We have a new addition to the cat family. He is just beautiful, even though
his blue eyes are a little crossed.
I wondered why he kept hanging around here. My next door neighbor told me he
had been abandoned for the SECOND TIME by neighbors who claimed they couldn't
catch him before moving away. HUH? This is one of the sweetest cats I have ever
known. He is so affectionate. He runs to meet me every time I go outside. If I sit outside at the table he either lays on my feet or lays right in front of me on the table.
I would hate to tell you what I would like to do to people who abandon
animals. It just kills me.
So now I have four cats. Three outside with heated houses (Puffy, Groupie
and Merlin). All were abandoned. And of course Kilmouski he doesn't go outside.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday. Wishing all my Followers a Very
I usually don't post the progress pictures until around the 18th of the month. I
finished the interior of the carpet this morning and had to take it off the
frame to turn it around. Once I get it back on, most of what I have stitched
will be rolled up on the bars again.
Now... off to the borders. That wider one looks like it is going to be a
nightmare. I am glad I didn't start there. I think I would have thrown the whole
thing out the window if I had tried to teach myself how to do this from there..
This is a big carpet. Finished it is 11 X 8 1/2 inches.
If you click on the photo the weird lines will go away..
I am a little behind where I had planned to be by now. I had another week
away from stitching. It was because of the strangest cold I think I have ever
had. I just couldn't keep my eyes open. Even when I wasn't tired.Other then that there were hardly any other symptoms.
I am not looking forward to stitching the wider border on this carpet.
Every time I look at it, it makes me dizzy. Oh well... I think it will take
another couple of weeks before I have to worry about it.
I have never really been interested in antique dollhouse pieces. I am not
sure, even though this was advertised that way, this was originally meant
for dollhouse. It was made in the 1880's in France.
I just Googled tiny French brass picture frame and I found this offered by an antique dealer.. It was
love at first sight. I liked the fact it had such intricate details and was
square. It is one inch wide and 1 3/4 inches tall. The baby photo came with the frame. That I will take out
It has an easel back and it is solid brass. I have never
deliberately altered an antique. Even the antique buttons I have collected.
Sadly, the easel will have to come off to use it on a wall. It is too big to sit
on a table.
I have fiddled around all afternoon avoiding cutting the back off. How silly...You'd think I could find something else to feel guilty
Un-Du is an adhesive remover that is archive safe. Scrapbookers use it a lot.
It has been used on very valuable antique books to remove stickers and price tags.
This morning I telephoned the company and spoke to Mark. He developed
the product. I asked him if it was safe to use on fabrics. He told me a story
about a very valuable dress that had gotten some sort of sticky adhesive on it in
London. The dress was pure satin and a rich red. Un-do took off the gluey substance
without a stain or color change to the rich deep red dye.
He told me to try it on a scrap piece of my petit point canvas using a
piece of the Velcro's glue smeared on it. Then he told me how to use it for that purpose. KAPOOF
it ltook it right off.
So I used it on my petit point canvas. There is no more adhesive on it. It
evaporates so fast there isn't even an odor now.
THANK YOU MARK for this WONDERFUL product. I am so glad I found it.
Today I had to take the petit point carpet off the frame. I wanted to turn
it around to stitch the other half looking at it right side up. Doing that
won't make any difference to the direction of the stitches.
The frame I bought to work it on uses hook and loop tape (commonly called
Velcro). This is what holds the silk gauze on to the stretcher bars. I have kept
the piece tight on the frame. Unfortunately, that caused the tape to move and
got glue from the back of the tape on the remaining silk gauze I had rolled up.
( Could you hear me scream when I found that?) Grrrrrrrr
I think the best idea to get the glue off the un-stitched gauze is to
sandwich those areas between pieces of paper towels and iron in those spots.
Just those spots because I would be afraid to iron over the stitches. If anyone
else has a better idea I would love to hear it.
I have no idea what the back of everyone else's petit point looks like.
This is the back of mine (such as it is). There aren't any knotted up wads of
thread I am proud to say. Now that I have it off the frame I can feel that it
really is the same thickness too.
I was so excited to find this raspberry leather. It may not show it on this photo but it is a perfect match to the over all color in tone of the carpet. I think I will make a child's tufted antique leather chair out of it.
Welcome to my blog!
I am artist and a metalsmith. I have always loved miniatures and dollhouses. My interest in making miniatures is not restricted to the metal work I do. This year I plan to design and build a dollhouse.
I do not sell the miniatures I am making right now while I am trying to build my own collection.
Who is Kilmouski? ... He's my cat. And he sits right next to me no matter how many hours I work.