. It is one of three that are almost done. It is really about time I got these finished, since the mini blinds are now over 20 years old, and are starting to disintegrate.



I will post more things like the mini stitching and maybe some of my regular sized knitting in the next post. I think this is enough for right now……