Making a dollhouse needlepoint Christmas tree mat
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Stitch one of these Christmas tree mats to help make Christmas in your doll’s house really special.
The mats are to be worked on 32 count silk gauze with two strands of Anchor stranded cotton. The curved edge is trimmed and glued with fabric glue for a neat finish, so that hemming is not necessary.
In addition to a piece of 32 count silk gauze, each kit contains a colour block chart to count the design from, a suitable needle, Anchor stranded cotton (use one strand) and full instructions.
This tutorial features the ‘Snowy Village’ doll’s house Christmas tree mat design, but there are several other designs to choose from in our Needlepoint Kit Store.
Before you begin stitching, you will need to make a card mount for the silk gauze. This will make it much easier to work on, and help to keep your stitch tension even.
Cut a piece of stiff card 8 ½ x 8 ½ inches, with an aperture of 6 ½ x 6 ½ inches. Fix the silk gauze to the card with masking tape along all four edges, as tautly as possible. See the HOW TO MOUNT SILK GAUZE tutorial for details.
Identify the thread colours supplied in the kit using the colour key, then, using one strand of the Anchor stranded cotton, start the design in the centre, using tent stitch. Remember that one square on the chart equals one stitch, and always use a ‘stabbing’ motion, not a ‘sewing’ (scooping) one.
When the stitching is complete, if it has become slightly mis-shapen (especially if you did not use a card mount to hold the silk gauze taut), press it on the reverse side with a medium hot iron, over a padded ironing board, pulling the fabric gently if necessary to get it dead square.
Hold the gauze piece face down and run a line of fabric glue such as Fray Check around the edge of the stitching, about a quarter of an inch wide.
Wait for the glue to dry completely, then, with a pair of sharp scissors, carefully cut away the unstitched gauze, right up to the stitching.
Press the stitching again.
Your Christmas tree mat is now complete, and ready to display in your dolls’ house!
Go to the Needlepoint Kit Store now, to see the full range of miniature Christmas tree mat designs which you can choose from.