Grethel – A Dutch Maiden Pincushion Doll

This pincushion doll has been designed as a special token of love for my dearest friend Gigi Ries, a wonderful woman full of taste with an exquisite collection of antique samplers and a deep passion for needleart. Gigi loves to reproduce her samplers and she has a Company called GigiR Designs. For this doll I have used the fabulous hand dyed threads from Romy’s Creations, over the wonderful linen from Lakeside Linens. The doll is available from BrierRose under the name of Gretal and this pincushion doll has an embroidered skirt, apron and purse. A unique miniature chatelaine has been made for this doll by my friend Roberta Dazzini (

Fabric 36 ct Maritime White hand dyed linen from Lakeside Linens for skirt: one 15 x 7 in (38 x 18 cm) piece for apron: a 8 x 4 in (20 x 10 cm) piece for purse: a 3 ½ x 3 ½ in (9 x 9 cm) piece Fabric areas include at least ½ in (1.2 cm) seam allowances
Threads one hand-dyed stranded cotton skein each of Romy's Creations: Simona’s Iris, Red Devil, Pineapple, Camouflage
Stitches cross stitch