Tuesday, December 08, 2009

My Victorian Houses - I Had To Keep Them!

During the last few months I have been happily creating some of the items from punch-needle, cross-stitch, and needle felting kits I had purchased during the spring. All of the kits were purchased with the thought of giving the finished projects as Christmas gifts this year or next.

Of course, like everything I create I tend to fall in love with the finished products. Some more so than others. Some so much so that I selfishly decide to keep them for myself and my home decor.

Well, I have to tell you that I absolutely fell in love with my Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch, Christmas Village Ornaments. Now I know that wasn't the intent, but I couldn't help myself with my Victorian houses. If it's Victorian it's right up my alley. Ya think!!!! LOL LOL

My Victorian house village was created based upon a Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch, Christmas Village Ornaments kit.  It was supposed to be a series of Victorian house ornaments with a cross-stitch front and felt cloth back outlined with a braided gold band.

However, I didn't make my Victorian village as cloth ornaments. Instead, I enlisted the help of my younger brother to create wood shadowboxes that I painted with a blue/white/green sponge affect.

My Victorian village includes the following:

A fabulous blue house....

A traditional Victorian pink lady......

A bakery.....

A church.....

Rudolph's tree farm....

and, Kringle's toy store.

I enjoyed the Victorian designs in this kit and found the kit easy to understand for the most part.  I loved the three dimensional aspect of the designs where thread was layered on top of the cross stitch to outline and emphasize. That made the houses, scenery, and people really stand out.   I did run out of several of the floss threads required to create the sky, but was able to match it to floss I already had on hand.   The only negative to the kit was that they should have included more of the fabric as I found when the fabric was cut into six rectangles that there wasn't enough slack for it to easily fit into my embroidery hoop. 

I love how they turned out in their shadowboxes and love that I can arrange them any way I want. I can arrange them all in a row, group them, even stack them if I want to. Right now I have them in two groups of three houses each in my sun room.

My husband gave me a suggestion of adding hinges to the groups of three so they can be easily arranged and then stored away. I like that idea and will probably add tiny hinges to them before we put them away for the holiday season.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Victorian village and hope you can see why I loved them so much.


  1. Hi Linda,
    It's been awhile since I have looked at your blogs, etc. You amaze me with all that you do. I don't know when you sleep.LOL
    Love your Victorian Village.
    Hope your Christmas was wonderful. Mine was even though we had to work at our Perfume Shop day and night right through Christmas Eve night.BUT this is our busy season.

  2. Hi, Fran:

    So happy to hear you had a wonderful, but busy holiday season. I bet you're really looking forward to getting back to creating. For me that is always when I am the happiest. The problem is that I don't get the time to do that as often as I'd like these days. I think I'm going to slim down a bit with all the online activities next year so I can get back to creating. Have a wonderful, safe, and healthy 2010.