Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Rambling Rose Settee

I just couldn't resist!  With only some background to complete on my firescreen, this weekend I couldn't help doing the embroidered chippendale settee cover.

The coral pink silk, the red roses and the turquoise blue borders 

A pair of small embroidery scissors for scale

The colours are really vibrant against the dark wood

This photo reminds me to start planning the rug (and replace my broken daylight lamp!)

A little glimpse into the parlour on a Winter's evening, with lovely warm candle glow


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hall Progress

      The parlour is on its way to completion, I'm just waiting for a few parcels in the post.  I thought I would get started on the hall.

  This is the oldest part of the house, and would have been much bigger, but in the late 17th century, it was partitioned.  You can see the original stone work and large fireplace.

      The size of a fireplace showed how wealthy you were - a bigger fire equals more precious fuel to burn.  So it was important that guests were suitably impressed the minute they entered your home.

     I'll be adding a few more decorative things to the fireplace, including a marriage stone, but that's as soon as I increase my supply of DAS!

For more on halls, check out Andy's fantastic and informative post.

Here is the partition wall.  As you can see, the architrave (MDF) around the door is quite pitiful, so I was glad to cover it all up!

I used white DAS and glued each stone directly to the door jambs.  I used an old toothbrush to add texture, and then covered everything with a few light washes of greys and browns.  I will finish each stone off individually with various watercolour washes, and tidy up the places where the paint has bled into the plaster.

You can even see the mason's marks under the lintel.  I copied those from our real life house... I wonder who MF was?

Laird Alexander MacGillivray and Sir John Ogilvy look slightly more impressed (or at least slightly less snooty) with the improvement in their surroundings!

The doors, also made of plain MDF are quite easy to sort out.  I use iron-on floor boards from Sussex Crafts, polished up with boiled linseed oil and old pine furniture wax.  I have to glue them in place and order some hardware.

    Just a couple of big projects, the ceiling, which will be a traditional Scots painted ceiling, and the floor...

     ...The floor has been driving me insane recently, I have tried three times with DAS to get the right look for the flagstones, but for some reason, something either goes wrong or it just doesn't look right.  So.... any ideas for the flooring?  Stone?  Wood?  Marble!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Needlepoint Progress

Could it be possible that I have yet another sewing project on the go?  This one should be over pretty quickly though, as although it is sewn on 72 hpi silk gauze, I find that it is much smoother and easier to work with than the cotton 85 hpi I usually use.

The firescreen was a present from Elga, (thank you Elga!) and I finished it with a dark oak stain and a thin layer of satin varnish. 

The hunting scene is destined for the hall, I think it is 'manly' enough for the master of the house, don't you?