Thursday, September 27, 2012

True Blue (Parlour Redux)

Oh, it has taken me so long to get another post together - September is such a crazy month for me as classes start and I have so much preparing to do!  Sadly my mini-world doesn't get a lot of attention!  But I have taken a few photos to keep you up to date.

First of all, I have a new camera!  I went a bit mad and decided to get a really lovely one, with bells and whistles - but so many bells and whistles that I'm going to have to study the users manual (all 198 pages) really well.  So bear with the really bad photos, I'm just getting to know the camera.

After all the ribbons and yellow of the bedroom, I had a flash of inspirtaion when clearing out the garage, and found lots of illustration and chipboard, just waiting to be cut up.  I've been pretty inspired by Irene and Giac, as their panelling looks fantastic, so I thought I'd give making a false wall a try.

For those of you new to the blog, the parlour was originally a box, where I tested out some ideas before taking on a whole house.  You can see it  here.  The dimensions have changed, and I needed a bit more colour, so this is what I came up with:

I need to play around with the furniture, and make a few more pieces, but it gives you a good idea

So much finishing to do!  

A new Malcolm Hall clock (sadly not a working one, that is on my wish list!) and a pair of candle sconces I made using findings from Bindels.  I love these little brass dolphin ornaments I found, but I don't know quite what to do with them.  Originally I wanted to use them on the candle sconces, but they were hidden by the candles.  Maybe some fire-irons?

I marbled the fireplace, but I am really not happy with it, especially in contrast with the granite stone.  I love this granite clay, but I have found out to my horror that it shrinks for a long time after it appears to be dry!  Look at that enormous crack on the right!  I'll have to sort that out asap!

I wanted to try some embroidery that wasn't floral- there is so much possibility with surface embroidery, and I think I have just touched the surface with flowers.  So here is a nautical theme fire screen.

The stitches I use are different for floral embroidery, so I shall have to practice a bit more.  I don't think they are fine enough yet.

Here is the sampler I finally completed and framed this summer.  I love this piece because it shows Daviot House!

Here's the layout of the house so far.  I like to keep putting furniture in as I work to get a good idea of the space. I have struggled so much with the blue colour in the parlour, and I am still not sure if it is quite right.  it seems really bright in this photo, but close up it is a little more subdued.  I think I have painted it about six times!

 The room on the bottom right was originally destined to be a study, but I am now wondering if a dining room would be better...  This picture makes me feel a little exposed, as you can see how much there is still to do!


  1. Lovely work on the parlour and I love the ship embroidery. I would go for a dining room (since you will be getting a sideboard soon) and put a desk in the parlour. In the Jane Austin movies there are always somebody busy writing a letter in the parlour.

    I wouldn't bother about the crack in the fireplace wall, it adds to the character and age of the house, all those hot fires must have an effect sometime.

  2. I just love all your beautiful embroidery work.

    Thank you for saying that, along with Giac, I'm inspiring you. It always comes as a surprise to me when someone says that! The arches/false wall have worked out very well and I love the 3D look they give to a room. I'm reallY into false walls at the moment - the more the merrier!

  3. How beautiful,all those beautiful embroidered paintings.I love the ship.
    The collection of Delftware is cute in the Cabinet.
    Very very nice.

  4. This room is very elegant. I like the atmosphere.
    Bye Faby

  5. Hi Jonquil, you've done a lot of embroidery, I like the ship most, but all works are fantastic. The crack in the fireplace wall can be covered by some black paint?
    Greetings, Ilona

  6. How much work have you done since the last time! I like Daviot House is taking shape slowly. Irene is inspiring for me too, as are you, in your turn! Thanks for having your favorite blogs. I was filled with joy! I wonder if the small dolphins are Bindels.

  7. I love the false wall in your parlour, it really adds another dimension to the room doesn't it, great idea. And your embroideries are so fine, very beautiful.

  8. Hello Jonquil,
    The room is looking awsome. I just love the proportions of all the architectural elements in the room. It looks just perfect.
    Dining Rooms are one of my favourite rooms in a house. A study is also great, it depends on what you like to collect: which room would of more use to you?
    Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm really happy my work inspired you and encouraged you to work with the illustration board.
    You might not be 100% satisfied with the embroidery, but it looks absolutely beautiful.
    Big hug,

  9. Thanks for your nice comment on my Tenement blog. I've had a search through the Miniatura booklet and the site you're after for a table is here:

  10. Hi Jonquil,

    What a lot to see!! I really like the parlour and the alcoves look great,love the china collection, and the shade of blue works perfectly.

    The screen with the ship is lovely too, in fact there isn't anything I don't like!! I agree with Elga, don't worry about the crack in the fire back, it doesn't really show up, and looks aged!

    I think a dining room is a great idea too.


  11. Hi Jonquil,

    What a lot of work you have done. I like the blue, close up it is much softer and reflected light can really give it a brighter look.If you decide to put a rug on the floor that could change things again. I just love the embroidery, it's nice to see something different from flowers, I think the ship really works. The sampler is lovely and makes me want to give on a go.

    Well done,

    Fi x

  12. I'm with those who think the crack add character :) Love your embroidery, as always, and the blue makes me want to live in this room. Well, so many things do, really. I think it's a freaking work of art and I love it!