Thursday, June 18, 2015

HoE, Two Finishes, Four Miniature Portraits

I just got word the Christmas ornament I sent to my Hooked on Exchanging partner, Gabi, arrived.

And here's the cutest little fox ornament I received from Rosa - THANK YOU, Rosa!!
Last year, I participated in a Round Robin swap hosted by lovely June. I have been contemplating what do do with some of the stitching I received and stumbled into some miniature frames in my stash. Here they are -
These are proudly displayed in my sewing/painting studio.

While wandering around Pinterest this morning, I found some beautiful 18th century miniature portraits and it re-awakened my passion for these little things. You know how I ADORE miniatures - well, I thought I'd share some of the ones I've painted on porcelain:

 3.25x2.5 inches.

If you look closely, this young lady is holding a locket in her hand. 

I painted this from a Christmas Card using the Old Master's method, called "grisaille". You can see it has a different look to it from the girl with the locket:

Madonna and Child - 2.75 inches in diameter

Grisaille is a term used when a painting is done in monochrome, or grays. Here's what a painting would look like after the first fire, before color is applied:

2 3/8 x 1 3/4 inches

Last, but not least, here is a little angel:
2 1/8 x 3 inches

I've got a few more to share - but I'll do that in a future post.


  1. What great exchanges! I love how you framed your RR pieces. They look very good!
    Oh your paintings are spectacular Kim! I love the madonna piece the most.

  2. Rosa sent you such a cute fox. I love the gold frames you used to frame the RR pieces. Where can I find something similar?

  3. I got mine from - they have a great selection.

  4. Your painting is amazing Kim as is your stitching.


  5. Looks like you and your partner were well-matched. Very cute ornaments. I like those gold frames too. They really enhance the nice stitching.

    I am totally overwhelmed by the porcelain paintings. I read this right, didn't I? You painted those? I'm speechless here.

  6. Great ornaments and absolutely wonderful miniatures!

  7. Hi Kim you do such beautiful work my friend,your portraits are awesome xx

  8. Lovely exchanges.
    Thank-you for sharing the Pinterest Pictures.


  9. Beautiful little miniatures! I'm in awe, I really am. Lovely exchange pieces, too! :D

  10. OMG!! Madonna in the kind of sepia tones is just AMAZING!!!!! I LOVE IT!
    Congrats on your latest finishes & sweet exchanges too :)

  11. Oh Kim your miniatures are fantastic .
    Love how you put your R/R into the frames , also a lovely exchange by both .

  12. Ooooh that little fox is just adorable! I like the frames you found for June's gifts too, they really fit perfectly! Love the lady with the locket. Your minis are really awe inspiring! :D

  13. You are so so talented Kim! I love your miniatures. Great swap items too.

  14. Portrait minis are looking lovely. Great. Cross stitches are so cute.

  15. Oh my goodness, Kim I have said it before and I will say it again - you have an awesome talent. hugs, Kaye SSF