Post by Colonial Rose on Oct 27, 2007 22:55:04 GMT -5
This set included a needlework frame, preprinted sampler muslin, instruction booklet, needle, coloured threads, doll and girl thimbles. I've never tried to do the sampler and have only used the set for display, either on the clothes press or in front of Felicity so it looks like she's working on it. A+ The needlework frame is made of dark wood and matches Felicity's furniture. It has the frame and embroidery hoop with a spool for thread under the hoop and storage boxes with hinged lids at either end. The sampler muslin has the pattern printed on it for easy stitching. Since I know my skills aren't up to the challenge I've left mine in the plastic it came in to keep it from getting dirty and display it in the hoop. The instruction booklet I'll have to get out and look at to give a review, I know I've looked at it but I can't for the life of me remember anything about it. The needle is a needle and the threads are basic embroidery floss in the colours needed to make the sampler and the girl thimble I've never bothered to unwrap since there is no way it will fit me. The doll thimble is an adorable miniature thimble that actually fits on Felicity's finger.
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Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end. ~ The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Colonial Rose described this set well. For now, it is a display piece since my daughter is not yet ready to embroider the sampler. But is a wonderful set, and I agree that it deserves an A+. It represents the best of Pleasant Company's "doing" accessories for the historical dolls.
Post by Karenhenks on Feb 26, 2010 16:14:27 GMT -5
For reference, here are the DMC thread matches to Felicity's embroidery floss. (Keep in mind that I bought Felicity's Needlework accessory set used, and I am going by what was included therein, but the floss also match the screened colors on the unstitched sampler, so I am confident that they are correct)
The lighter green floss I have is different in color than the light green floss shown here. My guess is that the floss colors changed over time. The 2 different sets I have contain the same color of green.
How long were the lengths in the original set? TIA
The lengths are about 1 yard, each. I have 2 lengths of light green, and 2 of light blue, 1 each of the other colors in the bundle. (why 2 lengths of light green, I don't know, the sampler clearly doesn't have much of that color).
I was just wondering if the thimbles have always had the same look or did they change at one point? I purchased a set second hand and the girl sized thimble is gold but does not have the matching pattern that the doll sized thimble has (the repeating fish-like symbol). I just assumed that maybe it was an earlier version that did not have the pattern on it but now I'm wondering if it's not legit. I don't even know where you could purchase a knock off though. Can anyone help?
It's probably legit. I just dug put my old set from when I was a child (the first version when Felicity just came out) and the child's thimble doesn't have the fish pattern either. Unless we lost it and replaced it with another but I am pretty sure it's original.
Post by sarahgregarious on Mar 4, 2011 17:01:30 GMT -5
I received my set about 15 years ago for Christmas and just dug it out to check on the thimbles and the child's one has the repeating fish symbol. Was 1995 or 1996 around when Felicity first came out?? I'm getting forgetful in my old age, haha! Hope I could help!!
Felicity’s stitching certainly improved once she got her own needlework frame. The sampler kit contains needle and thread to stitch a colorful bird, vines, flowers, and the words Faithful Friends Forever Be. There are even two thimbles—a tiny one for Felicity and one for you, too! Open the storage boxes on the base of the frame and tuck the supplies inside when her lesson is through.
Warning: Excessive gushing about the awesomeness of this set below. Warning II: Sorry about the blurry photos. I blame the awesome.
The needlework frame balances rather loosely on the hoop. I would think that if Felicity was really pushing a needle in and out of the fabric the hoop would be constantly falling off. Unlike many American Girl accessories this is actually to scale.
The hoop is a stained version of the basic Hobby Lobby issue. A reasonably talented needlewoman would be able to copy the sampler without the guide. The sentiment could work well for other time periods.
The frame is the best part of the set. I must confess I don't know how historically correct it is, after an extensive 2 mixture Google search I could not fine a real version. Of course it could be simply that it rarely survived the test of time (after all for most of American history something George Washington touched was more likely to survive than something Martha Washington used). It seems that it would had been more a practical element of a small sewing box or a sewing basket.
The frame is PC issue wood, slightly light and slightly fragile. It is also a dust catcher. The spool would had been used to store thread.
Each side as a TINY little compartment.
The girl and doll thimbles. Personally, I would rather have scissors or thread wax for another sewing supply than a thimble for a girl. Of course, I have not been a nine-year-old since this set was $22.
Excellent for display purposes, the thimble stays on Lessie's finger without fear.
Photobucket deleted my threat picture. There is thread, enough to sew the sampler without any mistakes, and too scale with the girl. It is kind of for display. There is also a needle for a girl. It is actually possible for getting a doll sized needle for Felicity, but if you pretend the girl's needle is a tapestry needle if may be possible for Felicity to use.
This is what I miss most from American Girl from the '90s. Written booklets detailing not only the historical context of the accessory, but how to practice what Felicity had to know.
Not a lot of pictures, but it is simple to read a follow to learn basic sewing.
This is old school PC and although I am not decrying anything made post 1998 this is an excellent evidence for just how awesome American Girl could be. This set is an excellent representation of something that was so important in Felicity's life that is not so common in today's girls. It is well made, well presented and even though it would had been nice to add one or two more sewing supplies it does not feel lacking. Plus it is just plain awesome.
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Nine dolls...and a couch. Kirsten is so ashamed of the said couch she can not be seen.